Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer has spent much of his lengthy political career being a massive hypocrite, and he hasn’t changed much since taking back control of the upper chamber.
Once a passionate defender of the Senate’s traditions, history, and precedents, Schumer is tossing all of that aside to do whatever he can to lead his party into permanent majority status while at the same time destroying our republic as it was founded.
Because today’s Democrat Party is really not much different than the old Soviet Communist Party, where power is everything and there is no second place or compromise.
In an interview with MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show,” the New York Democrat made it quite clear he is preparing to push for an end to the filibuster so he can ram through the most radical, leftist agenda in the country’s history — even though he has no ‘mandate’ in an evenly-divided Senate and where compromise with Republicans now would is more necessary than ever.
“Let me get you on the issue of the filibuster and whether it should stay or go. Have a listen to what Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell had to say on that score,” host Jonathan Capehart said before playing a clip of the Kentucky Republican.
“t should not be changed. Senator Manchin made it clear they do not favor changing it. And we are counting on them to stand up for the institution. The status quo of this issue is exactly where we ought to be,” McConnell said.
Asked to respond, Schumer was primed and ready.
“Let me say this first — when he wanted to change the filibuster for the Supreme Court, he did like that. You can’t just say, ‘Oh, I’ll do it for the things I want.’ We need big, bold change, Jonathan. That’s what America needs,” Schumer claimed.
“The kind of change we began to do in the American Rescue Plan has to continue in the many ways that it has and in many other ways, infrastructure, democracy, things that we have talked about a little bit here, child poverty. We would like to work with our Republican colleagues to bring that big bold change, no question about it,” he continued.
“That’s our preference, and we will try. But if they vote no on everything in terms of the kinds of change that America needs, then our caucus will have to get together and figure out how to get it done. Everything will be on the table. Failure is not an option. We cannot turn away from the big, bold change that is needed,” he added.
Americans did not vote for “big, bold change.” While Republicans lost two Senate seats in Georgia under controversial circumstances, thus giving Democrats the advantage with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker, there is no mandate for “big, bold change” in a 50-50 Senate.
What’s more, not only did every Republican in the House up for reelection win, but the party gained more than a dozen seats, leaving Nancy Pelosi with the narrowest majorities in modern history.
What Schumer is really doing is preparing to ram through the left’s radical agenda while Democrats retain bare majorities because he knows, historically, the party in power in the White House loses seats in the midterms, now less than two years away.
That said, McConnell is right about Sen. Joe Manchin of the very red state of West Virginia; he has said he’s not interested in ditching the filibuster, and neither is Sen. Kyrsten Sinema from the mostly red state of Arizona.