November 4, 2005


Chuck’s New Role: Is War Senator–On Bush Nominee (Ben Smith, 11/04/05, NY Observer)

How had the combative Brooklyn Senator risen, without fanfare or official recognition, to be “the voice of the Democrats on judges,” in the words of Schumer ally Kate Michelman, a former president of the National Abortion Rights Action League?

On a Senate Judiciary Committee stacked with famous names, Mr. Schumer has emerged as the Democrats’ most prominent voice on what is, right now, the most important battle in Washington. That position allows him to step out of the giant shadow cast by his superstar colleague, Hillary Clinton, the would-be, may-be Presidential candidate. With his staunch opposition to conservative judges, his denunciation of “theocrats” and “economic royalists” in Mr. Bush’s coalition, and his media ubiquity, Mr. Schumer has become an unlikely champion of the Democratic left.

“He’s not going out looking for a fight, but when it’s appropriate that there’s a fight, that’s where the fact that he’s a Brooklyn guy really helps the party,” said Mr. Schumer’s former chief counsel, Jeff Berman.

So do Democratic strategists sit around in a room somewhere and come up with the idea of having the Jewish Senator from NY be the front man against Catholic nominees?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 4, 2005 8:20 AM

Schumer also has travel reimbursement problems, and his staffers (loosely attached) have broken the law by chasing down Michael Steele's SS number.

Posted by: ratbert at November 4, 2005 8:45 AM

If being a "Brooklyn" guy is such an asset
why doesn't he run for prez?

Posted by: J.H. at November 4, 2005 9:20 AM

He's the diversity pick. Can't have "Catholics" (Lehey, Kennedy, Biden, Durbin) get the job.

Posted by: Luciferous at November 4, 2005 11:44 AM

You want they should use one of the Jewish Girls from CA?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 4, 2005 1:33 PM

It's a miracle we've survived with the gaggle of geese we have serving in congress.

Posted by: tefta at November 4, 2005 6:49 PM

He's a JINO - like Turban and Leahy are CINOs.

Posted by: obc at November 4, 2005 11:03 PM

Schumer is the NRA's public enemy No. 1.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 6, 2005 4:18 PM