Schumer’s strategy to turn the ailing economy into a “Tea Party recession” Update: Schumer says even Mitt Romney can be “Tea Partied”

posted at 11:25 am on October 12, 2011 by Tina Korbe

As Allah wrote of last night’s Senate vote to block the president’s jobs bill, the outcome was just about as perfect as it could have been for the president, whose jobs package — loaded as it was with tax hikes Republicans were bound to reject out of hand — wasn’t designed to pass in the first place. The vote last night provides the basis for Democrats to blame Republican obstructionism for the next 13 months of a slow-to-no recovery — and blame ‘em they will. But they won’t just blame “Generic Republicans.” As the Senate now lays its plans to vote piece by piece on the American Jobs Act, Democrats are tightening their message against the Tea Party.

According to a memo now circulating from New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office, Democrats consider the Tea Party’s growing unpopularity as the GOP’s “Achilles heel” — and they’ll exploit that for all its worth. An excerpt from the memo:

By linking the GOP to its extreme Tea Party fringe, Democrats can bolster the prospects for the president’s jobs ideas, or at least make clear who is responsible for the stalling of the recovery.

Democrats can make this link by branding the school of thought that resists against any job-creation measures as “Tea Party economics.” The opponents of the President’s jobs proposals should be invoked as “Tea Party Republicans.” If their obstruction continues, it will risk a “Tea Party recession.”

The memo employs its own strategy, referring repeatedly to “Tea Party economics” and to “Tea Party Republicans.” It also drives home that the debt ceiling debate did more to damage the Tea Party brand than it did to damage the brand of establishment Republicans or Democrats. That’s disappointing, given that many Tea Partiers originally demanded Cut, Cap and Balance in return for a debt ceiling increase and the final deal that emerged was a far cry from that. In other words, in the midst of that debate, Tea Partiers in Congress compromised every bit as much or more as any other contingent in Congress.

But Democrats will only be successful at demonizing the Tea Party if Tea Partiers cease to make the case that has always been at the core of the Tea Party movement. It boils down to this: The $14,695,102,108,238 debt is an enormous drag on the economy and it costs jobs. When debt reaches 90 percent of GDP (ours is higher than that!), the economy loses about 1 percent of growth each year. That translates to 1 million jobs annually.

Republicans rightly voted against the American Jobs Act last night because the first stimulus was a miserable failure and because more spending will just add to the debt that’s dragging down the economy in the first place. Yes, the president’s plan was “paid for” with tax hikes. But Barack Obama has yet to be serious about a long-term plan to cut spending. Democrats are fond of saying that Republicans oppose “revenues,” that they’re not open to any tax hikes whatsoever. But Republicans have introduced tax reform proposals that would close tax loopholes on the corporate side just as the president says he wants (but hasn’t substantively done anything to bring about, probably because that would affect his ability to engage in crony capitalism). What Republicans opposed last night are tax hikes to fund more spending totally unaccompanied by any deficit and debt reduction plan. What’s so wrong with that?

What Schumer’s memo underscores is the need to take the case to the American people — from which the Tea Party emerged, after all. Hate to say it, but the president has done an effective job doing just that with the AJA. According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, the American people trust the president on the issue of jobs more than they trust Republicans by a 49 percent to 34 percent margin. Before he toured the country to tout his jobs package, Americans trusted Obama and Republicans about equally on the issue of job creation. The president is able to make his bill sound sensible, but only when Republicans fail to unmask it for what it is — a second stimulus, as likely to be only about as successful as the first.

Update: Good or bad news for Mitt Romney that Ds will target him as a “Tea Party Republican,” too?

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer expressed confidence Wednesday that Democrats would still be able to frame Mitt Romney as a “tea party candidate,” despite the former Massachusetts governor’s rifts with large portions of that constituency.

Speaking at a “Third Way” breakfast this morning, Schumer said Romney is carrying the “standard tea party line” when it comes to the economy.

 “Mitt Romney doesn’t have any plans for the economy either. He has the standard tea party line. The tea party may not like him on social issues, the tea party may not agree with his view on healthcare. But on the basic economics, he’s followed the tea party line and I don’t think he can shake it,” said the former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman.


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Fine, Schumer you link GOP to the “Tea Party fringe” and we’ll link Dems to wacko Wall Street Occupiers and see who wins.

vcferlita on October 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM

What Schumer’s memo underscores is the need to take the case to the American people — from which the Tea Party emerged, after all. Hate to say it, but the president has done an effective job doing just that with the AJA.

This is why ever-articulate, conservative stalwart Rick Perry MUST be our party’s nominee.

steebo77 on October 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM

He and Reid must argue constantly about which one of them is the bigger tool.

changer1701 on October 12, 2011 at 11:31 AM

According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, the American people trust the president on the issue of jobs more than they trust Republicans by a 49 percent to 34 percent margin. Before he toured the country to tout his jobs package, Americans trusted Obama and Republicans about equally on the issue of job creation.

Yet Obama’s overall poll numbers are in the high 30′s/low 40′s and he’s now losing in matchups with both Mittens AND even Cain. I think you’re being far too complimentary toward the Democrat strategery, TK. It’s entirely dependent on independents and even a few Republicans getting collective amnesia and forgetting that Obama has been President for nearly 3 years. Not to mention the little nagging truth of how Senators from his own party don’t wanna have anything to do with the so-called jobs bill.

Doughboy on October 12, 2011 at 11:32 AM

I don’t mind, as long as they call the 2012 elections a Tea Party Landslide.

Vashta.Nerada on October 12, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Yeah, good luck with that.

Ask who this economy belongs to, and they will say Obama.

Heck, ask OBAMA who owns this economy, and he says Obama.

neoavatara on October 12, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Sounds like Democrats are exploiting the fact that the Tea Party has no “official” spokesperson, so the Dems will pin the blame for the lousy economic numbers on the Tea Party.

You can always count on Dems to have zero integrity.

You can’t spell LIbEraliSm without LIES.

VibrioCocci on October 12, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Pass it and let it destroy the Democratic Party for a decade.

cpaulus on October 12, 2011 at 11:33 AM

..go for it, schmuck-face, because that worked out so-o-o-o-o well for you guys in 2010.

The War Planner on October 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Schumer is losing his heft.

We have the TEA Party.

They have the dreck party.

Also, why is the Assoc. Press reporting that the Rs downed Obama’s campaign bill, when the Ds are in the majority?

Schadenfreude on October 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

So New York’s bestest and brightest, perfectly representing the average New York voter, wants to blame the Tea Party for a $1.2 trillion deficit, instead of it being $1.7 trillion?

Help me out here. That’s supposed to be bad in what way?

MNHawk on October 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Dear leadr has thelsm backing him up with jobs plan

Cripe

cmsinaz on October 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM

How do idiots keep getting elected into Congress?

sadatoni on October 12, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Also, why is the Assoc. Press reporting that the Rs downed Obama’s campaign bill, when the Ds are in the majority?

Schadenfreude on October 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

After the AP took Obama to the woodshed over his recent lies, someone reminded them they are still obligated to tow the line for the empty suit they helped create.

VibrioCocci on October 12, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Good luck with that.

Meh on October 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM

So essentially his strategy is to lie, which is nothing unusual for a democrat.

darwin on October 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Republicans should vote for cloture and make the Senate Democrats choke on a real vote for the AJA.

besser tot als rot on October 12, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Democrats attack, demonize, and blame rank and file grassroots American citizens for America’s problems.

News at 11.

fossten on October 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

F U Schumer. You may think people forgot what you did to set up this mess and your successful attempt to force the fall by destroying AIG with a STUPID AND FALSE statement.

We haven’t.

Jason Coleman on October 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, the American people trust the president on the issue of jobs more than they trust Republicans by a 49 percent to 34 percent margin.

With a show of hands…who believes this poll? With Obama’s approvals underwater, this poll makes no sense, and I don’t for one damn minute believe a majority of Americans trust Obama with jobs.

capejasmine on October 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

He just itching to have a song written for him, too. Like Eric’s song.

http://themorningspew.com/2011/10/04/ode-to-the-wall-street-protesters-by-penny-thawtz/

bloggless on October 12, 2011 at 11:41 AM

The Libs / Progressives love to TWIST the language and say crap like Tea Party Recession how about WE TURN THE TABLES ON THEM!!!!

from now on “Politically correct” should be called what it is?

FREE SPEECH HATERS!!!

PappyD61 on October 12, 2011 at 11:41 AM

What scares liberals more than anything?

Their record.

Speakup on October 12, 2011 at 11:41 AM

I can’t believe that the average American citizen doesn’t realize that you can’t borrow money to meet your daily needs and obligations. We’re not talking about shiny extras and perks anymore, we are talking about day to day expenses. Nobody is stupid enough to think that is viable.

Cindy Munford on October 12, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Lying will only go so far.

forest on October 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

The MSM: “How can we help?”

Ward Cleaver on October 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

A slow motion train wreck. That’s what the desperate donkey party looks like.

platypus on October 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM

The recovery had not really started before the election. And Republicans were left out of meetings prior to the election in 2010. This is not going to fly…

They are idiots grasping at straws.

jeffn21 on October 12, 2011 at 11:46 AM

The message sent by the Tea Partiers was: Stop The Spending.

Was that too complex for you, Chucky-baby?

ajacksonian on October 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Haven’t Dems and the MSM been legitimizing the Tea Party through their inane comparisons to Operation Stinkfest on Wall St???

So its the organic group they have been trying to buy for over 50 years… were racist, white terrorists; then elevated to the de facto “True Organic movement of Americans” to justify their support for lackeys on Wall St – and now, all of a sudden, its back to the horrid racist, white terrorists…

And the MSM laps it up, with nary a sedond thought of the garbled message and madness.

Odie1941 on October 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Good luck with that Chuck.

It’s saying something that a group who point out that our current spending levels are not anywhere near sustainable are called extreme.

Even a call to return to a “Clintonian” budget – which liberals love to point at as some sort of golden age – would be decried as inhumane and extreme by these charlatans.

gwelf on October 12, 2011 at 11:48 AM

We haven’t forgotten Chuck:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEfICUoWKBw

diogenes on October 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM

The Obama Recession, you bone it you own it.

Blaming the Tea Parties for the recession is like blaming the Betty Ford clinic for dug abuse.

Chip on October 12, 2011 at 11:50 AM

This is why we must not let the left or the right call the Tea Party “right wing”.

The Tea Party is about as centrist as you can get.

Balance the Budget.

faraway on October 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM

What the Democrats have never gotten about the tea party is that, for the most part, it’s grandma and grandpa, your neighbors, your fellow parishioners, your co-workers, etc. So, what Chuckie is advocating is calling Grandma and right-wing extremist. Now, if the Republicans can make that case, the Democrats lose.

I can’t, for the life of me, understand why the Democrats feel they should so mercilessly attack the tea party. Yes, the tea party cost them an election so, rather than figure out a way to work with them, they’ve chosen all out war against them. Wow, declaring war on the American voters who don’t agree with you, that’s a novel political approach.

bflat879 on October 12, 2011 at 11:52 AM

extreme Tea Party fringe

An invention of the left wing media. “Voters” who buy this deserve the rotten government they get.

littleguy on October 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Ok, I think I may have posted this before but I’m going to say it again.

The “Tea Party” Republicans are only what 39 people strong? It amazes me that the dems are giving so much power to a very small group of people. Do they not realize that by doing so they only empower the Tea Party more and more. By giving them so much power by saying that the Tea Party has influenced the votes or the debate empowers more and more people to align themselves with the Tea Party. Who doesn’t want to be on the most powerful team in Washington?

If they really want the Tea Party to go away they need to stop giving them so much power and credit. But, they won’t do that and like I said they continue to keep the Tea Party front and center and show their inability to beat the all powerful 39 strong members of Tea Party. Do they not realize how weak that makes them look. Every time they blame them for votes not going their way the expose not only their own weakeness in leadership and ability to win over the other members of congress they also expose the weakness of the demorcat party as a whole.

milwife88 on October 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Schumer is just another liberal nutjob that doesn’t have a clue. How can you expect an adminstration to fix a broken economy if they can’t form a budget since Obama has been president? The complete incompetence of the democrats has been exposed at every level. The only thing that can keep them in power is the incompetence that elected them in 2008. Deja vu will be a disaster, but the Tea Party IS NOT the third party. Fools like Schumer, Reid and Pelosi have to hit rock bottom to learn. The election in 2010 was the biggest lasndslide in 70 years and they still lie and deceive. The election of 2012 will show them what rock bottom is really like.

volsense on October 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Running against “Tea Party” Bob Turner really did the Democrats a lot of good in the NY-9 special election. The Donks flooded the airwaves with ads slamming the tea party and it was a big fail.

LibertarianRepublican on October 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM

If these pricks spent half as much time trying to come up with some ideas to fix the mess they created as they do trying to find a slimy way to blame it on Republicans they might get some where.

BigWyo on October 12, 2011 at 12:01 PM

As a New Yorker I’d like to apologize for Chuck Schumer. Those of us with our heads screwed on straight are trying to give him the heave-ho but for some reason he is worshipped in the city.

Red Cloud on October 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM

According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, the American people trust the president on the issue of jobs more than they trust Republicans by a 49 percent to 34 percent margin. Before he toured the country to tout his jobs package, Americans trusted Obama and Republicans about equally on the issue of job creation.

An ABC/WaPo poll with a loaded sample and loaded questions? That doesn’t necessarily represent “the American people”.

UpChuck Schumer from deep-blue NY (which, incidentally, has a new Republican in the 9th House district) can always demonize the Tea Party at no risk to himself, but lots of his fellow Senate Democrats up for re-election in swing states are a lot more careful about listening to a sizeable chunk of their electorate called the Tea Party.

Republicans in Congress, and also the Presidential candidates need to be touting THEIR jobs plans–repealing ObamaCare, rolling back job-killing regulations, re-opening the Gulf for drilling, tax cuts, etc. Also, Rick Perry seems to have an energy plan (inspired by Sarah Palin?) he claims will create 1.2 million jobs–let’s hear the details about that! Repealing EPA regulations on CO2, and opening up Federal land for shale oil and gas exploitation could EASILY create that many jobs, and lower the price of oil and gas to boot! Somebody needs to bring ENERGY policy into this jobs debate–its the elephant in the room that nobody dares to mention–WHY NOT?

Steve Z on October 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Tina needs to explain why the economy loses one million jobs per year if the debt reaches 90% of GDP. The fact is the economy loses jobs in proportion to the debt all the time. We must pay interest on the debt. $15 trillion in debt at 1% costs costs $150 billion in interest every year. That’s money that’s just lost to bond holders in exchange for the right to use their money. At $100k per job, that’s 1.5 million jobs lost, regardless of it’s proportion to the GDP.

There is no trade off if government borrowing is propping up interest rates. All that does is raise interest rates for everyone, including those who would borrow to finance an investment that actually creates something tangible, which is also known as wealth creation.

InterestedObserver on October 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Ok, I think I may have posted this before but I’m going to say it again.

The “Tea Party” Republicans are only what 39 people strong? It amazes me that the dems are giving so much power to a very small group of people. Do they not realize that by doing so they only empower the Tea Party more and more. By giving them so much power by saying that the Tea Party has influenced the votes or the debate empowers more and more people to align themselves with the Tea Party. Who doesn’t want to be on the most powerful team in Washington?

If they really want the Tea Party to go away they need to stop giving them so much power and credit. But, they won’t do that and like I said they continue to keep the Tea Party front and center and show their inability to beat the all powerful 39 strong members of Tea Party. Do they not realize how weak that makes them look. Every time they blame them for votes not going their way the expose not only their own weakeness in leadership and ability to win over the other members of congress they also expose the weakness of the demorcat party as a whole.

milwife88 on October 12, 2011 at 11:56 AM

This is why you see a number of Democrats musing about the ineffectiveness and messiness of democracy. Democrats will never admit that their policies create misery – they can’t run on their record so they trump up “what could have been if only our bill was passed” and blame a minority for their failures.

gwelf on October 12, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Yeah, good luck with that.

Ask who this economy belongs to, and they will say Obama.

Heck, ask OBAMA who owns this economy, and he says Obama.

neoavatara on October 12, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Unfortunately the will have good luck with that. They have been demagoging this jobs bill for a month with no response from the Republicans and with the MSM out in full force to drill the Democrat message home. And it is working. We need to engage in this fight and not just assume that the American public is too smart for this strategy to work.

neuquenguy on October 12, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Lie we much.

Dopenstrange on October 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I can’t believe that the average American citizen doesn’t realize that you can’t borrow money to meet your daily needs and obligations. We’re not talking about shiny extras and perks anymore, we are talking about day to day expenses. Nobody is stupid enough to think that is viable.

Cindy Munford on October 12, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I recently had dinner with a friend of mine who lives in Minneapolis and is some level of vice-president at Wells Fargo. Bright guy.

Just recently, a friend of his turned his attention to libertarian views of the economy. He knows I’m a long-time libertarian-esque guy, and so he sought me out to have dinner with me and ask me specific questions.

His main source of news, as we discussed it, has historically been CNN at home and public radio on the drive to and from work. And I’m sure that’s true for a good part of the US. They watch cable news. They try to stay informed, and don’t see how the sources aren’t trustworthy.

It dawned on him that CNN was skewing the news, and he asked me what my news sources are.

Most people – no matter how smart – take a viable and cogent explanation from the media without a second thought. Wall Street bad. Tea Party racist and bad. Republicans have ill-intentions. Dems and Obama care about people. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Between the schools, the universities, the decades of federal encroachment, and the media, the libs own the message and call you simplistic for comparing the US economy to kitchen table budgeting. It’s much more complicated than that, we hear from them.

I ended the dinner by asking him, “What are you going to do about it?” He didn’t know. I don’t think he’s the type to talk to others. As is true with most people.

We have Limbuagh and Levin and Beck to help get the message out, but most CNN viewers wouldn’t sully their ears with that stuff.

So what will each of us do to correct the messaging? The libs have the distinct advantage…

beatcanvas on October 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Who is in the Tea Party caucus in the Senate anyway? Ben Nelson, Jon Tester, Paul, Rubio and DeMint?

forest on October 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM

America gets sicker every day. It wouldn’t feel so unendurable if I could see somebody on the Right formulating any kind of aggressive and systematic political response to the vile and increasingly outrageous lies of the Left and the media, now plainly and openly working together as a team. Newt Gingrich comes out with occasional and coherent blasts. But I see no concerted and fearless counter-attack, no internalized sense of the threat and conscientious wrestling with answers. As far as I can see, the presidential candidates perform within a complete parallel-world burlesque. Their abstract posturings and disconnected platitudes –their studied refusal or inability to define the Left and risk themselves in the definition and the confrontation it entails — is stunning.

rrpjr on October 12, 2011 at 12:10 PM

“What Schumer’s memo underscores is the need to take the case to the American people — from which the Tea Party emerged, after all. Hate to say it, but the president has done an effective job doing just that with the AJA. According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, the American people trust the president on the issue of jobs more than they trust Republicans by a 49 percent to 34 percent margin.”

Tina…do you really believe the results of an ABC-Washington Post Poll? And giving credence to BHO for getting his message across at this juncture is naive! His jobs plan is a sham and most Americans realize that.

You are starting to sound as ignorant as Meghan McCain!

tomshup on October 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Fine. If they start this, Republicans should never again utter the term “Democratic Party,” replacing it with “the socialists.”

It has the advantage of being true, unlike Chucky’s scheme.

Akzed on October 12, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Hey Chuckie, why don’t you crash another bank, make some cash on the side off of it, and call it a Tea Party crisis?

slickwillie2001 on October 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Also, why is the –>Assoc. Press<– reporting that the Rs downed Obama’s campaign bill, when the Ds are in the majority?

Schadenfreude on October 12, 2011 at 11:34 AM

..Q.E.D.

The War Planner on October 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Good luck, Scummer! Obama is a total loser and everyone can see it. The Tea Party’s message is now accepted by all parties in the public debate as Conventional Wisdom — “we must cut spending”.

War over … victory is ours. All that’s left is to neuter the Senate and begin implementation of this new Conventional Wisdom.

Jaibones on October 12, 2011 at 12:16 PM

beatcanvas on October 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Very interesting post – and thought provoking.

OldEnglish on October 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Here’s a man voted into office who was unable to identify the three branches of government and the media still listens to him. Unbelievable.

mixplix on October 12, 2011 at 12:19 PM

His jobs plan is a sham and most Americans realize that.

tomshup on October 12, 2011 at 12:11 PM

On what basis can you assert this?
The republicans are not responding to the Liar-in-Chief’s daily propaganda. There is only one side being heard out there. We should not overestimate the intelligence of the American public. After all they elected Obama despite everything that was known and unknown about him.

neuquenguy on October 12, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Schumer and the other Marxists can “exploit” anything they want – it’s not going to help them. 80% of the American voting public doesn’t really even start paying attention during election cycles until 3 months before the election. And yet, Obama’s job approval is flirting with the 30s and he’s already losing to a faceless, generic Republican candidate.

The two overriding issues that will be on voters minds a year from now are the same that are on their minds now and that were on their minds in 2010: 1) the weak economy and 2) govt spending run amok.

Remember what happened in 2010?

And what are the Dems new ideas for what ails the country?

HIGHER TAXES and MORE SPENDING.

Yeah…good luck with that.

rvastar on October 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Oh, brother. I smell a new drinking game coming on. “Tea Party recession”….gulp.

Huckabye-Romney on October 12, 2011 at 12:30 PM

schumer is the epitome of a partisan hack……….

ultracon on October 12, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Alright… Who else thinks that, but for the dopey hat and ‘stache, Chuck-you looks just like this guy?

CantCureStupid on October 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Timely article… I took a Schumer this morning.

hamnj7 on October 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Hate to say it, but the president has done an effective job doing just that with the AJA. According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, the American people trust the president on the issue of jobs more than they trust Republicans by a 49 percent to 34 percent margin.

Oh, BS.

You sound like larry o’donnel the other night claiming that 80% of the people agree with him and want this that and the other.

If the poll you cite were accurate, if Obama had successfully taken his case to the people, then Obama’s poll numbers wouldn’t be circling the toilet bowl, and the Republicans wouldn’t be in control of the House, etc.

Midas on October 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Also, why is the –>Assoc. Press<– reporting that the Rs downed Obama’s campaign bill, when the Ds are in the majority?

AP–Associated Press(old and busted)

AP–American Pravda(new hotness)

PappyD61 on October 12, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Yeah. It worked so well in the last election.

pat on October 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Two can play that games, Chuckles. You’re a leader of the Occupy Wall Street Democrats.

JammieWearingFool on October 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Tina Korbe’s writing is the weak link at HotAir. Reading her posts makes me feel like I’m reading Politico or The Hill. While Allah likes to flaunt his inner-RINO, his humor is priceless. Sometimes I disagree with Ed, but he’s mostly on the mark. Karl and JazzShaw are always excellent. Tina strikes me as a more concern troll-ish version of Ed.

ardenenoch on October 12, 2011 at 1:16 PM

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer… a man with no conscience if there ever was one.

Danny on October 12, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I don’t see how this helps the Democrats. “Vote for us… we can’t handle this stuff!”

Jim Treacher on October 12, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Only a yellow dog doofus Obamacrat will believe Schumer’s B.S. nonsense, and that sort of joker would rather vote for someone like Al Sharpton or Vladmir Lenin than for a Republican. There really is no upside to Schumer’s tactic.

stefano1 on October 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

If only Mittens were a tea party republican.

If the dems can turn him into a tea party republican, I’m cool with it.

Pablo Snooze on October 12, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Fortunately, our secret weapon, Debbie Wasserman Schulz, is out there touting how Democrats own this recovery! Memo to Schumer – you need to coordinate your message with your lackey counterpart in the House.

olesparkie on October 12, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Tina Korbe’s writing is the weak link at HotAir. Reading her posts makes me feel like I’m reading Politico or The Hill. While Allah likes to flaunt his inner-RINO, his humor is priceless. Sometimes I disagree with Ed, but he’s mostly on the mark. Karl and JazzShaw are always excellent. Tina strikes me as a more concern troll-ish version of Ed.

ardenenoch on October 12, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I disagree, Tina seems to write posts I want to read. I do not always agree with her but that is what comments are for,eh? Tina is not weak minded nor are her posts! Your comment was not about her post for or against, it was a personal critic.
Progressives tend to comment that way, attacking the messenger with no thought to the message. Alinsky style.
What did you think of her post ardenenoch? Do you agree or disagree, like some points or none?

IowaWoman on October 12, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Why can’t NY wake up to this fool and stop electing him back to Congress? Is he really the best there is? Giuliani, step up man.

smfic on October 12, 2011 at 2:44 PM

You’re a leader of the Occupy Wall Street Democrats.

JammieWearingFool on October 12, 2011 at 1:05 PM

As Chuck is the de facto leader of the New York delegation, one might even ask who is it better being the leader of? Someone pulling down his pants, showing off the front end, or someone pulling down his pants, showing off what comes out of the back end?

MNHawk on October 12, 2011 at 2:48 PM

With a show of hands…who believes this poll? With Obama’s approvals underwater, this poll makes no sense, and I don’t for one damn minute believe a majority of Americans trust Obama with jobs.
capejasmine on October 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

With a show of hands…and your thumbs out

DSchoen on October 12, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Why don’t the Republicans state forthrightly that the “American Jobs Act,” proposed by Obama is not a jobs act at all but another stimulus that rewards states that cannot live withing their budgets, that the plan is a quick fix that delays addressing the underlying factors in the stalled economy, that even the Dems in the Senate won’t support the bill.

onlineanalyst on October 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM

The gop has no one else to blame here. they purposely target the TEA party as hobbits and terrorists after the Nov elections and esp after Tuscon shooting. And they did it to keep their grasp on the levers of power. Now the dems will use what the gop establishment started and tie the gop establishment to the TEA party.

If instead of badmouthing the TEA party the gop establishment would have embraced it the dem party would be a small urban party by now.

unseen on October 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

onlineanalyst on October 12, 2011 at 3:30 PM

That would be uncouth to the highbrows in the gop establishment.

unseen on October 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I can’t stand that smirk that oozes off schumer’s face.

b1jetmech on October 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Nice try, Chuck.

flataffect on October 12, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Hey, the Dems are all about “messaging” and “creating the narrative” for the media to poll parrot. When will the Republicans get ahead of the curve in this department?

onlineanalyst on October 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, the American people trust the president on the issue of jobs more than they trust Republicans by a 49 percent to 34 percent margin.

And most minority voters still somehow think dems are better for them. How’s that working out?

RDuke on October 12, 2011 at 5:26 PM

The gop has no one else to blame here. they purposely target the TEA party as hobbits and terrorists after the Nov elections and esp after Tuscon shooting. And they did it to keep their grasp on the levers of power. Now the dems will use what the gop establishment started and tie the gop establishment to the TEA party.

If instead of badmouthing the TEA party the gop establishment would have embraced it the dem party would be a small urban party by now.

unseen on October 12, 2011 at 3:40 PM

THANK YOU!

I can’t believe you guys actually think this won’t work for the democrats. It works every time for the democrats, why would it fail this time?

And stop throwing around the 2010 results, all that did is give obama someone to run against. Did you really think he wasn’t going to do this? Most people do believe these polls, no matter how flawed WE know them to be. They are simply better at messaging because they don’t get bogged down in details like “truth” and “accuracy”. They have successfully demonized the tea party and now they’re going to use it against every single republican, up and down the ticket. And it will work. Again.

runawayyyy on October 13, 2011 at 2:50 PM