Earlier this week, the Democratic National Committee announced Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will take the helm to fill the void left by former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in 2012.
Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, who is hardly a conservative by any stretch of the imagination, described Wasserman Schultz as an ideal person for the job, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. The reason: Wasserman Schultz is the type of person who would “demagogue” the recently released Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan budget proposal, which she has recently demonstrated a willingness to do.
“One thing that is not so wrong about it is that she’s apt to be more strident about the issue of the budget and the debt,” Thomas said on the broadcast of ‘Inside Washington’ set to air this weekend. “And what I fear is going on is the Democrats are just going to demagogue their way to reelection in 2012 for Obama because of what Ryan did — what he talked about. He did the brave thing with entitlements. The Democrats will now accuse the Republicans — it’s an old page in their playbook — will accuse the Republican of throwing granny in the snow. It’s a pretty good tactic and she’s the type of person that’s going to carry it out.”
Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer doubled down on Thomas’ claim and said that saying throwing “granny in the snow” was mild. The DNC would say that the so-called Ryan plan would “kill granny,” he explained.
“DNC is saying right now that the Ryan plan is going to kill granny,” Krauthammer said. “’Throwing her in the snow gives — it gives too much credit to the Ryan plan. It’s going to be one of the most demagogic campaigns I’ve ever seen. I think it’s incredibly irresponsible and I think it might actually work. I think that if you’re a Democrat and you want to get reelected in 2012, as Obama does, I will bet he will sit back and ride the anti-Ryan demagoguery all the way to reelection.”