Sunday morning on Meet the Press, Schumer told Chuck Todd, “On the other hand, if it’s true, it’s even worse for the president. Because that means that a federal judge, independently elected, has found probable cause that the president, or people on his staff, have probable cause to have broken the law or to have interacted with a foreign agent.”
Chuck Schumer knows that federal judges are appointed, not elected, so why would he say something so obviously wrong? The answer, of course, is that he’s counting on our public schools to have utterly failed to instill any meaningful civic knowledge in the majority of viewers. In other words, he’s counting on you to be too ignorant to recognize that he’s blowing smoke.
He wants to create the illusion that federal judges are completely apolitical, above the fray, beholden only to the law and the Constitution. God knows I want to believe that they are but, sadly, some seem to be just as beholden to special interests and ideologies as anyone else in public life
And you’ll notice that Chuck Todd didn’t bother to point out the error; he was ready to move onto the next question, “Well, let me ask you…” So much for the Chuck & Chuck Show. They don’t care if we’re ignoramuses; in fact, they prefer it that way. They probably had a good laugh about it after they taped. “Did you hear what I said about federal judges being elected?” Wink, wink.
Sure this is a small thing, but I think it’s indicative of the inside-the-beltway attitude of too many elected officials, staffers, bureaucrats and journalists. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of being looked down on, spoken down to, and otherwise being held generally in such contempt that the Senate Minority Leader will spew a blatant untruth on national television and think that I’m too stupid to notice.