|"Always call them extremists!"|
Schumer thought he was on a private line with four Democratic senators who were to talk with reporters about the current budget stalemate.
But unknown to Schumer the reporters had joined the call early and were listening in.
Before the scheduled conference call with reporters Schumer began to instruct his fellow senators on how to talk to reporters about the contentious budget process, and how to slant the words to cast the GOP in an unfavorable light.
Schumer instructed the group, made up of Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, Tom Carper, D-DE, Ben Cardin, D-MO, and Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, to tell reporters that:
"the GOP is refusing to negotiate."He told the group to make sure they label the GOP spending cuts as "extreme."
"I always use extreme," Schumer said. "That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week."This is a fairly common strategy used by the Democrats. They will always mischaracterize the GOP position, effectively creating a straw man they can denounce.
They will label any Republican position as "extreme" as they wage a nonstop public relations war to encourage much more federal spending, which will impose a huge burden on our children and grandchildren.
Here's a bit more of what he said about House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH:
"The main thrust is basically that we want to negotiate and we want to come up with a compromise but the Tea Party is pulling Boehner too far over to the right and so far over that there is no more fruitful negotiations,"Schumer also instructed them to portray the GOP as the obstacle to a budget settlement, despite the Democrats being well known for crying bloody murder anytime the GOP suggests rational spending levels. Schumer said on the call:
"The only way we can avoid a shutdown is for Boehner to come up with a reasonable compromise and not just listen to what the Tea Party wants."Another very common tactic is to portray the GOP as being held hostage by the Tea Party, and then to demonize the Tea Party for demanding fiscal responsibility. Of course nothing could be further from the truth, since the Tea Party has very little influence over most Republicans.
|"Next time TELL ME when they are listening in!"|
We really don't have much hope as long as both parties want to push for higher and higher debt.
It's a real shame that the Tea Party doesn't yet have the clout to hold any politicians "hostage."
Very often both parties want more spending, but only differ on how much to spend.
Once Schumer was told by an aide that the reporters could hear every word he was saying he stopped speaking in mid sentence and went to his prepared speaking points.