In 2015 and 2016, reporters and columnists touted Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as a dealmaker who can work with Republicans. In 2017, the opposite is true.
Not so long ago, Beltway pundits and reporters called Chuck Schumer a moderate and dealmaker who can help Democrats work with Republicans. In the era of Donald Trump, nothing short of the opposite is becoming true.
Schumer has long been the toast of D.C.-types. The Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank wrote in 2015 that there will be “fewer filibusters” and “more deals” under Minority Leader Schumer:
Democrats did lose their majority, of course, and there’s little they can do now to shape the agenda. But under Minority Leader Schumer you can expect fewer filibusters, more deals and more attempts to make the Republican majority cast unpopular votes. That, and a whole lot of news conferences.
Politico wrote this in December 2016 (emphasis ours):
But his moderated stance, and shared home state, leave the relationship between Schumer and Trump one of the most critical in Washington, and one with the most possibility.
The reality? Schumer has presided over the most partisan Democratic Party in recent memory. Schumer has caved to liberals’ demands for “total obstruction” of Trump. And, as The Hill notes, Democrats under Schumer “held three all-night talk-a-thons to protest” Trump nominees and “launched the first partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee.”
Less filibusters? More deals? Try again.
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