A few months back Chuck Schumer went to AIPAC and said that he had the name Schumer because Shomer means Guardian, and God had made him the guardian of Israel. He also finished, with a shout: “Ladies and gentlemen, Am Yisrael Chai. In Israel and America the Jewish nation lives now and forever.” Soon after that he said that Gaza ought to be strangled. Charm has never been his strong suit.
Well Schumer just gave two “monster checks,” worth $2 million, to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last month, the Hill reports. Thus insuring that with Bobby Byrd dead, the Senate will vote 100-0 on pro-Israel legislation and Schumer will be the Demos as well as Israel’s top man in the Senate.
Schumer’s donations are sure to raise eyebrows because he himself is up for re-election this year, albeit against weak opposition. He is also widely expected to run for Senate Democratic leader if Reid loses his race in Nevada.
The gifts cement Schumer’s position as the Senate Democrats’ biggest financial backer, and could make a difference if he makes a bid to lead Senate Democrats in the 112th Congress. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is seen as the other favorite to succeed Reid.