Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer is done trying to live up to comparisons to LBJ. The New York Democrat is beginning to carve out his own reputation as the courteous and inquisitive majority leader who does not win by punishing wayward Democrats, but instead serves as the cordial collaborator who always keeps his flip phone nearby to start a new discussion toward sealing the deal. Sunday’s vote served as the capstone to a surprising burst of legislative success for Democrats this summer after a winter and spring of deep political discontent. Big bipartisan wins came on gun-control legislation, ramping up the semiconductor industry to compete with China, improving health care for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and expanding NATO in the face of Russia’�s invasion of Ukraine.
Sen. Schumer is buoyed by polling numbers that show Democrats in good position in eight battleground states. In the modern Senate, McConnell’s approach works at blocking legislation. Where Reid became famous for hanging up, unannounced, on his colleagues, Schumer wins them over with nonstop talk. “When you say, ‘Yes,’ in a 50-50 Senate with such a huge agenda, that is hard. Doesn’t take much skill,” Schumer said Sunday, as the final vote dragged on, Schumer finally got tired of waiting for Harris to gavel out the vote and give Democrats the victory and politely waved at her. “What the people worry about with Biden is, they like him, they don't think he’