Why don’t you go ahead and make your play there, Chuck.
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate Democrats’ political guru, has a plan to poison the Tea Party by driving a wedge between its rich funders and its blue-collar rank and file.
Schumer, one of the Democrats’ most influential strategists, will argue in a major speech on Thursday that super-wealthy Tea Party donors have hijacked the grassroots movement that grew out of the economic anxiety of the 2008 financial collapse to suit their pro-big-business agenda.
…Hot Air, once they stopped laughing, noted that Schumer has a bad case of whatever it is that makes the Left thinks that the only reason why people don’t like Democratic policies is because Democrats haven’t framed them properly yet. The idea that a Tea Partier might actually think that “super-wealthy Tea Party donors” are right about some things apparently never seeps into the Left’s collective mind. And while that’s true, there’s also this:
That’s from 2010, when Chuck Schumer got up and told the ‘chattering classes’ that America didn’t actually care about pork and accelerating deficits… just before America stood up and did the political equivalent of jam a crowbar into the gears. He got it wrong then, to the tune of 63 House and 7 Senate seats; what makes Senator Schumer think that he can do better this time? Tea Partiers are not stupid. Neither are they amnesiacs. The Democratic agenda has been on the record for enough years for the relevant part of the populace to work out for themselves that while they may not love Republicans, they cannot stand Democrats.
PS: As to extending unemployment benefit duration, well, Senator Schumer: find something else to offset it and the Right will be happy to discuss the matter. Until the Democrats do, though… well, good luck trying to sell the ‘virtues’ of irresponsible behavior to a group notorious for policing their sites after their public events.