“I do not have confidence in him (Director Comey) any longer,” – Senator Chuck Schumer, November 2016

Love him. Hate him. Fire him. Comey’s had a wild ride.

(From US News)

In November, Senate Minority Leader-in-waiting Chuck Schumer said he was appalled by Comey’s decision to send a letter to lawmakers 11 days before the election, notifying them of newly discovered and potentially relevant Clinton emails.

“I do not have confidence in him any longer,” Schumer declared.

With this move, Trump flipped the calculus, terminating the great Democratic boogeyman of 2016 and immediately forcing the opposition party to defend maintaining an appointee they have long trashed and viewed as tarnished.

“Isn’t it ironic that the man that Democrats despised last year, particularly in October, the man they hated, is now the man that they’re using as an excuse to say we need to have a special prosecutor?” Republican strategist Karl Rove said Tuesday on Fox News.

What’s particularly galling for Democrats is not that Comey is gone, but the timing of the dismissal and the reason Trump is using for it.