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Birds of a Feather: Chuck Schumer Backs Reid on Romney Tax Slur, Blames Tea Party for Everything That's Wrong in D.C.


"Every day Mitt Romney has to talk about tax returns is a bad day for him and a good day for the Democrats."

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday defended Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) tax slur against Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and attacked Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) recent defense of the Tea Party.

But let’s start with the New York senator's defense of Reid, shall we?

Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) & Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

The Nevada senator on Tuesday told the Huffington Post that "a credible source" told him Mitt Romney went 10 years without paying any taxes. He even repeated this unsubstantiated claim on Thursday from the floor of the Senate.

But despite the fact that Reid has yet to elaborate on his sources and the fact that the president's own deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter admitted there’s nothing to back up his claim, Sen. Schumer believes the Senate Majority Leader is on to something.

“Every day Mitt Romney has to talk about tax returns is a bad day for him and a good day for the Democrats,” Sen. Schumer said during a panel discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “You know, they're trying to focus this on Harry Reid. There's an 800-pound elephant in the room. It's called unreleased taxes."

"Guess what? The few things we know about Mitt Romney's taxes -- Cayman Islands, Swiss bank accounts -- raise more questions than they answer,” the New York senator added.

Watch Sen. Schumer explain why it’s more important to discuss the the former Massachusetts governor's tax returns than it is for the second highest-ranking Democrat in the in the U.S. to explain where he gets off accusing Romney of felonious behavior [via MSNBC]

Now let’s go back for a moment and review what Sen. Schumer had to say about Sen. Coburn’s defense of the Tea Party. As Blaze readers may recall, the Oklahoma senator on Thursday did battle with an entire "Morning Joe"  panel over the constitution and the real spirit behind the Tea Party.

“The Tea Party is every person in America who really is fed up with Washington and recognizes the way we got there was abandoning the core principles of our country but also abandoning the Constitution,” Sen. Coburn said.

What did Sen. Schumer have to say to this?

“I like Tom Coburn but, you know, if the Tea Party gains strength, it means two things ... number one, the Republican Party will be the minority party for a long period of time,” he said, explaining that the “radicalized far-right” fringe group, if heeded, will lead to the eventual obsolescence of the Republican Party.

“Second, guess who's the most unhappy man in Washington this week? [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell. He has got another articulate, smart person whose job it will be, if he follows the Tea Party line, to obstruct the Senate,” he added, referring to the possibility of Texas senate candidate and Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz eventually becoming a state senator.

Sen. Schumer went on to explain why nothing is getting done in the Democrat-controlled Senate: It's because of obstructionist Tea Partiers!

“It’ll be like the House of Representatives and McConnell will have as many headaches as [Speaker of the House] John Boehner does. This is not good for the country and it’s certainly not good for the Republican Party but also not where American electorate is at,” he added.

Watch Sen. Schumer explain how the Tea Party is responsible for all that is wrong in Washington, D.C. [via MSNBC]:

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(H/T: The Hill)

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