The new Senate Minority Leader is New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who has been in the Senate since 1999, and defeated a tough opponent, Republican three term Senator Alfonse D’Amato.
Schumer began his political career at the age 23, and entered the House of Representatives at age 29 from Brooklyn, New York.
He had to compete first with fellow, soon to be retired Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and then his newly elected replacement, Hillary Clinton, who would seek the Presidency despite being the Junior Senator from New York.
Schumer worked his way up the leadership, being a loyal subordinate for ten years to Nevada Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and built up the Democratic majority in 2006 and 2008, before the bottom fell out, and the Democrats lost seats, from a high of 60 down to 46 and now up to 48 in 2017.
Schumer is a man who is very accessible and warm, and will do a lot of good for the Democrats, and he happens to have the distinction of being the highest ranking elected Jews ever in American government.
Yes, we have had other distinguished Jewish US Senators, but none in a leadership position in the Senate.
Yes, we had House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, second ranking in the House of Representatives, and hoping to become Speaker of the House someday, before he was defeated for nomination to his seat in 2014 by a more extremist right wing Republican, David Brat.
Yes, we have had Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who was Vice Presidential nominee with Al Gore in 2000, when they won the popular vote, but lost the Electoral College to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Yes, we have had Jewish cabinet officers, including Henry Morgenthau, Jr, Henry Kissinger, Abraham Ribicoff, and Arthur Goldberg among others, who have had impact on government.
And yes, we have had Jewish Supreme Court Justices by appointment, including Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan among others.
But Schumer has the potential to have a greater impact politically than most party leaders, so we must wish him the best fortune as the Democrats battle against the Trump Presidency.
Yesterday, Schumer gave a fighting, defiant speech to the Senate on his first day as Minority Leader, making it clear his party would contest Trump on the Cabinet and on every policy that undermines the middle class and promotes the elite wealthy against the average American.
Even though he is the uncle to Emmy winning comedienne and actress Amun Schumer, I have no confidence in New York U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer leading the Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate.
This Democratic Party needs to go aggressively left wingâ€”organized in every state and local levels in addition to federal.
Neoliberals like Chuck Schumer, who have been damaging to the Democratic Party, and were instrumental in the creation of a President Donald Trump, should no longer lead the party.
A quote from, of all places, â€œNational Reviewâ€ on Chuck Schumerâ€™s outlook on the Democratic Party.
â€œAt least publicly, Schumer has no worries about his partyâ€™s dwindling fortunes among working-class white voters. â€˜For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.â€™â€
Agreed. That was a great speech he made yesterday.
Also, kudos to Senator Schumer for making clear that Democrats will fight any Trump nominee to the stolen Supreme Court seat unless Trump nominates Garland or another actual moderate.
I’m in agreement with this. http://www.thepeoplesview.net/main/2016/11/28/democrats-need-to-stop-bowing-to-rural-racism-and-grow-our-urban-base
FR – The majority of us agree as well.
Study: racism andÂ sexism predict support for Trump much more than economicÂ dissatisfaction.Â
Democrats are already left-wing.
When Trump entered the race and did things like make fun of Carly Fiorina’s looks and labeled Mexicans as rapists and mocked a disabled reporter, this election was no longer about issues and instead became about character.