I got cold called by the DSCC earlier this evening, and I was pissed because I was taking a nap after driving all afternoon, but once he started his spiel I felt a lot better. I basically interrupted him once I knew where he was calling from, and to9ld him “We can stop right now. Do you have something to write with? I need you to pass along this message to the higher ups who can get this to the DSCC, because I know you are just some guy being paid to do a job. Tell them not one more dollar for the DSCC until Schumer is no longer in the running for leader.”
It felt good. Meanwhile, Schumer is not feeling any heat:
Schumer’s opposition to the Iran deal also does not seem to have had any impact on his standing as the presumptive Democratic leader-in-waiting. Support for Schumer inside the Democratic Caucus remains strong, despite longstanding complaints about him from the progressive wing of the party.
“[Schumer] called me for that purpose. The news got out kind of ahead of his planned announcement,” said Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who has not taken a public stance yet on the Iran deal. “He wanted to tell a bunch of us that he meant to call us first, but the news got ahead of him, and now he was calling to just explain and apologize not to have called first.”
Whitehouse added that Schumer would not suffer any backlash when Democrats pick a replacement for Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. Reid is retiring at the end of this Congress.
“We’ve all got a lot of admiration for Chuck’s skills,” Whitehouse said. “And we’re a caucus that has a lot of divergent views on some very important issues. That doesn’t bother other members of the caucus on other issues, so I don’t see this as a problem for Chuck on this one.”
Whitehouse said he expects to make a decision on Iran “sometime next week,” and wants to consult with fellow Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed before any announcement. “If I had to make a guesstimation, I would say there will be enough senators to sustain the president’s veto, and there’s a chance — just a chance — of keeping the number below 60,” Whitehouse said. “I wouldn’t say there’s a big chance, but there’s an outside chance.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), a close Schumer ally and another Democrat who is undecided on Iran, said he actually reached out to the New York Democrat first. Like Whitehouse, Manchin said Schumer was careful not to whip him on the nuclear agreement. Manchin described himself as “leaning yes” on the agreement.
“I called Chuck Schumer and when I heard all the crap going on, and all the dialogue back-and-forth,” Manchin said during a Tuesday interview. “Chuck is a professional, and he understands that on these extremely personal, important decisions, each senator has to come to their own belief, their own inner peace if you will, about that decision.”
“I called my friend and said, ‘Buddy, I want to re-sign up my [previous] commitment to you to be the leader of our caucus,” Manchin added.
It’s a country club with a solid us versus them mentality. Reminds me of this:
At least Manchin is right on this deal and may get himself some personal political power to help WV down the road.