Chuck Schumer

Schuminations: Filibuster edition

Featured image Chuck Schumer all by himself should be enough to turn an honest person off to politics. The cheerleaders at Politico provide this preview of coming attractions: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed the Senate will tackle voting rights legislation and will vote on changing key Senate rules by Jan. 17 if the GOP once again blocks the Democrats’ elections bill. “We must adapt. The Senate must evolve, like »

The Manchin ministration

Featured image Senator Manchin may have done the Democrats a favor by holding up the Bummer Beyond Belief. That was the conclusion of the Wall Street Journal editors last week in “Taking Manchin seriously,” before Manchin unloaded on the bill yesterday: More than a few Republicans wouldn’t mind if Democrats marched into these fixed bayonets because it would likely mean a bigger GOP electoral victory next year. But we’re more worried about »

Reading Schumer (and McConnell)

Featured image Last Thursday evening Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell rounded up the Republican support necessary to raise the debt limit until December. Senator McConnell’s assistance did not earn any gratitude from Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Schumer took to the Senate floor to excoriate Senate Republicans for creating a “risky drama.” What had been avoided, Schumer said, was “a first-ever, Republican-manufactured default on the national debt.” “Republicans played a dangerous and »

“Incitement,” then and now

Featured image The Article of Impeachment rushed through the House of Representative by Democrats charges Donald Trump with “incitement of insurrection.” As I argued here, this charge is less than compelling. Indeed, the one statement cited in the article as inciting an insurrection — “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore” — falls woefully short of supporting the Dems’ claim. Politicians urge supporters to fight »

Gaffe of the Year

Featured image OK, the year is young. But Chuck Schumer’s classic moment on the Senate floor today promises to be a contender. First, the entertainment: SCHUMER: "Senators will have to decide if Donald John Trump incited the erection." pic.twitter.com/zL4UDs9UbK — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 22, 2021 I will say that Trump has incited something of the sort in Democrats for the last four years. The more serious point here is that the »

Chuck Schumer reaps what he sowed

Featured image The Senate has voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a Supreme Court Justice. She will be sworn in tonight, probably around the time I finish writing this post. It’s remarkable to me how quickly Mitch McConnell was able to drive this nomination through. I’m also surprised that only one Republican Senator (the embattled Susan Collins) voted against confirming Judge Barrett. President Trump is said by some to be a »

Chuck Schumer: Dems will deny GOP a quorum to advance Barrett

Featured image Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says that Democrats will not supply a quorum with which to advance the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Schumer defended this move, saying that Barrett’s nomination is “illegitimate, dangerous and unpopular.” There’s no point debating Schumer on these partisan claims. The question is whether the Democrats can block Barrett’s nomination through this ploy. I don’t think they can. A quorum in »

Questions on the table

Featured image There is an obvious follow-up question or two to the widely quoted statement made by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during a Democratic Caucus conference call Saturday afternoon. Schumer is quoted saying “everything Americans value is at stake” and warned of possible payback if Republicans fill Justice Ginsburg’s vacant Supreme Court seat before January. “Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing »

A letter to Chuck Schumer

Featured image President Trump has responded in a public letter to criticism from Sen. Chuck Schumer of his handling of the Wuhan coronavirus. The text is here. Trump begins by thanking Schumer for his “Democrat public relations letter and incorrect soundbites which are wrong in every way.” He then corrects Schumer’s claim that the president hasn’t adequately utilized the Defense Production Act. The president reminds Schumer that the Act “has been consistently »

Schuminations: Shame (5)

Featured image Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has earned a spot in the hall of fame for weasel words. In his nonapology for his threat against Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, Schumer relies on the cooperation of his friends in the Democrats’ media adjunct to convey misrepresentation as contrition: “Now I should not have used the words I used yesterday. They didn’t come out the way I intended to [sic]…Of course I didn’t »

Back In the Saddle

Featured image I have been AWOL for the last few days, attending a conference in Georgia that took up both days and evenings. In today’s overheated political climate it is amazing how much you can miss in just a couple of days. While I was gone, Joe Biden’s zombie campaign came back to life, although the candidate himself didn’t. It looks like a fight to the finish between Biden and Bernie Sanders, »

Schuminations: Shame (4)

Featured image Senate Majority Leader McConnell took to the floor of the Senate this morning to make a statement on Chuck Schumer’s threats and prevarications regarding his threats on Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh. Here is an excerpt as forwarded to us by Senator McConnell’s staff: Less than three years ago, of course, an unhinged and unstable left-wing activist attempted a mass murder of congressional Republicans at a baseball field across the river. »

Schuminations: Shame (3)

Featured image George Parry is the proprietor of Knowledge is Good and a former federal prosecutor. He draws on his professional experience to call out Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for his threat against Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh: Is there any way to interpret these astounding remarks other than as [a criminally unlawful] endeavor to influence a judicial proceeding? Schumer may have been threatening Gorsuch and Kavanaugh with impeachment. But for purposes »

Schuminations: Shame (2)

Featured image Early last night Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s threat to Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh: “The Democratic Party is so radicalized on abortion politics that today Chuck Schumer threatened Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh if they didn’t strike down a simple, common-sense, pro-woman law that simply says that abortion doctors need to have admission privileges at a local hospital. Think about this: »

Schuminations: Shame

Featured image Miranda Devine comments on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s threats to Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh in her New York Post column this morning. Under the heading “Schu’s shame,” she writes: What a disgraceful fraud Chuck Schumer is, telling Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh that they will “pay the price” unless they do what he wants. If anyone else threatened a judge, [he]’d be arrested. »

Schuminations: Threatening “Gorsuch” & “Kavanaugh”

Featured image Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was out in front of the Supreme Court wildly threatening justices in defense of the sacrament of abortion today. Chief Justice Roberts has denounced Schumer’s threat as “dangerous” and “irresponsible.” In response, Schumer has explicated the gist of what he said in terms inconsistent with his words (“It’s a reference to the political price [Republicans] will pay for putting them on the court and a »

Chief Justice Roberts Throws Down on Chuck Schumer

Featured image Today at a rally on the Supreme Court steps that was staged to protect the most sacred sacrament of Democratic Party religion—abortion on demand—Democratic Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer threatened two Supreme Court justices: “I want to tell you, Gorsuch. I want to tell you, Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful »