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Chuck Schumer Becomes Latest Reincarnation of “Baghdad Bob”

AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

Nearly twenty years ago, with the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq in full swing, the public was introduced to Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, Saddam Hussein’s Information Minister. As U.S. forces swept through the country, al-Sahhaf made a number of unintentionally comical appearances in front of news cameras to claim that Iraqi forces were actually winning great victories, earning him the nickname “Baghdad Bob.” While al-Sahhaf is now reportedly living a quiet life in the UAE, it seems that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has taken inspiration from the one-time cultural icon in making his own outlandish pronouncements and pushing for still more of the tax and spend legislation that is the primary reason Democrats face such a brutal electoral landscape this November.

For many Americans, Baghdad Bob’s colorful appearances at daily press briefings were a temporary reprieve from the otherwise heavy images and scenes emerging from the conflict. With U.S. troops on the outskirts of Baghdad, al-Sahhaf reported that “many authentic sources” had told him Iraqi forces had the Americans on the run and American soldiers were committing suicide “by the hundreds.” Just days before Saddam was toppled by the American invasion, and with U.S. tanks just offscreen, al-Sahhaf told the media that there were no Americans in Baghdad – full stop. Baghdad Bob’s bombastic rhetoric and blatantly false assertions helped him become one of the first ever “memes,” turning Saddam’s hapless sidekick into an internet sensation.

In the years since then, “Baghdad Bob” has come to denote anyone whose assertions become so out of touch with reality that they become almost laughable and have the opposite of their intended effect. During the disastrous U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan, for instance, many in the media likened President Joe Biden to Baghdad Bob for his claims that no Americans were having trouble getting to Kabul airport and that the operation was a “great success.” Biden Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo won a similar comparison for her insistence that the economy is actually doing quite well, while Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has earned the Baghdad Bob title for his claim that the U.S.-Mexico border is “closed.”

Now, it seems that it’s Chuck Schumer’s turn to become the Democrats’ Baghdad Bob. Over the last several weeks, Schumer’s on-again-off-again negotiations with Joe Manchin have become almost as entertaining as Baghdad Bob’s old news conferences. As voters increasingly express alarm and anger about skyrocketing inflation – caused in large part by unprecedented non-emergency spending under the Democrat Congress – Schumer has continued to call for even more spending, bizarrely insisting that pumping additional money into the economy will somehow solve the inflation crisis. During a floor speech last November, Schumer claimed that “if we want to fight inflation, if we want to create more jobs… the best thing we can do is to pass Build Back Better”—Democrats’ gargantuan socialist spending bill.

Inflation stood at 6.8% when Schumer made those comments. But even now, with inflation topping 9%, Schumer has refused to back down, and now looks to be close to a deal with West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin on a reconciliation bill that is sure to send inflation higher still. Part of this new proposal reportedly includes tax hikes on individuals and businesses – another deeply unpopular policy that is sure to advance the recession and leave Americans even worse off.

At the same time, Schumer seems wholly oblivious or in denial about the effect that the push for more big spending will have on Democrats’ chances of holding the Senate this November. Even as polls continue to show that inflation and rising prices are the top concern for most voters, Schumer has continued Democrats’ race to the left, forcing endangered incumbents like Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Catherine Cortez-Masto of Nevada, and Raphael Warnock of Georgia to take votes that worsen the problem. Despite Schumer’s best efforts to convince Americans to ignore reality when it comes to the root cause of inflation, even Democratic voters blame rising prices on their own party’s policies.

With just over three months to go until Election Day, it seems that Schumer is determined to stay the course, doubling and tripling down on assertions that are by now ridiculous to the vast majority of Americans. But come November 9, Schumer, much like Baghdad Bob, may suddenly find himself out of power and fleeing the capital, no longer able to deny his ever-more obvious failures.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @Shane_Harris_


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Sam
15 days ago

Yup. We have the best Congre$$ money can buy. They just don’t stay “bought” as long anymore…..

Joey
15 days ago

Briefcases left in closets cause Democrats to vote the right way Not many poor elected folks in office especially since the bills being passed contain so much mone to be spread around. My opinion zzz. Dad always said follow the money and it looks right again

Kg
15 days ago

The dim “dems” in my opinion are putting on a show .!These people are operating as if everything is in the bag come November. Why pass all this bills spend billions knowing it will be reversed in 2024? Sounds like a fox in the hen house. Smart folks are in Washington and I figure if there was a way to stop the “Dems” they Would. Must be a way to arrest traitors but it sure is sad to see America this way

Theresa Coughlin
15 days ago

as much as it pains me to say this Schumer is my senator. He is completely out of touch with reality just like the rest of the democrat party. The only thing the democrats care about is power and they think squandering more of the taxpayers’ money than they already have is the way to keep it. We need to vote the entire democrat party out of office before they do even more damage to the country than they already have.

eric
15 days ago

Why these people are in office and who continually puts them in is a scary thought in itself!!! either people just don’t care until it’s too late or are too stupid and believe this propaganda machine at work!! This Nation is DOOMED!!!!

Rich
15 days ago

Is there any way that we could send Schumer to Baghdad? Permanently? Just say’n.

Robert Zuccaro
16 days ago

Every mobster family needs its godfather.

Vickytravels
16 days ago

Maybe “with just over three months to go to Election Day, it seems that Schumer is determined to stay the course” could mean that dems know the election will once again be stolen from republicans. Seems funny to me that none of the dems appear concerned about their jobs.

patriot
16 days ago

Unfortunately Manchin fell for the Schumer, Pelosick BS. Hopefully WV voters will turn Manchin out, they are aware of how this will raise inflation and make their struggles even worse.

Mjb
16 days ago

As forrest gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” As in this case “schumer is as Schumer does.”

K
16 days ago

The Reprobate Minded Donkeys have never understood what inflation is caused by. You can’t keep spending money when you don’t have money to spend. These Bills on the surface are window dressed to sound like they’re for the betterment of the United States And Her Legal Citizens. Digg deeper and you see they’re full of recluse spending. Most of the Donkeys are Old and are closer to meeting their maker. Facing Father God is not going to be pleasant for Any of them. They’ve Lied And Cheated The Legal Citizens Of The United States. They’ve Worked Against Christians And Jews. For That There’s Definitely A Downward Spiral From Father God.

Charles Nolan
17 days ago

Hate the sin but not the sinner.

William E Nickoley
17 days ago

Any time they say “democracy”, think “idiotcracy”!

John Smithson
17 days ago

Too many voters like these bloated bills. I suspect the Democrats will not be whipped this November like some have so blithely predicted.

Jim D.
16 days ago
Reply to  John Smithson

John Smithson – You been smoking weed again?

Just Saying
17 days ago

Jew.

Henderson Boulton
17 days ago

It’s not that he actually believes that passing this bill will help inflation. He realizes they are going to lose no matter what so in true Democratic fashion, he is going to burn the house down on his way out the door. Mine as well get what he wants even though that’s the exact reason people are voting them out.

Adelle
17 days ago

Too bad that Schumer is not up for re-election this Fall. The dishonest, sleazy guy could be ousted. As it is he will hopefully be relegated to minority leader and have to give up most of his power..

Rich
15 days ago
Reply to  Adelle

Unfortunately the VOTERS put these morons into office. It’s unlikely the voters that vote for him are any smarter than the last time they voted. Very sad.

Deplorable Mike
17 days ago

Build Back Better was just redefined.

Douglas Proudfoot
17 days ago

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master— that’s all.”

Laura Germani
17 days ago

My question is where are the economic experts in all of this? Maybe they’re afraid to speak up. Today even grade school kids know basic economics. These left-wing Democrats couldn’t possibly be so out of touch that they are unaware of what they’re doing to this economy and this country.

PaulE
17 days ago
Reply to  Laura Germani

Many real economic experts have spoken out against the entire Democrat economic agenda as being both unsound and leading to inflation and then an inevitable recession or stagflation. They have written numerous articles in the few real newspapers we have left in this countyr, as well as appeared for interviews on a couple of business news outlets brave enough to have them on. Where you will never see them is on any of the MSM news shows, as the MSM is NOT interested in the truth and reality. The MSM only showcases the usual “progressive” guests from the administration and academia, who repeat the familiar political talking points of the Democrat agenda. You need to broaden your horizon beyond just the MSM.

Jeb
17 days ago

Schumer best be careful, just saw an article that protesters in Iraq just stormed Parliment. Appears people the world over are restless.

PaulE
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeb

Except here in the United States. We seem to be quite content to sit in the pot of slowly boiling water as the heat is turned up.

Steve
17 days ago
Reply to  PaulE

Yep, Americans just haven’t had enough yet, no matter how much they yell, squirm, and loudly shrill on comment pages. Nothing has changed and not sure that much will after November. The GOP has more than amply showed itself to be the party of speed bumps which Democrats run over at will.

PaulE
17 days ago
Reply to  Steve

Agreed.

DF Bowman
17 days ago
Reply to  PaulE

Tell that to the people rotting in DC’s gulag over J6.

PaulE
17 days ago
Reply to  DF Bowman

Mostly innocent people who were ushered into the Capitol building by the Capitol police, who removed barricades and just waved people into the planned trap. Most wouldn’t have entered the building, if they the police hadn’t removed those barricades and either waved them in or just stood there as the people walked calmly into the building. Very few, if any, of the people that were violent or did any real damage inside the Capitol were arrested. Essentially those still in custody are political prisoners.

Rich
15 days ago
Reply to  PaulE

The democrats are using Jan. 6 to show the American citizen that we dare not EVER oppose the government on any level. If you are antifa and riot, that’s an exception. I am truly scared, aren’t you? What a travesty that those who are locked up have no constitutional rights. Shouldn’t ALL Americans we concerned?

Rich
15 days ago
Reply to  Rich

That’s be concerned.

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