Chuck Schumer to woo tea partiers by pushing left-wing economic populism or something

posted at 11:21 am on January 23, 2014 by Allahpundit

On a slow Thursday morning, we can all use a laugh.

Seriously, what am I missing here?

Schumer will argue that Democrats must defend popular government programs such as extended unemployment benefits and student loan subsidies to persuade Tea Party voters that they can benefit from federal programs.

“The average Tea Party member, like the average American, likes government run Medicare, likes government built highways and water and sewer lines, likes government support for education, both higher and lower,” he will say.

Schumer contends powerful Tea Party patrons such as David H. Koch and Charles Koch have directed the anger of many independent voters toward the government to ease federal regulation of their multibillion-dollar industries.

“Wealthy Tea Party leaders have convinced Tea Party rank and file and many other Americans that anti-government ideology is the answer to their problems — but many Tea Partiers and sympathizers support government programs — Democrats must exploit the difference,” Schumer’s office said in a statement announcing the speech.

The goal, in theory, is to drive a wedge between the puppetmasters whom lefties are convinced control the tea-party movement — i.e. their all-purpose Emmanuel Goldstein, the Kochs — and the rabble, who I guess Schumer thinks aren’t really opposed to big government deep down but have settled on that as an outlet for their disaffection over lost economic opportunities. This is, in other words, a variation on Obama’s bitter/clinger remarks from the 2008 campaign. O dismissed red-state culture as a reaction to jobs drying up in rural areas. Sounds like Schumer’s going to make a similar argument, but focused on politics more than culture. No one could possibly disagree with statism on principle, after all; those who profess to do so are either exploiting that sentiment for their own profit or being exploited. That’s an insulting assumption, but look at it this way: At least, for once, a prominent Democrat’s diagnosing tea-party motivations as something other than racist.

The grain of truth here is that, according to most polls, tea partiers do want to keep Medicare and Social Security. They’re not libertarians, by and large, and they’re certainly not anarchists who oppose government-run roads. How you get, though, from “I’m not a libertarian” to “…so therefore I must be a Chuck Schumer Democrat” is beyond me. What he’s really trying to do, insofar as the speech isn’t a standard issue jeremiad against the Koch brothers (which, given that he’s delivering it at the Center for American Progress, it probably is) is nudge Democrats and the media to encourage tea partiers to see themselves more in class terms rather than as part of a political movement. There are differences of opinion between wealthy Republicans and poor ones on big-picture economic questions and government help. Encourage class warfare, he probably reasons, and maybe you can convince some of these people to at least stay home on election day even if you can’t convince them to re-identify as liberal.

I think he’s kidding himself, partly because the cultural distance between tea partiers and Democratic leaders is so vast but mostly because TPers really do believe that bigger government is more pernicious on balance than salutary, despite the exception they make for entitlements. They’ve had endless illustrations over the past year alone, starting with Obama forcing millions of people off their health insurance plans in order to build a new utopian boondoggle. If the GOP ever made a move to significantly scale back Social Security and Medicare, that might create a new receptiveness on the right to Schumer’s pitch. But of course, it hasn’t and almost certainly won’t, Paul Ryan’s halting efforts to push some sort of reform notwithstanding. It’ll take a fiscal crisis to make that happen. And when it does, Democrats will necessarily be along for the ride.


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Schadenfreude on January 23, 2014 at 2:34 PM

The point of the speech is to talk about anything …… anything but Obamacare.

It’s throw shit at the wall time.

carson53 on January 23, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Chuckie-Schmuckie, just for you, you weasel.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Don’t ever forget that Rubio stands with Chuck Schumer on amnesty.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I still think McConnell was initially behind that, pushing Rubio the new kid and tea party fav to go play with the bad kids on the other end of the block. A bad rep was just what that uppity frosh needed. Put his tea party arse in place.
True he did just that, not like he’s attached to strings. And made an incredibly foolish spectacle of himself in the process. Got a permanent stink from it, but up until that he was on my presidential wish list. So he can stay at Schumer’s place for the rest of the summer as far as I’m concerned. Change his label if he wants.
McConnell can just go to hell.

onomo on January 23, 2014 at 2:35 PM

onomo on January 23, 2014 at 2:35 PM

+1 :)

Love your comments, btw.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Let’s see if I have this right Chuck: you’re saying that once the rich tycoons who control the Tea Party plantation show them how they too can get on the gravy-train, they will eagerly fall into line behind Obama’s policies and join the Free $hi+ Army?

Well, apparently “projection” doesn’t just happen in a little room at the back of the CinePlex, does it Chuck?

drunyan8315 on January 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Trussssssssssssssssssst in meeeeee….

Careful, Schumer, your forked tongue is showing.

Marcola on January 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

ps. Chuck I meant to add that you should consider some cosmetic surgery to correct the Gila-monster smirk you think of as a smile.

drunyan8315 on January 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A compliment that much more from a heavyweight. Appreciate it.

onomo on January 23, 2014 at 3:14 PM

but look at it this way: At least, for once, a prominent Democrat’s diagnosing tea-party motivations as something other than racist.

LOL, did Eeyore just find a silver lining? So proud of you AP!

JusDreamin on January 23, 2014 at 3:15 PM

The Guberment can be a force for good as look as you don’t have Liberal Twits like Schumer, Reid, Pelosi, Turbin and Obambi and their ilk running it.

cmptrnerd on January 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Great tread, AP. :)

wolly4321 on January 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Thread

wolly4321 on January 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Great tread, AP. :)

wolly4321 on January 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

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Thread

wolly4321 on January 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

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I just figured you were commenting on his tires, the first time.

listens2glenn on January 23, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Enough Schumer…is he playing for the pink team?

StevC on January 23, 2014 at 4:34 PM

One has to wonder if Chuckie actually believes the bovine excrement that he peddles.

GarandFan on January 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM

I think he knows full well that he’s lying. He’s an individual that has gone entirely over to the dark side.

trigon on January 23, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Schumer is right there on the IQ scale with Biden. Their brains are disconnected from everything.

dogsoldier on January 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Actually Chuck is very smart, just ask him. But seriously that is the problem, he thinks he is so much smarter than everyone that they will swallow his BS. Unfortunately, NY voters do appear to confirm his belief.

pgrossjr on January 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

I don’t think he’s dumb or delusional. It’s just a platform to change the languauge in conjunction with dogeaters wealth disparity nonsense coming.

It’s all about the language. Nothing more.

wolly4321 on January 23, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Medicare is popular because those who are Medicare eligible really don’t have a choice. The choice we do have is to remove the government from the equation that best way we can. That way is Medicare Advantage. The only contact with CMS is the ridiculous 8 page prescription report we get in the mail whenever prescriptions are purchased. What a waste of paper.

And of Medicare recipients a the vast majority opt into supplementary insurance plans that smooth out the holes in Medicare. There are not such plans for ObamaDoesn’tCare. Yet!

Dasher on January 23, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Ah, yeah…

What’s plan B?

mojo on January 24, 2014 at 1:50 AM

No one could possibly disagree with statism on principle, after all; those who profess to do so are either exploiting that sentiment for their own profit or being exploited.

IOW, those who oppose statism and all of its glorious goals are either capitalists or misguided dupes. The former deserve the fate of the Kulaks and the latter require re-education.

Chucky’s inner Stalin is showing.

farsighted on January 24, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Don’t ever forget that Rubio stands with Chuck Schumer on amnesty.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

No way. Only a total traitor would do that.

David Blue on January 24, 2014 at 7:14 AM

Discussion on the ON-GOING IRS TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVES / TEA PARTIES

easyt65 on January 24, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Discussion on the ON-GOING IRS TARGETING OF CONSERVATIVES / TEA PARTIES is going on in another thread; however, it is important to note that while the Obama administration is denying it ever happened, declared if it was done it would be illegal, no one is being charged with a crime, and it is not going on now (despite these same Tea Parties and Conservative groups STILL don’t have their tax exempt statuses)…you now have Schumer CALLING FOR the IRS to be used to ‘curtail the Tea Party activites’.

Schumer is actually CALLING for Constitutional & Criminal violations, calling for the abuse of power against Americans to prevent Conservatives from making an impact in the 2014 elections.

Good Grief!

Will the last American out please bring the flag?

easyt65 on January 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

To really understand the evil this serpent is capable of I would suggest viewing the Emmy Award winning movie WACO – The Rules of Engagement. It’s available on DVD. Witness what your government can and will do to you when they tire of your actions.

CaveBear on January 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

“The White House is seeking to legitimize the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups by issuing a regulation that would reclassify them as political outfits that don’t qualify for tax-exempt status.”

Wall Street Journal, columnist Kimberly Strassel:
“The committee has reviewed thousands of tax exempt applications,” says House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp. “The new regulation so closely mirrors the abused tea-party group applications, it leads me to question if this new proposed regulation is simply another form of targeting.”

Here’s how it works. To get or keep tax-exempt status, 501(c)(4) organizations must devote a majority of their work to their “primary” social-welfare purpose. Most tea party groups were set up with a primary purpose of educating Americans on pressing problems—the size of government, the erosion of the Constitution—and did so mainly via nonpartisan voter guides, speakers forums, pamphlets or voter-registration drives.

What the proposed Treasury/IRS regulation would do is to re-categorize all these efforts as “political activity”—thereby making it all but impossible for tea party groups to qualify for 501(c)(4) status. Say an outfit’s primary purpose is educating voters on our unsustainable debt, which it does mainly with a guide explaining the problem and politicians’ voting records.

Under the new rule, that guide is now “political activity” (rather than “social welfare”), which likely loses the group tax-exempt status.

The rule, in other words, is not designed to provide helpful “guidance” on allowable activities. It was designed, rather, as Mr. Camp explains, “to put tea party groups out of business.”

UPDATE:
“ The wide-ranging “Omnibus” spending bill just approved by Congress, with the cooperation of Republicans, failed to include a proposed provision reversing a new Obama regulation that will turn all those nonprofit groups – which had been targeted as potential violators of their tax-free status – into TAXABLE institutions.”

BOTTOM LINE: The ignorant, inept, and impotent GOP failed to put up a fight, thereby cutting their own throats…again. Obama & his Progressive Liberal cohorts just made targeting the TEA Party & Conservatives ‘LEGAL’. Eliminating Conservative ‘rabble-rousers’ is just as critical this year for the 2014 elections as it was in 2014 for Obama’s re-election! Now, the Liberals have made sure doing so is ‘legal’.

easyt65 on January 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

(correction: “…AS IT WAS IN 2012…”

easyt65 on January 24, 2014 at 12:18 PM

CaveBear on January 24, 2014 at 9:40 AM

The Americans on the compound, surrounded by police, were not a threat to anyone else & were not a ‘threat’ to each other if left alone. The leaders of the compound did not have to be taken that day – they could have left and just picked him up days/weeks/months later when they went to town. Driving tanks into buildings where they knew there were children? Using the military to begin with to go after American citizens? That was just a warm-up to the Socialist nation Obama has been able to successfully turn our contry into. Constitution & laws be d@mned…

…will the last American out please bring the flag?!

easyt65 on January 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM

This is what happens when they start believing their own bullshit.

jhffmn on January 24, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Schumer is actually CALLING for Constitutional & Criminal violations, calling for the abuse of power against Americans to prevent Conservatives from making an impact in the 2014 elections.

Good Grief!

Will the last American out please bring the flag?

easyt65 on January 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

With this, Schumer joins Cuomo and DiBlasio in advancing the dangerous Marcusian doctrine of righteous one-way tolerance: True tolerance = tolerance of liberal views and intolerance of conservative views. Intolerance/suppression of conservative views becomes legitimate and noble.

Righteous intolerance –> righteous oppression.

If they are allowed to mainstreamm this, the game is over, folks.

Yet so far, mostly crickets. Michelle Malkin is one of a very few sounding the alarms.

petefrt on January 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Schumer is living proof that stupdity is the desired trait of the Democrat Party.

savage24 on January 25, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Schumer’s political and moral compass has always pointed South, so the public knows that when he speaks, it’s officially from the horse’s mouth, the Prince-of-Darkness himself.

His speech-writers are not aware that his mere image causes gagging reflexes in the audience he hopes to reach, so the words are not being heard.

They should have chosen a less satanic messenger for this pseudo-educational piece on the Tea Party, as if Schumer has any background at all, beyond the seduction of Rubio into his demonic corruption of the GOP with immigration reform betrayal.

virgo on January 28, 2014 at 2:07 AM

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