DNC Chair takes more friendly fire in "war on women"

A couple of days back, Noah noted a rather embarrassing moment for DNC chair Debby Wasserman Schultz, who got on the wrong side of the War on Wimmenz during some remarks about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. (Assuming, that is, that she’s still capable of feeling embarrassed.) A quick refresher:

Getting a little over excited at a women’s issues event in Milwaukee, Wasserman Schultz accused Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker of engaging in domestic violence against women. She said that Walker has “given women the back of his hand” and is “grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back.”

That was bad enough in and of itself, but Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner did a bit of digging and found out that Debbie’s timing was even worse than originally thought. Those comments came less than a fortnight after she did an appearance in support of a candidate with a rather interesting record on the whole men vs women thing.

Ten days before Democratic Party Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fl., accused Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s policies of hurting women and “grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back,” she went to bat for a New Mexico House candidate and lawyer who has defended abusive husbands, according to court documents.

Wasserman Schultz was in Albuquerque Aug. 24 to promote Democrats, including 2nd Congressional District candidate Roxanne Lara, an attorney whose practice includes family and divorce law. Her campaign biography said the Carlsbad attorney focuses on defending abused children.

In four cases from 2001 to 2012 reviewed by Secrets, she defended a man who allegedly sexually abused his estranged wife, another who allegedly beat his wife and forced her on drugs she was allergic to, another who smashed up his estranged wife’s home, according to a police report, and a fourth accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend.

In reality, the GOP should have at least a few qualms about taking this particular attack line against Lara. Everyone who goes into any sort of court action in the United States should be able to have legal representation. And this applies not only to defendants in criminal cases, but perhaps even more so to those who wind up in family court fighting an ugly divorce battle. A truly messy divorce has been known on more than a few occasions to see some truly awful accusations hurled back and forth which may or may not be grounded in reality. It’s true that a practice such as Lara’s generally has the legal ability to pass on some of these cases, but they are in business to fight precisely such wars.

But at the same time, this is politics, and the reality is that nearly everything is fair game. Optics plays a huge role for players in our game, and Debbie opened herself – and Lara – up to a heaping serving of mockery on this occasion. It goes back to the old rule about people in glass houses hurling stones – don’t go wagging your tongue about the war on women while giving the appearance of having a few scalps hanging from your belt.