Skip to comments.Exultant Chuck Says He’ll Veto the Next Alito (Schumer plots permanent majority)
Posted on 11/15/2006 12:12:55 PM PST by Liz
Exultant Chuck Says Hell Veto the Next Alito; New King of Washington Promises Moderate Court; Rove-like, Plans Permanent Democratic Majority; More N.Y. Homeland Money, Iraqi Federalism
More than the inability to influence Iraq policy or the Presidents tax cuts, Chuck Schumer says that the single greatest failure of the Democrats as an opposition party was allowing Samuel Alito to join the Supreme Court.
Judges are the most important, said Mr. Schumer, who orchestrated the implausible Democratic takeover of the Senate last week. One more justice would have made it a 5-4 conservative, hard-right majority for a long time. That wont happen.
From now on, all the Presidents judicial appointments will need to meet the requirements of Mr. Schumer, the Park Slope power broker who has happily accepted the mantle of chief architect for the Democrats effort to build a majority for the 2008 elections and beyond.
The Senator also intends, in the coming months, to rework the federal governments funding priorities in New Yorks favor, to steer the Democrats toward a radically new position on Iraq and, while hes at it, to cement his position as the unofficially declared tactical guru for the national party.
And in case anyones wondering, yes, Mr. Schumer is entirely comfortable with this sort of power.
With his Gold Toestockinged feet dangling, the 55-year-old slumped in his armchair on Friday morning as if it were a leather throne. On his apartments front door, a neighbor taped up a front page of The New York Times heralding the Democrats success and scrawled Congratulations Schumers! across the cover.
The candidates that Mr. Schumer recruited, groomed and bankrolled had won a comprehensive victory over the incumbent Republicans, giving the Democrats a narrow majority in the Senate to complement a rout in the House. Since the election, Mr. Schumer has been awash in attention from the media, his Democratic colleagues and even from the President, who called, quite sportingly, soon after the results were finalized.
For Mr. Schumer, who was installed on Tuesday as Vice Chairman of the Democratic caucus and officially reinstated as head of the DSCC, the attention couldnt be coming at a better time.
I am writing a book, about how to build a permanenta long-term majority, Mr. Schumer said during an early-morning interview in the pink den of his apartment near Grand Army Plaza. He sat between a view of lower Manhattan and portraits of Democratic icons Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Al Smith. I generally have an eye toward longer-term strategy and politics, and I think my colleagues rely on me for that.
His book, Positively American: Winning Back the Middle Class Majority One Family at a Time, will be released right around the Presidents State of the Union address, and will fit neatly into the role that Mr. Schumer now envisions for himself as tactician in chief for the newly ascendant Democrats.
Ive always had some influence, and I guess now, because of what weve been able to accomplish, I have some more influence, Mr. Schumer said. So when I say we shouldnt do this or we should do that, I guess people will pay a little more attention. Or go along with it, even if they dont agree.
Certainly, the party wasnt united behind Mr. Schumers election strategy this year. He championed a traditional approach: directing the bulk of the partys financial and logistical resources toward handpicked candidates in a few competitive races. Howard Dean, who heads the Democratic National Committee, advocated a 50-state strategy, spreading money around toward the longer-term goal of making the party viable even in areas that have been Republican strongholds.
After the victorythe Democrats picked up six Republican-held seats and defended every Democratic oneMr. Schumer hardly seemed ready to concede the point.
Fifty-state is a good thing to do, but it didnt help us in this election, said Mr. Schumer. My only disagreement with Howard is that he should help us fund taking back the majority, because it would make a difference with things like the Supreme Court. And he came throughhe ended up giving us $7.5 million. We tried the honey approach rather than the vinegar approach, and it worked.
Rove-like, you say??? Plans permanent Rat majority, you say??? May he enjoy the same success that Karl Rove did this year.
Not only do I wish him the success but quicker.
The ruling party had a permanent majority in Mexico, the Soviet Union, communist China, Cuba, and Nazi Germany.
Those examples are going to be hard acts for Schumer to follow, but I'm sure he'll try.
Hey Chucky, Abramoff just spilled the beans on Dirty Harry and maybe more of the roaches that are your colleagues. You are about to get vetoed yourself out of the majority by the govenor of Nevada.
Chuckie "Proud-To-Be-A-Socialist" Schumer sees the SCOTUS, as all radical leftists do, as a vehicle to install liberalism and socialism as the platform of America. Anti-Constitutional liberal judicial activism on the SCOTUS, as we have witnessed recently (5th amendment attack), is a good example of what these non-Americans want to do to this country.
Shred our Constitution.
Maybe the Rats' developing little Abramoff problem will bring that to pass. Maybe Dingy Harry will get the boot he so richly deserves (but not until the new Republican governor takes office in January, right?).
Yep, if there is a Supreme Court vacancy, this will be the dirtiest fight ever. Schumer and company will take Supreme Court battles to the lowest levels ever.
To think that Alito's seat almost went to Harriet Miers - while we had a 55 to 45 majority!
Thank you, Mr. Melman.
I don't know about the rest of you but I am going to have a difficult listening to all of this the next couple of years! I am still in shock that aged hippies are in charge during war time. I am sick at heart and waking up to news with Pelosi, Murtha, Shumer and on and on about makes me want to stay in bed!
Dang see this is what you get to do when you are the majority. You get to vote on various candidates for Supreme Court. If we don't get the majority in the next election...we are screwed for a VERY long time. Between now and 2012 we will probably have to replace 6 of the justices at least.
Chuck is drunk with power. Here's hoping he wakes up with a terrible hangover. They say power corrupts, and when a party is already as corrupt as the RATS, they may become so obviously criminal that their MSM buddies will have to quit covering for them.
That may just be wishful thinking, since RATS have already gotten away with murder (teddy), rape (clinton), and treason (clinton and others).
I think Stephens or GInsberg will have an easier time retiring now that the Dems control the Senate.
And IMO if Bush and the GOP minority have some balls, they can still get a good pick.
Yes, it was a good thing we had a 55 to 45 majority during the Clinton years. We were able to use our majority muscle to stop left-wing ACLUer ideologues like Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Ooops... wait, she passed with over 90 votes?
That would really be nice wouldn't it. I hope your statement turns out to be prophetic.
Best bet would be a senator like Jeff Sessions. Chuckie Schumer wants to be on the Supreme Court, so won't want to set a precedent of opposing a member of the "club".
I'm beginning to see why Bush Sr. had to nominate Souter. I don't know the politics of the time, but I can understand why milquetoasts are sometimes nominated since none other can get thru.