Chuck Schumer kept his eyes on one prize for years.
Until now it was out of reach.
But then Chuck Schumer took one phone call that changed his life forever.
Chuck Schumer dreamed of being Senate Majority Leader going back to his first days in the upper chamber in 1999.
But ever since Republicans won the majority in the 2014 midterms, Schumer’s goal looked out of reach.
However, the political environment shifted in the Democrats’ favor with their victory in 2018 where Nancy Pelosi seized power in the House.
That led to Schumer and other Democrats fantasizing about winning both the Senate and the White House in 2020 which would give Democrats unified control of the government.
To win the Senate, Democrats needed to flip four seats outright or win three Republican-held seats and have a Democrat Vice President cast a tiebreaking vote.
Things were not all roses and sunshine on the political front for the Democrats despite what their allies in the fake news media liked to claim.
The biggest problem Democrats faced was their inability to recruit quality challengers in red states.
What would be considered top-tier candidates in Colorado, Georgia, Montana, and Texas all took a pass on running for the Senate to either launch a Presidential campaign or float the idea of one.
Just when things were looking down for Schumer, he received a gift.
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper reached out to Schumer recently just to say “hello”.
Many pundits took this as a sign from Hickenlooper – who is polling at zero or one percent in Democrat Presidential polls and raised a paltry $1.1 million in the second fundraising quarter.
Hickenlooper communications Director Peter Cunningham made comments that many pundits saw as prepping the ground for eventually dropping out of the Presidential race and running for Senate against Republican incumbent Cory Gardner.
“He is still in the race for president, but he hasn’t closed the door to anything,” Cunningham stated.
“He still believes he has an important contribution to make to the Democratic primary debate,” Cunningham added.
This is not the first time rumors about Hickenlooper dropping out of the Presidential race and launching a Senate campaign surfaced.
In early July, Hickenlooper’s campaign manager, finance director, and spokeswoman all departed the campaign after Hickenlooper’s poor fundraising and nonexistent support in the polls made a successful Presidential bid all but impossible.
The staff members that departed the campaign all had one thing in common – they urged Hickenlooper to drop out of the race and run for Senate.
Hickenlooper was not ready to hear that message in July after qualifying for the first two Democrat Presidential debates.
But to make the debate stage in September, Hickenlooper needs to notch at least two percent support in four recognized opinion polls.
That appears unlikely.
And many of the 24 candidates – including Hickenlooper – could drop out of the race come the fall as they are deprived media oxygen by failing to reach the threshold of support for inclusion in the debates.
Cory Gardner is a pro-amnesty and anti-Trump RINO.
Gardner is a weak candidate that could have trouble rallying the conservative base next November.
Hickenlooper would be a strong candidate to defeat him.
And that would put Chuck Schumer one step closer to his goal.
Black Eye Politics will continue to keep you up to date on any new developments in the 2020 election.