Sunday, November 20, 2016

Schumer: The War Time Consigliere Democrats Crave?

John Shinkle/POLITICO
When the115th Congress convenes on January 3, 2017, Harry Reid will be retired and Chuck Schumer will be leading the Democratic minority.   Will Schumer be able to effectively lead the minority to preserve as much of the gains progressives made under President Obama? He is not exactly popular with the left and folks like Elizabeth Warren will be pursuing their own agenda. Still, I would bet against Schumer but it will not be easy.  Democrat politicians in Washington are by nature institutionalists who want to make government work.  Republicans are revolutionaries who want to burn it all down and could not care less what anyone thinks.

Add to this the looming 2018 mid-terms when Democrats face the worst map in decades being forced to defend 25 seats to the Republican's eight.

Billed as an interview with Schumer, Politico has a piece that takes a look at Schumer's preparation for the battles ahead.
Schumer insists his party is more unified than Republicans following Trump's win, especially on economic issues....The party’s increasingly liberal base will expect him to confront Trump and McConnell aggressively and without exception. But Schumer also has to look out for vulnerable Democrats from red-leaning states, who represent Democrats’ only hopes of eventually getting back to the majority.  Schumer has been busy building his own cabinet of advisers. He appointed Manchin [WV and up in 2018] and liberal firebrand Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to his leadership team this week, pursuing a collaborative approach in which he’ll listen to nine voices from across the Democratic spectrum, then make up his mind.
You can read the whole piece here.

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