March 28, 2017

The Pressure Is Getting To Chuck Schumer

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been the Democratic Leader for only a few months, yet he’s already showing signs of melting down. The Democratic base is demanding complete obstruction, and with Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation vote upcoming, the New York Senator has never been under more pressure.

Now the New York Post is reporting that Schumer is even starting to lose his cool in public. At a “swanky” Upper East Side restaurant Sunday night Schumer became so “incensed” that he berated a constituent for voting for Trump:

“Onlookers said Schumer was incensed that Hilary — the daughter of William S. Paley, the founder and chairman of CBS — had voted for Trump, even though her husband, Joseph, is a well-known Democrat. One witness said of the restaurant rant, ‘They are a highly respected couple, and Schumer made a scene, yelling, ‘She voted for Trump!’ The Califanos left the restaurant, but Schumer followed them outside.’ On the sidewalk, Schumer carried on with his fantastical filibuster: ‘How could you vote for Trump? He’s a liar!’ He kept repeating, ‘He’s a liar!’”

It makes sense that Schumer lost his cool Sunday night because earlier that day Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), a respected figure on judicial nominations, undercut Schumer when he announced that he was “not inclined to filibuster” Judge Gorsuch’s nomination. This was in direct contradiction to Schumer’s position that Gorsuch has to be filibustered.

The tremendous pressure Schumer is under has become apparent to his fellow Senators as well. Senator John Thune (R-SD) remarked to Politico that Schumer’s not able to run the Democratic caucus because the “center of gravity” is on the far left:

“‘Left to his own devices, Chuck is’ pragmatic, said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, a member of Republican leadership who works out alongside Schumer in the Senate gym. ‘But he’s got so much pressure on him from his left in the caucus. And that’s where the center of gravity in their caucus is.’

Powerlessness has made better men than Chuck Schumer lash out in anger. But instead of attacking constituents, Schumer’s energy would be better spent standing up to the leftist obstructionists in the Senate.