In her efforts to undercut the impact of Republican tax reform legislation, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., downplayed the value of the $1,000 bonuses several companies have doled out in response to the bill.
"I'm not sure that $1,000 — which is taxed, taxable — goes very far for almost anyone," she mused at a Thursday event. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., maintained the bonuses amounted to "crumbs" for the middle class.
It's a bad look, especially for wealthy members of Congress.
It's an even worse look for Wasserman Schultz, who shamed Republicans in a social media campaign over a much smaller sum back in 2011. "House GOP refused to extend payroll tax cut yesterday. Senate passed bill 89-10. $40 per paycheck. Tweet what #40dollars means to you," she tweeted on Dec. 21. Michael Shapiro, communications adviser to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., juxtaposed both statements in a Thursday tweet.
It's one thing to be so out of touch you question the value of $1,000. It's another thing to be so out of touch you question the value of $1,000 only because you're worried Republicans will get some credit from voters.