Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Jimmy Hoffa's "Take These Son of a Bitches Out" Idea: Babble

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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, apparently not the spokeswoman for Jimmy Hoffa.
As Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz ought to know, when she's invited to a Fox News interview, it's probably a trap.

Naturally, when she was invited on to Fox & Friends this morning, it wasn't to talk about constituent services or even to comment on the recent release of unemployment numbers -- it was time for her to comment on Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa's statement that working Americans should "take these son of bitches out" ("son of bitches" being Republicans).

As Mr. T might say, Wasserman Schultz's response was some jibber-jabber.

Asked for an "official response" as DNC chair, Wasserman Schultz responded, "My official response is that we make sure that we focus on the middle class and working families and that we bring everyone in this country together from both sides of the aisle to focus like a laser on continuing to get this economy turned around," followed by more rambling before she was cut off and asked to answer the question.

The second time, Wasserman Schultz was asked a bit more specifically by host Gretchen Carlson to respond to Hoffa's statement, "Let's take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong."

For her second response, Wasserman Schultz said, "My response is that we should be working together and focused on creating jobs -- you know, when I'm home, I was just home in South Florida, before we're coming back into session this week, and what people talk to me about in the town hall meetings that I held were, 'Debbie, we need you to focus on job creation; we need to make sure that you guys go back to Washington and work together,'" again continuing some babble before being cut off again.

On the third attempt to sucker Wasserman Schultz into standing up for Hoffa, she decided to take it out on Fox News.

"Really, Gretchen?" she said. "How many times have you called out the coarse language at Tea Party rallies on this network? Almost never."

On her fourth and final attempt to give her official response, Wasserman Schultz said, "OK, my official response is that I know the American people... like President Obama understands want us to focus on working together, want us to focus on -- when I went home, my constituents asked me to come back to Washington and help continue to get this economy turned around. That's my official response."

And to answer your questions, no, it didn't make sense on TV either, and no, we still don't know whether people are supposed to "take these son of bitches out."

Here's the video for that one, which starts the Hoffa drama around the 3:15 mark:


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KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

http://www.alternet.org/newsan...

Fox News Fakes Hoffa's Labor Speech to Spread Lies, Condemnation

Right wingers are currently stumbling over themselves to condemn the Labor Day speech of James Hoffa, accusing him of making "calls to violence" and accusing Obama of complicity for not denouncing him. But it's just not true:

BTW Mr RAH, if you are still lurking defend this one. It is incidents , such as this, coupled with the unflattering labeling of liberals as pussified members of the dilettante, that makes us jump into the gutter of name calling to draw the attention of the drones aka Tea Party members.

Al Sharpee
Al Sharpee

Debbie is a union member's idea of "hot."

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Jimmy Hoffa's been dead for 40 years. Why dig up one of his comments? Or are you talking about his son?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I don't directly advocate violence but the truth is the labor movement in this country was won by men who were willing to put their lives on the line. They never shied away from a fight, especially when management would send their goons into the streets to break-up a strike.

Anyone who thinks we can talk our way out of this present gilded age is fooling themselves. The elitist pigs who continue to send millions of jobs overseas need first to be shamed into doing the right thing.

And if that doesn't work......well......

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Oh Little Debbie. You gotta beef up if you wanna play with the big boys. If you're gonna go over the ropes into the ring, just give them a "fuck off" response.

SMDrPepper
SMDrPepper

Umm how is it Schulz's fault for what Hoffa said?  She had nothing to do with it, but she was so right about FOX being strangely silent about the tea baggers crap.  Course considering how much the tea baggers hate the common man, Hoffa isnt far off.

BigRMV
BigRMV

 Actually, the point being made is that he said things that were not in keeping with the "new civility" that President Obama--the guy whom Hoffa made the opening remarks for--had called for.  So people wondered WHY no one from Team Obama even batted an eye when "WORDS HAVE CONSEQUENCES" was quite the rallying cry for the Left WAAAAY back in February of 2011.

Bonzodog1217
Bonzodog1217

an infection of the crothch can be "hot", also...

Al Sharpee
Al Sharpee

We're wishing his son would join him.  Any new stadiums need fill?

RAH
RAH

The labor movement was started by the communist party.  Do your homework!

John Henry
John Henry

They sure did lose in Wisconsin. You forget one important fact--people in the labor movement back then weren't pussies. How come they're not on a "lets fight for our rights" rampage there???

lemminghunter
lemminghunter

@KennyPowersll:disqus Yeah, that'd be exactly the same intellectual and emotional level that Jimmy Hoffa operates at.  Especially when standing up to the "big boys" like Gretchen Carlson, former beauty queen.

RAH
RAH

No body is say DWS is "responsible" and that wasn't the question she was asked.  It's about "do as I say, not as I do".  The President accused the Tea Party and GOP of violent rhetoric last year and made a speech about "toning it down".  Hoffa's comments were in a speech introducing the president but the DNC and the WH are utterly silent.  DWS was asked about the rhetoric - it's fair considering the left is always accusing the right of rhetoric.  In fact,  DWS is the DNC chair, who has used her fair share of incendiary comments - I believe she said conservatives want to "revert to the days of Jim Crow.." (no racism there, Debs!...coming from the party who likes to keep the minority IN the minority!). 

You can't defend the indefensible, and DWS just proved that.  Democrats are now reduced to vile rhetoric, pejoratives (like Kenny's use of "tea bagger"…what a child!), and slander.   Blatant hypocrites.

lemminghunter
lemminghunter

@SMDrPepper:twitter So all those times over the years that Republicans have been asked by the media to comment on or condemn some stupid comment by a right-winger, you've been there demanding to know why it would be their fault?  Not, hypocrite.

So listen up, expert, tell me specifically what "tea bagger crap" you're referring to that Fox News was "strangely silent" about.  You can't, can you?  Of course not, Einstein, because you're just mindlessly parroting bumper-sticker nonsense.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Makes me wonder how many of these tea baggers are retired on union negotiated pensions.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

To your point found above, no one suggested that unions were the reason why the nation thrived in the 50's, 60's and 70's. The point was, the nation thrived when we manufactured products right here at home, and these companies thrived despite the existence of these unions.

Then, the treasonous pigs got greedy and sent millions of jobs overseas.

And the rest-- as they say-- is history.

If you don't comprehend that this is the primary reason for our economic demise, then you are a fool.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

General Motors and Ford Motor Co., two of America's strongest companies, are both heavily unionized, top to bottom. The America economy in 1946-56 was heavily unionized and thriving. Corporations fear unions because of (1) greed and (2) dictatorial power, neither of which is the American way or the Christian way.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

So you don't like Hoffa or Debbie? Gretchen Carlson Beauty queen? WTF does that have to do with anything?

BigRMV
BigRMV

Let's not forget that the President's speech was for all intents and purposes a campaign stop in a battleground state.  The day, time, and audience were chosen to bolster support for the incumbent.  And since DWS is the DNC's mouth piece and designated hitter, she should not only have expected the question (or trap, as stated by the author), but she should have had a prepared response instead of pretending the question never happened.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII

Here's a pejorative piece of vile rhetoric for you a la Jimmy Hoffa. Fuck off.

BTW, how should we well mannered anti tea party folk refer to you since teabaggers label is so inflammatory?

BigRMV
BigRMV

What?  Just a fool?  Not a "son of a bitch" like Mr. Hoffa led me to believe?

I am soooo disappointed.

But thank you so much for telling me that your opinion/point is SO MUCH better than mine (or all others, I presume?).  It's so convenient when someone I've never met tells me to disregard a lifetime of experience and listen only to him.

BTW, smart guy:  WHY do you think corporations send jobs overseas instead of keeping them here?  My guess--and this is just that experience talking again--is that they do it to remain competitive and turn a profit.  Something that's hard to do when the unions demand more and more of the pie.

Anyway, thanks for the Valentine.  I'll keep it forever in my Hope and Change chest.

BigRMV
BigRMV

 You make false comparisons.  The time period to which you allude was a time of growth because the world war had just ended and people who had been without were suddenly allowed to indulge, enjoy life a bit, and start thinking about normal lives again.  Moreover, a good portion of Europe needed our industry because theirs was destroyed.  That means we were producing and exporting a lot of goods and reaping the rewards.

In addition our war industry never waned because just a few years later, Korea, then Vietnam erupted, driving that production.  Add to that the National Highway System that Eisenhower initiated when he took office (precipitated by his realization that we would need an interstate highway system for logistical support if another war were to break out)

To give the unions credit for the post WWII boom is just naive and wrong.

RAH
RAH

Corporations fear unions?  Or unions fear corporations?  Unions try to dictate through threats.  It's the quintessential “biting of the hand that feeds you”.  It mystifies me that unions have gotten so big that, as replaceable workers, they assume they can tell make demands on the people who had the entrepreneurial spirit to start the very corporation that employs them.  (Industrial) Unions and their members are beholden to corporations; without them (industrial) unions would not exist.

This economic climate is primed for corporations to de-unionize, so is corporate "fear" really the issue? There are plenty of non-union people w/o work who would be happy to have the jobs of which overly demanding union laborers take advantage. 

In the 1900s the Communist Party USA was largely behind the success of labor unions - what does that tell you?  War and wall street improvements, thus economic recovery in the 40s are the reasons behind the economic prosperity the country experienced.  Unions just happened to benefit from that prosperity, too. To say they are the source or the reason for the prosperity is incorrect.  

We no longer live in the pre-industrial era where people work in subpar environments, forced 80+ hour weeks, or suffer the tragedies of child labor.  Unions have outlived their useful life.  The auto industry is a perfect example of that and one very big reason why the American car has fallen behind. Also, take a look at our horrid public schools and our postal service and what is behind them? Unions. Besides, if someone cannot properly negotiate his/her own wages and benefits or work hard enough to keep his/her job and promote on merit like the rest of us, then whose fault is that?

RAH
RAH

I'm not a tea party "folk", but do despise the school-yard name calling.  And since you do know the correct term yet purposely use the pejorative (do you know what "teabagging" means?), then you've answered your own question.  Let's move on.

RAH
RAH

Ah, see, there you go again showing of your command of the English language.  I wonder if you are smart enough to realize you just proved my point... nahhhh.... 

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