Extreme being the word Schumer was overheard instructing his fellow Dems to label the GOP and Tea Party as.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that a decline in the Tea Party movement’s popularity makes a federal spending deal “much more likely” as the April 8 deadline to avert a government shutdown approaches.

Schumer, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” also claimed he’s sensitive to House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) difficult position in the spending debate.

“I have a lot of sympathy for Speaker Boehner, because he does want to come to an agreement. He knows how devastating a shutdown would be,” said Schumer, a top strategist for Senate Democrats. “The one group that is standing in the way here is the Tea Party.”

“The American people are seeing the Tea Party for what it is — extreme — and their popularity is declining,” Schumer added, citing recent polling.

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