In which Schumer makes me want to pound my head into a wall


Besides his usual hippie-punching, Wall Street fan boi and infamous water carrier Chuck Schumer displays his usual unbridled contempt for what should be the democratic base in this interview with Isaac Chotiner of The New Republic (emphasis mine):

IC: You and Mayor Bloomberg, in 2007, said that reregulating Wall Street would cause people to flee overseas to London. That is very different than [the position of Senator Elizabeth] Warren.

CS: It has got to be, to me, a careful balance, OK? Wall Street excesses helped lead to the Great Recession. And to sit there and do nothing, or do what the Republicans want—repeal Dodd-Frank—makes no sense. But on the other hand, I think that you just don’t attack Wall Street because they’re successful or rich.

I just unsuccessfully, with Bloomberg, supported raising the building height in midtown Manhattan, so we could build more office buildings. Office buildings are our factories—imagine the people of Michigan saying, “We don’t want to build a new auto factory, because the Ford family will get richer, or the person who builds the factory will make money.” You’ve got to look at the effect on average folks. The vast majority of the people employed by Wall Street are the secretary who goes in to work on the Long Island Rail Road, who makes fifty, sixty, seventy thousand dollars a year. I’m not saying Elizabeth does this, but there are some on the far left who just have a visceral hatred of Wall Street. It’s counterproductive.

IC: You don’t think Elizabeth Warren makes a villain out of Wall Street?

CS: I am just going to leave it at what I said.

IC: Forget Warren then. Is this a problem for your party?

CS: You don’t want to go after them for the sake of going after them. The left-wing blogs want you to be completely and always anti–Wall Street. It’s not the right way to be.

IC: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case?

CS: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

Chuck, can we talk?

I don’t expect Dims to be “completely and always anti-Wall Street.” I expect Dims to regulate Wall Street.

I expect Dims to care that white-collar criminals go unpunished for their economy-destroying money-grubbing thievery.

I expect Dims to be concerned about inequality—including inequality of wealth and opportunity.

I expect Dims to talk about golden parachutes for executive as they bankrupt their corporations, off-shore jobs and abscond with the loot.

I expect Dims to work to make a living minimum wage the law of the land.

I expect Dims to want Wall Street to pay their fair share especially since they have had a nearly 40-year run of paying little to nothing on their ill-gotten gains.

I don’t hate Wall Street and their enablers because they are successful. I hate them because they destroyed the global economy and ruined tens of millions of peoples’ lives, destroyed their retirements, and put nearly everyone onto a path of less expectations than their parents had. They killed the so-called American dream, and Chuck? You helped them.

It’s you I hate Chuck. You are the problem, Wall Street is a symptom.

Buh-bye Larry Summers!

Larry Summers

Summers has just withdrawn his name for becoming the new Chairman of the Federal Reserve:

“I have reluctantly concluded that any possible confirmation process for me would be acrimonious and would not serve the interest of the Federal Reserve, the Administration or, ultimately, the interests of the nation’s ongoing economic recovery.”

But not to worry, I’m sure that President Carebear will find some other Clinton-era retread to take it on.

We should give a big thank-you to the Democratic members of the banking committee: Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, Elizabeth Warren, and Jon Tester. They announced rather loudly that they would not support Summers, and The Kenyan knows that the Republicans will not help him no matter what, so this shows that when the feckless and spineless Dim-o-Crats focus, they can get good stuff done.

Sanford: kicked in the castanets by Colbert-Busch

I enjoyed learning the Colbert-Busch won the so-called debate in South Carolina, seething hotbed of unbridled lust® , and I enjoyed learning that she called Mark “Kiss Me South of the Border” Sanford out on his Appalachian Trail, and that basically she doesn’t take crap from anyone. All good things.

On the sad side, she’s another Bluedog Dim. Maybe it is what it takes in SC, but it left a bone in my throat. Still, I’d rather see Sanford permanently retired, so it still counts as a win.

(Taylor Marsh)

And then there were 6

Only six Democratic holdouts [for Marriage Equality] remain in the Senate: Mark Pryor (AK), Tim Johnson (SD), Joe Manchin (W.VA), Mary Landrieu (LA), Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Joe Donnelly (IN).

I think we have found the Dogs that are Blue. Anyway, FL Sen. Ben Nelson is not walking on the side of the angels, having endorsed Marriage Equality.

Another notch for the NRA

Senator DiFi’s assault weapon ban won’t be in the Gun Bill.

Harry Reid going down without a fight again. Can we abolish the Senate, please?


Dim Dem is Dumb

Remember the other day when famous pirate enthusiast and Captain Morgan spokesperson Peggy Noonan went on a bender and declared that if Republicans just acted like Dim-o-Crats that they would both save the party and win elections? Well, it seems that former representative Joe Sestak (D-PA) got the subject and the object confused and calls for The Kenyan Usurper to appoint Famous Texan Wing Ding Kay Bailey Hutchison to be the new Transportation Secretary:

It seems that Sestak thinks that the only way to get the bridges, roads and other crumbling infrastructure fixed is to sell it to private companies (“like Chicago did”). So I guess if you want to dismantle the public commons, Hutchison is your man. Er, person.

Oh, for those of you more detail oriented than I on a Sunday morning, here is Hutchison’s voting record. See if you can tease out her position on infrastructure (other than bringing pork to Texas), because I sure couldn’t.

(Crooks and Liars)

More, please

I love it when a Dim gets a spine:

“The stench of hypocrisy that hangs over this city today emanates from this room,” [Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) ] said. “I’ve listened to my colleagues talk about the President of the United States and others in the administration using [the] terms ‘deliberate’, ‘lies’, ‘unmitigated gall’, ‘malfeasance,’ which is malicious and knowing evil-doing, ‘disgust’, ‘coverups’.”

He continued, “If you want to know who is responsible in this town, buy yourself a mirror!”

Ackerman went on to say that Republicans had “the audacity to come here” when the administration requested, for worldwide security, “$440 million more than you guys wanted to provide. And the answer is that you damn didn’t provide it! You REDUCED what the administration asked for to protect these people. Ask not who the guilty party is, it’s you! It is us. It is this committee, and the things that we insist that we need have to cost money.”

He added, “Could you tell me which of my colleagues on this committee was as bodacious in their insistence that we provide more money for American security in the State Department budget. I would appreciate it.”

Ackerman then asked them to raise their hands and gave them a count of five to do so. None did.

There’s more at First Read. You too can get a Tweety-like thrill up your leg reading it.

Well played, Wingnuttia, well-played.

Hey guys, remember the other night when Governor Deval Patrick told the Dims to grow a spine? Hahaha, trick question!

Anyway, as usual, the GOP (Lucy) set them up and the Dims (Charlie Brown) fell for it again, when they started weeping how the godless communists had left out God from the platform. (You know who else the Dims left out? Saint Ronnie!). The eagle-eyed Eagle Forumners then spotted something much worse: Jerusalem wasn’t in the platform! More proof that Bamz hates the Jews!

Anyway, against all reason as the convention was going really well, the Dims caved and tried to shove God and Jerusalem into the platform, just as Jeebus and Prience Reibus wanted:

Aside from the silliness of it all, declaring Jerusalem should be the capitol of Israel flies in the face of long-standing US policy to let them work that out on their own as they try for a two-state peace dealio.

“After passage, boos were heard in the convention hall — prompting RNC spokesman Tim Miller to tweet: “Widespread boos for Jerusalem and God in the convention hall.”” — (Politico)


“Michael Dukakis fanatics at this year’s Democratic National Convention should start getting psyched: The 1988 Democratic presidential nominee is coming to town Tuesday.”

Oh, boy. But on the other hand, the GOP could just replay the Southern-strategy, race-baiting Willy Horton ads today. Oh, wait.

(The Daily Caller, the vanity press thingy of Hungry Man TeeVee Dinners heir and bow-tie maven Tucker Carlson)

More, please

This is exactly the sort of ads that Dims should be running: no charts, no freaking numbers. This ad tells a story and it uses multiple senses. This is an ad you will remember.

One of the best things about it is the eerie silence while Willard sings off key. That they change the audio slightly so that he is singing over the PA in an empty parking lot, over a speaker phone in an empty conference room, and so on, is brilliant. It feels like he just fired them all and is singing at all the empty properties and shuttered factories. Willard’s America the Beautiful is empty, unemployed, and desolate.

The tagline is clean and simple: Romney is not the solution, he is the problem is memorable.

This is the muscular sort of ad that the Dims need to keep pounding Willard with. The Wingnuts do these sorts of ads better than we do, but this one is absolutely spot-on. It is the ad we will remember when this is all over.