Which "Two Jobs" Are Critics Saying Debbie Wasserman Schultz Can't Do?

What Women Really Think
April 6 2011 3:27 PM

Which "Two Jobs" Are Critics Saying Debbie Wasserman Schultz Can't Do?


I was really hoping that this Politico article, " Wasserman Schultz's Juggling Skills Questioned ," was going to blow the lid off of some backroom congressional competitive clown school. But alas, not only was the article not about circus skills and beef thereof, it was about what seems like old-fashioned sexism driving whispered complaints that Debbie Wasserman Schultz won't be able to handle double-duty as both the Democratic National Committee chairwoman and as a Florida Representative. "Well, Debbie’s got a lot of energy, but I don’t know how in the world she’s going to do that,"  one fellow Democrat said.  It's true that the previous two DNC chairs concentrated solely on that gig. But an anonymous Dem told Politico , "There have been a number of people who have served in elected office and chaired the DNC at the same time – and members from both sides of the aisle serve in Congress and run their party’s respective political committees with great success."


So why all the negging directed at Wasserman Schultz, who happens to be the first woman to hold the post? Well, it's possible that it's not the two jobs critics are worried she can't handle, it's the THREE: She's also a mother to three kids, including a set of twins. A Republican campaign opponent openly questioned whether she could successfully combine those duties with her congressional ones; it's hard not to wonder whether the same question is being asked, less openly, by colleagues on her own side of the aisle now that she's ramping up the professional part of her life even more.

Photograph of Debbie Wasserman Schultz by Bill Clark/Getty Images.

Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.



The Democrats’ War at Home

How can the president’s party defend itself from the president’s foreign policy blunders?

Congress’ Public Shaming of the Secret Service Was Political Grandstanding at Its Best

Michigan’s Tradition of Football “Toughness” Needs to Go—Starting With Coach Hoke

A Plentiful, Renewable Resource That America Keeps Overlooking

Animal manure.

Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Will Skip Straight to Windows 10


Cringing. Ducking. Mumbling.

How GOP candidates react whenever someone brings up reproductive rights or gay marriage.

Building a Better Workplace

You Deserve a Pre-cation

The smartest job perk you’ve never heard of.

Hasbro Is Cracking Down on Scrabble Players Who Turn Its Official Word List Into Popular Apps

Florida State’s New President Is Underqualified and Mistrusted. He Just Might Save the University.

  News & Politics
Sept. 30 2014 9:33 PM Political Theater With a Purpose Darrell Issa’s public shaming of the head of the Secret Service was congressional grandstanding at its best.
Sept. 30 2014 7:02 PM At Long Last, eBay Sets PayPal Free
Sept. 30 2014 7:35 PM Who Owns Scrabble’s Word List? Hasbro says the list of playable words belongs to the company. Players beg to differ.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 30 2014 12:34 PM Parents, Get Your Teenage Daughters the IUD
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 30 2014 3:21 PM Meet Jordan Weissmann Five questions with Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.
Brow Beat
Sept. 30 2014 8:54 PM Bette Davis Talks Gender Roles in a Delightful, Animated Interview From 1963
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:00 PM There’s Going to Be a Live-Action Tetris Movie for Some Reason
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 1 2014 7:30 AM Say Hello to Our Quasi-Moon, 2014 OL339
Sports Nut
Sept. 30 2014 5:54 PM Goodbye, Tough Guy It’s time for Michigan to fire its toughness-obsessed coach, Brady Hoke.