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Question: If Harry Reid loses... who will be the next Democratic Senate Leader?
Chuck Schumer (NY)   -21 (42%)
Dick Durbin (IL)   -23 (46%)
Patty Murray (WA)   -0 (0%)
Bryon Dorgan (ND)   -2 (4%)
Debbie Stabenow (MI)   -0 (0%)
other   -4 (8%)
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« on: October 23, 2009, 09:40:29 pm »
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Chuck Schumer.
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009, 09:48:24 pm »
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Probably Durbin, but Byron Dorgan would be ideal.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2009, 09:52:08 pm »
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For some reason my gut tells me Schumer, which is funny because he's my least favorite of the four.
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2009, 07:00:04 am »
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Out of those listed, probably Schumer, though I myself would prefer someone else, say, Russ Feingold (he just seems the type to me), but someone like Byron Dorgan could be interesting.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009, 08:27:59 am »
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There are several Senators senior to Reid that seem plausible to me.  What about Leahy or Kerry?
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2009, 09:34:27 am »
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2009, 10:15:01 am »
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Schumer or Durbin.  Either one would be a bigger thorn in the Republicans side than Reid is.
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2009, 11:17:24 am »
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There are several Senators senior to Reid that seem plausible to me.  What about Leahy or Kerry?

They both Chair major Committees (Judiciary and Foreign Relations); they won't give up those jobs for the thankless task of Majority Leader.
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2009, 04:20:55 pm »
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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2009, 09:58:38 pm »
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Chuck Schumer would be the natural successor to Harry Reid, with Dick Durbin as Whip. 
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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2009, 10:44:43 am »
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Chuck Schumer would be the natural successor to Harry Reid, with Dick Durbin as Whip. 

I'd think Durbin would be the natural successor, since he is currently the Whip.
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2009, 10:50:57 am »
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I see no reason why Durbin wouldn't be named leader. Obama will make it happen.
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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2009, 11:36:33 am »
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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2009, 02:02:02 pm »
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For some reason my gut tells me Schumer, which is funny because he's my least favorite of the four.
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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2009, 10:32:09 am »
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Both are plausible to me, I would rather have Dick Durbin to help out the state of Illinois and Obama would want Dick as well.
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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2009, 12:09:26 pm »
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Both are plausible to me, I would rather have Dick Durbin to help out the state of Illinois and Obama would want Dick as well.

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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2009, 01:36:43 pm »
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2009, 01:57:25 pm »
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I see no reason why Durbin wouldn't be named leader. Obama will make it happen.

I was going to say this.

Trouble is, he hasn't made jack sh**t happen on health care with a Democratic Senate ......honestly, I don't think he has the capital right now to demand it.
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« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2009, 07:28:46 pm »
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I chose Durbin, but now that I think about it, the party might be wary of concentrating too much power in Illinois.
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« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2009, 08:28:04 pm »
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I chose Durbin, but now that I think about it, the party might be wary of concentrating too much power in Illinois.

I did too, but that's an interesting point.
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« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2009, 10:24:15 pm »
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more specifically, Chicago.  It's not like they're even from different areas of the state.
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« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2009, 12:08:50 am »
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more specifically, Chicago.  It's not like they're even from different areas of the state.
Haha, that's right. Durbin's from Springfield. I temporarily forgot about that, actually.
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« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2009, 02:03:05 am »
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really?  I did too.  I just assumed he was from Chicago.  

Honestly Springfield isn't much better though, as far as the Chicago machine/corruption image goes though.  Durbin has this cute babyface though, he doesn't look too mean....Schumer has a far less moderate image, despite him having a lot of alliances with recent moderate members...I mean, McConnell aired antisemitic ads in kentucky last time around with Schumer cackling over some money or some shiz like that
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« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2009, 02:24:59 am »
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I voted for Chuck Schumer. He has the most ambition out of those mentioned and, seeing his work first hand, the most power over Senate Democrats. I can see Durbin retaining his position as Majority Whip.
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« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2009, 07:49:39 am »
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I think you should change the thread title from "If" to "When".

Reid seems to have totally lost what political acumen he had.
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