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American Enterprise Institute

What Schumer wants to embrace

What Schumer wants to embrace

A speech by Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York -- the Tuesday beforeThanksgiving -- didn't get the coverage it deserved.

But for political junkies, Mr. Schumer's speech at the National Press Club is a marvel to behold. It is at once one of the most impressive acts of political truth-telling from a major politician in our lifetimes and a sophomoric explication of political philosophy. Let's start there. "Democrats must embrace government. It's what we believe in; it's what unites our party," Mr. Schumer explained. "If we run away from government, downplay it, or act as if we are embarrassed by its role, people won't vote for our pale version of...