Debbie Does Damage

It was a four Pinocchio performance for Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, when she claimed the Israeli ambassador had said "what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel," according to the Washington Post Fact Checker.

Wasserman Shultz was quoted in the Washington Examiner telling a training session in Charlotte for Jewish Democrats, "We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel."

Amb. Oren quickly issued a statement saying, "I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel. Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle."

In this version of "she said, he said, she said, he said," Wasserman Shultz apparently forgot the old political axiom that says when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

When she tried to claim she'd been misquoted Examiner columnist Philip Klein, who had recorded her comments. posted the audio of Wasserman Shultz's comments on line, leading the Post to conclude, "Klein’s quote was exactly accurate, meaning Wasserman Schultz falsely accused the Examiner of misquoting her. The DNC chair earns Four Pinocchios."

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.