Tom Cotton and Chuck Schumer are not the best of buddies. Back in January, they had an epic confrontation in the Senate well over Chuck Schumer’s lack of integrity. I sort of fault Tom Cotton for this because he had a pollyannish notion that Schumer’s word was actually worth something.
This is how the Weekly Standard describes it
The Senate reconvened after the inaugural ceremonies on Friday, with Pompeo’s nomination set to come up at 4:50pm. Cotton angrily confronted Schumer about his broken promise. According to witnesses, Schumer told Cotton to lower his voice and asked him move off of the Senate floor to an adjacent hallway for a private discussion. “We need to take this out into the hallway,” Schumer said. Cotton walked with Schumer but loudly rejected his first request. “Don’t tell me to lower my voice!” he shouted, with an additional salty admonition tacked on for emphasis. Burr and Cornyn were present, as was Senator Mark Warner, ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and several aides.
Schumer told Cotton that the Senate had never previously confirmed a CIA director on Inauguration Day and if Cotton had been around eight years earlier, he’d know that Republicans didn’t extend that courtesy for incoming president Barack Obama. “Eight years ago, I was getting my ass shot at in Afghanistan,” Cotton snapped. “So don’t talk to me about where I was 8 years ago.”
Cotton asked Schumer why he’d gone back on his word. Schumer claimed that he’d only been speaking for himself when he promised to let Pompeo through. “I said that I would not block him,” Schumer said, emphasizing the personal pronoun, according to sources who witnessed the exchange. “I never said that I could speak for 47 other Democrats.”
The Republicans were stunned.
At about the 0:05 point you can hear Cotton, who approaches down the center aisle, tell Schumer “this is bullsh**.” You can’t hear the exchange, but you don’t have to hear to appreciate what is going on.
That relationship has only matured and fermented in the immigration debate where Chuck Schumer is firmly in the open borders camp and Tom Cotton is pretty much the opposite of that.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told President Donald Trump this week that there will be no deal on Dreamers if hard-line conservative GOP Sen. Tom Cotton is involved, according to several congressional sources.
Schumer also told the president that he was not being well-served by White House staffers during negotiations over the fate of 700,000 young immigrants who face potential deportation if no deal is reached to protect them.
Democrats were upset that Cotton tried to redirect the controversy toward Durbin. They want to banish Cotton from any discussions about a Dreamers deal, arguing that he is too toxic to be involved.
On the Senate floor Thursday, Schumer said White House chief of staff John Kelly “has insisted that Sen. Cotton and Rep. [Bob] Goodlatte be in the room for negotiations on DACA.”
Schumer added, “There is no deal that Sen. Cotton or Rep. Goodlatte could forge that could earn the majority of either the House or the Senate… If Sen. Cotton and Rep. Goodlatte have veto power over an agreement, everyone knows there won’t be an agreement.”
The reason Schumer is taking this stand is that he needs Trump to sign off on whatever travesty he tries to push through Congress. Tom Cotton is a guy who stands in his way. Moreover, he can’t bully Tom Cotton and Cotton has already taken the measure of Schumer and found him to be a lying, devious sack of pustulence.