Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier today and was asked whether he believes there are some in Congress — party names weren’t mentioned — who would rather see President Obama defeated than seeing “something beneficial done for the country as a whole.” Schumer didn’t hesitate.

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“I think that is true,” he said. “I think that is absolutely true.”

Schumer added, “During the Iraq war, many of us came to be very much opposed to the Iraq war, but we still wanted America to win… You look at the analogy today, you get the feeling that there are some that want the economy to actually fail to prove their point. That’s a very bad thing.”

This did not, by the way, spark outrage from the hosts. Here was a leading senator suggesting there are some lawmakers who hate the president more than they love their country, and it seemed rather … routine. This is no longer a radical idea that causes immediate, reflexive pushback; it seems to be an idea that the mainstream considers, for lack of a better word, normal.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.