Running for Senate might be an elegant solution for a politician with no other way to advance her career.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose term has two years to run, is deeply at odds with White House staffers, they say, and has rarely even spoken to President Barack Obama since she took over in 2011.
Hillary Clinton is warmer to her. But sources familiar with the Clinton camp’s thinking say Wasserman Schultz’s tendency to pursue an independent agenda is reason to worry about her staying as DNC chair through the 2016 campaign or making her a campaign co-chair as a way to ease her out of the job. Running for the House leadership, her original goal, is closed off too — neither Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi nor Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer appears to be leaving soon, and even if they did, congressional insiders say the best she could probably hope is to be deputy leader, or something else barely above a return to the rank and file. That would be a serious disappointment after years as a national party leader.