DNC Chair: 'Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - 'It's What Democrats Do'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | December 21, 2011 | 1:07 PM EST

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) sent out a fundraising e-mail today touting “what Democrats do.”

After acknowledging that Democrats “have a ways to go to get the economy working” and that “there's much more work to be done,” the DNC Chair said:

“But we have a lot to feel good about. We've worked together at the national level to make change that's going to affect millions of lives every day, like repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and we've banded together in our states and communities to stand for our party's principles.

“It's what Democrats do,” she observed.

In addition to repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” some of the other things “Democrats do” that Wasserman Schultz celebrates in her e-mail include thwarting an attempt to protect the unborn, relaxing voter laws, and helping government unions demand wages and benefits their states can’t afford.

Here are some of the things Wasserman Schultz says Democrats did this year:

  • Promote Abortion: “In Mississippi, folks worked tirelessly to protect a woman's right to choose and soundly defeated the Personhood amendment, which would've made abortion illegal,”
  • Relax Voter Laws: “Up in Maine, statewide Democratic groups worked together to overturn the state legislature's recent ban on allowing people to register and vote on the same day,”
  • Support Collective Bargaining For Government Workers: “Ohio voters in November successfully repealed a collective bargaining law that would've stripped away the rights of teachers and firefighters to negotiate for important benefits and working conditions.”

And, let’s not gloss over the DNC chair’s claim that Democrats have made “change that’s going to affect millions of lives every day.”

That’s exactly what I’m afraid of.

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