Chuck Schumer has chosen to disparage Republicans seeking to defund or repeal Obamacare has rabid, hard-right extremists.
Remarkably, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) admitted that “many of the public is against Obamacare,” but he added that “just a small few” want to shut down government to stop it.
Sen. Schumer singled out “this extreme hard-right group in the Republican party,” which has chosen this moment “to pick their fight on Obamacare. They’re perfectly blunt about it,” he said. “They think threatening the government — a government shut-down, holding the full faith and credit of the U.S. hostage, is the place they have the most leverage.”
Schumer said it’s “fine” if Republicans want to keep debating Obamacare: “But there’s a time and a place for everything. It’s called the election of 2014. Let them go debate in 2014, as they tried in 2012, whether there should be a Republican Senate, a more Republican Congress so that they can finally repeal Obamacare. But not at the expense of average Americans.”
Schumer admitted that “many of the public is against Obamacare, but very few of the public says, hold up everything else until you repeal it — just a small few.” […]
Schumer said conservatives “know they’re not going to win. They know we will not repeal Obamacare. We have the high ground,” he said.
“If we say to them, we dare you, shut down the government unless you repeal Obamacare; we dare you, risk the full faith and credit of the United States until we end Obamacare, they will lose. That’s the dilemma of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, and they know that. But they have this rabid group.”
Schumer is also inadvertently referring to 56% of America when he talks about a “rabid group.”
A recent Reason-Rupe poll shows that a vast majority of Americans oppose funding Obamacare if it involves a debt-ceiling increase.