President Obama is getting along better than ever with Capitol Hill Republicans. But his relationship with Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer has hit a rough patch.
The newly appointed Senate Democratic “message” guru has emerged as the White House’s chief antagonist over the tax cut deal Obama worked out with GOP leaders.
To Schumer (N.Y.), Obama’s decision to accept a two-year extension of all the tax cuts enacted by President George W. Bush – even at the highest income levels – is a needless capitulation to resurgent Republicans. Schumer wanted the president to push harder to extend the tax cuts, set to expire at year’s end, only for middle-class families.
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