DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz hit a new low yesterday when she described Gov. Walker and the Tea Party in terms of domestic violence during women's round table discussion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her comments have come under fire and caused quite a controversy, with Republicans expressing outrage as well as taking the opportunity for fundraising.
"Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. I know that is reality."
"What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch."
As a reminder, in the wake of the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, Schultz put on her frowny face and admonished foolish America, saying "I think all of us need to be more careful about the words that we choose to use." Careful, indeed.
Shultz was immediately praised at the forum by Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, who called the remarks "courageous."
RNC Press Secretary Kirsten Kukowski released a statement yesterday condemning the remarks:
"This is a sad attempt to gain political points that’s offensive to victims of abuse and well beneath the chair of a major political party. It’s a new low for an already flailing Democrat Party. Mary Burke should denounce the leader of her party or explain why she’s standing by as Democrats mislead Wisconsin voters."
For their part, the DNC tried to mend fences with a mealy-mouthed statement that read in part:
"Domestic violence is an incredibly serious issue and the Congresswoman was by no means belittling the very real pain survivors experience,"
... because wishing makes it so. Schultz is no stranger to outlandish comments, but ridiculously, she is also no stranger to condemning over the top rhetoric, nor is she new to blaming everything on the tea party:
Yes, that is Debbie condemning the rhetoric of the woman-beating tea party. She is claiming the woman-beating tea party treats opponents like the enemy. She thinks the woman-beating tea party should tone down their rhetoric.
So remember folks, don't treat your opponent like your enemy, or like they are a liar. Just call them a domestic abuser who is smacking women and pulling their hair. Because civil discourse, you guys!