The New York Times catches up to us today. We wrote a while ago that Chuck Schumer can be taken down with a 2×4 in November’s election. Chuck Schumer is due for some Clinton Karma.
It was Chuck Schumer who surreptitiously advised Obama to “take a 2×4 to Hillary”. In public Schumer pretended to be a Hillary supporter. In private Schumer was part of the establishment puppet-masters gifting the Democratic nomination to the stooge from Chicago.
It will require a woman to run against Chuck Schumer if he is to be defeated. A woman who can point out how Chuck played his anti-Hillary dirty game with a 2×4. It’s time for Chuck to be shucked aside.
We wrote that the New York Terror Trials are a good wedge issue against Schumer – Schumer ran away from the Terror Trials. What prompted the Old Gray Lady to belatedly echo Big Pink was watching Chuck Schumer run from the Terror Trials and this February 1, 2010 Marist College poll:
Senator Chuck Schumer’s once rock solid approval rating has taken a slide. For the first time in nearly nine years, Schumer’s approval rating has fallen below 50%. According to the latest Marist Poll in New York, 47% of registered voters statewide report Schumer is doing either an excellent or good job in office. 31% rate the job he is doing as fair, and 17% view him as performing poorly. This is Schumer’s lowest job approval rating since April 2001 when 49% of voters approved of the job he was doing.
The approval rating of New York’s senior senator has declined over the past couple of months. In Marist’s last survey on January 15th, 51% said Schumer was doing an above average job. In November, he received a thumbs-up from 54% of registered voters in New York, and just last September, his approval rating was 58%.
Schumer’s decline is most pronounced in New York City. 51% of New York City voters currently give Schumer high marks while 57% did the same two weeks ago, 64% in November, and 66% in September.
“Senator Schumer is not immune from the anti-incumbent sentiment among voters, but it would take a major effort to unseat him,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist Institute for Public Opinion.
It will take a major effort to unseat Chuck Schumer from his treachery perch. But it can be done. It is a job for a woman. Larry Kudlow will not be able to do it and he is the rumor of the week. It will take a woman to do this job.
Here is the New York Times story published today which echoes older Big Pink articles:
The usually unavoidable-for-comment, if-it’s-Sunday-here-is-my-press-release senior senator from New York is being a little tetchy about going on the record.
Senator Charles E. Schumer has had a not-so-hot run recently. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg accused him of failing to deliver enough federal health care dollars for New York, and the city’s titans of finance at a recent closed-door meeting accused him of being insufficiently pro-Wall Street; one indignant fellow stood up and demanded his donation back.
Some Democrats whisper that he plays the too-aggressive kingmaker, shoving aside challengers to Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the appointed junior senator. And a recent Marist College poll suggested that Mr. Schumer’s favorability ratings had leaked helium, falling to 47 percent.
Is this fatal to the senator as he seeks his third term? That seems highly, deeply, profoundly unlikely, even according to those same pollsters and to senior state Republicans, who prefer to place Ms. Gillibrand in their cross hairs for the fall of 2010. But a harsh wind is howling for incumbents, and Mr. Schumer, who has been running for office since just about the day he left Harvard, does not like talk of any Democrat’s political mortality, particularly his own.
So he carefully measures out his verbs and nouns for a reporter, trying not to say what he knows: It’s been a rough year.
Chuck Schumer losing his U.S. Senate Perch of Treachery is “highly, deeply, profoundly unlikely” for sure. It is a near impossibility. It is as impossible to comprehend as a Republican sitting in Ted Kennedy’s double width senate chair.
A woman can beat Chuck Schumer. A woman who travels New York State, with a 2×4, and informs Democratic voters of Chuck’s double dealing can do the job. A woman who informs the voters of Chuck’s 2x4ing of Hillary will dispirit and alienate Democratic voters who admire and trust the wonderful Hillary Clinton, can do the job. A woman who carries a 2×4 against Chuck, informs Democratic New Yorkers of Chuck’s treacheries and inflames Democratic voters against Chuck, as well as summons forth Republican voters in New York State can do the job.
Chuck is nervous and knows we are right. Chuck fears the 2×4. Chuck talks tough and whistles as he enters the graveyard:
“There was another poll this same week that had much different numbers, so you can’t rely on polls,” he says, striving for a studiously bland manner.
In truth, even Lee M. Miringhoff, head of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, agrees it is not the end. He has sifted the poll numbers and divines mostly agita for Mr. Schumer.
“It’s not the usual fluctuations, but neither do I think it puts him in electoral jeopardy,” he said. “It’s more that it speaks to a lack of enthusiasm in his electoral base.”
Still, for a man who might be the next Senate majority leader, and who is credited with masterminding the strategy that oh so briefly put 60 Democrats in the Senate, to see bubbles of discontent in his own state is a strange business. His Web site features a map of New York with green thumbtacks on towns he has visited in the last year, a virtual forest of green from Ogdensburg to Niagara Falls to Utica. In New York City he has appeared at 10 City Council installations, 5 firehouses, 7 schools, and so on and on.
Chuck Schumer has all the strengths listed above. However, those strengths can be turned against him. When the same Democratic voters he has talked to in all those New York cities and towns discover Chuck Schumer’s treacheries, they will realize they have been had. All the voters he has met and all the visits he has met will turn against Chuck – it will be like when John Edwards’ voters discovered who that slimy lump of protoplasm really is.
The Tea Party brigades in New York and Democratic voters need to be informed of Chuck’s 2x4ing of Hillary Clinton. Voters also have to learn this (which thanks to Big Pink and the New York Times, they will):
Wall Street’s current disaffection is intriguing, as Mr. Schumer served for 30 years as Horatio at the bridge, guarding against too many incursions against the financial industry. He artfully sidetracked an effort to tax hedge funds and pushed for repeal of legislation that prohibited commercial banks from engaging in risky investments like trading stocks or mortgage-backed securities. And he helped craft a bank-friendly bailout. In return, he has taken in more money from the securities and finance industry over the course of his career than any Democrat other than Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.
That history, not the latest Chuck distractions from that history, is the story that must be told. What Chuck Schumer says in public and what he does in private are two different things. Maybe that is why Chuck likes Barack so much. What they say and what they do are two different things. It’s time for both to go.
Mr. Schumer, by this account, took umbrage at their umbrage. Do you, he asked, really think it’s better to be rhetorically pro-Wall Street or anti-Wall Street? Be realistic. Financial institutions did much wrong, he suggested, but cautioned against getting vindictive.
“Chuck has been a champion for our financial industry and for our state,” said Kathryn S. Wylde, the partnership’s president. “But it’s a quarrel in the family with unrealizable expectations of unconditional love.”
A few, including that fellow who rumbled about desertion, talked privately of funding a challenger to Mr. Schumer. As Mr. Schumer could become Senate majority leader, and therefore the third most powerful Democrat in the nation, such militancy struck others as daft. “What are you going to do for a new king?” asked one.
A woman can do the job.
On a side note, we wrote a while back that we are still analyzing what is going on in New York regarding the Kirsten Gillibrand senate race. We said that race reminds us of Borgia Italy. Here is a taste, from the New York Times article, of what we mean:
Some have seized on a passive-aggressive way of torturing the senior senator. They want to finance a Democratic primary challenge by Harold E. Ford Jr., whom they happen to admire, to Senator Gillibrand, whose patron is Mr. Schumer. Mayor Bloomberg, who was not pleased that Ms. Gillibrand edged out his choice, Caroline Kennedy, appears not unopposed to this turn, as his former pollster and campaign manager are advising Mr. Ford.
Chuck Schumer is as impossible to take down as a Kennedy in the North East. But a woman can do the job. Like Dodd, Richardson, Teddy, Dean, Reid, Daschle, Caroline, Corzine, Deval, and many others – Clinton Karma will come to traitor Chuck Schumer.
Speaking of Kennedys safe in New England, our commentor MoonOnPluto noted this article:
The Kennedy political dynasty is shaking in the aftershock of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s earth-shattering election, with a new poll showing U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy losing ground as he faces a well-financed GOP foe backed by Brown’s top strategists.
The WPRI-12 poll showed the Rhode Island Democrat with a 56 percent unfavorability rating in his district – a negative that grows to 62 percent statewide.
Only 35 percent of voters in Kennedy’s district said they would vote to re-elect him. Another 31 percent said they’d consider a different candidate and 28 percent said they would vote to replace him, according to the poll.
Patrick Kennedy followed in the limo behind the Chappaquiddick Chauffeur to endorse Barack Obama. Now Patrick is not feeling the luck of the Irish – Patrick is feeling Clinton Karma:
Republican John J. Loughlin II, a veteran state lawmaker, formally announced his campaign yesterday against Kennedy, saying the son of liberal icon Edward M. Kennedy is out of touch with Rhode Island voters as he seeks a ninth two-year term.
“We’ve got a congressman who’s not connecting with voters or the people. He’s pushing policies that are diametrically opposed with needs of people – to get the economy going and create jobs,” said Loughlin, of Tiverton. “We can’t afford it anymore.”
WPRI-12 pollster Joe Fleming said, “This is the best-financed challenger he’s faced since the first time he ran, and his favorability numbers are way down. “Congressman Kennedy could have a very competitive race.”
Clinton Karma’s gonna get you.
Loughlin, a 50-year-old National Guardsman, is hoping to ride the same wave that swept Brown to victory. He got a head start by hiring Eric Fehrnstrom and Peter Flaherty, two of Brown’s top consultants.
The National Republican Congressional Committee has already begun lining up behind Loughlin, who says he plans to spend at least $1 million in the race.
“Independents are running from the Democratic Party, and that benefits candidates across the northeast,” said Tory Mazzola, spokesman for the NRCC.
Other potential Kennedy challengers include Democratic State Rep. Jon D. Brien and even former Providence Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci.
Clinton Karma’s gonna get you… hit you right in the face – with a 2×4.