“…it could be argued that the Senate minority leader is only doing what top Democrats always do: fetishize the idea of bipartisanship and brag about their friendships across the aisle.” —Mehdi Hasan
They’re dropping like flies: Republican Representative Peter King is just the latest in a string of House Republicans announcing their retirement after this current term. I think I speak for all liberals when I say, good riddance, Peter King.
Correction, I thought I spoke for all good libs. Apparently Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is feeling all the sads over King leaving Congress. Schumer responded to the news with a jaw-dropping, cringe-inducing, tone-deaf, platitudinous slobbering tweet about His Good Friend Peter King the Principled Man who Served New York Honorably. The Twittersphere was *not* having it.
Peter King was a racist, homophobic, Islamaphobic waste of DNA who, among other despicable acts, publicly blamed Eric Garner for his own death. Read this piece for a full but readable breakdown of King’s shameful legacy. Peter King is a terrible person, and to say that Schumer’s remarks were problematic is the understatement of the week.
This man’s utter crapitude and incompetence must be part of the larger conversation amongst those of us wanting to rescue our country from encroaching autocracy and Trumpism. Because if we ignore Schumer, the man could potentially sink the entire ship come 2021.
Chuck Schumer is a spineless, feckless, easily-bought bureaucrat who worships at the altar of bipartisanship, democracy be damned. He is on record opposing eliminating the filibuster, he’s more concerned with befriending Republicans than rolling up his sleeves and doing the real work, oh, and he doesn’t even whip votes. This is unconscionable and inexcusable.
Sadly Schumer’s seat isn’t up for reelection until 2022, and when the time comes, it’s going to be of utmost importance to see that he gets primaried. But the grassroots has got to act in 2020, especially if the election turns out an otherwise best case scenario. Let’s say Warren wins the presidency in a landslide (and I think she can), the Democrats keep the House, AND Dems take the Senate. That sounds great, right? Like, maybe start breathing again great? Well, I hate to say it, but none of it matters one bit if you leave Schumer in charge of the Senate. It sounds slightly histrionic, I know, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
Schumer will allow McConnell to block every piece of desperately-needed legislation with a filibuster while he whines about civility and sternly tweets about bipartisanship. He’s an easy mark and McConnell damn well knows it. And if you haven’t figured out that Moscow Mitch has zero moral qualms about thoroughly exploiting Schumer’s softness and credulity, I don’t know where you’ve been since 2015. But can I join you? Because it sounds nicer than reality.
The era of Friendship Politics is over. Anyone who doesn’t see that needs to step down. Anyone who doesn’t recognize what’s at stake here needs to get the fuck off the stage. Schumer cares for nothing more than his personal wealth and his seat of power that allows him access to the schmoozy, insular world of the D.C. cocktail party circuit. America cannot afford this roadblock anymore.
Pumpkin-Ginger Oat Scones
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbs baking powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 8 tbs unsalted butter, very cold, cut into chunks
- ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
- 2 large eggs
- Milk or buttermilk, or could use an egg wash for brushing the tops of the scones
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and ginger. Add the butter and toss to coat, then use your fingers or a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until it resembles the size of peas.
- In a small bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree and eggs together. Pour into the flour-butter mixture and use a spatula to stir until barely combined. Now use your hands to knead the dough together, working quickly and with a somewhat light touch, as you do not want to overwork the dough have end up with tough scones.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silpat. Here is where you need to decide if a baking sheet fits in your freezer. If it does, great, I’m jealous. If it doesn’t, then cover two small plates with parchment. Divide the dough in half and shape each into a circle. Place each circle on your baking sheet if that will fit your freezer, or onto each parchment-lined plate. Pat each dough circle down to about ¾-inch tall, shaping as you go. Place the dough into the freezer.
- Preheat your oven to 425 F. Leave the dough in the freezer while your oven preheats. You aren’t freezing the dough, just wanting it to stiffen up.
- When the oven is ready and the dough is stiff, remove from the freezer and use a sharp knife to cut each circle into quarters, for 8 total triangular shaped scones. Transfer them to the prepared baking sheet if they aren’t there already. Make sure they are not touching but placed very close together, as that will encourage them to rise up and not out.
- Brush the tops with milk, buttermilk, or egg wash, then sprinkle each top with more oats.
- Bake about 16 minutes, maybe a little longer, until the bottoms are brown but not burned, and the tops are golden brown. Let cool a bit before serving.