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Schumer: Democrats can gain Senate seats in 2012 election
The Hill ^ | 12/01/11 | Bob Cusack and Alexander Bolton

Posted on 12/01/2011 9:54:17 AM PST by Libloather

Schumer: Democrats can gain Senate seats in 2012 election
By Bob Cusack and Alexander Bolton
12/01/11 05:15 AM ET

Sen. Charles Schumer says the political landscape has shifted dramatically from the 2010 election and predicts that Senate Democrats will hold their majority and might even expand it next year.

In an interview with The Hill, Schumer (D-N.Y.) brushed off suggestions that President Obama will hurt the chances of congressional Democrats in the 2012 elections. He said Obama’s approval ratings are on the rise, Democrats have the upper hand on the economy and Republican rhetoric on reducing government and the deficit is not striking the chord that it did during the midterms.

“I think we’re very, very likely to keep the Senate and I think there’s a darn good chance we stay the same or pick up seats,” Schumer said.

Democrats now have a 53-47 advantage in the upper chamber, but have been hit with retirements in red and purple states. They also must defend 23 seats next year while Republicans are defending only 10. Independent political handicappers say the GOP has a better than 50-50 shot at grabbing control of the Senate.

Schumer, who headed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) during historic Democratic gains from 2005 to 2008, disagrees.

The ailing economy, Schumer contends, will hurt the GOP more than Democrats: “We don’t expect the economy to be in a rip-roaring recovery next year, but that hurts Republicans even more than it hurts Democrats, because it changes what the major issues are.

“This is a contrast election,” Schumer said. “The theory of shrinking the government, get the government out of the way, has failed. Basically, it hasn’t done anything to improve people’s lives.”

Schumer acknowledges that Democrats didn’t have an effective message last year, when the GOP won the House and cut significantly into the Democratic majority in the Senate.

He defends the healthcare law, asserting “it will go down in history as a good thing.” However, it was not the No. 1 thing on people’s minds — that was jobs and the economy, Schumer said.

“We didn’t have a narrative that fit,” he said.

Following the 2010 election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) tapped Schumer to pick up the pieces and take charge of the Senate Democratic message.

Schumer has his hands on every aspect of the Democratic leadership operation, including fundraising, recruiting and getting into Republicans’ heads.

An avid fan of the New York Yankees, Schumer is regularly focused on getting an edge on the GOP.

Throughout a 20-minute interview, Schumer uses the words “higher ground,” “resonate” and “leverage” on multiple occasions.

It is tough, if not impossible, to get the Senate message guru off message. He has privately butted heads with Obama on tax policy, but declines to reveal what’s behind that curtain.

At press conferences, many senators talk off the cuff. But not Schumer. Sporting bifocals, the 61-year-old senator reads from carefully prepared text of his message of the day.

The former House member knows that in politics, it’s not necessarily what you say, but how you say it.

Addressing his idea to tax millionaires, Schumer said, “Simply attacking the wealthy is a bad idea. Saying the wealthy have to do their fair share is the right idea. We should be glad that there are people who made a lot of money. They’re part of the American way, they’re part of the American Dream.”

Schumer is known as a scrappy, street-fighter politician. He overcame long odds to win his 1998 Senate Democratic primary against Geraldine Ferraro before upsetting then-Sen. Al D’Amato (R) in the general election.

As the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate who has his eyes on eventually becoming majority leader, Schumer appears to relish his battles with leading Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.).

Recently, Democrats have had Republicans scrambling on extending the payroll tax extension, which House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) earlier this year criticized. Schumer, his smile widening, says the payroll tax battle “crystallizes” the message war in 2012.

“We’re beginning to turn the tax issue around,” he said, adding that Republicans have had the “high ground” on taxes since President Reagan. Now that Democrats are on the same page about raising taxes on families making more than $1 million, the dynamic has changed, according to Schumer.

Previously, Democrats had followed Obama’s lead on seeking to raise income taxes on families making $250,000 or more annually. Republicans assailed that policy as a major hit on small businesses throughout 2010.

Now, Obama is following Schumer’s lead. And by and large, House Democrats are also on board.

Unlike other lawmakers, Schumer glides back and forth easily between policy and campaign politics.

Keep your eye on the Senate races in North Dakota and Arizona, Schumer said, adding that Democrats can pick up seats in Massachusetts and Nevada. Depending on the outcome of the GOP primary, Indiana could also be in play, he said.

Ever the adept politician, Schumer is quick to give DSCC Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) a shout-out for her efforts.

“We’re expanding the map,” Schumer said.

Republicans scoffed at Schumer’s crystal ball.

“Considering Sen. Schumer also predicted last year that supporting ObamaCare would be an ‘asset’ to Senate Democrat candidates, I hope for their candidates’ sake this cycle they’re not actually taking his predictions at face value. But we’ll leave the chest-thumping predictions and theatrics to Sen. Schumer,” said Brian Walsh, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

He added, “Republicans are focused on earning the trust and support of voters across the country, and if you have the right policies and vision, then the politics will take care of itself.”

Schumer suggests Democrats have a ground-and-pound strategy in 2012, saying they will be talking about the payroll extension throughout December.

There is a strategy in place for January as well, Schumer said, “which I will not share.”

While other Democrats on Capitol Hill are fretting over the next election, Schumer is an optimist. And, he notes, there is a lot of time between now and then. Sitting on the edge of his seat, Schumer said the Democratic message will “take awhile for it to break through, but it’s resonating.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; election; schumer; senate
Not if the Tea Party shows up.
1 posted on 12/01/2011 9:54:21 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
“Schumer: Democrats can gain Senate seats in 2012 election”

What dream are you in Charlie..

2 posted on 12/01/2011 9:56:49 AM PST by PLD
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To: Libloather

To dream....
The im-possible dream!


3 posted on 12/01/2011 9:57:34 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Libloather

Maybe he should ask his boy Anthony “look at my weiner” Weiner if this is possible.


4 posted on 12/01/2011 9:59:55 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Nancy Pelosi - The #1 reason why we need a Constitutional amendment for Congressional drug testing.)
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To: PLD

Math and common sense are not his forte’s.


5 posted on 12/01/2011 10:00:14 AM PST by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: Libloather

the sheer mathematics of it make this a real stretch


6 posted on 12/01/2011 10:00:24 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Libloather
If Schumer’s prediction proves false, how many more airline flight attendants will he curse at in frustration . . . ?
7 posted on 12/01/2011 10:00:42 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Libloather
Democrats can gain Senate seats in 2012 election

Right after monkeys fly out of your butt, Chuck.

8 posted on 12/01/2011 10:00:50 AM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Libloather

With undead zombie votes and Eric Holder’s Injustice Department, ABSOLUTELY!


9 posted on 12/01/2011 10:01:27 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Since Obama's only challengers in 2012 are in the GOP debates, including him the next 15.)
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To: Libloather
"The theory of shrinking the government, get the government out of the way, has failed."

How do we know? The only time we ever "shrank" government was accounting tricks, not actual shrinkage.

10 posted on 12/01/2011 10:02:14 AM PST by Ingtar
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To: Libloather

Whatever he’s smoking...I want some!


11 posted on 12/01/2011 10:02:26 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Libloather

My thoughts too: if some of us conservatives get pissy about the nominee then the Demonrats will gain.


12 posted on 12/01/2011 10:03:58 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Libloather

During the 20 minute interview, Schumer also used words like “glipsnark”, “flaglsham” and “sneeglewacky”. He’s off his meds, again.


13 posted on 12/01/2011 10:04:21 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Libloather

I think the Schumer has already hit the fan ,... and he was inhaling at the time !


14 posted on 12/01/2011 10:05:30 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt ( (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11) by GlockThe Vote)
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To: Libloather

In other news today, Senator Chuck Schumer checked into Rehab . . .


15 posted on 12/01/2011 10:05:50 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: Libloather

Just another ny liar.

LLS


16 posted on 12/01/2011 10:06:06 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: Libloather

As brain dead as this country’s people have become, I have no doubt they can.


17 posted on 12/01/2011 10:06:23 AM PST by brewcrew (Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid. --John Wayne)
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To: Libloather
In an interview with The Hill, Schumer (D-N.Y.) brushed off suggestions that President Obama will hurt the chances of congressional Democrats in the 2012 elections. He said Obama’s approval ratings are on the rise,

Obama Approval rating Gallup (Nov4th-6th, 2010) Approve 47%, Disapprove 45%)

Obama Approval rating Gallup (Nov 27th-29th, 2011) Approve 43%, Disapprove 49%)

18 posted on 12/01/2011 10:07:13 AM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Libloather

So Chuck U, what’s it like in La La Land?


19 posted on 12/01/2011 10:09:06 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: blueunicorn6

LOL!

Now my office thinks I’m off my meds snorting at my monitor ;D!


20 posted on 12/01/2011 10:09:51 AM PST by poobear (Facts, the TURD in the punchbowl of Liberal thought!)
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To: Libloather

Schumer needs to go to his Dr. and have his medications increased. He’s getting delusional again.

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21 posted on 12/01/2011 10:11:37 AM PST by flatfish
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To: Libloather

....but it’s dependent on the Rapture.....


22 posted on 12/01/2011 10:12:13 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: Libloather
Not if the Tea Party shows up.

And that, my FRiend, is one veerrrrrry big IF!!!

23 posted on 12/01/2011 10:13:42 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: Libloather

24 posted on 12/01/2011 10:14:08 AM PST by zeebee
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

What is the margin of error on this polls?


25 posted on 12/01/2011 10:15:08 AM PST by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: Libloather

Schumer Are you smoking something ILLEGAL? You might ‘REGAIN’ Lieberman’s seat in CT, but you are DREAMING.


26 posted on 12/01/2011 10:19:36 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (Cain/West 2012....what would the RACISTS LIBERALS say???)
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To: Libloather

The Community Agitators Formerly Known as ACORN must be back in town.


27 posted on 12/01/2011 10:19:55 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor
Absolutely correct, the lowest approval ratings of any President at this point in their term prior to reelection including Jimmah Carter!
28 posted on 12/01/2011 10:22:41 AM PST by carcraft (Pray for our Country)
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To: Jack Hammer
That's a great song. I love it.
However, ChuckU is a fool and should be in jail along with Durban, Frank and theONE, and Holder and..... He is simply spewing his crap to drum up the occuPie idiots and the libControled media will run with it.
29 posted on 12/01/2011 10:25:56 AM PST by redshawk (0pansy is a Liar)
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To: Libloather

The Community Agitators Formerly Known as ACORN must be back in town.


30 posted on 12/01/2011 10:25:56 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: carcraft

This is a shock to hear that an Orthodox Jew is getting high. They have a reputation for being tea drinkers but smoking crack is usually way out of their league. Can there be any other explanation, maybe crystal meth but that is so “Mid-West.”

Calling Doctor Phil, please pick up the white courtesy phone... Celebrity rehab? He ain’t that famous except in his own mind.


31 posted on 12/01/2011 10:28:41 AM PST by nj patriot (How is that hope and change working out?)
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To: Libloather

Chucky’s smoking some serious weed


32 posted on 12/01/2011 10:38:15 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: PLD

Apparently Chuckie has been stuck out on Revis Island too long and is way off his game.


33 posted on 12/01/2011 10:40:08 AM PST by rod1
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To: Libloather
Schumer said. “The theory of shrinking the government, get the government out of the way, has failed. Basically, it hasn’t done anything to improve people’s lives.”

I can't recall that it has actually been tried.

34 posted on 12/01/2011 10:41:57 AM PST by T. P. Pole
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To: Libloather
He said Obama’s approval ratings are on the rise,

Keep smoking that wacky weed!!!


35 posted on 12/01/2011 10:42:07 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Libloather

I’d question whether or not he’s ingesting some variety of illegal narcotics... but the fact is that he’s just freakin’ retard.


36 posted on 12/01/2011 10:43:26 AM PST by Made In The USA (This post may be recorded for quality purposes.)
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To: rod1
Wouldn't it be great and he got his walking papers when Obama does?
37 posted on 12/01/2011 10:51:30 AM PST by PLD
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To: blueunicorn6
During the 20 minute interview, Schumer also used words like “glipsnark”, “flaglsham” and “sneeglewacky”. He’s off his meds, again.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!

Did you get those words from Bill O'Reilly?

38 posted on 12/01/2011 10:57:02 AM PST by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: Libloather

Chucky also said that he had dinner with Elvis last night


39 posted on 12/01/2011 10:58:33 AM PST by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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To: Libloather
Somebody photoshop Upchuck's head onto Hitler's body as he leans over his maptable in the bunker towards the end of the war.

Upchuck is acting the same way, moving mythical divisions about and talking about the "final victory".

40 posted on 12/01/2011 11:21:58 AM PST by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Libloather
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41 posted on 12/01/2011 11:22:27 AM PST by GnL
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To: Libloather

These guys are whistling past the graveyard.


42 posted on 12/01/2011 1:31:27 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: Night Hides Not

I sent them to Bill, but you know how he is. “Name and town, name and town”. So I put “blueunicorn6” and “Au Gratin, Idaho” and he wouldn’t put it on the air. He hates unicorns.


43 posted on 12/01/2011 1:39:21 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Libloather

“This is a contrast election,” Schumer said. “The theory of shrinking the government, get the government out of the way, has failed. Basically, it hasn’t done anything to improve people’s lives.”

This, in a nutshell, is why every Democrat/Marxist/Commie needs to be thrown out of office and never, ever heard from again. He is a full-scale government teat-sucking ambulance chaser from Brooklyn who adores Marx and Alinsky.

Chuck U. is a cancer.


44 posted on 12/01/2011 1:45:21 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Libloather

Well anything COULD happen...just as back in August you might have said Indianapolis COULD win the Superbowl.

Whether it happens or not remains to be seen as the Dems have about as much going on as Indianapolis does right now.


45 posted on 12/01/2011 1:59:49 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Libloather

Not if we started hanging traitors by the neck until they were dead.


46 posted on 12/01/2011 9:08:57 PM PST by SirLurkedalot (I'm toning it down as much as I can.)
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