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Majority Leader Schumer or Durbin is fine by me


I wasn't going to write about this until the fate of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was sealed this Tuesday, but the New York Times story today about the behind-the-scenes maneuvering of Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to succeed him forces me to pipe up. No matter what happens on Nov. 2, Reid must not be the Democrats' leader in the next Congress.

Durbin and Schumer would bring different skills to the caucus and the chamber and send different messages about the intentions of the Democrats. Durbin is well-liked. He's from President Obama's home state and is close to him. He's known as a conciliator. A Majority Leader Durbin would send a signal that Senate Democrats are interested in working with Republicans.

Schumer might not be well-liked in the manner that Durbin is, but he certainly is respected. He's a strategist with a laser-like focus on the end goal, and he's not afraid to break some dishes to reach it. After three years of somewhat competent but not-so-inspiring leadership, a Majority Leader Schumer would be espresso to Reid's warm milk.

If Reid loses, we won't have him to kick around anymore. But if he survives and the Democrats hold the majority, perhaps Durbin would be the better choice for leader. If the Democrats are somehow in the minority, then Schumer would be the best pick. He'd make sure everyone knew who was at fault for any obstruction. But no matter what, a Majority Leader Durbin or a Majority Leader Schumer would be a welcome change from Majority Leader Reid.

By Jonathan Capehart  | October 29, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
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Hahahahahaha. Already rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Posted by: delusional1 | October 29, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Reid couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat. I'm a Democrat so no matter what the scenario, I too want to see him replaced.

Posted by: raydsg | October 29, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Seems being leader for democrats is getting to be a quick retirement plan. Reid is losing, the job opened up when Daschle lost his reelection didn't it?

Posted by: termiteavenger | October 29, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Hahahahahaha. Already rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

Posted by: delusional1 | October 29, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse"

CAn't you read, numbnutz? The article is about the next MAJORITY Leader.

I would be quite happy with a raving nutbag teabag GOPer like Sharron Angle in the MINORITY. She'll still get enough tv time for REAL Americans to see what kind of freak you teabagggers support.

Posted by: Observer691 | October 29, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart; all,

chances are that the DIMocRATS won't have to worry about finding "a new majority leader", as they will VERY LIKELY be the PERMANENT MINORITY party in 2011 & perhaps will in 2013 become the EXTINCT party, having LOST both the WH & most of their Congressional members as MOST voters no longet TRUST the DIMocRATS to serve anyone but themselves.
(may i remind everyone reading these lines that Wee Willie Klintoon has been busily trying, for over a week, to get his own party's US Senate nominee in FL to quit the race, so that a "turncoat/sellout/SELF-SERVING former REPUBLICAN" can possibly win the seat? = such "last minute", DESPERATE acts are the signs of a DYING party!)

furthermore, IF "LOUDMOUTH Schumer" & "little dickie Durbin" are "the best" that the DIMocRATS can find to "lead", the DIMs are in even worse shape than most of us of the TEA PARTY movement thought!
(Schumer is a "BIG-mouth" & a FOOL & 'little dickie" Durbin is just plain "incompetent" to lead anything.)

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | October 29, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

If the Republicans are in the majority, won't the Democrats in the Senate be responsible for obstruction? I mean we are talking about getting legislation through the Senate, not pushing through the President's agenda?

Posted by: krush01 | October 29, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey Capehart, who says Durbin is "well liked?" He may be well liked by a few useless liberal Senators but 150,000,000 people hate his guts. You should really get out more otherwise your columns are a joke.

Posted by: rchaa27aa | October 29, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

So Jonathan you think that Durbin is the well liked guy? By whom, the Gullog brigade? You are simply a tool of Washington Jonathan. You simply do not understand fly over country and how PO'd the middle to right of the country are. Get a life and do yourself a favor, get off of MSNBC and come see us in the midwest and get a taste of what is about to happen on Tues.


Posted by: rayr1 | October 29, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I agree... they are equally sleazy front men for the Democrat party. Either will make a superb target in the next election cycle.

Posted by: Guarapari | October 29, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Every comment I have read says that the state is overrun with illegal aliens. As for California-- That place needs no explanation? There is a Liberal majority seated in Sacramento that keeps silent about the crammed schools full of the kids of foreign nationals, distressed emergency rooms and an uncomplimentary jail system full of alien criminals. But Sen. Boxer, have allowed the illegal population to propagate. Only patriotic citizens such as Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, State Senator Russell Pierce, in Colorado Gubnatorial Candidate Tom Tancredo have seen the invasion for what it has become and not remaining silent about it. Too many other politicians will not speak out –as they have been intimidated by the Liberal extremist “Political correctness”. They slink around Washington or State Capitol areas, scared of their own shadow.

Our country is being slowly Balkanized, by a mess of foreign languages and special disbursements by the Liberal open border zealots, to give away this nation to the worst of foreign nationals. The Tea Party political candidates will smoke out all foreign aliens, using such newly advanced tools as permanent E-Verify. Big Business will be held accountable with prison sentences for hiring illegal’s, and will not bow to either the Liberal progressives or the ideologies of the wealthy GOP. Remembering the new immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island and Galveston, Texas, during the 20th Century asked nothing, but acceptance. But the last decades have brought to these country monetary nationals who are demanding we knuckle down to their rules, demanding Amnesty, schools for their numerous children, free health care and public welfare. None of the richest countries in the world can afford this unnecessary fiscal strain; nether can we?

American taxpayers have nowhere to turn right now, with the repossession of their cars, the loss of their homes, failing health Care and a previous and post governments that have failed the people. IF AMERICAN PEOPLE GIVE INTO ANOTHER AMNESTY, IT WILL BE A SIGNAL TO EVERY POOR PERSON IT’S ALRIGHT TO BREAK THE LAW. THAT THIS NATION WILL WELCOME YOU AND PROFFER GOVERNMENT BENEFITS TO ANY LAWBREAKER. We need highly very skilled legal immigrant workers in our future and mandatory temporary workers for agriculture, but no more foreigners coming to pick our pockets.

Posted by: infinity555 | October 29, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Some sober thinking on voting for Democrats is that in the first session of Congress, a Liberal Path to Citizenship or Amnesty will be instantly addressed by the Senate, and its main disciple Senator Harry Reid leading the pack. There has been no mention of costs of Amnesty to the taxpayer, from this administration or the radical progressive press, which remains silent. You need to Google--The Heritage foundation and learn of a sudden hike to come in your taxes, to pay the $2.6 Trillion dollars for all newly processed immigrant subsidies and settlement needs once legitimized. Barbara Boxer or any named incumbent has remained silent to the added abomination of giving these subsidies. This will be a new inventory of foreigners coming here that DEM’S have promised access to our Social Security. Full admission so those over the years who illegally worked here, can apply for their ill-gotten gains even after procuring or using fraudulent Social Security numbers.

Another reality is that any illegal alien can apply for Social Security, even though they never paid into the system. It’s beyond anybodies imagination that rewarding people who intentionally slipped into America, then gaining entrance to every kind of government benefit. Our country is slipping down a financial mountain of a $13 Trillion dollar debt and we want to make the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens feel at home? But then Gubernatorial Jerry Brown, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Antonio Villaraigosa have approved Sanctuary City policies and are tied to the same brush of most if not all Liberal politicians to pass AMNESTY. Sanctuary refuges have brought along with poor illegal aliens-- criminals of every persuasion, from the gutters of every cesspool of the world. Sen. Reid stated there are no illegal aliens in Nevada, so he must have been sequestered in his home in Seachlight prior to the construction boom in Nevada?

Posted by: infinity555 | October 29, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Capehart:-) After reading this article, I'm convinced you ARE intellectually impaired!

Posted by: DQuixote1 | October 29, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, once again, the trolls have taken over this thread.

Posted by: bigfish2 | October 29, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Now if Mr. Capehart and everyone else had written about this last April, it would have been news. This is from the May 2010 issue of Chicago Magazine.

Interestingly, this author views Sen. Durbin quite differently from Mr. Capehart.
A partial quote: "Durbin is... hyperpartisan and less of a wheeler-dealer."

Since this was "the worst kept secret in town" last spring why has it taken so long for so many in the media to pick up on it?

Posted by: MsJS | October 29, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see Reid hang around like the albatross he is.

The Gomorrah gambling and repossession that is Nevada goes so well with the Sodom that Ganga Granny Nancy so arrogantly represents from the Land of Fruits and Nuts.

A pox on both their Houses.

Posted by: adamnescot1 | October 29, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse


inasmuch as you are posting on this thread, you are correct.
there is one "troll" here. = you.

sincerely yours, RetiredMP46

Posted by: retiredMP46 | October 29, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Durbin's from Hawaii?

Posted by: atlmom1234 | October 30, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Former President Bill Clinton compared Republicans to a football coach fired after several losing seasons who demands his job back after the new coach posts a winning record but still hasn't won a championship.

It's well known that democracy & technology shape the future of a nation.
Let's give Democrats a chance to make headway.
Former President Bill Clinton said "It took me four years to balance the budget, then I gave you four surpluses, paid $600 billion down on the national debt,"

And I'd say : It took 8 years for the Bush mishandling to get a final verdict.
Let's not fall for the outrageous claim : Heal the 8 year-long chronic disease quickly, but do not see a doctor, adding to the deficit.

Posted by: hsr06011 | October 31, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

Just a couple of comments generated by this topic: We need a change in the Democratic leadership that can stand up to the ugliness and ruthlessness of the Republican leadership. There has never EVER before been a Congressional leader who came out and said the "single most important thing" for the party was to make the other party's president a one-termer. I will throw in the fact that we have never EVER before had a minority president. As an Southern white person, I know full well that that fact is somehow part of the whole ugly stew.
If a party's goal is to achieve the greatest raw power possible instead of the best thing for the country, we are indeed in deep trouble. Compromise is not totally foreign to Congress. It has worked before, and it could work again given the right leadership and membership.
I can't help but remember the 8 Bush years. Two wars begun in 2003, no increased funding to pay for them. Actually no budgeting on the books at all to pay for them. Instead we had earlier passed attractive tax cuts for the folks who were at the top of the money pinnacle. With that combination of factors PLUS the Depression-sized financial crisis which first surfaced in a big way during Bush's second term in 2007, it is no wonder that the country is currently running a huge deficit. It certainly not due to Obama"care".

I read some of the comments here and it is a tragic shame that the collective American memory lasts about 2 minutes. This huge country deserves better.

Posted by: peck3 | October 31, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

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