Debbie has been caught doing it again.
Early this month, Democratic National Committe Chairmwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz went after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, claiming that he "has given women the back of his hand," and that "Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are ... grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back." I wrote at the time that I did not believe Wasserman-Schultz's supposed "walkback" to be genuine. The Washington Free Beacon has corroborated that suspicion, reporting, with video support seen after the jump, that the Badger State incident was not the first time she used the language of domestic violence to smear a Republican officeholder:
From the Free Beacon report:
At Charlie Crist’s primary victory party a month before, the chairwoman made a similar remark against Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Wasserman Schultz applauded Crist, a former Republican, and slammed Scott. “It’s Charlie Crist, the Democrat, that had my back,” she said. “Rick Scott has given us the back of his hand.”
If Wasserman-Schultz was genuinely sorry after the Walker incident, she would have apologized for her previous smear — or perhaps smears, if there have been other instances. But she didn't. Cased closed. She didn't mean it.
The press gets an assist here. Wasserman-Schultz's comment after Crist's Democratic primary win, which apparently was not reported anywhere, seems to have emboldened her into believing that she would suffer no consequences for repeating and buidling on her intemperance..
As to who has given the back of the hand, using Wasserman-Schultz's words, to Floridians, I nominate Charlie Crist. The following table speaks for itself:
Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.