Chuck Schumer: His Amnesty Advocacy May Doom Colleague Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator

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

Obamacare,
the
president`s

sagging popularity
and
the deep chill engulfing America about our future, the New York
Senator and

Senate Judiciary Sub-Chairman
is hard at work preparing amnesty
legislation to introduce after

Labor Day
.



Schumer`s
partner in
crime: the nauseating slimeball

Senator Lindsey Graham

(Scalawag-SC).

But if
the Democrats think

Obamacare
is a tough nut,
wait until they try to ram through amnesty, America`s most
contentious issue.

The

elites and the ethnocentrists

want it; no one else does.

Actually,
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.

That
the Senate ultimately offered

Schumer
the chair is a
testimonial to his

three decades of immigration
advocacy
.

What
time has obscured is that in 1986,

Ronald Reagan
thanked

Schumer

by name

for
his pivotal role in passing the

Immigration Reform and Control Act.

[Remarks
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]

What`s
truly
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

Kirsten Gillibrand
.



Schumer
and

Gillibrand
are up for

2010 reelection
. The
inexplicably popular and well-funded Schumer is a lock.

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.

Overall,
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]

To her
Democratic rivals, Gillibrand has negatives aplenty. They see
her as a young (at 42, the youngest Senator) country bumpkin
(Albany, N.Y.)

gun-toter
who has

strong family ties
to
Republicans,
Big Tobacco
and is
excessively pushy, even for a politician.

Schumer
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.

During
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

Caroline Kennedy`s

cousin, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

But
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]

The
Times followed up with another story that chronicled how Schumer
took Gillibrand under his wing by arranging dinner with another
immigration advocate, Senator


Harry Reid
(D.—NV)
,
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]

In
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
said:


Chuck
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
Senate.



Less than a year ago
,
Gillibrand strongly opposed amnesty as well as giving federal
contracts to employers who had hired illegal immigrants and
criticized the

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.




Gillibrand also wanted to hire more

border patrol agents
,
extend the fence that separates the U.S. from Mexico and make

English America`s official language.

Now in
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
path to
citizenship

for aliens.


Disgusting!

And not
only will Gillibrand have

Schumer`s dead weight amnesty

to bear as she campaigns to save her seat, she`ll also have the
albatross of

Governor David Paterson`s

unpopularity.

For
Gillibrand, Paterson represents a double liability. Many
Democrats are still angry with Paterson for appointing
Gillibrand to the Senate instead of

Caroline Kennedy
.

Worse,

Paterson`s popularity
is
in the tank. If he remains at the top of the Democratic ticket,
he could take down Gillibrand with him.

But if
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]

How
New York 2010 plays out will tell us where we stand in the
immigration war.

We have
to get rid of the bad guys—Schumer, Gillibrand and
Paterson—without replacing them with worse guys like

Giuliani
,

McCarthy
(NumbersUSA
career grade:

D
) or two other Senate
possibilities, U.S. Representatives

Carolyn Maloney
(F)
or

Steve Israel
(D-).

In the
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.

But
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.

[The
Return of George Pataki
,
by Edward-Issac Dovore, New York Capitol News, April 29, 2009]

If
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.

First,
her departure from the Senate would take away a certain “yea”
amnesty vote.

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.

The
rats have to be beaten back at every turn.

In June,

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.

I don`t
think they do but I would love to

see them try
, ideally in
late 2009 or early 2010.

I`m
itching for the fight.

When
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
cycles.

Better
yet, a thwarted Democratic effort to defy the public will would
harm them immeasurably in November 2010.

Joe Guzzardi
[email
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


Lodi News-Sentinel.