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The #SchumerSellout: The Backlash Continues

- January 23, 2018

Senator Schumer is continuing to get flak from liberals and mocked by pundits for ending the government shutdown without getting anything in return

Headlines Ripped Senate Minority Leader Schumer For "Miscalculating" On The Shutdown And Many Continue To Ask "What Was The Point?"

The Washington Examiner Headline: "'Stupidest Damn Thing I've Ever Seen': Democrats Miscalculate The Shutdown." (David M. Drucker, "'Stupidest Damn Thing I've Ever Seen': Democrats Miscalculate The Shutdown," The Washington Examiner , 1/23/18)

  • Senate Democrats "Badly" Misjudged "The Political Fault Lines" Of A Shutdown. "Senate Democrats reluctantly voted to reopen the government on Monday after badly misjudging the political fault lines of a partial shutdown instigated to secure immigration concessions." (David M. Drucker, "'Stupidest Damn Thing I've Ever Seen': Democrats Miscalculate The Shutdown," The Washington Examiner , 1/23/18)
  • A Democratic Senate Operative Called The Government Shutdown "The Stupidest Damn Thing I've Ever Seen." "'It's the stupidest damn thing I've ever seen,' a Democratic operative in Washington with ties to Senate leadership said on condition of anonymity. 'This is what happens when the caucus gets ginned up and ready to go into battle without thinking through the repercussions.'" (David M. Drucker, "'Stupidest Damn Thing I've Ever Seen': Democrats Miscalculate The Shutdown," The Washington Examiner , 1/23/18)

The New York Times Headline: "Schumer Sells Out The Resistance." (Michelle Goldberg, Op-Ed, "Schumer Sells Out The Resistance," The New York Times , 1/22/18)

  • Michelle Goldberg Of The New York Times Called Schumer's Decision To "Sell The Dreamers Out" So "Infuriating." "That's why it was so infuriating to see the Senate Democratic leadership sell the Dreamers out." (Michelle Goldberg, Op-Ed, "Schumer Sells Out The Resistance," The New York Times , 1/22/18)

The New York Post Headline: "Schumer Folds: What Was The Point?" (Editorial Board, "Schumer Folds: What Was The Point?" The New York Post , 1/22/18)

  • The New York Post: People Are Asking "What Exactly Was The Point" Of Chuck Schumer Shutting Down The Government. "What exactly was the point? That's the question everyone's asking after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's Democrats voted to end the three-day government shutdown." (Editorial Board, "Schumer Folds: What Was The Point?" The New York Post , 1/22/18)
  • The New York Post: After Three Days Of Government Shutdown, "Democrats Have Nothing To Show Except Lost Political Leverage" And An Angry Base. "In the end, Democrats have nothing to show for their grandstanding except lost political leverage and an even angrier base." (Editorial Board, "Schumer Folds: What Was The Point?" The New York Post , 1/22/18)

The New York Post' s Rich Lowry: "Schumer Listened To The Resistance - And Lost Badly." (Rich Lowry, Op-Ed, "Schumer Listened To The Resistance - And Lost Badly," The New York Post , 1/22/18)

  • Lowry Called Schumer's Actions A "Flagrant Disregard Of The First And Most Important Rule For Winning A Government Shutdown - Don't Be The One To Shut Down The Government." "He's not the worst negotiator, but he acted in flagrant disregard of the first and most important rule for winning a government shutdown - don't be the one to shut down the government - and paid a price." (Rich Lowry, Op-Ed, "Schumer Listened To The Resistance - And Lost Badly," The New York Post , 1/22/18)

The Wall Street Journal Headline: "Chuck Schumer, Shut Down." (Editorial Board, "Chuck Schumer, Shut Down," The Wall Street Journal , 1/22/18)

  • The Wall Street Journal: The Democrats "Bailed Out And Called Retreat A Victory." "The politics apparently didn't turn out to be the winner the Democrats anticipated, so they bailed out and called retreat a victory." (Editorial Board, "Chuck Schumer, Shut Down," The Wall Street Journal , 1/22/18)

Liberal Action Groups Have Been Vocal And Not Shy In Expressing Their Outrage And Disappointment With Minority Leader Schumer And Senate Democrats' "Sellout"

Politico Headline: "Liberals Livid After Deal To End Shutdown." (Elana Schor, "Liberals Livid After Deal To End Shutdown," Politico , 1/22/18)

  • Democratic Senators Are Facing "Furious" Liberal Activists As A Result Of Their Decision To Reopen The Government Without Getting Anything In Return. "Liberal activists are furious with Democratic senators after most of them agreed to reopen the federal government without a firm path to shielding young immigrants from deportation." (Elana Schor, "Liberals Livid After Deal To End Shutdown," Politico , 1/22/18)

Political Director Of CREDO Action Murshed Zaheed Dubbed The Democrats' Actions "The #SchumerSellout." "Murshed Zaheed, political director of the liberal group CREDO Action, said Democrats' decision shows Schumer's willingness to betray progressives. 'Call it the #SchumerSellout,' he said in an interview. 'Hashtagged.'" (Elana Schor, "Liberals Livid After Deal To End Shutdown," Politico , 1/22/18)

Washington Director Of MoveOn.org Ben Wikler Called The Deal A "Joke." "Ben Wikler, Washington director of MoveOn.org, slammed McConnell's offer to Democrats and lamented the minority's splintering over protecting Dreamers. 'What's clear from today's joke deal is that the grass-roots movement demanding unity and courage has a lot of work to do to ensure that the whole Democratic Caucus is ready to fight when the time comes,' he said in an interview." (Elana Schor, "Liberals Livid After Deal To End Shutdown," Politico , 1/22/18)

Executive Director Of America's Voice Frank Sharry Claimed He Was "Moved To Tears Of Disappointment And Anger That Democrats Blinked." "Frank Sharry, executive director of the liberal immigration advocacy organization, America's Voice, added in a scathing statement: 'Last week, I was moved to tears of joy when Democrats stood up and fought for progressive values and for Dreamers. Today, I am moved to tears of disappointment and anger that Democrats blinked.'" (David M. Drucker, "'Stupidest Damn Thing I've Ever Seen': Democrats Miscalculate The Shutdown," The Washington Examiner , 1/23/18)

The American Civil Liberties Union: (ACLU, Twitter Feed , 1/22/18)

The New York Times' Alex Burns: The Shutdown Has Led To "Exasperation…Angry Talk Of Primaries…Demoralization On The Left." (Alex Burns, Twitter Feed , 1/22/18)

According To Politico's Burgess Everett, Liberal Groups Told Progressive Senators They "May Spend Money Against Schumer And Red State Democrats." (Burgess Everett, Twitter Feed , 1/22/18)

Schumer's Political Acumen Has Been Widely Mocked By Pundits

NBC's Chuck Todd Called The Government Shutdown A "False Start By The Democrats." MSNBC's SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: "This brings us to Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press. So Chuck, back to this shutdown, I mean what happened here? Did the Democrats lose their nerve and has anything really fundamental changed in terms of where the fights are where the battle lines are?" MSNBC's CHUCK TODD: "No, I don't think anything has changed. I would, to put it in football terms Savannah, I would say this is a false start by the Democrats." (NBC's "Nightly News," 1/23/18)

  • Todd Noted That For Democrats, " [T]he Timing Was Poor, They Didn't Have A Leverage Right Now, There Was No Sense Of Urgency, And The Democrats Had No Explanation As To Why, Why Have This Fight Now Instead Of In Four Weeks." TODD: "The tactic might be an effective tactic, but the timing was poor, they didn't have a leverage right now, there was no sense of urgency, and the Democrats had no explanation as to why, why have this fight now instead of in four weeks?" (NBC's "Nightly News," 1/23/18)

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CNN's John King Asked "Why Did [Senate Democrats] Shut Down The Government In The First Place" Only To Vote To Reopen It By A Wide Margin Only Three Days Later? CNN'S JOHN KING: "The motion to move this debate, again, effectively to move to reopen the United States government passing the United States Senate by a vote of 81-18. That is overwhelming, and again, so a lot of people out there in America and watching around the world will say, 'If they can pass this 81 to 18, then why did they shut down the government in the first place?'" (CNN's "Inside Politics With John King," 1/22/18)

CNN's Manu Raju: (Manu Raju, Twitter Feed , 1/23/18)

The Washington Post's Aaron Blake: (Aaron Blake, Twitter Feed , 1/22/18)


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