That is the first word that comes to mind in describing the comments made by Florida congresswoman and Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz about Gov. Scott Walker, R. Wis., this week.
Speaking to a group of women at the Milwaukee Athletic Club on Wednesday, Wasserman Schultz said:
“Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality.”
Apparently not direct enough because Wasserman Schultz felt the need to continue:
“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.”
Her comments just aren’t outrageous. They’re also insulting.
And I don’t just mean to Walker. Wasserman Schultz’s comments are insulting to women. Using words that describe actual physical abuse towards women as an analogy for how she believes a particular candidate’s policy positions affect women makes light of the real issue of domestic abuse.
And language like “grabbing us by the hair,” in addition to continuing the abuse analogy, also calls up silly images of a little boy pulling a young girl’s pony tail. Does she really think that kind of talk paints women in a professional, serious and “equal playing field” light?
The truth is, Wasserman Schultz and all her left-wing pals marching in the “war on women” parade are the ones who continue to pull women back. They are the ones who want to deny women the freedom of choosing their own doctor or the school that is best for their child. They are the ones who want to keep women in the dark about the health risks of abortion. They are the ones who have promoted economic policies resulting in more Americans being on food stamps than ever before. It is under their leadership that fewer Americans either have or are looking for jobs today than at any point since 1978. And they are the ones that continue to keep women’s confidence down with false rhetoric and numbers about equal pay.
Unfortunately, there is plenty of evidence that rhetoric often trumps reality.
An August Marquette University Law School poll found that among registered voters women support Democrat Mary Burke over incumbent Scott Walker by 49 percent to 42 percent. Men favor Walker 54 percent to 39 percent. But the same poll showed an even wider margin among likely voters with women supporting Burke over Walker by 56 percent to 38 percent, and men giving Walker a 17-point edge, supporting him 57 percent to 40 percent over Burke.
The Left uses the “war on women” mantra not because it’s real but because, to date, it has worked. They don’t care about women as individuals, they care about them as a monolithic voting bloc. The only potential positive outcome of Wasserman Schultz’s comments is that perhaps American women will finally see her and other “war on women” shills for what they really are: outrageous.