Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Look, if a politician admits to, or is convicted of, a serious crime, or if his or her actions run completely contrary to the beliefs that they profess to have guided their voting, then there is good reason to demand their resignation. But a sex scandal that involved no illegal activity—that is not a firing offense.
The morning after winning the Republican Senate primary in California, Carly Fiorina belly-flopped into treacherous political waters. Prepping for a TV interview, the former HP CEO was caught on a hot mic gleefully repeating a friend’s unflattering assessment of Democratic rival Barbara Boxer’s hair. (“Soooooooo yesterday,” Fiorina sniffed.) Now, I don’t know much about hip hairstyles. (I never got the fuss over Hillary’s headbands, and I find Palin’s poofy up-dos downright adorable.) But I do know it’s bad form to disparage a female pol’s coif. Men who go there are branded pigs.
Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, if you remember, was one of the fiercest Hillary supporters on the Hill. She was a national HRC co-chair, and she even sent superdelegates a letter in May trying to sway them to Hillary's side when things were looking down for the campaign. She could have chosen to give one of Clinton's three nominating speeches this afternoon, but right now, on the floor, she's giving a nominating speech for Obama. There's change I can believe in. --Eve Fairbanks