The de-facto leader of the Senate

September 19, 2017 |

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer was caught on a hot mic telling colleagues that “Trump likes us,” and that he advised Trump that he needs to work with Democrats to get things done. For all the heated words being thrown around by Republicans over the DACA deal and this hot mic slip, I’d suggest that Chuck Schumer is no novice, and I seriously doubt he doesn’t know when his mic is on. This could be calculated for effect, and "Republicans attacking Republicans" is the exact effect he calculated it would create.

In the meantime, I’d also remind them that if Trump is dealing with Democrats to get anything done, it’s because they aren’t giving him much alternative. How much of his agenda have Ryan and McConnell gotten passed? (Many conservatives believe they don’t want to pass it, particularly immigration, where they side with Democrats against their own base. Skeptical conservatives believe that Democrats want to legalize illegal immigrants to inflate their declining voter base while Republicans want to insure cheap labor for their corporate donors, and neither give a flying fig about struggling American workers.)

Sheriff David Clarke made a good observation on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News: Thanks to ineffective Republican leadership and the Senate refusing to do away with the Democrats’ ability to filibuster everything, Clark said Trump has to deal with Chuck Schumer because he’s now the “de facto leader of the Senate.” If Republicans don’t like that, they have the power to do something about it. Whether they have the will to stop squabbling amongst themselves and do it is an open question.


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  • William Booher

    09/20/2017 02:49 PM

    If you say a lie enough, it becomes truth to many that don't know any better. Knowledge, wisdom and understanding comes from our God Almighty. Any thing else, well you could tongue and cheek it if it comes from the left wing. Especially when they try to use God's Word to confirm (brain wash) their thoughts to us.

  • Rick McGee

    09/20/2017 11:54 AM

    The GOP leadership should focus on hitting a single. Just one single, even if it's a bunt. A man or woman on base is what starts a rally. In all likelihood the upcoming tax reform bill will be a home run that won't happen. Start by lowering corporate rates and repatriation. Immigration does not have to be that hard either. Grant green cards to the 11M after sending felons home but don't give them citizenship. They can get in line for that but the green card removes the word "criminal" from immigration and we can move forward from there. On healthcare, why not give block grants for Medicaid to the states and begin 50 "local" experiments and strip DC of some bureaucracy. All of these items can and should be negotiated across the infamous "aisle". Singles, then doubles then score a few runs!

  • Candy Tucker

    09/20/2017 10:30 AM

    The disdain I feel from the Republicans as a Deplorable has more sting than the disdain I feel from the Democrats.

  • Candy Tucker

    09/20/2017 10:23 AM

    Draining the swamp is OUR job as well as the POTUS'. Ryan is the "Eddie Haskell" of D.C., McConnell wants no part of the change we seek and there are many more who are laying low because they know we are watching. The Dems are dangerous though and negotiating with them will take a VERY SMART MAN....thank GOD we have that in POTUS. They have 1 job to do and that is to impeach him. We need to start with getting rid of Mueller as there are plenty of ways to do this but NO ONE has the Kahunas to do it. FAKE DOSSIER, CONFLICT OF INTEREST, LEAKS GALORE....AND IT DOESN'T STOP THERE! Everyone thinks if they stop Mueller, it will be the end of the Republican party....nope, it will be the beginning of the end of CORRUPTION.

  • rick Glushakow

    09/20/2017 07:33 AM

    Part of draining the swamp has to be eliminating the ineffective leadership of the Republican swamp. Ryan's a boy scout and McConnell is past his prime. They are part of the deep state, too establishment, and Trump should be leveraging them out. Not doing so will only come back to bite him.