Politicians are notorious for the use of canned talking points. So when New York Sen. Chuck Schumer stuck his foot in his mouth on a conference call this week by admitting that he was simply parroting what Democratic Party chiefs had told him to say about the tea party, it wasn't as shocking as some made it out to be.
Sloppy, yes. Jaw-dropping, no.
Schumer was caught on tape explaining to his fellow Democrats why he favors characterizing spending cuts proposed by the GOP as "extreme" and "draconian."
He proceeded to elaborate: "I always use the word 'extreme'; that's what the caucus instructed me to do the other week."
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