Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) received some feminist support in her dispute with fellow Floridian Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.). A group of Democratic women representatives have called on West to apologize for calling Schultz “vile,” “despicable,” and “not a lady.”
Democratic Reps. Gwen Moore, Lois Capps, Jackie Speier, Donna Edwards, and Carolyn Maloney also wanted House GOP leaders to publicly disavow them. This group of women seem to be getting hysterical over simple political name-calling, and appear as though they are pulling out the sexism card to end political discourse.
Gwen Moore stated, “We see this as a historic and systemic way that women have been subjected to sexism particularly in this venue, in this political environment,” and went on to complain that “once again we have been told that in order to be a ‘lady,’ we need to just stay in our places.”
It is important to remember that this controversy began when Rep. Schultz went on to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and scolded Allen West after speaking in favor of the Republicans’ “Cut, Cap and Balance” budget plan.
Schultz then publicly chastised West and expressed astonishment that the “gentleman from South Florida” was supporting a bill that she interpreted as hurting his constituents; the many retired people living there.
But her berating of a fellow representative did not stop there, Debbie Wasserman Schultz went on to state that his actions were “unbelievable for a member from South Florida.“
With a half an hour West fired back in an e-mail calling Schultz “the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable” member of the house. He went on to tell her that she was a coward and that she should “shut the heck up.”
It about time that someone told this woman what she needed to hear and if she can’t stand the heat, she should stay out of the kitchen. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has repeated taunted West in public, even heading up a protest march outside West’s campaign headquarters. She has made earlier charges against this man, claiming that he associated with vicious, degrading attitudes toward women because he contributed a column to a biker magazine that some found objectionable.
Well what is good for the goose, is good for the gander, and Ms. Schultz, along with her cackle of fellow women, are acting completely inappropriately. Politics is a dirty game, and Schultz has demonstrated her ability to play the game as well as any one else, male or female. But now that someone is standing up to her, and gives her a taste of her own medicine, the poor little victim cries sexism. Well too bad for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
These women are a disgrace to all the strong and capable women who can engage in a political argument without crying sexism when they face a strong opponent. By crying and whining about sexism, these women are only reinforcing the defective idea that women are the weaker sex and incapable of being professional. Women have come too far in this country to put up with women who cry sexism when they are faced with adversity.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and her feminist allies, must either play the game as it is, or get off the field and make room for more deserving, stronger, and capable women. They are found in the Republican Party.