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Title: Harry Reid Quickly Passes Torch To Chuck Schumer For Democratic Leader
Source: TPM DC
URL Source: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/harry-reid-retires-successor
Published: Mar 27, 2015
Author: Sahil Kapur
Post Date: 2015-03-27 17:33:30 by Hondo68
Keywords: None
Views: 4300
Comments: 22

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AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) caused a political earthquake on Friday by announcing he won't seek reelection in 2016, opening up the coveted perch of Democratic leader that he has held since 2005.

Before the jockeying could begin to succeed the mild-mannered political brawler as the chief caucus leader, Reid endorsed New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat, within hours of his announcement.

"I think Schumer should be able to succeed me," Reid told the Washington Post, predicting that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat, would stand down. Reid said he spoke to Durbin by phone before the interview.

Indeed, it turns out Durbin is also supporting Schumer and won't seek the top spot.

"Senator Durbin told Senator Schumer late last night that he wasn’t running for Leader, and that Schumer has his support," a Durbin spokesman told TPM. "Durbin intends to run again for Whip and has Senator Reid’s support. He’s been speaking with senators this morning."

Schumer would have been the clear favorite to win a race, multiple Democratic sources said.

"Schumer is clearly the frontrunner," said one Democratic Senate aide, who is unaffiliated with each of the three senators. "He's just positioned himself that way both publicly and privately. He's worked very hard to earn the loyalty of the caucus, certainly in a way that Durbin just hasn't. He tries to engage directly and be a resource and an asset to individual members, to stick up for them and fight for them in leadership meetings."

The 64-year old Brooklyn native, who leads messaging and strategy for the party, plays an outside and inside game. He's seen publicly as a media-hungry and elbow-throwing progressive fighter who lusts for confrontation with Republicans. On the inside he's known as a compromising figure who's respected by liberals as well as red state Democrats. He likes to boost his members' spirits — before press conferences start he whispers advice in their ears, and at the end he gives them a proverbial pat on the back with a "good job."

Within moments of Reid's announcement Friday, Schumer had a glowing statement praising him as "one of the best human beings I've ever met," adding that he's "so respected by our caucus for his strength, his legislative acumen, his honesty and his determination. He has left a major mark on this body, this country, and on so many who have met him, gotten to know him, and love him."

In an afternoon statement after Reid and Durbin's endorsements landed, Schumer said he was "honored and humbled to have the support of so many of my colleagues."

Durbin, a smooth talker and savvy operator, was Reid's natural successor — his chief deputy since 2005. He is well-liked and respected within the conference, although the 70-year-old's leadership ambitions have been less on display. Notably, though, when Reid was out of action with an eye injury early this year, Durbin stood in as the top Democratic leader, and appeared to enjoy the role.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) was seen as a potential dark horse candidate. In recent years she has led the party in high-profile budget battles, spearheading the passage of a sweeping blueprint in 2013 that set down the party's vision and shaped its strategy. "[Reid] has asked me to take on some tough jobs over the years," she said of Reid's decision to retire. And she surpassed expectations as leader of the Senate Democrats' campaign arm in 2012, when the party was widely expected to lose seats but ended up netting two overall. There's also the obvious appeal of electing the first-ever woman to lead the caucus.

Moments after Reid's announcement, liberal activist groups Democracy For America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee began boosting Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to succeed him as Democratic leader. But Warren's office told TPM she wasn't interested and "will not" run.


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#1. To: hondo68 (#0)

Hmmmm. Ol' Dickie Durbin stepped aside rather easily. I wonder what they promised him.

misterwhite  posted on  2015-03-27   18:08:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: hondo68 (#0)

I would love to know who either beat reid up or pushed him down the stairs.

BobCeleste  posted on  2015-03-27   18:51:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: misterwhite (#1)

That he could keep breathing.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

CZ82  posted on  2015-03-27   18:56:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: BobCeleste (#2)

I would love to know who either beat reid up or pushed him down the stairs.

My guess is that a bottle of Tequila kicked his ass. It happened on New Years eve. The timing is certainly suspicious.


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Hondo68  posted on  2015-03-27   18:59:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: hondo68 (#0) (Edited)

They don't get more librard-gun hatin' and socialist than Ol' Chuckie Schumer.

I guess it would have been too much to ask that Andreas Lubutz was his last pilot.

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GrandIsland  posted on  2015-03-27   19:07:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: hondo68 (#0)

On the inside he's known as a compromising figure who's respected by liberals as well as red state Democrats.

Is there a Red state Democrat left in the Senate? Seems to me that Reid has wiped them out entirely. Maybe McCaskill, I guess, but I consider Missouri a Purple state anyway.

Tooconservative  posted on  2015-03-27   19:56:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: BobCeleste (#2)

I would love to know who either beat reid up or pushed him down the stairs.

I caught the opening of Limbaugh today. He kept going on about how exceptionally bruised up Reid was from his "exercise accident".

Obviously, he was implying that Reid got rolled by a male prostitute or a crack whore. Never said it but it was clear enough.

Tooconservative  posted on  2015-03-27   20:00:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: hondo68 (#4)

My guess is that a bottle of Tequila kicked his ass. It happened on New Years eve. The timing is certainly suspicious.

Could be.

BobCeleste  posted on  2015-03-27   20:44:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: TooConservative (#7)

I caught the opening of Limbaugh today. He kept going on about how exceptionally bruised up Reid was from his "exercise accident".

I think Rush knows more than he is saying.

BobCeleste  posted on  2015-03-27   20:46:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: TooConservative, Bob Celeste (#7)

I caught the opening of Limbaugh today. He kept going on about how exceptionally bruised up Reid was from his "exercise accident".

Obviously, he was implying that Reid got rolled by a male prostitute or a crack whore. Never said it but it was clear enough.

I caught it too. He said Harry looked like he got beat up and pointed out that he still looks bad and it is almost three months since the January 1 event. Here's the transcript:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/03/27/dingy_harry_says_no_mas

Dingy Harry Says "No Mas"

March 27, 2015

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, have you heard about Harry Reid? Harry Reid is saying no mas. Harry Reid announced that he will not seek reelection. By the way, does anybody believe that Harry Reid really had an accident with his exercise machine? Does anybody really believe that's why Harry Reid is still bruised and is still wearing dark glasses, what, months after this accident with his exercise machine?

I don't believe for a minute that whatever happened to Harry Reid has anything to do with an exercise machine unless somebody repeatedly threw him into it. Harry Reid looks like and is acting like -- and now with this announcement, behaving like -- somebody who may have been beaten up. Nobody... I've never seen anybody have an accident with an exercise machine that ends up suffering symptoms much like Harry Reid's for as long as Harry Reid has. (interruption)

* * *

"Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home..." See, that's my point. January 1st? It's March 27th. Three months, and you still have signs of injury for accident running into your exercise machine? Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah. Anyway the point here, ladies and gentlemen, is I think as we look at the political landscape, a number of prominent Democrats are resigning and retiring. It's a trend. It's not just Reid.

nolu chan  posted on  2015-03-27   21:51:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: nolu chan, BobCeleste (#10)

By the way, does anybody believe that Harry Reid really had an accident with his exercise machine? Does anybody really believe that's why Harry Reid is still bruised and is still wearing dark glasses, what, months after this accident with his exercise machine?

I don't believe for a minute that whatever happened to Harry Reid has anything to do with an exercise machine unless somebody repeatedly threw him into it. Harry Reid looks like and is acting like -- and now with this announcement, behaving like -- somebody who may have been beaten up. Nobody... I've never seen anybody have an accident with an exercise machine that ends up suffering symptoms much like Harry Reid's for as long as Harry Reid has.

Right there, that was what I was talking about. I started grinning when I heard it.

Of course, it is entirely possible Reid could fall and get those injuries on an exercise machine. But you are probably aware of Limbaugh's personal history with Reid so that added a bit of savor to Rush bludgeoning Harry with that Golden EIB Microphone™.

Tooconservative  posted on  2015-03-27   22:52:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: TooConservative, BobCeleste (#11)

But you are probably aware of Limbaugh's personal history with Reid so that added a bit of savor to Rush bludgeoning Harry with that Golden EIB Microphone™.

Yes, Rush was having a good time at Harry's expense. I have never believed the exercise machine story either.

Harry has to learn to fall better.

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/harry-reid-hospitalized

Harry Reid discharged from hospital

By Amanda Sakuma
01/02/15 10:51 AM
Updated 01/02/15 04:12 PM
MSNBC

[EXCERPT]

This wasn’t Reid’s first exercising accident. In 2011, the top Democrat returned to Congress with a dislocated shoulder and a black eye just days after taking a fall during his morning jog. Reid’s aides at the time said he took a spill on the rain-slicked streets in Washington after he ran his hand against a wet, parked car and slid, hitting the ground.

nolu chan  posted on  2015-03-28   1:04:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: nolu chan (#12)

I somehow find it hard to believe that Reid is man of much passion.

He's a dry little clerk, filled with resentments and the petty exercise of power.

Admittedly, the lurid rumors are more fun. And it isn't so unusual for a man in his seventies to take a few falls. Recall Jerry Ford's pratfalls in his fifties.

Tooconservative  posted on  2015-03-28   1:10:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: BobCeleste (#2)

About the same time that Harry had his "accident," it was revealed that one of his heavy donors had just been indicted. My money is on that donor because Harry didn't make the charges go away. I wish I could remember the donor's name.

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out damned spot  posted on  2015-03-28   7:53:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: out damned spot (#14)

I wish I could remember the donor's name.

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tomder55  posted on  2015-03-28   11:00:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: hondo68 (#0)

And people without a score card won't be able to tell the difference.

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

sneakypete  posted on  2015-03-28   15:33:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: TooConservative (#7)

I caught the opening of Limbaugh today. He kept going on about how exceptionally bruised up Reid was from his "exercise accident".

Obviously, he was implying that Reid got rolled by a male prostitute....

I don't think that's a door that Dominican Rush wants to open. Not even with a giant economony size bottle of Viagra in his grasp.

Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority? (Ron Paul,2012)

sneakypete  posted on  2015-03-28   15:36:08 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: hondo68 (#0)

In an afternoon statement after Reid and Durbin's endorsements landed, Schumer said he was "honored and humbled to have the support of so many of my colleagues."

This is the same guy that applauded the BATF and FBI for their work at Waco, Texas in 1993 while they murdered about 100 Branch Davidians.

buckeroo  posted on  2015-03-28   16:10:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: TooConservative (#13)

He's a dry little clerk, filled with resentments and the petty exercise of power.

Was he a chicken farmer and fertilizer salesman in his early days?

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

CZ82  posted on  2015-03-28   18:08:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: buckeroo (#18)

This is the same guy that applauded the BATF and FBI for their work at Waco, Texas in 1993 while they murdered about 100 Branch Davidians.

We have a few of those fed.gov apologists here on this forum.

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Deckard  posted on  2015-03-28   18:21:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: CZ82 (#19)

Was he a chicken farmer and fertilizer salesman in his early days?

No but he does look like Heinrich Himmler who was a chicken farmer before he became a big Nazi.

Tooconservative  posted on  2015-03-29   0:42:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: out damned spot (#14)

About the same time that Harry had his "accident," it was revealed that one of his heavy donors had just been indicted. My money is on that donor because Harry didn't make the charges go away. I wish I could remember the donor's name.

Thanks, I had forgotten that.

BobCeleste  posted on  2015-03-29   18:27:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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