The DNC sent out a fundraising email signed by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and in it, she remarked that she’s “pissed off” by the GOP’s “irresponsible behavior.” Typical of these sorts of political emails, their purpose is not to inform anyone of current events, but to rile up their base in hopes that the recipients will be so outraged that they’ll give money to the organization sending the email. Democrats aren’t the only ones who do this. Republicans do it too. In fact, just about every political organization does it, and oddly enough, it actually works at bringing in a lot of money.
So, what is it that Wasserman-Schultz, the alleged author of the email, is so angry about, and wants others to be angry about? Here’s her email:
“I’ve always loved the back-to-school season. I love feeling the air get crisper (at least what qualifies for crisp in Florida). And even more, I love getting back to work with my colleagues at the Capitol.
But Republicans in Congress are dead-set on rolling back the progress that Democrats like you and I have worked so hard to achieve. They’ve already said that they’re going to repeal Obamacare, after more than 50 unsuccessful attempts (and two Supreme Court rulings in the law’s favor). They want to completely defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides necessary health services to women across the country. And if they don’t get their way, they’re just fine with shutting down the government – again!
I’m going to be frank: That pisses me off. As a woman, a mother, and a cancer survivor, I say that we can’t stand for this kind of irresponsible behavior – and it’s exactly what we’ll see more of if Republicans retain their majority in 2016. The American people deserve better.
If you’re with me, chip in $3 right now to help elect more Democrats.”
I know, it’s quite anticlimactic and entirely unconvincing. And they spent so little time dishing out the outrage before they got to what they were really after, money. Immediately following the body of the email were other donation options. You could “quick donate” $3, $10, $25, $50, $100, or donate another amount.
Who would actually get outraged by this enough that they’d give money to these people? You’d be surprised how many people fall for it and give, thinking that they’re actually helping a cause. The email was likely written by a group of people working for some political communications firm that’s being used by the DNC.
Even if it were Wasserman-Schultz who took time out of her busy day to send out a mass email begging for money, she’s using the same tired talking points. Republicans want to “shut down” the government if they don’t get their way on repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood.
Unfortunately, Republicans haven’t actually tried repealing Obamacare. Most of the GOP who voted to defund it knew those votes weren’t going to do anything. They wouldn’t have voted for its repeal if they thought there was even the slightest chance it would pass.
And the same goes for Planned Parenthood. There may have been some who actually voted to defund it, but the great leadership in the GOP made sure nothing happened.
So what’s Wasserman-Schultz mad about? In general, the leadership in both parties ensures that nothing useful ever gets passed. They protect the status quo.