Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, waded into the Wisconsin’s governor’s race, according to a Wednesday story in Politico, and used the language of domestic violence to attack the incumbent Republican Scott Walker. She said that Walker, who is in a close race for reelection, “has given women the back of his hand.” She went on to savage Republicans in general by saying they are “are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back.”
Democrats have been using the “war on women” meme for quite some time to some effect against Republicans, dating back to the 2012 campaign. But the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, no supporter of Gov. Walker, opined that Wasserman Schultz had gone too far, terming her rhetoric that of a “third rate radio talk show host” and notte radio talk show host" and not the head of a major political party. That sentiment was echoed by other mainstream media outlets.
Walker has been a prime target for national Democrats ever since his fight over the right of public sector unions to strike had sparked violent protests at the state capital in Madison. He had survived a recall election in 2012 and is currently embroiled in a campaign finance investigation over allegations of illegal coordination with outside groups. He has successfully revamped Wisconsin’s state budget despite a court challenge brought by Democrats.
Wasserman Shultz has become notorious for using fiery rhetoric to attack Republicans since she began her tenure as head of the DNC. She is one of the main proponents of using the “war on women” theme to paint the Republicans as the party of misogyny. She may have gone too far, however, by suggesting that Walker and Republicans actually favor violence against women, even by speaking in metaphor. Walker is now considered neck and neck with his Democratic opponent.