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Schumer, Durbin Jockey To Replace Reid

From an admiring New York Times:

As Reid Falters, Schumer Subtly Stands in the Wings

By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and JENNIFER STEINHAUER
October 28, 2010

WASHINGTON — Senator Charles E. Schumer shipped $500,000 to Nevada in recent weeks to help Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader and Mr. Schumer’s political patron and close friend, as he fights for his political life.

At the same time Mr. Schumer, a New York Democrat, made out a smaller check, for $20,000, to the Democratic Party in Vermont, where the gift earned him the good will of Senator Patrick J. Leahy, even though Mr. Leahy is not believed to be in any serious re-election jeopardy.

“Senator Leahy takes no election for granted and is grateful for Senator Schumer’s support,” said Carolyn Dwyer, campaign manager for Mr. Leahy.

The two donations underscore the excruciatingly delicate position Mr. Schumer finds himself in these days. He is doing everything he can to help his friend Mr. Reid fend off a challenge from the Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle and prevent the embarrassing ouster of the party leader.

Yet given his own deep political ambitions and drive, Mr. Schumer is also very carefully laying the groundwork to move on a moment’s notice to try to secure the top Democratic job if Mr. Reid is defeated on Tuesday.

The situation for Mr. Schumer is further complicated by the fact that his partner in the Senate leadership and Capitol Hill housemate, Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, is also positioning himself in the underground campaign to replace Mr. Reid, though both men have made it clear they would greatly prefer that Mr. Reid return. The senators and their aides declined to comment for this article.

Regular readers will realize that this is not news. Way back in March we noted a Time magazine report that Messrs Schumer and Durbin were already vying for Mr. Reid’s job as Majority Leader. So they have been at this for at least eight months.

Mr. Schumer, one of the party’s most prolific fund-raisers, has distributed $4 million from his own campaign coffers to the party and his colleagues this election cycle, including the $500,000 turned over to the Nevada Democratic Party to help Mr. Reid. Mr. Durbin has given nearly $500,000 to the campaign effort of Senate Democrats, and has appeared at fund-raisers and events and barnstormed with Mr. Reid

But the political activities of Mr. Durbin and Mr. Schumer in recent weeks [sic] reflect a sophisticated and nuanced effort to build support for a race that would break out almost immediately if Mr. Reid lost.

Mr. Durbin has appeared or is scheduled to appear at events in California, Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. He has traveled twice in recent weeks to Nevada on behalf of Mr. Reid…

Mr. Schumer has given $50,000 to the state party in Colorado, where Senator Michael Bennet is running; $50,000 to the state party in Washington, where Senator Patty Murray is running; and $50,000 to the state party in Wisconsin, where Senator Russ Feingold is running, according to finance disclosure statements. He even pumped $50,000 into Maryland at the request of Senator Barbara Mikulski, who is expected to cruise to re-election but who was eager to help other Democratic candidates in her state

For Mr. Schumer, it would be bittersweet to seek Mr. Reid’s post. People close to both men say that Mr. Schumer considers Mr. Reid a close friend and attributes much of his success in the Senate to him.

It was Mr. Reid who created a special post in the party leadership structure, Democratic vice chairman, specifically for Mr. Schumer in November 2006 when the New Yorker was itching for a larger role in the national party. Mr. Reid also gave Mr. Schumer a seat on the powerful Finance Committee

The relationship between the two was on display at a recent fund-raiser that Mr. Schumer organized on Mr. Reid’s behalf in Brooklyn. Introducing Mr. Reid to a group of wealthy New York City donors, including the developer Bruce C. Ratner

And we thought ‘outside money’ was anathema to ‘honest’ Harry Reid.

Mr. Schumer said Mr. Reid “is like a brother to me,” according to a person in attendance.

With this "brother" quote, the New York Times is here doing what writers call "laying pipe" for their zinger at the end of this piece.

(Recently, Mr. Reid bought Mr. Schumer a Netflix subscription.)

Gosh, that is touching. We are just about to bust out crying.

A longtime admirer of Mr. Schumer’s political instincts, Mr. Reid persuaded Mr. Schumer to take charge of the Democratic campaign committee after the disastrous results of the 2004 elections for Senate Democrats.

Mr. Reid had just become Democratic leader then after the party’s previous leader, Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota, was defeated in his re-election bid. Mr. Reid nailed down the support to replace Mr. Daschle, a man he often referred to as his brother, within hours of the results.

That is Democrat ‘brotherly love’ at its finest.

Still, wouldn’t be amazing and also telling if the Democrats manage to replace Harry Reid with someone who is just as equally loathsome?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Schumer, Durbin Jockey To Replace Reid”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Perfect, ugly democrats with ugly attitudes to replace the ugly Harry Reid. An ugly party just the same.

  2. BigOil says:

    What’s the difference? Schumer is nothing more than Reid with the volume turned up to 10.

    If you want a challenge, try finding a Democrat Senator that is not loathsome.

  3. proreason says:

    We all think Reid is the worst they can come up with, but of course that is just because we haven’t really thought about it much.

    Please please please please please please let it be Schumer. Please let it be Schumer. Please let it be Schumer. Please let it be the Jose Canseco of marxist politicians. Please let it be someone so disgusting that his mother recoils in horror.

    2012 will be a 65% blowout.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    I’m pretty sure Schumer has a pentagram tattoo’d around his navel, and Dick Durbin is a walking talking female sex toy.

  5. MZmaj7 says:

    And who can forget Schumer and Reid engaging in their brotherly game of “Who can use the least rhetoric to unhinge the economy!” back in 2008?

  6. DANEgerus says:

    “The” Dick “America’s servicemen are Nazis” Durbin or Schumer? Either is more loathsome then clueless Harry but the (D)emocrats are fools to allow either a shot at being the new face of their party.

  7. Adam Moreira says:

    But here’s the problem: What if Reid does the surprising thing and win? There’s a reason why Reid can never be counted out…unless…people are lying to pollsters.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      People lying to pollsters? Get outta here………..

    • tranquil.night says:

      Yeah or you know, we can remain in reality where the pollers and pollsters do everything statistically possible to make Democrats look competitive instead, wherein Dingy Hairy still goes down in glorious unhingedness.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      @LD – pollsters can be gamed, especially for the purpose of tricking a candidate of believing that (s)he is safer or safe when the opposite is true.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Really Adam?
      ………..get outta here!!


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