Democrats seem not only unwilling to defend the premise but, in some cases, are coming out against it. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, have both recently been asked about “The War on Women,” and their answers were not what you might expect.
On CNN’s State of the Union on April 8, Cleaver was speaking out against the term “War on Religion.” Cleaver was asked “Is it similarly wrong to say that the Republican Party is engaged in a ‘War on Women?’” and he replied “Yes, that is wrong, and I’ve never said it. Not one time.”
Cleaver stated that exaggerated rhetoric on either side was incorrect, which is more than most in the Democratic Party are willing to admit.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz was on the same program, and refused to say whether or not the slur “War on Women” was appropriate.
When asked “Do you think ‘War on Women’ actually helps the dialogue?” she did not directly respond. Instead she said “We need to look at what Republicans are saying about the policies towards women themselves,” and went on with her partisan talking points.
“The focus of the Republican Party on turning back the clock for women really is something that’s unacceptable and shows how callous and insensitive they are towards women’s priorities,” she said.
Wasserman Schultz’s unwillingness to answer a direct question is hardly unusual, but she has a history of being willing to say anything for the party. As the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, it is her job, but she skirted the issue on this question.
Is it possible that Democrats are starting to realize the meme doesn’t have legs? Or have they simply moved on to other trumped-up issues to divide us?