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No loss for Schumer in "Game Change"

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters on

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009. Photo Credit: AP

  Over the weekend, Sen. Charles Schumer issued a denial of key accounts in the new book “Game Change” about the 2008 election. He was named in the book as one of a number of Democrats who “engaged” Obama early and “told him this could be his time.” Schumer, it said, was careful to signal that home-state decorum would keep him from opposing Clinton in public.

Schumer called it “ridiculous” and that in conversations with Obama he told him he would “fully back” Clinton and “gave no help to the Obama campaign” any time during the period when Clinton was a candidate.

Without the ability to instantly probe the veracity and nuances of either account, you can only weigh the potential ups and downs of having the book out there.

For negatives, at least hypothetically, it has the potential to sour voters might favor Schumer and dislike Obama. Yet those in Camp Clinton have said they don't believe Schumer double-crossed her.

Even if you disbelieve those denials, though, how bad could be for Schumer inside the D.C. world to look like he backed the winner? Clinton is gone from her star-junior-senator role in New York, under the Obama tent. Obama is usefully discouraging primary challenges to Kirsten Gillibrand, the Schumer ally who replaced Clinton. Some local flatterers are even pushing Schumer to replace Harry Reid as majority leader. Sounds like it won’t harm the senior senator whose most credible election foe at the moment is comedian Randy Credico who opposes all drug laws.


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