Chuck Schumer: His Amnesty Advocacy May Doom Colleague Kirsten Gillibrand
Chuck Schumer (D-NY) must
be crazy. How else can his bizarre behavior be explained?
Despite the Democrats` clawing at each other`s throats over
sagging popularity and
the deep chill engulfing America about our future, the New York
Senate Judiciary Sub-Chairman is hard at work preparing amnesty
legislation to introduce after
the Democrats think
Obamacare is a tough nut,
wait until they try to ram through amnesty, America`s most
elites and the ethnocentrists
want it; no one else does.
the thought of slugging out another so called comprehensive
immigration reform bill is
so unpopular within the
Senate that several Democrats turned down the
Judiciary post before
Schumer, who aspires to the Majority Leader`s job, accepted it.
time has obscured is that in 1986,
Ronald Reagan thanked
his pivotal role in passing the
Immigration Reform and Control Act.
on Signing the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986,
November 6, 1986]
Schumer, then an unknown Brooklyn Congressman, brokered the
key agricultural workers` compromise
that revived a bill pronounced dead and ultimately led to the
passage of the disastrous immigration overhaul. [Schumer
Working on Immigration Reform—Again, by Tom Brune,
Newsday, April 25, 2009]
puzzling about Schumer,
however, isn`t that he`s forging ahead with amnesty
against all odds
but that by pushing it, he`s dealing a potentially fatal blow to
his New York Senate Democratic colleague
Gillibrand, on the other hand, faces a tough primary fight. If
she survives it, her general election challenge (possibly
against our ally
U.S. Representative Peter King)
will be straight uphill.
Gillibrand`s poll ratings are indifferent. More important is
that Gillibrand`s probable primary challenger,
U.S. Representative Carolyn McCarthy,
leads her by ten points. [Polls
Find Gillibrand, Paterson In Trouble, by Aaron Blake,
The Hill, February 9, 2009]
Democratic rivals, Gillibrand has negatives aplenty. They see
her as a young (at 42, the youngest Senator) country bumpkin
gun-toter who has
strong family ties to
Big Tobacco and is
excessively pushy, even for a politician.
and his “comprehensive
immigration reform” plans represent a huge problem for
Gillibrand. In short, whether she favors amnesty (she does) or
the bill that Schumer`s committee ultimately produces,
Gillibrand has to get behind him.
Reduced to the simplest reasoning, Gillibrand owes Schumer.
the first 100 days of her Senate career, Gillibrand floundered.
Sensing that things were not going well, key Democrats came to
her aide: President Obama,
Bill and Hillary Clinton,
many of the
13 other female
Democratic Senators and even
cousin, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Schumer emerged as Gillibrand`s real savior. Schumer, more than
anyone, became responsible for rebranding Gillibrand.
Gillibrand hit bottom shortly after the New York Times exposed
how her successful legal defense of
Philip Morris allowed the
company to withhold scientific findings that proved the link
between cigarette smoking and cancer. [As
a New Lawyer, Senator Was Active in Tobacco`s Defense,
by Raymond Hernandez and David Kocieniewski, New York Times,
March 26, 2009]
Times followed up with another story that chronicled how Schumer
took Gillibrand under his wing by arranging dinner with another
immigration advocate, Senator
and taking her with him on fund raising trips throughout New
York State. The Times strongly implied that Schumer enabled
Gillibrand because he could control her. [N.Y.`s
Junior Senator Gains a Defender: The Senior Senator,
by Raymond Hernandez, May 9 2009]
case anyone had doubts about their relationship, Schumer said
about his protégé: “I don`t endorse eighteen months out. But I
can tell you I`ll be endorsing her at the right time.”
Although Gillibrand denies that she`s Schumer`s puppet, she
admits that he`s her mentor.
Recalling another recent dinner she had with Schumer, Gillibrand
told me what I was doing wrong. He told me what events I should
have skipped and what ones I should have gone to. And I
listened. He knows a lot.” [The
Reintroduction of Kirsten Gillibrand,
by Stephen Rodrick, New York Magazine, June 9, 2009]
Gillibrand`s newly-forged friendships with Reid and Schumer go a
long way to explain how she switched sides, from a moderate on
immigration in the House to a Democratic
party-line hack in the
Less than a year ago,
Gillibrand strongly opposed amnesty as well as giving federal
contracts to employers who had hired illegal immigrants and
H-2B visa by proposing
instead that farmers find legal workers if they cannot fill
their labor needs with Americans. As a Congressman, Gillibrand
strongly argued against former
governor Eliot Spitzer`s idiotic plan to issue
driver`s licenses to illegal aliens.
an alarming 180-degree about face, Gillibrand cosponsored the
DREAM Act, opposes
deporting illegal immigrants, wants to cease and desist
ICE raids, and is working
hand in hand with Reid and Schumer to create “a
Gillibrand, Paterson represents a double liability. Many
Democrats are still angry with Paterson for appointing
Gillibrand to the Senate instead of
Paterson`s popularity is
in the tank. If he remains at the top of the Democratic ticket,
he could take down Gillibrand with him.
Paterson withdraws, as some have encouraged him to do,
former Mayor Rudy Giuliani
could enter the gubernatorial race on the GOP side. His
candidacy, which would draw Republican votes, would also be bad
news for Gillibrand. [State
Democrats Fear Paterson a Liability, by Raymond
Hernandez, New York Times, August 10, 2009]
New York 2010 plays out will tell us where we stand in the
to get rid of the bad guys—Schumer, Gillibrand and
Paterson—without replacing them with worse guys like
D) or two other Senate
possibilities, U.S. Representatives
Carolyn Maloney (F)
Steve Israel (D-).
Senate, Schumer will win by a landslide. In 2004, he crushed his
token foe Howard Mills by gathering the largest majority (71
percent) in the history of a U.S. Senate race in New York.
Republicans hold out the hope that former
Governor George Pataki
who has suddenly emerged as a possible GOP savior, will jump in
to vie for Gillibrand`s seat.
Return of George Pataki,
by Edward-Issac Dovore, New York Capitol News, April 29, 2009]
Pataki or King, as expected, enter the Republican Senate
primary, the immigration reform patriots have a good shot.
Pataki is only so-so on immigration but he is a million miles
better than either Schumer or Gillibrand.
Ousting Gillibrand would be doubly rewarding.
her departure from the Senate would take away a certain “yea”
And if a
Republican were to unseat Gillibrand despite Schumer`s intensive
activism for her, the Senate would view it as a sign that he is
not the political heavyweight he perceives himself to be.
rats have to be beaten back at every turn.
I challenged the
Democrats to put up or shut up on immigration. If they think
they have the votes to pass amnesty, then let them go for it.
think they do but I would love to
see them try, ideally in
late 2009 or early 2010.
itching for the fight.
defeated for the umpteenth time, politicians would have to
conclude that immigration is
too toxic and not an issue that it behooves them to support.
Another failure may
signal the last serious amnesty undertaking for several election
yet, a thwarted Democratic effort to defy the public will would
harm them immeasurably in November 2010.
him] is a California native
who recently fled the state because of over-immigration,
over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He
has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the
growth rate stable. A
long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the