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Is Debbie Wasserman Schultz really the right person to open the Democrats’ unity convention?

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is also the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), speaks at the "First in the South" dinner on Jan. 16, 2016 in Charleston, S.C. Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton


The center of the Democratic Party universe now seems to be Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who resigned Sunday as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee after an email leak showed some top staffers had worked to undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

On Monday morning, she was booed and jeered as she addressed delegates from her own state of Florida. Now the question is whether the suddenly radioactive Wasserman Schultz will be allowed to fulfill her chairwoman duty and gavel in the convention when it opens officially at 4 p.m.

The eyes of one Sanders delegate from New York State fairly gleamed when asked about that prospect.

“From a purely theatrical point of view, I would love to see her on the stage because it would get us all on the same page,” she said.

She wasn’t talking a standing ovation.

The prospect of the unity convention opening to a cascade of boos could well mean Wasserman Schultz falls on her sword a second time.

“Everybody is going to take a second look at that, I think,” said Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs, a DNC member and strong Hillary Clinton supporter. “I support Debbie, I like her, she’s a very good person. I think she was a great chair. My guess is she is a very sophisticated political player and she will come up with her own answer on how to handle this.”