Wednesday, June 14, 2006



So many music business big shots came from Brooklyn. I never could figure that out. And from my neighborhood too! We had a lot of politicians from my neighborhood. Would you believe it if I told you that the once-Jewish-now-more-consciously-upwardly-mobile Norman Coleman (R-MN) went to my elementary school? We were co-secretaries of our class. Far less of a stretch is New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer. We both went to James Madison High School; Ken (KenInNY) too. Ken still lives in NY and has told me Schumer has been a good senator. Ken is really smart and if he says so, I'll suspend disbelief. But one thing Schumer has not been is a good head of the DSCC.

Oh yes, he knows how to raise money. That's what he's always been best at. It just sticks to his palms. If you wind up at a party with him, empty your pockets before you leave your home and leave your credit card there too. But a good DSCC head? He has saddled us with an anti-choice social conservative who gratuitously endorsed Sam Alito's nomination for the Supreme Court to run as "our" candidate in Pennsylvania against Santorum. He manipulated the Ohio primary in so disgraceful and underhanded a way as to drive out one of the two excellent candidates, Paul Hackett, and demoralize thousands of Ohio Democrats who would gladly have supported either victor in the primary but will now sit the race out, possibly throwing it to the corrupt Republican scumbag Mike DeWine. He attempted to do the same thing in the Tester-Morrison primary, had his ass handed to him by independent-minded Montana Democrats, and now tries to tale credit for Tester's overwhelming victory over the DLC/Shumer hack! But, my friends, there's worse yet to come... much worse.

A couple of hours ago the National Hotline reported that Chuckie announced that "the DSCC 'fully supports' Sen. Joe Lieberman in his primary bid, and he refused to rule out continuing that support if Lieberman were to run as an independent. [So now people being asked to contribute to the DSCC-- something I urge you never, never, never to do-- know that their donations might not go to support a legitimately chosen Democrat but could easily go to a corrupt crony of a gaggle of corrupt senators who don't give a rat's ass about the actual Democratic Party, just about their own miserable, needy, undeserved careers.] There were degrees of independence, Schumer said. 'You can run as an independent, you can run as an independent Democrat who pledges to vote for Harry Reid as Majority Leader.'"

Like Lieberwhore's word is worth anything at all??? (Well, maybe there's honor among thieves, which explains why Schumer has come to the hated Bush-supporting Lieberman's defense.) Now today the sleazy walking turd from Brooklyn said claimed he had neither sought nor received assurances from Lieberman that an independent bid would not ensue if Ned Lamont tightened the
noose." But when my bud Pach interviewed Schumer for firedoglake this is the question he (presciently) posed to the lowlife NY Senator:

"I hate to harp on this, but this is something that is big in the blogosphere. If the race does tighten, and Ned Lamont does make it a race, how committed is the DSCC to committing resources to Senator Lieberman since Senator Lieberman hasn't committed to running as a Democrat?"

And what did slimy Schumer say to Pach? "I think Senator Lieberman has committed to running as a
Democrat to us. That's me, and he has to Senator Reid." Schumer's a liar. No one should ever believe a word that comes out of his mouth.

During the run-up to the Connecticut state convention, delegates received mailings from Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton-- and Obama gave a laudatory speech for Lieberman a couple weeks earlier. At that time, Lieberman promised them that he wouldn't jump ship in exchange for these (fairly worthless in a Crashing The Gate world) endorsements.


An Open Letter to Beltway Democrats
I am disappointed that Senator Lieberman has refused to rule out leaving the Democratic Party to run for re-election as an Independent. I plan to support the winner of the Democratic primary for Senate in August because I believe that Democrats need to stand together in November. All Democrats, both inside and outside the Beltway, must do the same. We can't afford to divide ourselves-- too much is at stake.
I hope you will join DFA, Ned Lamont, and thousands of other grassroots Democrats by pledging to fully support the winner of the Democratic primary on August 8th.
Jim Dean
Chair, Democracy for America

Schumer needs to be replaced as head of the DSCC as soon as possible. We need a loyal Democrat in that position. His attitude is outrageous and beyond the pale. As my friend Matt pointed out in an e-mail this morning, people in New York don't know what a bad guy he really is. People think he's a true blue progressive; he isn't. He serves on the board of advisors for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, along with Lieberman-- as well as other neo-Con freaks like Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, Richard Perle, Zell Miller, Steve Forbes, etc. Thank God Eliot Spitzer is rising in the NY politics as Schumer goes into morbid decline!


At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

agree 100% Howie! You Rock!

At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice piece of writing
so that clown with the gun is Chuckie?
I think these rats will jump ship at the drop of a hat
they need to keep their pockets lined with the green
thanks for telling us where the keninny
comes from
it was bothering me at 2 am

At 7:23 PM, Blogger Timcanhear said...

First off, I think Paul Hacket stepped aside after he took a good look at his past. Of course, it's only a hunch but isn't it entirely possible that some dems pulled some stuff out of his closet?
I've met Hacket a few times and though he seems like a genuine guy, he has a quirkiness that to me, seems a bit uneasy and maybe a little unbalanced.
Then yesterday, when he sat in for Jerry Springer on Air America and spent valuable time talking about ...... the Duke rape case, I wonder how serious he was in the first place.
Schumer, like most dems, is sounding more like a salesman and less like a leader.
And Hillary? Somebody please tell her to back away. This is NOT the time and place for Hillary Clinton. At least, not on the national stage.

At 7:45 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Tim, I don't doubt that the DSCC and other Inside the Beltway anti-Democratic groups went digging around for dirt on the man they had convinced to run in the first place. But, Hackett says he stepped aside because they called his funders up and told them to cut off the money. I spoke to 2 of them who confirmed that to me. And I spoke to another grassroots, progressive, anti-war candidate in a congressional district in Florida who told me that Steny Hoyer pulled the exact same thing on her funders. You know how much I hate the anti-democracy slime criminals in the GOP. I hate the ones who call themselves Democrats no less.

At 8:03 PM, Blogger Timcanhear said...

It is likely as Hacket said that they pulled the plug on him ... but once again, why? I contend, there's something there.

At 9:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that there is a kind of blackmail coming from Lieberman and Schumer that I don't like. It seems they are telling us that if they are "terrorized" by a democratic primary --which is our right as citizens to hold and the essense of democracy-- then they will hop the boat with all their money bags. Someone in the party should say bring me the heads of Joe and Chuck.
I am a firm Lamont supporter and I believe it is our party too. But Schumer and his ilk seem bent on protecting this snug little elitist incumbency club they have going on. This does not play well at the local level in CT. It demoralizes the base and it depresses the vote, because many of the old folks believe that there is no hope because of all the corruption. We Nedheads have to prevail!

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Timcanhear said...

mui, I'm not sure the dem party is going to make it in 06 OR 08.
It WAS my party but quickly, the lights of support are dimming there. They seem to be shifting for position even before they've won the seats. Too afraid to show support of John Murtha and what he has to say on the house floor, the dems are like scared kittens; pussies, to put it bluntly and this ain't the time in history for pussies. Will John Murtha or Russ Feingold or Ted Kennedy be the only outspoken democrats against this war at a time when we desperately need EVERYONE to realize it's the wrong way to go? Show me a dem with balls PLEASE! GOD WHERE ARE YOU NOW ????


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