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First off, hi y'all - I'm a new diarist. I know I haven't made very many comments, but I've been a lurker for a long time, so please don't shout me down on that account.

With that said, I want to broach a topic. Far be it from me to support the inquisition-like tactics of the Tea Party, but DailyKos is about electing more and better Democrats, is it not? Well, I have a prime target: Chuck Schumer. I even have a replacement in mind: Bill de Blasiovich.

Now why would I want to primary one of the most powerful senators in the Democratic Party? Simple. We can do better. New York is a liberal state - it should have liberals representing it. We should no longer be willing to settle for ideologically imperfect candidates unless it's absolutely necessary to win, i.e. in a state like Kentucky or Arkansas where Democrats have limited inroads to the populace. And truly, Chuck Schumer is the finest example of this ideological imperfection that makes our party such a poor alternative to the Republicans.

Here are just a few reasons to primary Chuck Schumer:

[...] he has embraced the industry’s free-market, deregulatory agenda more than almost any other Democrat in Congress, even backing some measures now blamed for contributing to the financial crisis.

Other lawmakers took the lead on efforts like deregulating the complicated financial instruments called derivatives, which are widely seen as catalysts to the crisis.

But Mr. Schumer, a member of the Banking and Finance Committees, repeatedly took other steps to protect industry players from government oversight and tougher rules, a review of his record shows.
But there is another way Mr. Schumer has been busy with hedge fund and private equity managers, an important part of his constituency in New York. He has been reassuring them that he will resist an effort led by members of his own party to single out the industry with a plan that would more than double the taxes on the enormous profits reaped by its executives.
That's what the almost-21,000-strong group NY Tech Meetup fears could happen if so-called SOPA and PIPA legislation gets passed. The group is holding an emergency protest outside of the offices of Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who co-sponsored the Senate bill, at 780 Third Ave. from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in a bid to defeat the legislation.
It's simply not enough to have a Democratic majority in the Senate. We need Democrats who will fight for our values. We need Democrats who can articulate these values without hypocrisy. And we need Democrats in a position of power who can help us to expand these values beyond the bluest of blue states. Bill de Blasio, I believe, may be just that kind of Democrat.

In 2016, having been mayor of the largest autonomous okrug - excuse me, city - in the country for three years, Bill de Blasio will be well-qualified for a jump into national politics. If he manages the reins of NYC without any problems, which I think is likely, then he'll have gained a great deal of credibility. Enough credibility, perhaps, to be a legitimate challenger to Chuck Schumer.

Perhaps even the threat of a primary will scare him away. Perhaps he'll take one look at Bill de Blasio and take a lobbying job with the financial industry in time for the 2016 election. But this is unlikely. It's going to be a battle of epic proportions to unseat Chuck Schumer before his sixth or seventh Senate term. Does anyone really want Schumer around that long? I sure don't. We can do better. Let's hit the corporate world where it counts, with their bought-and-paid-for politicians in our own party. Let's primary Chuck Schumer.

It almost worked for Joe Lieberman in 2006 - let's make sure it works for Schumer.

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  •  It's gonna be tough to pry him out of there.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Sorta Randle, chuckvw

    but I won't disagree with you.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 06:57:54 PM PST

  •  From your lips to God's ear. (3+ / 0-)
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    Sorta Randle, kurt, Ralphdog

    I wish and hope we can do it.  However, I suspect Schumer is another entrenched beltway insiders that can't be removed because the party machinery will fight back, the way they did for Lieberman, even after Lieberman quit the Democratic Party.

  •  Bill de Blasiovich? (5+ / 0-)

    Bill de Blasiovich?!?  What's up with that?

    The past 50 years we: -Ended Jim Crow. -Enacted the Voting Rights Act. -Attained reproductive rights (contraceptive & abortion). -Moved toward pay equity. Republicans want to take our country back. I WON'T GO BACK!

    by petesmom on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 07:28:58 PM PST

    •  Lots of Luck (3+ / 0-)
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      VClib, Radiowalla, hkorens

      Schumer is very popular. I am someone who is a political junkie, But to be honest with you I have not heard of Bill de Blasiovich and I am a New Yorker.

      Schumer is well financed with a huge war chest. Never going to happen.

      •  Schumer can't be beat (4+ / 0-)
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        slothlax, Radiowalla, johnny wurster, FG

        He is well liked by the voters and can raise a nearly unlimited amount of money for a primary, if he needs it.

        Wall Street is the economic engine of New York City and New York State. It's not surprising that US Senators from New York favor Wall Street.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 07:50:44 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Um, he was talking about NYC mayor-elect (0+ / 0-)

        Bill de Blasio. But in the first paragraph he slipped and referred to him as de Blasiovich.  Opponants have been trying to smear de Blasio as some far-left commie pinko. I just wondered if the author of the post was one of them.

        The past 50 years we: -Ended Jim Crow. -Enacted the Voting Rights Act. -Attained reproductive rights (contraceptive & abortion). -Moved toward pay equity. Republicans want to take our country back. I WON'T GO BACK!

        by petesmom on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 03:05:31 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  MABD. eom (0+ / 0-)

    -7.38, -5.38 (that's a surprise)

    Why must we struggle to protect the accomplishments of Democrats of the past from Democrats of the present? -- cal2010

    by 84thProblem on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 07:43:37 PM PST

  •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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    PhilK, jbob

    It's long past time for ChuckE to go.

    The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

    by Mr Robert on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 07:53:14 PM PST

  •  Absolutely pointless and stupid (5+ / 0-)

    I have no problems with Schumer whatsoever (his mania for camera time nonwithstanding -  as Bob Dole quipped, the most dangerous place in D.C. is between Chuck and a TV camera). And even if I did, he is a political Goliath in his state. Short of him eating a baby live on camera, he is unbeatable.

    I'd advise you get accustomed to him, because there's a good chance he'll succeed Reid as Majority Leader someday.

  •  seriously? (2+ / 0-)
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    slothlax, Radiowalla

    "Far be it from me to support the inquisition-like tactics of the Tea Party, but [why don't we have some inquisition like tactics of the Tea Party]"

    The plural of anecdote is not data.

    by Skipbidder on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:16:00 PM PST

  •  Rec'd for being well written.... (3+ / 0-)
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    WisePiper, kurt, scurrvydog

    and to the real point of this site, more  and better Dems.

    BTW: your Uid makes me fell old and happy at the same time. Love seeing new diarists that don't have rock crushing on their mind.  ;)

    Beware of Bad Bhadsha - Zn'rx Proverb

    by Jack Pine Savage on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:18:10 PM PST

  •  It would be a tough fight (2+ / 0-)
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    WisePiper, scurrvydog

    but sometimes a tough fight changes the conversation whether one wins or not.

    Schumer embodies all that is rotten in the Village. Of course, the villagers, grownups, and lobbyists will rally to his side. They will shower him with $$$.

    Any attempt to change a rotten, corrupt system will be ridiculed. It will be decried here and on the wise, grownup op/ed pages of the msm. Its' the price we will have to pay.

    The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

    by chuckvw on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:30:51 PM PST

  •  That's not gonna work (6+ / 0-)

    There are better opportunities in NY to push things left. Worry about making the next governor an actual liberal. Pick up House and state Senate seats from the republicans. Clean up the NYC Dem delegation to Albany. Trying to primary a widely popular Senator because he backs the most important industry in his state is silly.

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:42:30 PM PST

  •  The last campaign cycle. According to opensecrets. (1+ / 0-)
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    org, he had about $20 million in his campaign war chest with most of it coming from employees of the financial industry.
    That probably says all you need to know.

  •  No. (6+ / 0-)

    Schumer is not going to lose in a primary, no matter how much you wish for this to be true.

    Better to spend time working on turning some red seats blue.

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 09:12:23 PM PST

  •  Well, if teabaggers can force 'sane' Republicans.. (2+ / 0-)
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    jbob, wilderness voice

    to the right by challenging them from the right, the least we progressives should do is force nominally mainstream Democrats like Schumer to the left by compelling them to defend their pro-corporate anti-middle class agenda.

  •  Haha! (5+ / 0-)

    Cute, but no. Don't pick fights you know you're going to lose; glorious defeats may be romantic, but there's that defeat problem. We helped CT Dems chuck Lieberman, and what exactly did that gain?

    Oh, that's right, the old man turned bitter and made it his personal mission to block every Progressive piece of legislation within eyesight. Schumer's no Lieberman, he's far more subtle and deadly, it would be worse.

    Besides, we want Bill in the City for the time being. There is a GOP mess to fix in the Five Boroughs, if you don't mind :-)

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 04:42:52 AM PST

    •  We needed five seats to take back the senate (3+ / 0-)
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      wilderness voice, petral, MBNYC

      and we spent precious time and money trying to get back at Lieberman who occupied a solid, safe Democratic seat.   As you said, what exactly did that gain?  If we had left him alone, he would have stayed a Democrat and not had the leverage he did in the senate.  

      It was a fool's errand and it came back to bite us.  

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 07:32:30 AM PST

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  •  By 2016 (0+ / 0-)

    Schumer may well be ready to retire. He's old and I don't think he plans to pull a Lautenberg.

    However, if I'm wrong, then I think your plan is a good one.  I was hope DeBlasio would set his sights on the NY governor's mansion, but it may be more important to get him into the U.S. Senate.  Any ideas for primary challengers should DeBlasio prefer to set his sights on Albany?

    "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

    by SouthernLeveller on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:28:21 AM PST

  •  Chuckles Schumer is bought and paid for by the 1% (0+ / 0-)

    He absolutely should get a primary challenge from the left. Not from Bill D. but from someone else.

  •  Only if you've got someone in mind. (3+ / 0-)
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    Theodore J Pickle, nomandates, FG

    If you had a big-name primary challenger who was willing to run that would be able to pick up some earned media and make him defend some of his decisions, particularly vis a vis Wall Street, I'd say "sure, go for it."

    But Schumer's got a massive war chest, an all-but-unlimited "more where that came from" on Wall Street, huge name recognition, and the advantages of incumbency, in one of the most expensive paid media markets and high-competition earned media markets in the country.

    Unless a challenger comes into the race with some momentum from name recognition and earned media, Schumer can just ignore them, because there's no way they're going to even pose a threat of unseating him.

    So you're going to need a big, heavy-caliber name who's ready to run—and, let's be honest, that name's going to have to be a non-politico celebrity, since those who have the chops to hit that heavy in politics are smart enough to know that it'll be suicide for their political careers to take a run at one of the most powerful Democrats in the Senate, with almost zero chance of actually pulling it off.

    Without that kind of big-name challenger who is ready to run (a draft campaign at this stage is pure foolishness), you're probably better served putting your money and time into less quixotic efforts.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 05:35:33 AM PST

  •  The problem with trying to primary someone (2+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice, petral

    like him is that no strong candidate will run as there is no chance of winning. And a weak candidate won't even make him sweat.

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