Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace and gave us some of his insights on the election of Donald Trump and demonstrated why the Democrats might find themselves in the minority for a while:
SCHUMER: On — surprisingly, on several different issues, Donald Trump, in his campaign, echoed the views of Democrats, not Republicans — massive transportation bill, trade, getting rid of the carried interest loophole, cleaning up the swamp.
And on those issues where he agrees with us and the Republican establishment and the hard right doesn’t, we challenge him — work with us and keep your promises to blue collar America.
I think blue collar voted for Donald Trump more on Democratic issues than on Republican issues, which he professed. And we will work with him on those issues —
The question that is begged, of course, and that Wallace never asks is how can it be that a Republican can run on Democrat issues and a Democrat fail to do so. The answer is obvious. Schumer is full of crap and is spinning this repudiation of the Democrats as best he can.
This election was essentially a contest of two visions of America. The Democrat version was race based. They appealed to groups based on the placement on the victim totem pole, melanin, and genitalia. Trump took a page from American history — William Jennings Bryan, Bob LaFollette, and Huey Long — and effectively convinced a lot of people that he was the representative of the common man. The things that Schumer says Trump ran on, he really didn’t with the exception of “draining the swamp” and that message, to the extent that Democrats have ever been against corruption, was lost in the revelations about Clinton’s self dealing while Secretary of State.
As I’ve said many times, even though I’m well aware of the fresh Hell that awaits us all over the next four years. But the past two weeks of schadenfreude I’ve experience witnessing the reaction of the Democrats and some others is like stocking up on firewood for a long winter.