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Saturday, April 08, 2006

And don't forget Chuck

Following up on the Sullivan argument, Ezra Klein brings attention to Schumer as a particularly canny Democratic player. But what's up with the following:
Schumer emerges as a hero here too, for masterminding the Dubai port scandal:

If you read the press coverage of the story, you would have thought the issue surfaced on its own. In fact, however, the story was a little grenade rolled into the White House bunker by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). No one was aware of the port deal until Schumer—who had been tipped off by a source in the shipping industry—held a press conference, and another, and another until the press corps finally paid attention.

Uh, and that's something to be proud of? I thought that was the Democrats' lowest moment. I didn't actually realize that Schumer was singlehandedly responsible for the racist, xenophobic scandal. Sure, it damaged the Republicans, but at what cost? As Glenn Greenwald asked, is it ethical to do whatever it takes to damage your opponents, just because they do whatever it takes? Even if that means playing into anti-Arab racism and knowingly distorting the facts?

Tags: news and politics, dubai, ports, schumer, democrats, racism, xenophobia


  • At 12:23 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…


  • At 1:27 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I read something this morning that makes me afraid that the Chuck Schumers, Hillary Clintons, and Joe Liebermans of our party could be more than just a political embarrassment very soon. According to Sy Hersh, the Bush administration is pushing to use tactical nuclear weapons to destroy Iran's nuclear sites.

    Invading Iraq was awful. But a first strike nuclear attack on Iran would probably be the evillest and stupidest thing our country has ever done. I am terrified by the fact that we don't have nearly enough sane members of Congress to stop that kind of madness. Half the Democratic Party is trying to be more insanely pro-war than the Republicans.


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