Do not underestimate the political hackery that will come from newly appointed DNC Chair Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. She is vicious in her attacks against Republican opponents and spares no feelings.
Wasserman-Schultz created a juicy little distraction from the debate du jour in Congress - the debt ceiling negotiations. It was deliberate and it worked. The interesting part is that she didn't get to launch her attack and get away with it, for a change. She picked the wrong guy to go off on from the floor of the House.
Wasserman-Schultz launched an attack against Congressman Allen West. Both are from South Florida districts. Wasserman-Schultz has a history of attacks against West, including organizing a protest outside his campaign office during his run. That's right, a sitting member of Congress organized a protest against a candidate running for office.
In the fall of 2010, Wasserman-Schultz personally led a protest outside West's campaign office, calling him an "extremist" who "wears his extreme disrespect as a badge of honor" and "thinks it's okay to objectify and denigrate women."
She's a peach.
West is the first African-American Republican Congressman from Florida Reconstruction. Wasserman-Schultz is a white Jewish woman.
It began with the attack by Wasserman-Schultz on the floor of the House when West was not there to address her attack. Mostly it dwelled on the fact that they were both representing a large number of people who receive Medicare and she was disgusted that West was holding true to his principles of fiscal reform. She is fond of embellishment when it comes to truthful political discourse. So, he learned of it and sent off an e-mail to Wasserman-Schultz.
Here is the pertinent part of the message:
“You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives. You have proven repeatedly that you are not a lady, therefore, shall not be afforded due respect from me."
Wasserman-Schultz is not accustomed to being called out by her target. West, however, is a retired military officer and knows a bit about self-defense. He was making his point that he will not sit by and allow her to continue on this path without response from him.
Wasserman-Schultz demanded an apology, naturally. She played the gender harassment card and got some of her posse of willing rubes, er, Democratic women, to hold a press conference demanding an apology. It was amusing to see that motley crew up there acting all insulted. Liberal women love to be the victim.
Rightfully, West refuses to apologize. He was wise to sent that e-mail to his GOP leadership in the House so as not to allow Wasserman-Schultz, who released it to the press for the publicity stunt to develop, to misquote it.
West didn't play the race card, though if he were a liberal he would have done just that. Wasserman-Schultz is fond of accusing the GOP of wanting to go back to the days of Jim Crow in the South and that is particularly insulting to West.