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Chuck Schumer is, basically, a good liberal senator. But here’s my question: how many stupid, illiberal things does he need to support before we should all give up on him? If the rule is three strikes, his stands on the Dubai ports issue, the carried interest rule, and now his superlatively idiotic proposal of an Amtrak no-ride list, would put him out on the streets. And that’s not even counting his leading role in making the Democratic Party a handmaiden of Wall Street over the past decade.

But I guess he’s politically invulnerable, isn’t he? And he’s not up for election until 2016 anyway. And any replacement would probably be even worse. Blecch.

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