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Sen. Schumer: Boehner Is Not Showing ‘Real Leadership’ And Just Following Tea Party

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer appeared on Morning Joe and expressed his disappointment with Speaker of the House John Boehner, despite still liking him personally. Given that Boehner wasn’t demonstrating “real leadership,” Schumer insisted that now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was putting forth a new plan that could hopefully get everyone’s agreement since it attempts to meet everyone’s criteria.

Schumer explained his frustration with the Republicans:

“Everyone likes Speaker Boehner. And everybody thinks that Speaker Boehner is, correctly, a decent guy who wants to do the right thing. And there was a feeling at the end of the day he will be able to corral the hundred Tea Party people who are really way, way out there – beyond what you would ever think, and bring them onboard. But what’s happening is, instead of Speaker Boehner leading the Tea Party, he seems to be following them.”

The new Reid plan has enough cuts to equal the rise in the debt ceiling, prevents another vote on increasing the debt ceiling until after the next election, and most significantly for Republicans, has no revenue increases. Some on the panel wondered whether this was a “surrender” by Democrats, yet Schumer insisted that it proves Democrats are willing to compromise and that it should stop people from continuing to believe that “both parties are to blame.”

Watch the clip from MSNBC below:

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