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Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
Douglas MacKinnon Columns

America needs to deal with partisan hacks


There was once a horror movie with the tagline: “If this doesn’t make your skin crawl … it’s on too tight.”

Politically, that tagline could speak to some of the pronouncements of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee and a representative from Florida’s 23rd Congressional District. There are few in Congress more partisan or more willing to spew vile, divisive and often completely false rhetoric than Wasserman Schultz.

Just Wednesday in Wisconsin, she created a firestorm when she said of Republican Gov. Scott Walker: “Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand…What Republican Tea Party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back.”

Wisconsin Republican Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch responded to the local media that she was “shocked” that Wasserman Schultz used domestic violence language to make a political point and that “I think the remarks were absolutely hideous and the motive behind them was despicable.”

Even the Democratic candidate Wasserman Shultz was trying to help quickly distanced herself from the Chair of the Democratic National Committee. “That’s not the type of language that Mary Burke would use, or has used…there is plenty that she and Governor Walker disagree on, but those disagreements can and should be pointed out respectfully,” said her spokesperson.

When she speaks of hardworking and patriotic Americans who happen to be Republican, it seems she is attacking enemies of our nation. Her words drip with anger and contempt. A few years ago, in the face of commonsense and needed legislation to have voters produce a legal ID to vote, Wasserman Schultz said, “Now you have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to the Jim Crow laws and literally — and very transparently — block access to the polls to voters who are more likely to vote Democratic candidates than Republican candidates.”

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The comparison was so inflammatory it created an instant firestorm within even the liberal media, and Wasserman Schultz was forced to retract it. But she has since gone on to make the vilification of Republicans — much of it for fundraising purposes — the center of her partisan life.

Now, she is in the news again. This time she is opining on the “GOP’s Woman Problem.” That’s nice, but as she is the political Queen of Mean, she might want to address “America’s Partisan Hack Problem” and how best to solve that. On that subject, she could lead by example and resign.

Actually, if for the good of the nation we could get Wasserman Schultz to resign, we would need a Republican partisan hack to join her. If we continued the trend and traded off one partisan hack for the other, Congress would soon be about empty, but the United States would be dramatically better off.

In a number of ways, the Republican Party does have a woman problem. It also has a minority problem and a youth problem. Some of that is self-inflicted, and much of it is manufactured by a mainstream media unethically trying to advance the liberal agenda of the White House and the Democratic Party.

More than 20 years ago, I wrote a column for USA Today saying that if the GOP did not reach out in a meaningful way to African-American and minority voters, it was in trouble. The demographics of 2014 show it’s more important than ever that the Republican Party broaden its appeal and its base if it hopes to be competitive in the coming years. That said, it is equally important the GOP does not water down its principles or turn on conservatives who refuse to do so.

More than a woman problem, I would submit the Republican Party has a growing conservative problem. As the establishment of the GOP continues to go along to get along and morphs into a mirror image of the Democratic Party, more conservatives and people of faith are turning their backs on the GOP.

To Wasserman Schultz, I would say women, minorities and the youth of our nation have a “Liberal Democrat Problem.” A big one. For years, liberals have taken women, minorities and young people — and their votes — for granted. Wasserman Schultz hopes that if she continues to vilify, accuse and grandstand, those her party pretends to help won’t notice.

Should those constituencies pause to do their own homework and seek out the unbiased truth, they may quickly come to the same conclusion many conservatives have already reached. America has a “Partisan Hack Problem.”

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