Don’t Do It Like That
Surely we can have political debates without demeaning women
“Debbie does Radical Muslim Fundraiser,” reads a blogpost headline on Republican candidate Joe Kaufman’s campaign website, an obvious, if largely uncreative, allusion to the 1978 pornographic film Debbie Does Dallas. The post is about Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Jewish Democrat from Florida (and head of the Democratic National Committee), giving the keynote address at the annual banquet for Florida non-profit Emerge USA, which Kaufman calls a “radical Muslim group with ties to the Obama Administration.” According to the group’s website, Emerge USA encourages American Muslims to engage politically by voting and becoming active in local government. Kaufman, a Republican mounting a congressional campaign to unseat Wasserman Schultz, singles out Khurrum Wahid, a Florida lawyer and founding member of Emerge USA, who has defended individuals accused of terrorist acts, including Shahawar Matin Siraj, who in 2006 was convicted of a plot to blow up the Herald Square subway station. Wahid is on the board of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews.
But let’s back up. Are people actually, in 2012, identifying a female politician by using a riff on a porn title? This is not the first time. In January, the Daily Caller featured a post titled, “The DC Morning: Debbie Does Caucus.” A January video posted on Weasel Zippers was titled “Debbie Does Class Warfare.”
You may well have a legitimate case to make. Why don’t you get back to us when you want to be taken seriously.
Debbie does Radical Muslim Fundraiser [Kaufman for Congress]
The DC Morning: Debbie Does Caucus [Daily Caller]
Debbie Does Class Warfare: People Doing Well Should Not Be Doing “Better”… [Weasel Zippers]