Friday, July 22, 2011

Sexism or Stupidity: If We're Talking About the U.S. House - Probably Both

When Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz took to the podium on the House floor this Tuesday, she should have tried to get Rep. Allen West to stick around so she could’ve addressed her remarks to him directly because it seems clear that West doesn’t like it when people talk about him behind his back.

She excoriated the GOP rep in her floor remarks which probably got little attention from anyone other than West himself. In return, West took the high road, when he emailed the congressional leadership and cc’d Wasserman Schultz.

After West accuses Wasserman Schultz of not being a lady, he goes on to say, "Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. [Here's where it gets good.] You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up."

The subject heading of West's email: "Unprofessional and Inappropriate Sophomoric Behavior from Wasserman Schultz."

What happened to turning the other cheek West? This fight reminds me of two kids arguing over a toy and one saying to the other - "You're fat." What happened to proportional responses?

Strangely enough, Wasserman Schultz went on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer where she announced that West actually lives in her district. She said that she was doing her duty on behalf of her constituents (of which West is apparently included) to lambast her Republican colleague, saying he wants to slash benefit programs for seniors. Now the question is - why the hell is West living in a district that he doesn’t represent as a U.S. Congressman?

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