My latest in the NYDN:

Schumer was caught on tape explaining to his fellow Democrats why he favors characterizing spending cuts proposed by the GOP as “extreme” and “draconian.”

He proceeded to elaborate: “I always use the word ‘extreme’; that’s what the caucus instructed me to do the other week.”

His unknowing moment of honesty exposed how the left is still desperately trying to slander the Tea Party, stubbornly refusing to acknowledge its members’ concerns and respect their opinions, unwilling to stop mocking them (as, for example, with the tired “tea bagger” label).

Democrats like Schumer seem completely unaware that such condescension very likely cost them control of the U.S. House of Representatives – and nearly cost them the Senate, too.

I don’t know which is more perplexing: That the Empire State’s senior senator was dumb enough to admit party strategy on a conference call or that Democratic higherups remain deluded enough to think that bashing the Tea Party will win over anyone but MSNBC devotees.