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Is this thing on?

As the New York Times reported, Sen. Chuck Schumer had an unscripted moment on today’s Senate Democratic conference call on the budget negotiations.

Apparently unaware that a phone he was near was not on mute, Sen. Schumer began to speak in a very candid way about the Democrats’ current messaging strategy -- to portray House Speaker John Boehner as beholden to Tea Party Republicans’ demands.

“I always use the word extreme,” Schumer said. “That’s what the caucus instructed me to use this week.”

He went on to say, “What we’re trying to do here,” but reporters on the call never got to hear what he was trying to do, as someone abruptly got Schumer off the line -- leaving a confused bunch of reporters on the other line for a few minutes before the call began in earnest.