Senator Chuck Schumer, one of the mouthiest politicians of the last half century never at a loss for words, can't be reached for comment on President Obama's Bain Capital attack strategy. Which is rather odd, considering his remarkable past abilities to raise money from Wall Street firms. What's going on?
The answer is pretty simple. The awful truth is beginning to dawn on Democrats. Obama is trashing not just the United Sates economy, he is attacking major donors upon whom the Democrats have come to rely. Senators from New York like Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are going to need to hit up the very people being demonized by the Obama campaign. All well and good if Obama wins -- after all, where are these donors going to go for political protection if Obama wins another term? They will for over the big bucks to avoid regulatory harassment, and other avoidable costs. The understand well that a shakedown system is in place.
But it is beginning to dawn on the deep thinkers that their guy Obama is having difficulty distracting voters from the results of his presidency and he might lose. Maybe even lose so big that Democrats lose control of the Senate. If Democrats are so discouraged that they stay home on Election Day in large numbers, the GOP could even pick up a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, horror of horrors. In that case, Schumer Gillibrand, and the entire Democrat establishment are going to need deep pocketed friends who will stick with them through thick and thin, just in case the pendulum once again swings back and Democrats have political power in the future.
So they are remaining silent about the attacks on Bain. Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon reports:
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), the third ranking Democrat in the Senate, and freshman Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), declined a New York Times interview to discuss the controversy on Wednesday. Neither senator has returned calls from the Washington Free Beacon, nor did second ranking Democrat, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, and former presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.).
"Many top Democrats are quietly hedging their bets. They're thinking, 'What if Obama doesn't win?' They're still going to be in D.C.," said a top Senate Republican aide. "What you're seeing could be one of the first indicators that not all Democrats are confident Obama can hold on."
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton waits in the tall grass. Longtime allies like Lanny Davis refute the Obama Bain attack ad. Democrats with much deeper roots than Obama in the party realize how shallow and desperate his campaign has become. I wouldn't rule very interesting, shall we say, developments behind the scenes as Democrats come to understand what Obama hath wrought.