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Oops: Chuck Schumer Gives Fellow Dems Marching Orders While Reporters Listen In

"I always use the word extreme."

2:04 PM, Mar 29, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Always be mindful of the mute button

Moments before a conference call with reporters was scheduled to get underway on Tuesday morning, apparently unaware that many of the reporters were already on the line, Charles Schumer of New York, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, began to instruct fellow senators on how to talk to reporters about the contentious budget process.


After thanking his colleagues — Barbara Boxer of California, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Tom Carper of Delaware and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — for doing the budget bidding for the Senate Democrats, who are facing off against the House Republicans over how spending for the rest of the fiscal year, Mr. Schumer told them to portray John Boehner of Ohio, the Speaker of the House, as painted into a box by the Tea Party, and to decry the spending cuts that he wants as extreme. ‘I always use the word extreme,’ Mr. Schumer said, ‘That is what the caucus instructed me to use this week.’”

So just in case it wasn't already apparent that Chuck Schumer will call everything and anything Republicans do extreme, now you know.

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