(FILES) This January 23, 2014 file photo shows US Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York  during a speech at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, DC, January 23, 2014. The White House responded with ill-disguised anger August 7, 2015 to news that Chuck Schumer, a key Democratic ally in the Senate, will oppose the landmark nuclear deal with Iran. In a statement -- purposely announced at the same time as the blockbuster Republican presidential debate Thursday -- Schumer said planned inspections of Iran's nuclear sites were not intrusive enough and would allow it to become a threshold nuclear state. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

I was wrong about Schumer, and it feels so good

Never has being wrong felt so good, nor has a mistake been so worth celebrating.

Chuck Schumer surprised me in all the best ways. His opposition to the terrible Iran nuke deal is breathtakingly bold and opens the door to actually defeating it. That would be one of the best things to happen to America, Israel and the civilized world in a very long time.

Let us count the ways Schumer’s decision matters.


Norman in NYC sent this is in for our review.

Is it possible that Schumer’s opposition to Obama’s Iran deal is not the result of cynical political calculus?

  • David

    Would a politician practice “cynical political calculus” in the face of an existential threat. Why yes I believe a politician would do that. Whether or not Mr Schumer is doing that or not, only he knows. I’m long past trusting polls or the mouthings of any politician. I may not be from Missouri but ya still gotta show me the goods.

  • Cat-astrophe

    I used to get excited when just one single politician said something that you found positive and encouraging.
    Especially if the politician was not just a back-back bencher.
    Not anymore.
    I have become cynical and in all fairness, no longer believe a thing they say.
    I people say to me “At least he’s doing and saying something.
    To that I say, so this one glimmer of hope can get you into a positive mood, yet when it fails to produce any real, tangible results, you will say at least he tried. He tried?, So there goes your voice. Gone. He wins a small concession, but what did he give away to get it? You will not even find out.
    The result of allowing this political behaviour to affect your mood, is similar to manic and depressive swings.
    Be alert and follow through with what happens, do not forget, let a mental tally accumulate in your MIND and you will see that it is “ALWAYS” All for show, not for go.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Schumer doesn’t have to go on the Daily Show anymore to give Jon Stewart a happy ending.
    Free agent.

  • Ron MacDonald

    The American need another 10 to 15 Democratic senators to follow his lead failing which Obama will simply veto a senate vote to kill the Iran deal.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I was wrong too – let’s see how it plays out though.

  • lenny

    Uhh- sorry – still a rotten rat-fuc# jew dual-shitzen. Also- “Israel” and “civilized” can never be mentioned in the same sentence.

    • DonaldDouglas

      Uh, Lenny, are you a regular reading of BCF? “Jew duel-shitizen” is a little over the top.

      • mobuyus

        He’s the best the iranians got, if you exclude kerry, obama and such sort.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Troll alert.

    • mobuyus

      May the large prong of a bull-Moose part your mother’s and dead grandmothers lips. If you would just remove your lips from it first.

  • moraywatson

    Oh the Iranian deal!? Wherever.
    Trump is right. We don’t have time for this politically correct bullshit any longer.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Goodwin tends to be tough on Democratic left-wingers, especially Obama. The important thing here is that Schumer spelled out in detail why he opposes the deal. It is hard to refute his reasoning. So call it it calculating and cynical that he has refused Obama’s Kool-Aid. If other Democrats go down for following Obama over the cliff, Schumer does not want to be one of them.

    • It’s all moot, I believe the deal will go through regardless.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    I definitely feel that the nuke deal is bad since it is a charade because Obama has launched as many wars as Bush. I still feel that there could be a backdoor way for Israel and the Gulf States to try to get a war with Iran, and then the US could just show its true colours. The fact is the congress and the Senate are the best people money can buy, since they have exported their foreign policy internationally for decades and they do not want a foreign policy that is smart and where alliances are built. Remember that what happens at one point can have reverberations down the line. People that are warhawkish fail to see this but it is definitely true. It is also why non-interventionism, which Obama is a warhawk and a con-artist, is gaining ground all over the Western world. The days of the US and others projecting strength, while Russia and China even doing one thing badly, are over. In fact, I hope that there can be a multi-polar world, so that wars can become less often and that this whole WW2 style foreign policy used by interventionists can end, since it is pretty much a myth. Interventionism serves no one except the nation doing it. Those supporting it are the ones that support the movement, since they have either something to gain or are just cheerleaders. Frankly, most of this comes from left-right culture war politics which is good for the pundits to sell their books, but it leaves us that don’t follow mainstream politics wondering why such poor decision-making is done. That is why I don’t trust the deal because it is biding time for war, and Russia and China have a protection pact with Iran. It would create decades of conflict. It would also serve no one except the warhawks, the chicken hawks and those in talk radio, and the interventionists trying to hold onto power.

    • Minicapt

      A multi-polar ia not possible. Due to physics, we are limited to the Arctic and Antarctic, which thus makes us bi-polar only.


  • angrymike

    You not wrong about him, this is just one decision, his gun control antics disgust me…..

  • Joseph Shmeau

    The sanctions on Iran were actually fairly effective. The deal’s a disaster because the sanctions are now busted whatever else happens. As for the Senator, sorry Norman, he’s still Schmuck Chumer.