I used to respect Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Though we disagreed on a good many (far from all) issues, I saw him as a hard-working, effective senator.
But then he was made minority leader.
Now, in that capacity, he is a ridiculous, mealy-mouthed political hack who cares less about our country than he does in making political “gotcha” points for the hardline Democrat base.
Illustratively, President Trump has just returned from a 12 day Asian trip – one which, it seems to me, was very successful.
But here, via John Bowden’s article at thehill.com, is what Chuck Schumer pouted out at us:
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) panned President Trump’s 12-day Asia trip as a “colossal flop” Tuesday in a speech delivered on the Senate floor.
Schumer said he had “never been so ashamed” of a president’s actions abroad.
“I have never been so ashamed of a foreign trip in my years. It’s just inside-out,” Schumer said. “We attack our friends and the people who have given us the most trouble, China and Russia, we mollycoddle — that is so bad for the future of this country.”
Personally, I thought this was a highly successful trip. Huge trade deals were consummated, relationships with world leaders, like them or not, were solidified, and countries that have played us for a patsy were read a political version of the riot act – one which I am certain they heard loud and clear.
But, for the sake of discussion, let’s suppose I am wrong and Senator Schumer is right. Let’s suppose it was a disaster.
What possible good would it serve for Schumer to make comments such as these? In what way does it make things better? Generate more respect for us among the nations of the world?
Did Chuck Schumer have the same vitriolic response to President Obama’s sucking up to our enemies while crapping on friends of ours – Israel immediately comes to mind? Yeah, he made a few carefully worded, politically benign comments here and there. But did he make demands? Did he rail about mollycoddling Iran, when Obama gave them a “deal” that makes me sick to even think about?
Chuck Schumer is now a pathetic has-been. That’s better than a never-was, I suppose. But a has-been – i.e. someone who used to have value but no longer does – isn’t anything to brag about, that’s for sure.
I wonder if, in the future, Mr. Schumer can regain any of his former stature. Frankly, I don’t see how.