Chan Lowe: West/Wasserman Schultz flap, Round II
Verrrry classy. It’s not that Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a shrinking violet—as fellow South Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings put it, “Debbie can take care of herself”⎯but what Rep. Allen West is accomplishing with his schoolyard comments is the further poisoning of the already toxic atmosphere in Congress.
As the figureheads of what amounts to their own personal corporate pyramids, members of Congress can easily forget that it isn’t all about them. They have been sent to Washington to do the nation’s business, and smart-mouth lines like a fellow congressperson making him want to vomit not only diminish Mr. West, they erode what is left of the comity needed to get anything done for the country.
It’s bad enough that members of opposing parties rarely socialize outside of work (an activity that used to prevent them from demonizing each other), but Mr. West and Ms. Wasserman Schultz are reported not even to be on speaking terms. Is this the way the constituents of their interlaced districts expected them to behave? Does their vitriolic relationship benefit the residents of South Florida in any way?
Nobody is asking them to go out for a candlelit dinner together, but a minimum of respect for the fellow holder of a federal office isn’t too much to ask. If you have something puerile to say about a colleague from the other side of the aisle, Mr. West, at least confine it to your own party’s cloakroom.POSTED IN: None