Chuck Schumer in 2013: The President “deserves his choices”


That was for his team. Doesn’t apply to the other team. 

Philip Wegmann reports at the Washington Examiner:

Did Chuck Schumer think we’d just forget about 2013?

Thanks to Google, there’s no such thing as the memory hole. Just about everything is neatly archived on the Internet forever, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s hypocritical political record on presidential nominees.

Schumer might insist Democrats are just acting as a constitutional check on the administration by slowing executive nominees. But a quick search shows he once decried what he’s now embracing.

Four years ago, Obama had just won a second term, Democrats controlled the Senate, and Schumer was getting annoyed with Republicans. “Just about everyone in America—Democrat, Republican, liberal, conservative—believe that once you elect a president,” Schumer said, “he deserves his choices to run the executive branch.”

Because the minority wouldn’t sign off, Schumer accused them of holding the government hostage. Republicans were, he argued, “trying to “paralyze the executive branch the way they’ve paralyzed the legislative branches because they really don’t want the government to function.”