I don’t think anyone posted this interview with Chuck Schumer, but I thought it was an interesting glimpse into how he’s thinking. He thinks James Carville is full of shit, he’s not worried about an AOC primary challenge (not gonna happen, in my opinion), and he likes someone who isn’t a fan favorite around here:
ANAND: I wonder what you’ve learned from her as a next-generation politician who’s clearly communicated in a very effective way.
CHUCK: I’ll answer the question a different way. [Editor’s note: The filibuster is alive and well.] The person who has those kinds of views whom I’m very close to is Bernie Sanders. And he’s not the younger generation, but he and I think alike in many ways, because you need a strong, active government.
ANAND: Has he changed your mind on anything fundamental in recent years?
CHUCK: Yeah. I’ll give you a great example. So when we won the Georgia election, I spoke to Stacey Abrams, and there are eight African-American women’s groups who were very active. And I said, “OK, we’re going to get Medicaid expansion. Give money to rural hospitals. This and that.” And you know what one of those ladies said to me? “What about the checks?”
Bernie Sanders had also been pushing the $2,000 checks for people. And, at first, when he said it, I said, “I don’t know.” But that’s what mattered the most to people. They needed money to feed their kids. They needed money, and a government program is good, but money in their hands was really good.
And Bernie was right. And one of the reasons I’m pushing so hard for the $50,000 forgiveness of student loans with Elizabeth Warren, even though Joe Biden hasn’t gone along with it — again, it’s the same thing. You have to show people that government works for them, and that will inspire.
Having Bernie Sanders pushing as the head of the Budget Committee, rather than having Kent Conrad holding back, is part of why Biden is going to have a better time getting his agenda passed than Obama.