Rep. Deb W. Schultz (Fla.), who heads up the Democrats’ National Committee, is so far off base with her latest misinformation, she’s on the edge of delusion. Schultz appears to have some sort of bizarre hatred for Tea Partiers who want less government and less taxes.
The Washington Examiner reported what Schultz, possibly desperate for attention from media, told a group in New Hampshire:
"We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords -- who is doing really well, by the way, -- [was shot]," Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair said during a "Politics and Eggs" forum this morning. "The discourse in America, the discourse in Congress in particular . . . has really changed, I'll tell you. I hesitate to place blame, but I have noticed it take a very precipitous turn towards edginess and lack of civility with the growth of the Tea Party movement."
Aside from exploiting Giffords in a martyr-like manner, Schultz ignored the tragedy and suffering other victims experienced, among them, a child who died.
The New York Times and others published information about the shooter and his family. That information suggests no relevance to the Tea Party whatsoever. Based on what I read, my impression was that of a family that would veer more liberal than conservative, particularly at the mention of one parent’s background in environmental matters.
Does Schultz really want to start labeling those accused of crimes with a political preference? If she does, we could start with crimes committed by illegal aliens her party welcomes into the country, praises and openly solicits support from.
The Republican National Committee chair, Reince Priebus, sets a sharply different contrast to Shultz. Her rabid off-the-wall rhetoric is rarely based on fact.
Priebus on the other hand is a professional who measures what he says carefully and never demonizes anyone. Schultz could take a page from Preibus’ book and conduct herself in a more civil, rational manner.
As for the shooter’s politics, they’re closer to the Occupy crowd than the Tea Partiers. Friends described him as a "nihilist."
If you live in Schultz’s district, consider voting for Republican Karen Harrington to replace her. Schultz exemplifies everything that is wrong in Washington. We will never have real, positive change in Congress until politicos like Schultz are voted out.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Jan. 11, 2012)
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