Jewish Women & The Public Sphere (Debbie Wasserman-Schultz)

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Before all this, who knew who Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was? I didn’t. Lost in all the hullabaloo about how terrible Wasserman-Schultz is supposed to be is the probable fact that she was chosen to be the DNC chair, not because she coddled up to “Wall Street money,” but because she went after Republicans. That’s one takeaway from Nathan Guttman’s piece about her and the controversy now surrounding her generated by the Sanders campaign. “As DNC chair she came under fire from Republicans for suggesting they want to ‘end Medicare as we know it,’ and to ‘drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws,’ and rumors following the previous election cycle suggested members of Obama’s close circle wanted to replace her as DNC chair because they believed her harsh style was not effective.” Of note too is that Wasserman-Schultz represents a southern Florida district with a lot of Jews. With backing from Sanders, the candidate now running against her is pandering to those Jewish voters by using her vote in support (!!) of President Obama in the Iran Deal against her.  You can read the article here. In the environment of a presidential campaign, all kinds of things get said about a person, some of which may not be true. It’s strange how one fine day large segments from the left suddenly discovered Wasserman-Schultz and turned on her as if she were the devil incarnate. It’s politics, to be sure; no more and no less; like Sanders now supporting all of a sudden a critic of the Iran Deal. Regarding this animus against Wasserman-Schultz, one would like to think that gender has nothing to do with it.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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One Response to Jewish Women & The Public Sphere (Debbie Wasserman-Schultz)

  1. N.S. Palmer says:

    Sen. Everett Dirksen (D-IL) said something that is regrettable but true: “If you want a friend in Washington, buy a dog.”

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