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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Trump, Schumer, Pelosi ... and Rocky

In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's background.

At The Hill, Lloyd Green examines Trump's surprise deal with Schumer and Pelosi:
Trump was a Schumer donor way before he decided to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2015. According to the Federal Election Commission, Trump gave $9,000 to Schumer’s campaigns, Ivanka threw in $4,800, and Don Jr. and Eric each kicked in a cool $1,000. At the end of the day, that comes to nearly $16,000, a pretty good haul if you ask me.

But the bond between Trump and Schumer is more than just about both guys who grew up in New York City’s outer boroughs, Queens and Brooklyn, respectively. Rather, it’s about cultural affinity and winning. In the case of Trump, Schumer and Pelosi, the two things go hand in hand.
As he points out, Trump is a thoroughly urban character who romped among white ethnics in the Northeastern primaries.  Like Schumer and Trump, Pelosi is as citified as you can get.  She represents San Francisco, and her father and brother were both mayors of Baltimore. This bond comes at a time when Trump's nominal party becomes less and less urban all the time.

Another passage:
For Trump, Schumer and Pelosi, all this was a no-brainer, at least this week. But for Republican legislators, it was a bitter pill. McConnell went out in front on the television cameras looking like he had been forced to eat a plate of broccoli, while Ryan was reportedly furious. Indeed, to add insult to injury, Ivanka walked in on her “daddy’s” meeting with the congressional leadership. Schumer may have been smiling, but the Republicans in the room were not.
In this respect, he resembles another New York Republican billionaire.  In 1982, Maurice Carroll reviewed Joseph Persico's book on Nelson Rockefeller:
New York State budget decisions were on the table at Pocantico Hills one day when Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller's 3-year-old son bounded in and climbed on his father's knee. The child babbled an interruption, and the Governor turned away from the senior state officials and gave his total attention to his little boy.

''Little Mark went on happily having his say,'' writes Joseph E. Persico, who was the Governor's speech writer, ''while his father responded and we waited. Nelson Rockefeller was passing along an unspoken lesson absorbed from his own father - 'These people work for us. Never mind their age, their position, they defer to you.' Thus are young princes bred.''