NYT: Chuck Schumer Seems to Relish Role as Republicans’ Chief Villain

Chuck Schumer file photo.
AP/J. Scott Applewhite

From Alexander Burns writing at the New York Times:

Republicans have put his face in their campaign commercials and spat his name as an insult on the debate stage. Presidential candidates and talk-radio hosts have invoked him as a kind of comic-book villain, thwarting Republicans at every turn.

Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York, has become the anointed target of Republican wrath.

For Mr. Schumer, it reflects a new stage in his career: Over the course of his four decades in politics, Mr. Schumer has steadily transformed himself from an overeager Brooklyn congressman and cable-television personality into one of his party’s chief political strategists and a powerful Washington deal maker. He is expected to take over as the Senate Democratic leader this year, after Senator Harry Reid of Nevada retires.

But Republicans say Mr. Schumer’s ballooning place in the conservative imagination is about more than his anticipated promotion.

Read the rest of the story at the New York Times.