02/07/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

How Schumer's Middle Class Obsession Drove Dem Wins

Chuck Schumer, the brash New York senator, helped drive the Democrats' recent rise to power with what he says is a critical insight about the American middle class -- that it is more affluent, and wants different things from an activist government, than most policy makers think. If the new administration and Congress can strengthen the bond between government and the middle class as he defines it, Schumer believes, this new Democratic era could last for a generation or longer.

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