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Schumer cheers Blanche for fighting unions?

It was as predicable as a GOP filibuster that Senate Dems would give Blanche Lincoln an ovation upon her victorious return to the Senate.

But doesn't it seem a bit questionable for Chuck Schumer, who has been on the forefront of raising cash and organizing for Dems, to apparently cheer her on for fighting unions? Dana Milbank reports:

Lincoln was embraced by her colleagues on the Senate floor as a conquering general returning from war. Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.), in charge of the Senate Democrats' campaign effort, gave her a hug and a kiss and said, "Now we just have to raise money." Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) held up two fists and said of her primary campaign: "Fighting Wall Street with one hand, unions with the other."

Lincoln received bipartisan hugs, kisses, handshakes and even a fist bump. Sen. Claire McCaskill applauded and let out a "woo-hoo."

As Joe Sudbay points out, Schumer headed the DSCC in 2006 and 2008 and knows exactly how important unions are to electing Democrats.

I don't wanna make too much of this. Who knows exactly what spirit Schumer meant it in. But it seems like particularly bad timing to appear so pumped specifically about the defeat of labor, as if unions are just another garden variety opponent of Dems that must be vanquished whenever a fellow Dem incumbent's status is threatened.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 10, 2010; 12:57 PM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems  
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lol...who cares?


Boehner thinks a tax payer bailout is needed for the BP Gulf Spill.

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/06/10/boehner-spill/

Privatize profits, socialize the loses, the Republican/Chamber of Commerce position.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 10, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

She better enjoy it now...she's going to be out of a job come November.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | June 10, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"as if unions are just another garden variety opponent of Dems that must be vanquished whenever a fellow Dem incumbent's status is threatened. "

But that's all unions are to Dems like Schumer. And if labor backs down and agrees to support Lincoln in November, why should Dems think of unions and labor as anything but an ATM machine and doormat?

I think Schumer is an ass. But you can't be surprised at Dems thinking this way, because there haven't been any repercussions for it.

Posted by: CTVoter | June 10, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Lets go down the line of Republicans candidates running for the House and see if they agree with their future leader that their constituents should pay for the BP spill.

This gaffe by Boehner has the possibility to supply us with endless months of entertainment.

Game Changer maybe?

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 10, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Totally right, Greg.

I noticed that also.

This is why Lincoln's loss in November will tell them something. Schumer and McCaskill are more about the club than the people.

The US Senate is the problem.

Posted by: TomP4 | June 10, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

mike, I do not see how Boehner or anyone else in either party can try to sell this to the American people with a straight face. If Landrieu jumps on this bandwagon, I give up. What about our deficit, and I thought the free market could just sink or swim on it's own (that's what bankruptcy is for), no government intervention needed please. Wonder what Rand Paul will have to say. Maybe that's why so many Repubs are calling it a natural disaster, they're setting up the bailout.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 10, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I bet Republicans are thrilled Democrats are sniping at each other while their dear leader Boehner decided tax payers should bail out BP because they think BP is too big to fail, or something.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 10, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The Lincoln victory has me realizing the true modern Democratic party. It's not in the least bit interested in the working man these days.

I guess we have to keep on fighting onward or we'll get the insanity of G.W. Bush again, but right now my enthusiasm for backing Dems has been plummeting. Why vote Dem if they are going to take Repub stands? What's the point?

Posted by: Alex3 | June 10, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

What Democrats are sniping at each other, Mike?

Schumer and crew are bashing unions.

Unions aren't doing anything, except being placated by phony promises from the White House.

Posted by: CTVoter | June 10, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Mayonnaise Mike from Aryanton:
"I bet Republicans are thrilled Democrats are sniping at each other..."

At long last, you're right on correct about something.

Savor the moment, buster!

Okay...that's enough.

Moment's over.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 10, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

lmsinca, no doubt Boehner got his marching order directly from the Chamber who no doubt take fees from API members, of which Halliburton and BP are members of. I can't confirm Transocean is a member of the Chamber I don't believe.

Boehner should replace that flag on his suit with an API pin.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 10, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey CT Voter -- you don't comment around here enough. :)

And Alex3 and TomP4, if you all are newcomers, hope you'll stick around. we try for good threads here.

Posted by: sargegreg | June 10, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I rest my case.

The believer of the theory that oil will magically disappear has spoken.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 10, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Schumer just reaffirmed my prior conviction, that he would make a terrible majority leader.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 10, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I can't recall having ever heard a GOP'er cheer on another GOP'er for fighting against a group that should be a key constituency. This highlights the different relationships the 2 parties have with their respective bases. The GOP fully embraces even the farthest reaches of the conservative base; while the Democratic establishment seem almost embarrassed at their progressive/liberal base and always strive to keep them at arm's length. Everything is a Sister Souljah moment with them -- an opportunity to define themselves against progressives and liberal activists. It's really discouraging and unfortunate.

Posted by: tonyharris | June 10, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Geez, Greg, the Post system is so screwy you can't even use your own name in the comments?

Posted by: CTVoter | June 10, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Senators want to be free from special interest control. I think the Senators' reaction is unsurprising because it proves (to them, anyway) that you can be independent and win.

Schumer knows in New York that union power is much stronger than it is in Arkansas. He knows that it would be very unlikely that he could win without the support of either Wall Street or unions. I take his comment for what it is - a positive and somewhat amazed endorsement of Lincoln's achievement and maybe even a little jealousy of her ability to be independent of those special interests, which are constraining his freedom.

What Schumer doesn't have to worry about (which Lincoln does) is the influence of US Chamber, or rural agribusiness interests.

Posted by: benintn | June 10, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight.....

Blanche Lincoln gets hugs and kisses and cheers as a conquering hero after defeating another Democrat? And Schumer gleefully disses the unions? Boy, Senate Democrats couldn't be more clueless about the mood of the country, could they?

Nothing gets me quite so riled up politically as when the establishment tries to take away the individual voter's right to assess their job performance. They always forget that they are supposed to be working for us. And it's going to come back to bite them in their incumbent seats.

Sadly, I have come to the conclusion that the Senate is a mostly worthless body that needs a good shake-up and a good cleaning out.

And when a registered Democrat such as myself feels this way.......all I can say is, wake up, foolish Democratic Party, wake up.

Posted by: elscott | June 10, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"What Democrats are sniping at each other, Mike?"

You answered the first one...

1) Schumer and crew are bashing unions.

2) WH bashes union.

3) Union says won't support Blanche in GE.

4) Plumline insatiably highlights the sniping.

5) All news programs continue to highlight the sniping.

6) Other blogs continue to highlight the sniping.

7) Commenters snipe at each other and at the admin.

etc. etc. etc.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | June 10, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

tonyharris?

You nailed it.

Democrats keep hitting up the base for money and man hours, while simultaneously treating it as if it had leprosy.

I just received yet another e-mail solicitation from Schumer as head of the DSCC. I replied by telling them to hit up their anti-union supporters and removed my name from the e-mail list.

Posted by: CTVoter | June 10, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I think MikefromA is on to something.

Boehner and the GOP have been exposed (yet AGAIN!) as total frauds.

And what do we do here on the "liberal blogosphere"? We attack each other. If anything is holding back the Democratic Party, it ain't the unions and it ain't the establishment Dems...

...it's the INABILITY TO FOCUS on key issues.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | June 10, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Chuck was just trying to be too clever by half.

He's hardly a basher of Wall Street is he, and neither is she. It's all a game. I'm sick of the lot.

Posted by: KathleenHusseininMaine | June 10, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

o/t but funny:

"President Barack Obama announced plans to sell off excess federal lands on Thursday, a plan backed by Republicans through their "YouCut" initiative.

"...The president's proposal, though, mirrors a plan sought by "YouCut," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) online initiative to cut spending programs that voters choose online or through text messages.

"...It is a welcome sign that the Obama administration is taking cues from the House Republican YouCut initiative."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/102423-obama-orders-budget-savings-sought-also-by-gops-youcut-program

Posted by: sbj3 | June 10, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

>>>"Fighting Wall Street with one hand, unions with the other."

What a joke! Lincoln "fought" Wall Street with ONE piece of legislation introduced AFTER Halter entered the race.
Wall Street didn't have boots on the ground in Arkansas - they just gave money - and LOT$ of it to Lincoln in exchange for her votes that were MORE favorable to Corporations than the working class.

Republicans and Corporate Dems sell out the working class!

Posted by: angie12106 | June 10, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Every Senate seat that you keep out of the hands of Republicans, is one more seat that they have to pick up elsewhere, in order to become the majority, and get more votes on all committees, including the one that decides if judicial nominees are allowed to be sent to the floor for a vote.

It would be stupid to surrender one more seat to them, without a fight. As soon as they hold fifty one senate seats, then President Obama will not get anything passed, and he will have the Republican controlled senate dictating which judicial nominees will be accepted.

Keep your eye on the prize, instead of nursing feel good self defeating grudges.

She won both rounds of the primary contest, so she is the Party nominee.

I always believe in being a gracious loser. I even congratulated The Republicans for their big win in Mass, when they captured the seat that used to be held by Ted Kennedy.

So, congratulations to Blanche, and we should all do our best to make sure that she keeps the seat out of the Republican side of the aisle.

The White House should also learn to be a gracious winner.

I suspect that their was a lot internal triumphant high fiving going on that night, and it ended up with they all agreeing that it would be a great idea to call up a media outlet, and b**ch slap the unions. Probably; a stupid gloating notion, that ended up in a drunk dialing event.

Posted by: Liam-still | June 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Freakin' hilarious:

Le Walk Back Begins

Rep. Boehner's office is trying to walk back the leader's comments about taxpayers' needing to help pay for the BP spill clean up. Boehner's office says Boehner didn't under the question.

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2010/06/le_walk_back_begins.php?ref=fpblg

Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Did Full Body Nicotine Stain Boehner also not understand what the Tobacco Lobby wanted, when he passed out their checks, on the house floor, before a crucial vote was taken?

Posted by: Liam-still | June 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Schumer was being "ironic" (rolls eyes...)

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | June 10, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

O/T:

One of many heartbreaking stories to come:

"The pre-dawn shucking of small mountains of oysters that is an age-old workaday ritual in New Orleans is coming to an end at the 134-year-old P&J Oyster Co., because of the oil spilling ominously offshore. Barring an unforeseen reopening of the oyster beds that supply P&J, Thursday was to be the final day of shucking at the family owned business in the city's French Quarter."

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/06/new_orleans_oyster_shuckers_fe.html

New Orleans without oysters? Inconceivable.

All you Drill Baby Drillers can drop dead.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 10, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Ethan, I think the people are focused on the key issues as evidenced by the poll you linked to earlier. We were focused during the HCR debate, finreg, DADT, and now an energy bill. It's the Dem establishment that is not reading the polls and enacting legislation that rises to the challenges we're all facing.

The fact that this morning Bob Casey and Sherrod Brown had to put forward an amendment (probably won't pass) just to keep Cobra available at an affordable price to the unemployed underscores the lack of connection between the American people and our representatives. We have a handful or two of senators and reps who seem to get it, the rest are just talking out the sides of their mouths.

When Liam made a plea on an earlier thread that we should all get behind Blanche now that she won the primary I almost choked on my coffee. Sorry Liam I've been agreeing with you more lately but not this time. The people of AR can figure out who they want to vote for without my help and if they end up with a Republican it won't be much different than what they'd get with Blanche.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

All, a Schumer spox has now explained what he meant:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/06/schumer_spox_clarifies_he_was.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | June 10, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The dems just kissed off their base. I hope labor sits out the election. And in November her anti-labor colleagues will be kissing Blanche goodbye.

Posted by: solsticebelle | June 10, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

slavesticebat:
"The dems just kissed off their base. I hope labor sits out the election."

Oh yeah...THAT'S gonna leave a mark!

Read it and weep, moonbat:

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm

Union membership accounts for only 12.3% of workers,(2009 figures), or 15.3 million people of whom over HALF are on a civil service payroll.

"More public sector employees (7.9 million) belonged to a union than did private sector employees (7.4 million),
despite there being 5 times more wage and salary workers in the private sector."

Can you say: "Busted Flush"?

The Labor Bosses have driven away their memberships in droves, and what's left behind are the "legacy" appendix unions and the government worker thralls who join in order to get promoted.

AFL-CIO doesn't swing NEARLY as big a johnson as you livestock think it does.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 10, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

stooge-be-gonne:
"New Orleans without oysters? Inconceivable."

Get agrip, stooge. They'll truck 'em in from the Texas coast, (in fact, they probably have for years and you;ve never noticed).

"All you Drill Baby Drillers can drop dead."

Psycho much?

Wishing death upon people because YOU think that you won't get your tasty snotty snack?

Karmic justice would have you puking and defecating yourself to the Hereafter from eating a tainted Chesapeake Bay oyster.

BTW...not everyone on the Gulf Coast aspires to shuck your oysters for you.(in case you didn't know that.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 10, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Bilgeman - you have the PERFECT name.

Posted by: solsticebelle | June 10, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

slavesticebat:
"...you have the PERFECT name"

So I've heard.

Say hello to your local union member for me.
They prolly get lonely.

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 10, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, Bilgey, thy name is mudbug.

"They'll truck 'em in from the Texas coast, (in fact, they probably have for years and you;ve never noticed)."

That would come as quite a surprise to P&J, ACME, Felix's, Casamento's, etc etc. Also to LA residents and the NOLA tourism industry.

"Wishing death upon people because YOU think that you won't get your tasty snotty snack?"

Er, not exactly. More that you Drill Baby Drill morons cheered so hard for the evisceration of MMS that the psychopathic oily greedheads got to regulate themselves, only they weren't real strict, you see, so now the LA fishing industry is destroyed, as is the Grand Isle tourist industry, and LA tourism generally is gravely damaged. Oh, and there isn't any more deepwater drilling happening either. That's what you call an economic smackdown. None too bright is she now, your Sarahcuda, huh?

"BTW...not everyone on the Gulf Coast aspires to shuck your oysters for you.(in case you didn't know that."

No kidding. But if you don't think seafood (and oyseters in particular) is a great part of the allure of NOLA you're nuttier than I thought. And that goes for natives as well as visitors. I'm quite sure not all LA residents are, like you, determined to destroy what remains of the GOM by continuing with the brain-dead Drill Baby Drill idiocy. As I've said before, LA must diversify its economy: better schools and new industries like medical technology (underway). An oil and tourism economy was never sustainable and is now impossible. Believe it or not, shrimp and petroleum don't go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 10, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

stooge-be-gonne:
"Believe it or not, shrimp and petroleum don't go together like peanut butter and jelly."

Depends on who is bawl/berl/boy-yulling 'em, son.

BTW, you DO know I'm originally from N'Awlins, right?

I prefer not to live 15' below sea-level "protected" by a levee built by cousin Boudreaux's brother-in-law, though... follow me?
And I can't stand the weather.

So I was slurping down Lake Borgne Aw/Ur/Oy-sters before I knew what Peanut Butter and Jelly WAS.
(Although tragically NOT before I knew what a vienna sausage on white bread with mayonnaise sandwich was...now if there's anything more "White Trash Soul Food" than that, I'm not aware of it).

"I'm quite sure not all LA residents are, like you, determined to destroy what remains of the GOM by continuing with the brain-dead Drill Baby Drill idiocy."

Wait and see...

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 10, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Me: "I'm quite sure not all LA residents are, like you, determined to destroy what remains of the GOM by continuing with the brain-dead Drill Baby Drill idiocy."

The NOLA Refugee: "Wait and see..."

And that fills you with ... pride?

Anywho, I know how my LA friends feel about it. But even if that's not enough, I'm not worried b/c, much as you may think it does, the Gulf of Mexico does NOT belong to LA. It doesn't belong to Mary Landrieu or David Vitter or Bobby The Wonder Boy. The Gulf of Mexico belongs to America and it will be protected by us, one way or another.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 10, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Later.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 10, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

stooge-be-gonne:
"The Gulf of Mexico belongs to America and it will be protected by us, one way or another."

ha-ha-ha!

Meet Marvel's newest superhero:

"Captain Gulf of Mexico"!

Ha-ha-ha!

If you REALLY want to "protect" it, move to Alaska, okay?

Posted by: Bilgeman | June 10, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"If you REALLY want to "protect" it, move to Alaska, okay?"

And entrust the Gulf of Mexico to you, Piggy Landrieu, Diaper Dave Vitter and Sandberm Bobby? Oh, I think not. Sorry, Bud, I ain't going nowhere.

Posted by: wbgonne | June 10, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm stunned that someone who wants to be head of the Senate one day, instead of the "we had a good race and the people made their decision and now it's time to come together to win ..." he thought "fighting the unions" probably the most contentious issue of the race and pouring salt into that wound, was a good idea.

Posted by: brettt502 | June 10, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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