Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, is being called on to step down after telling The New York Times that young women took their abortion rights for granted.
“Here’s what I see: a complacency among the generation of young women whose entire lives have been lived after Roe v. Wade was decided,” she said.
That comment inspired outrage from the leftist activist group Credo Action, who accused the DNC chair of being out of touch with the younger generation. “As DNC chair, you have repeatedly failed to act in the best interests of progressives and the Democratic Party,” the group said in a petition. “You have lost the trust of grassroots progressives and Democrats. Please resign immediately.”
Schultz clarified her comment in a statement that…essentially said the exact same thing she said originally. “For many in my generation who lived the majority of our lives with the right to make our own health care choices, there wasn’t a sense of urgency after Roe v. Wade settled our right to a safe and legal abortion,” she said. “My goal for the entire Democratic family for 2016 is to…ensure no one is complacent with so much at stake.”
Schultz isn’t just feeling the heat over her abortion comments, though. Many, including Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, have accused her of limiting Democratic primary debates so that Hillary Clinton won’t have to face the music. Schultz has also been criticized for being unable to explain the difference between a socialist and a Democrat, an answer her favorite candidate is likewise unable to articulate.
Whether this comes to anything or not, it’s clear that the Democratic Party is not the well-oiled machine the media makes it out to be, contrasting it with the ideological fractures on the right. The same splintering is happening in their party, with many of the extreme liberals as unhappy with Clinton as their conservative counterparts were with Jeb Bush. Their answer to Donald Trump – Sanders – has yet to really threaten Clinton, quite possibly because he gets virtually no airtime.
It’s also remarkable to look into the belly of the beast, as it were; the liberals calling for Schultz’s resignation are something to behold. A look through Twitter gives you classic phrases like “reproductive justice” and “the abortion access crisis.” You thought mainstream Democrats were wacky. These lunatics, poised to push the party to the left of Obama, are frightening in a whole new way.