Weiner and Filner compete for the coveted title of Most Odious Democrat
With the combination of bitter divisiveness and willful ignorance for which she has become justly famed, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) declared on Twitter, “The GOP’s having a hard time attracting female candidates. With their policy stance on limiting women’s rights, is anyone really surprised?”
Well, the growing crowd of women fleeing from predatory Democrats like Anthony Weiner and Bob Filner might be a bit surprised, because they’ve been too busy dodging sweaty groping paws and smart-phone photos of even sweatier genitalia to keep track of the many prominent female Republican elected officials and candidates. Why, President Obama just adopted the policy on federal mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that has been long advocated by a lady that might be running for the Senate from Alaska. I am absolutely positive that not even a totalitarian blockhead like Debbie Wasserman Schultz has forgotten her name. She’s been living rent-free in Democrat heads for years.
But women busy fleeing from the Democrat mayor of San Diego might not have time to keep up on such developments. Take Eldonna Fernandez, for example. She’s one of eight female military veterans who have accused Mayor Bob “Filthy” Filner of inappropriate sexual advances. Most of those women were the victims of outright sexual assault while they were in the military. That’s what made them look like good targets to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s esteemed colleague.
Fernandez, a retired Air Force master sergeant with over 20 years of service, says she was raped three times. According to CNN, here’s what happened when she ran afoul of Democrat Bob Filner, a Democrat who is the Democrat mayor of San Diego today, but was a 10-term Democrat congressman at the time:
In civilian life, Fernandez now speaks openly about her assaults and is an active member of the National Women’s Veterans Association of America, which supports victims of military sexual assault.
Fernandez was speaking at an NWVAA event in August 2012 when she exchanged business cards with Filner.
“He looks at my card. He looks at me. He says, ‘Fernandez. Are you married? Do you have a husband?’ Very quick, very direct. I said, ‘No, I’m divorced.’ ‘Well, you’re beautiful, and I can’t take my eyes off you, and I want to take you to dinner.’ I was really shocked and I was like, ‘Uh, OK,’” Fernandez said.
Then came the phone call and voicemail, which Fernandez never returned.
The voice mail in question said, “Hi, it’s your new favorite congressman, Bob Filner. You know, the one who fell in love with you at your last speech.” Then he asked her out to dinner.
“Ugh, it creeps me out, it creeps me out. The guy’s got problems,” shuddered Fernandez.
Filner also got cozy in the green room with another military veteran and rape survivor named Gerri Tindley, who just about fell off the couch in her haste to get away from him. She says she didn’t report the incident because Filner’s political power intimidated her. “What am I gonna say?” she asked her CNN interviewer. “You’re a congressman. What am I gonna say to you? What I gonna say to this man? Can he destroy my life, can he stop me from moving forward?”
Filner was real wild man at that NWVAA meeting. According to the president of the group, buttocks and breasts were grabbed, and unwanted advances filled the air. But that wasn’t his only attempt to prey on military women. According to NBC News in San Diego, he was meeting with injured Marine Katherine Ragazzino and her nurse, Michelle Tyler, two years ago when he asked Ragazzino to leave the room, and began hitting on Tyler. “It was extremely disturbing to me that he made it very clear that his expectation was that his help for Katherine depended on my willingness to go to dinner with him, spend personal time with him and be seen in public with him, “ she said.
But the competition for Most Odious Democrat is fierce, and you can’t count New York Democrat mayoral candidate and former Democrat congressman, Democrat Anthony Weiner, out of the race just yet. (If you’re wondering about all those redundant party identifications, I’m just preparing for the inevitable moment when the mainstream media implements its customary procedure of burying the party affiliation of scandal-plagued Democrats or dropping them from the story completely, a process known to media experts as “corzining.”)
Weiner started pushing around one of his prospective Republican opponents, 69-year-old George McDonald – who is, among other things, a noted philanthropist who founded a job-training non-profit organization and a fund for the homeless – at a town hall forum sponsored by the AARP. This led to the following exchange between McDonald and the Shame of New York:
McDonald: I said keep your hands to yourself.
Weiner: I heard what you said.
McDonald: Don’t put your hands on me ever again.
Weiner: Really? What’s going to happen if I do? You’re a tough guy now?
McDonald: I am. I can defend myself.
Weiner: [inaudible]…your anger issues under control.
McDonald: I don’t have any anger issues.
Weiner: But you do, grandpa.
“It’s unfortunate that the term was used,” said the AARP, which should probably be more concerned about a 69-year-old getting shoved by a man who should not be approached by anyone without a hazmat suit. “We don’t think age should be considered when running for public office, or for anything else, for that matter.”
Weiner hilariously tried to claim he only dropped the “grandpa” sneer on McDonald because the latter mentions his granddaughter on the campaign trail. Actually, as the New York Post explains, McDonald mentioned the little girl at a forum last week because he said it was hard to tell a 10-year-old why Anthony Weiner is famous. “Why is he a celebrity, grandpa?” he recalls her asking. “And I couldn’t honestly explain.”
At least it will be easier to tell her why he’s taken to calling Weiner a “punk” after their altercation. You can describe Weiner’s thuggish behavior to a child without keeping a team of psychologists on standby. I wouldn’t advise discussing Weiner spokeswoman Barbara Morgan’s profanity-laced tirade against an inconvenient report with anyone under the age of 18, though.
Luckily for Debbie Wasserman Schultz, her media pals will work hard to keep Weiner and Filner completely isolated from the rest of the party while they compete for the Most Odious Democrat title. If this was all happening to Republicans, the GOP president would be confronted with both of them at every single press availability, and we’d be hearing “War on Women” narratives about how they reveal the dark inner core of the misogynist, ageist, extremist GOP.
But the media doesn’t play that game with Democrats, ever. Not even when most of Bob Filner’s victims were moving in Democrat political circles, filed complaints that were suppressed by the Party apparatus, and almost certainly raised the kind of ruckus that would have been audible in Washington. He was a U.S. Congressman when a lot of this stuff happened, after all. None of that stopped the Adulterer-in-Chief himself, Bill Clinton, from heartily endorsing Filner for mayor in 2012. What difference does it make if a man is an out-of-control sexual predator, as long as he’s a Democrat with the correct abortion politics? Right, ladies?
Update: Right on schedule, the corzining process begins, as CNN puts together a big article on Filthy Filner and conveniently forgets to mention he’s a Democrat. Not even once. I didn’t know about this when I wrote the article above. I just knew it was coming. It turns out CNN has been carefully airbrushing the (D) away from Filner’s name for a while now. Naturally, if he was a Republican, his party affiliation would be in the headlines. It would also appear in pieces with titles like, “Prominent Republicans curiously silent about embattled colleague as sexual harassment allegations mount.”