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I Met Chuck Schumer in Union Square, Talked the Filibuster and Joe Manchin

We bumped into Senator Chuck Schumer in Union Square today as he retail politicked his way through the Farmers Market. First impression: He’s shorter than you think. Second, I’m still pissed over what he and Kristen Gillibrand did to Al Franken.

By David Stone

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The scene was, to be honest, a little ridiculous.

There he was, one of the five most powerful politicians in Washington, posing for photos, staffers hauling Chuck Schumer signs behind him. They barked about meeting Chuck Schumer.

Chuck Schumer in Union Square
Chuck Schumer schmoozing the crowd in Union Square.

On reflection, it reminded me of the scene in Soapdish where Whoopi Goldberg hauls a dispirited, declining star, played by Sally Field, off to a mall in New Jersey. There, a flock adoring soap opera fans flock around her, restoring her ego.

But Chuck’s nowhere near as attractive or melodramatic as Whoopi or Sally. His aides? You couldn’t tell because they were lost behind the signs.

Quick chat with Chuck Schumer in Union Square…

It was easy getting in front of him because a lot of New Yorkers are indifferent to politics and politicians, right now. Had enough over the past year, probably.

Which sounded nice until I remembered him saying the same thing about Moscow Mitch, the Republicans’ obstructor in chief.

“Gotta get rid of the filibuster, Chuck,” I said.

“We’re working hard on it,” he said.

“Make Joe (Manchin) happy,” I added.

Manchin’s the West Virginia Democrat seen by progressives as the major obstacle against pushing forward with legislation, especially on SR1. That is, voting rights, top of the agenda.

“Yeah, he’s a friend of mine,” Chuck assured me.

Then, I felt a little deflated.

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