There is a saying: People are always most conservative about the things that they care about. Senator Charles Schumer apparently cares quite a good deal about our ally Israel not being consumed in a nuclear fire. His remarks Sunday night about Iranian sanctions:
Via Hot Air, including a partial transcript. Spoilers: Schumer’s for more sanctions, and is worried about what will happen to Israel if Iran gets a nuke. Like most of the rest of the country, mind you. Continue reading Will Senator Charles Schumer (D, NY) stand with @BarackObama, or with our allies?
They apparently don’t have the votes for a ‘compromise’ amendment extending background checks for firearm purchases.
NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell tweeted this morning “Sen. Joe Manchin tells me ‘ we will not get the votes today.'”
The Senate had been expected to vote Tuesday on the deal Manchin unveiled last week with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., but Democrats late Tuesday were still scrambling to find the 60 votes the amendment will need to pass.
…Which means that Chuck Schumer’s original, quite comprehensively bad, restrictive background check language will likely be in the final bill*. I certainly hope that every Democrat up for reelection in 2014 in a Red state enjoys voting for it, particularly since John Boehner and Bob Goodlatte are already patiently waiting for the legislation over at the House. Complete with a brazier, a can of gasoline, and a match.
Continue reading Sic transit gloria Toomey-Manchin?
Aww, too bad:
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced his support Tuesday for the nomination of former senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, delivering a key vote for the Nebraska Republican’s confirmation after weeks of voicing doubt about his positions on security issues related to Israel and Iran.
Schumer, the No. 3 Democrat and most senior Jewish senator, made the decision after a 90-minute meeting Monday in the West Wing, a secretive huddle that Schumer and White House officials kept under wraps until the decision to announce his support Tuesday.
Continue reading Chuck Schumer makes Chuck Hagel beg for his endorsement.