Chuck Schumer was dealt a weak hand by the 2016 elections. He is the Senate minority leader, not the majority leader, as most thought might happen last fall. And now, he faces several obstacles in a high-stakes game of political pinochle.
After Donald Trump's inauguration, Democrats were distraught and the media dismissed their prospects. The mood was best captured by a Time magazine headline in February with Schumer on the cover: "Do the Democrats Matter?"
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