The Wasserman Schultz double standard

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      Deneen Borelli

      Deneen Borelli is a Daily Caller Columnist. She is Director of Outreach at FreedomWorks. In her role, Deneen will speak at events promoting FreedomWorks’ pro-liberty agenda, participate in recruiting grassroots activists — including minorities — and aggressively challenge the misleading voices of the liberal black establishment. Deneen was previously a Fellow with Project 21. Deneen currently serves as an official contributor on the Fox News Channel programs and has appeared on FNC programs such as “Glenn Beck,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “Hannity” and “Fox and Friends.” Deneen has also appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. Deneen’s commentaries on the importance of freedom and limited government have been published by newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Baltimore Sun, Washington Examiner and Washington Times. She has also been a frequent speaker at political rallies and events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12 March on D.C. that drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. Previously, she served as Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). In that capacity, Deneen was the Executive Producer and co-host on “The CORE Hour,” a weekly internet radio talk show. Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. While at PM USA she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities while attending college in the evenings. Deneen has a B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York. Deneen has appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. She currently resides in Westchester County, New York.

Remember the controversy over that conservative congressman’s remark that any toddler who isn’t in school will likely end up in jail? Remember the liberal acrimony over this obviously racist insinuation that black kids can either shape up or be shipped off to prison?

Of course not. That’s made up. Had it happened, one would have had to live on the moon not to have heard about it.

But the insinuation was made — just not by a conservative. On March 3, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz (D-FL) took to the floor of the House to promote “how vital early education is in the development of children” and “how 50 years of solid research has shown that early education reduces crime.”

Since Wasserman Schultz was complaining about Republican legislation she alleged would cut early education funding, and since the National Center for Children in Poverty estimates that 34 percent of black children live in “poor families” (compared to just 10 percent of white children), she must have meant that, without federal aid, black kids are likely to turn into criminals.

Yet there was no outcry. In fact, President Obama selected her to run the Democratic National Committee about a month later.

There’s a definite liberal-conservative double standard when it comes to race and politics, and Wasserman Schultz should be the poster child for the problem.

In July, Wasserman Schultz got on the last nerve of Rep. Allen West (R-FL) when she took to the floor to denounce him for voting for Cut, Cap and Balance, a conservative debt-reduction plan. Though not mentioning West by name, Wasserman Schultz was unambiguous about her target, saying that “the gentleman from Florida” supported “protecting tax breaks for Big Oil, millionaires and companies who ship jobs overseas” by wanting to cut spending that would “increase the costs for Medicare beneficiaries.”

Out of the 234 members who voted for the bill — for which West was not the author or floor manager — Wasserman Schultz specifically targeted West. Could it be that she singled out West because he’s a black conservative?

Wasserman Schultz has gone after West before, most notably at a 2010 rally outside his campaign headquarters where she claimed he thought it was alright “to objectify and denigrate women.”

In an interview with talk radio host Mark Levin last month, shortly after the House floor incident, West noted: “I’m the threat because I’m the guy that got off their [liberal] plantation, and they cannot afford to have a strong voice such as mine out there.”

The woman is obsessed with race but not adept at dealing the race card. In June, Wasserman Schultz was forced to backtrack for using the “wrong analogy” when she told TV One’s Roland Martin that state voter ID laws would “literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws” that enforced segregation and otherwise limited the rights of black Americans.

Wasserman Schultz once demanded more minority judges, saying the bench needed people who “understand what discrimination feels like.” She opposed protecting military veterans from hate crimes because it would be “belittling” to blacks, gays and Jews in her district.

Liberals have never been shy about exploiting race for political gain, but Wasserman Schultz’s appallingly bad technique would be comical if it weren’t so irresponsible.

West has finally had enough. Two weeks ago, he called out Wasserman Schultz in an e-mail to her and congressional leaders, saying that she engaged in “heinous characterless behavior” and that “you have proven repeatedly that you are not a Lady.”

He’s right: Wasserman Schultz was not acting in a ladylike or a collegial way when she denounced West’s vote for Cut, Cap and Balance. Harsh words, but earned.

Deneen Borelli is a Daily Caller columnist. She is also a Fellow with Project 21, a network of black conservatives. Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research, a national public policy group based in Washington, D.C.

  • Jamesdun41

    I am so glad to see black people added to the roles of conservatives. it is not the color of the skin it is the ideas of liberals that anger me. be black be proud and be conservative! 

  • http://twitter.com/JenkinsKing Helen

    PC has been stuck in STUPID so long they don’t know which way is up or which way is down- looks the same. Race and class warfare has been only weapons in arsenal. With blacks-conservative, educated, politically astute and economically independent- in their face, they continue to play the race card: ” you poor people” need us wonderful missionaries to protect you from those Republican reptiles. So, even their Trojan Horse, President (let’s not tell them he is black) Barack Hussein Obama struggling to fundamentally transform America- is failing miserably and spectacularly. PC believed 2008, election provided them long awaited opening-minute’ sliver of light, that closed almost immediately. With each pull of voting lever, urban plantation gates swung wide open. NAACP -joke- Civil Rights Movement Relics/ Race Hustlers and Poverty Pimps, blinded by freedom’s lights watched like deer caught in headlights as their hostages fled open cages. America, a nation based on faith is a witness to SATAN being relegated to the roaring flames of HELL, his minions, Marxist/Socialists who had planned, schemed long and hard for America’s fundamental transformation. Fatal flaw? Leaving God out of the equation. Debbie Wassermann Shultz is a Don Quixote, tilting at windmills. The difference today, conservative black Americans did not get the memo that said, PC is always right. Never contradict! Faith brings change. Keep the faith and the conversation going.