by Jack Minor
In an indication of what can be expected during the 2012 campaign, the new chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee apparently has no problem accusing opponents of racism, wanting to kill people and other “hateful” words.
Rep. Debbie Schultz (D-Fla.) was elected chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee in April. Speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, Schultz was advocating for immigration reform. She said “the Republican solution that I’ve seen in the last three years is that we should just pack them all up and ship them back to their own countries and that, in fact, it should be a crime and we should arrest them all.”
Conservative groups have commented that Schultz’s statements are incredible because illegal immigration is, by definition, illegal and a crime.
Following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by a left wing shooter, prominent liberals demanded that conservatives stop using what they called “hateful” speech. NPR said Arizona had “been roiled by incendiary debate over illegal immigrants and has also become ground zero for those questioning Obama’s birthplace.”
Politico.com reported that a veteran Democratic operative told them that Obama needs “to deftly pin this on the tea partiers just like the Clinton White house deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”
The call for civility appears not to apply to Schultz. Among other statements, Schultz said Republican attempts to reduce the deficit would kill seniors. She made it plain she was not speaking figuratively. She said “this plan would literally be a death trap for seniors.”
Attempts to safeguard the integrity of the ballot box are called racist. Currently, if a person shows up to vote and there is a question about their being registered to vote they can cast a provisional ballot, which is held until the person’s eligibility can be confirmed. Appearing on a show with Roland Martin, an African-American political commentator for CNN Schultz said Republicans, “literally want to drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws.”
GOP leaders expressed outrage with the statement, saying Schultz’s statement was basically calling Republicans racists for wanting to ensure only eligible citizens voted in elections.
Schultz went on to say voter fraud was almost non-existent. “There’s so little voter fraud, and I mean you’re more likely to get hit by lightning than you are to see an instance of voter fraud in this country.”
The statement contradicts Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who said records indicate there is a possibility that as many as 5000 ineligible voters may have cast a ballot in the last election.
Schultze’s comments echo those by another former DNC interim chair, Donna Brazile, who said Florida election law changes following widespread fraud by ACORN in the last presidential election amounted to attempting to keep black voters from voting. In a USA Today column, Brazile criticized changes to voting laws in Florida that would require groups conducting voter registration drives to turn in forms within 48 hours of gathering the signature. Other changes in the law would change early voting from 14 days to eight.