Desperate Schumer Gives Us His Real Answer

Senator Chuck Schumer has heard from the White House and its left-wing cheerleaders for the nuclear deal with Iran. Last week he announced his opposition to the pact in terms that make clear how dangerous it is because there is no sign that Iran is changing and the U.S. “would be better off” without it. Refusing President Obama’s demand that he back the deal was no easy thing for a highly partisan Democrat slated to become his party’s Senate leader in 2017. But, as Politico reports, Schumer is covering all his bases. The furious pushback from the administration against him is sending a strong signal not only about the current Iran vote but to intimidate pro-Israel Democrats from dissenting from what will follow against Israel as Obama pursues an Iran-centric policy in the Middle East. But instead of showing real courage — and perhaps risking his chance to succeed Harry Reid – Schumer is assuring other senators that he has no intention of trying to influence their votes. What might have been a Profiles in Courage moment for Schumer is turning into an undignified humiliation.

  • Brett_McS

    Isn’t “undignified humiliation” part of the job description?

  • Alain

    Here I thought he represented his constituents and not the Obama administration. Silly me especially since so many harp about Putin being a bully.

    • Clausewitz

      Schumer is a political hack who only ever does things that will further his political agenda. He’s trying to act like a lover of free speech and dissent, but in the end little Chucky only ever looks out for little Chucky.

  • Clinton

    Senator Schumer is a very canny politician. I suspect he never intended to
    be successful “opposing” the Iraq deal, but he is playing this bit of political
    kabuki theater so he won’t alienate his constituency.

    New York City has a large, affluent, and politically active Jewish community
    that any Senator would take pains not to alienate. Moreover, after 9/11
    New Yorkers in general are less complacent about national security from
    terrorist attack than residents of other states might be. Senator Schumer
    can always maintain that he ‘tried’ to oppose the president on this shameful
    capitulation to Iran’s nuclear ambitions– but I’m convinced he and the
    president planned this bit of theater out well in advance to give Schumer
    political cover.

    • That appears to be a very common explanation for Schumer’s actions, people can stomach only so much chicanery and cynicism, let’s hope they keep this memory.

  • WalterBannon

    He has no balls, he is Obama’s cuckold

  • Hard Little Machine

    Don’t worry, he’ll switch back to supporting the deal ‘upon further reflection’.

  • simus1

    He is positioning himself as an “I told you so” for future political advantage. Much like some of his former fellows like Lurch and Hildabeast were very much for wars until it was even more politically expedient to be against them.

  • lgeubank

    You don’t cross Mussolini for Morons. His word is law — what he wants, he assumes he’ll get. And all the castrati in Congress lie down and let that duplicitous megalomaniac, that diva grifter, walk over them.