Imagine my suprise to discover unctuous New York Democrat Charles Schumer casually calling Republicans extremists. “I always use the word extreme,” Schumer told Sens. Barbara Boxer, Benjamin Cardin, Thomas Carper and Richard Blumenthal. Listen here:
Any casual observer of Schumer over the years knows labeling opponents extremists is his stock in trade, as ubiquitous as his Sunday press conferences. In Schumer’s world, anyone to the right of Joseph Stalin is an extremist. What’s newsworthy, I suppose, is the media finally notices this and the coordinated efforts by Democrats trash Republicans at every opportunity. Still, it’ll be in the news cycle for a short period, quickly forgotten until the next press conference, when he’ll probably change things up and call the GOP “radical extremists” instead.
To underscore how tiresome Schumer’s talking points are, here he is on his own Senate website six years ago railing about–wait for it—extremist Republicans: “There is a whiff of extremism in the air the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades. There exists a small group of people who have no tolerance for those whose views are different from theirs and they seek to intimidate everyone else.”
Talk about projection. Schumer is the master of it. In fact, calling them extremists isn’t enough. Why, according to Schumer, those who don’t adhere to his judicial philosophy are also un-American: “Those stating these abhorrent views count themselves as your political allies. One word from you will bring to a halt these un-American statements. That would be a way to strengthen democracy – here at home.”
According to Schumer and his Senate cohorts, any reasonable effort and reducing the deficit and getting the budget under control is and always will be extremist in their view. To them, taxpayers wanting to save a couple of bucks are extremists. Freeing yourself from onerous government regulation is extremist. Heck, being a Republican is extremist.
Of course, this would probably be a good occasion to quote Barry Goldwater, except for the fact back in his day he was called an extremist.
What a short way Democrat demagogues have come these past five decades.