You’d think that Democrats in the Senate would want to pass a budget and then get to the Conference Committee with the House. Not so fast.
We’ve heard about it for days. Democrat Chuck Schumer, who has the unenviable task of finding candidates to run in 2012 as Democrats for the Senate, was caught telling colleagues to use the world “extreme” when talking about Republicans. “Sure ‘nough” they did. Through out that day and since, everyone is calling Republicans and Tea Partiers extreme.
I’ve spent a great deal of time with Tea Party folks. On Monday, I was in Habersham County, Georgia with a Tea Party group. We had dinner in a barbecue joint. Yes, I was in the North Georgia Mountains with people who love their country and love barbecue. These are folks who worked hard, served their country and balance their check books every month. There were a lot of “half backs.” Not football players, but people from the North, who moved to Florida, it was to darn hot, and they moved “halfway back” to the North Georgia Mountains. They are the salt of this country and they “nor their kin” have taken a handout from the government.
Let’s get back to Schumer. There are 22 Democrats up for reelection in 2012. Several have already said they are not running for reelection and several are vulnerable. If the Republicans maintain their numbers and take half of the Democrat seats, then they have a big workable majority. So Schumer is on the hot seat.
He had a conference call and didn’t know that reporters were already on the line. For a man who loves microphones and cameras as much as he does, you’d think he would have known to watch what he said. Chuck Schumer was overheard Tuesday telling colleagues to call the GOP budget plans “extreme” to reporters.
Schumer told fellow Democrats on the phone before a conference call to use the word “extreme” for the spending cuts and the Tea Party’s control over Speaker Boehner.
Once Schumer realized the reporters were listening the topic was dropped and during the conference call, Democrat Barbara Boxer said, “We are urging Mr. Boehner to abandon the extreme right-wing.”
Sen. Schumer, instead of telling your caucus what words to use, why don’t you guys vote on a budget and then go into a conference committee with the House. I know it’s been a long time since you guys actually proposed a budget and even longer since you used a conference committee to iron out differences, but it’s the right way to do things. You might even say it’s the “extreme” right way to do things.
Hang in there Tea Party Republicans and the Republican Caucus in the House and the Senate. And voters, it’s going to be difficult, so cheer these guys and gals on when the do the right thing. That’s what we sent them there for.
Andrea Tantaros had a great piece in the New York Daily News on this. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2011/03/31/2011-03-31_extremely_stupid_schumers_remarks_exposes_democrats_continuing_condescension_on_.htmlMore Related Info