During an event put on by Iowa’s Faith and Freedom Coalition on Monday night, three Republican hopefuls tried their darnedest to differentiate between themselves, in the hopes of earning a Senate nomination. But being that all three tow the far-right Republican line, differentiation seemed unlikely. That is until David Young — former Chief of Staff to current U.S. Sen Chuck Grassley — promised the audience that if elected, “he would invite New York Senator Chuck Schumer to lunch so that he could share the good news of Jesus Christ.”
When answering the question about being part of the “brotherhood,” [aka Senate moderates who oppose conservative hardliners] Young said that what really needs to happen in Washington D.C. is a change of hearts and minds. Young said as a Senator, he would invite New York Senator Chuck Schumer to lunch so that he could share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Well, that’s definitely a new approach to bridging the partisan divide. Instead of worrying about convincing opposition Senators to agree with your political principles, just convert them to your religion — the rest will take care of itself.
And Schumer is hardly the only Jew in the Senate, but it makes sense — not really — for Young to set his sights on one of the Jew-iest of Jews, so that the conquest would be even more impressive.
Chait sees this plain backfiring:
Schumer is also a really good negotiator, and Young could walk out of the room having agreed to become a Jew.
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