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    Chuck Schumer is poised to become Senate Majority Leader

    Chuck Schumer is poised to become the highest-ranking Jewish elected official in U.S. history

    By Jason Horowitz
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, May 20, 2010; 5:00 AM

    On Mother's Day, Chuck Schumer delivered two commencement speeches upstate, flew back to Brooklyn to eat dinner with his wife, mother and daughters and at 7:38 p.m. toted a briefcase into his midtown office for the political ritual known as the Sunday press conference. Picking his way through a line of television cameramen, he joked: "It's like football. No holes. Can't get through," then settled into his habitual spot between a lectern and a ratty blue curtain.

    "The Times Square car bomb should be a wake-up call for the administration," Schumer said into a bouquet of microphones, demanding that President Obama increase New York's share of antiterrorism funding. "I'm going to pursue that legislatively."

    During his three-decade legislative career, Schumer, 59, has developed a reputation as a razor-elbowed, shamelessly self-serving, media-addicted political monster. He is also arguably the single most effective lawmaker of his generation.

    Now, with confidant Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) hanging on to his seat by a thread, the Brooklynite is nearing the goal line of his long game. Succeeding Reid would make Schumer the highest-ranking Jewish elected official in American history and, more important for the uber-competitive politician, the first among peers. Schumer has thrust himself into the center of issues ranging from jobs to immigration to Supreme Court hearings, but as that momentum has carried him into a more intimate arena where popularity matters, the grating architect of the current Democratic majority has become noticeably more collegial. Perhaps not coincidentally, his colleagues see him as the front-runner to be their leader.

    "It's very much within the realm of possibility," said Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who lost a race for minority leader to South Dakota's Tom Daschle by a vote in 1994. "He's always moving and always talking to people and he has a very good feel for what other people have to put up with. And that's a critical point of that job, understanding the environment your colleague has to operate in."

    Schumer declined to be interviewed for this story and betrays an uncharacteristic loss for words whenever the term "majority leader" is uttered. Reid is, after all, still in control, and his closest competitor is Dick Durbin of Illinois, the liberal majority whip with whom Schumer has shared a Washington townhouse for years. Each can boast a strength: Durbin has the pleasant demeanor of a consensus builder; Schumer is the diehard fighter who has never lost an election. The prospect of a Chicago vs. New York majority leader race with echoes of Obama vs. Clinton is tantalizing, but also distracting.

    Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) said that the prospective race loomed over Schumer's and Durbin's floor chats with colleagues and said that when Schumer recently approached him about working together on technology or travel legislation, he took the New Yorker's motives at face value. But he's not naive: "Now maybe he wants me on board for other reasons."

    The White House is trying to appear neutral, with mixed results.

    "The president has a record of working well with both," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. "Obviously he has a longer, more personal relationship with Senator Durbin as a result of being home state colleagues and for his help getting him elected in 2004 and 2008."

    There is a sense within the White House that Durbin would be easier to work with, that Schumer would pose a problem on issues that could get him press back home, and that his Brooklyn bearing doesn't exactly play between the coasts. Still, one senior administration official offered a separate assessment that the members of the Senate would opt for the independence ensured by having Schumer at the helm.

    "Chuck Schumer is the next majority leader," the senior administration official predicted. "He just works it."



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    another zionist in a power position.....

    over on the GOP side, Zionist Eric Cantor is number 2

    oy vey


    are there no capable WASP's remaining in America?

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    ...clips of him during the Waco investigation, he's a total DBAG

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    I thought Rahm Emanuel was the highest ranking israeli hack in Washington DC?

    Running the PPT, Department of Propaganda, Foreign policies, funneling money, having the correct candidates elected, SCOTUS appointments and keeping his hand up the ass of our Presidential Puppet/Muppet
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    Angry #@#%^*^%#

    Chuck Schumer is the guy who said he's on the mission from God to save Israel only a few weeks ago.
    I said this many times but have to say it again.
    Out of all the traitorous SOBs in Washington, Chuck Schumer is a stand-out guy.
    He has been always an Israel firster and de facto traitor for putting foreign country's interest ahead of ours.
    Schumer, if you are on the mission for Israel, then move to Israel!
    $#@! off and leave us alone!
    We don't want to die or go bankrupt for Israel, PERIOD!!!!
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    Politics attracts a special breed of people...and it's really not the good kind! We have to take it back NOW
    "Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it."
    James Madison

    "It does not take a majority to prevail ... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams



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    Quote Originally Posted by puppetmaster View Post
    Politics attracts a special breed of people...and it's really not the good kind! We have to take it back NOW

    On the contary... Politicians, like Schumer, state, "it takes high government salaries, perks, and retirements to attrack good people into Washington DC/politics."

    Never have I seen such a den of bad people congregated in one location, eh? AnyHoo, Flies and Horse$#@! is a special breed too... Kinda on parody with those political scum suckas like Schumer.
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    There's probably not a Democrat in the Senate whose being Senate majority leader would be a bigger boon to Republicans than Shumer.



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