Defending “The Bailey’s” Right to Kung Pao Chicken and an SUV

schumer_iris.jpg
DOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall and her husband Senator Charles Schumer enjoy a meal with The Bailey’s.

This week’s New Yorker has a Jeffrey Goldberg Talk of the Town piece about Senator Charles Schumer’s new book, Positively American: Winning Back the Middle-Class Majority One Family at a Time. Schumer’s protagonist is an imaginary, average middle-class American family called "The Baileys" who accompany the Senator wherever he goes and advise him "on all manner of middle-class concerns."

Schumer tells Goldberg that his imaginary constituents live in Massapequa, Long Island and are both forty-five years old. Joe works for an insurance company, Eileen is a part-time employee at a doctor’s office. The Bailey’s wouldn’t be the types to order chicken and steamed vegetables at Hunan Delight, Schumer says. They’d get the kung pao chicken.

And how would the Bailey’s get to Hunan Delight? Not in a Toyota Prius, that’s for sure…

Liberal élitism, [Schumer] said, as he stirred Sweet ‘N Low into his tea with a chopstick, alienates middle-income families from the Party. "Middle-class people don’t think everybody should have to drive a tiny little car to achieve improvement in global warming," he said. Invoking opponents of expanding the tuition tax credit to the middle class, he went on, "If we listened to the New York Times editorial board, we’d have twenty-one votes in the Senate."

Photo: New York Social Diary

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

The NBBL Files: Chuck Schumer “Doesn’t Like the Bike Lane”

|
Editor’s note: With yesterday’s appellate ruling prolonging the Prospect Park West case, Streetsblog is running a refresher on the how the well-connected gang of bike lane opponents waged their assault against a popular and effective street safety project. This is the third installment from the six-part NBBL Files. This piece originally ran on October 5, 2011. This is […]

Chuck Schumer’s Office Has No Comment on Prospect Park West

|
Streetsblog has contacted Senator Chuck Schumer’s press office twice asking for comment on the Prospect Park West bike lane and received no reply. Reports have recently surfaced personally tying Schumer to efforts to reverse the Prospect Park West redesign, which enjoys broad popular support according to a web survey of nearly 3,000 Brooklynites. Schumer’s wife, […]

Caption Contest: Not Commenting About the [Expletive] Bike Lane

|
This was the scene in Jackson Heights yesterday, where Mayor Bloomberg, Anthony Weiner, and the top dog on Prospect Park West, Senator Chuck Schumer, joined a bevy of other pols to contest the surprisingly low Census counts in Brooklyn and Queens. (That’s Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez between Bloomberg and Schumer.) During the presser, the Senator was […]