Poll: If Democrats Lose the Senate, Will Reid Still Head Their Caucus?

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) answers questions from reporters following the weekly policy lunch of the Democratic caucus November 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. Reid spoke on recent efforts by Senate Republicans to filibuster judicial nominees appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama.  
National Journal
Michael Catalini Sarah Mimms and Peter Bell
May 8, 2014, 5 p.m.

If Demo­crats lose the Sen­ate, will Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id re­main head of the Demo­crat­ic caucus?

DEMO­CRATS (88 VOTES)

Yes: 55%
No: 45%

Yes

“Box­ers stay in the ring — Re­id won’t quit.”

“He’s like a barnacle. They’ll have to scrape him off to get rid of him.”

“Re­id is still very well re­spec­ted with­in the caucus.”

“He already has the votes, and the caucus won’t renege on that.”

“If he wants to be. If not — CHUCK SCHU­MER.”

“He will lead un­til he re­tires. This elec­tion will be about Obama, not Re­id.”

“Yes, but he shouldn’t.”

“The blame will lie with the map, not the lead­er. And Sen­ate Dems will win it right back in ‘16.”

“Un­like oth­ers, Re­id puts pro­tec­tion and care of his caucus ahead of per­son­al am­bi­tion. His Dem col­leagues like that.”

“Two words: sur­viv­al in­stinct.”

“100 per­cent. He’s fear­less, tire­less, and takes care of all Sen­ate Demo­crats’ needs, no mat­ter how small. They love him. He also raises a lot of money for them and nev­er wants me­dia time or cred­it, which makes him sorta the anti-sen­at­or.”

“He’s there as long as he wants to be.”

No

“Time for Dick Durbin and a new gen­er­a­tion.”

“One would hope he has the good grace to step aside — time for new blood, a fresh face and lead the way for Nancy to do the same.”

“Schu­mer would be breath­ing down his neck, and Re­id would some­what grace­fully step aside.”

“After hav­ing such a huge 60-seat ma­jor­ity just a few years ago, Re­id would go down as a lead­er who over­saw one of the greatest polit­ic­al col­lapses in Sen­ate his­tory. Reas­on enough.”

“He should be­gin to think of an exit strategy, either way.”

If Demo­crats lose the Sen­ate, will Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Harry Re­id re­main head of the Demo­crat­ic caucus?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (94 VOTES)

Yes: 49%
No: 51%

Yes

“As fun as a coup would be, it seems un­likely.”

“It will take more than los­ing the ma­jor­ity to kill him off.”

“If Demo­crats lose, it will be be­cause of the map and Obama. Dems out­per­formed Re­pub­lic­ans the last cycle, and Re­id is re­spons­ible.”

“He is ideally suited to be an ob­struc­tion­ist.”

“He has an im­press­ive con­sol­id­a­tion of power for a Sen­ate lead­er.”

“It is bet­ter to be feared than loved.”

“Chuck Schu­mer and Dick Durbin are the ul­ti­mate in­sur­ance policy.”

“Even though his antics are wear­ing thin, sen­at­ors don’t of­ten mutiny.”

No

“My sense is they can­not wait to be done with him.”

“Will he? Maybe. Should he? No.”

“No one likes to see a loser as the mouth­piece of the party.”

“Not un­less the caucus com­pletely loses its col­lect­ive mind!”

“Re­id’s only exit is in a pine box. Un­like Pelosi, he is their top strategist, the cent­ral brain-bug.”

“Too much bag­gage as­so­ci­ated with Dirty Harry, and too much am­bi­tion in the Demo­crat­ic caucus.”

“Re­id will ar­gue that he needs to fo­cus on reelec­tion after he fails to con­vince his col­leagues it is all Obama’s fault.”

“He will be search­ing for Search­light if they lose the Sen­ate.”

… … … . .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

If Democrats lose the Senate, will Majority Leader Harry Reid remain head of the Democratic caucus?

DEMO­CRATS (88 VOTES)

Yes: 55%
No: 45%

Yes

“Box­ers stay in the ring — Re­id won’t quit.”

“He’s like a barnacle. They’ll have to scrape him off to get rid of him.”

“Re­id is still very well re­spec­ted with­in the caucus.”

“He already has the votes, and the caucus won’t renege on that.”

“If he wants to be. If not — CHUCK SCHU­MER.”

“He will lead un­til he re­tires. This elec­tion will be about Obama, not Re­id.”

“Yes, but he shouldn’t.”

“The blame will lie with the map, not the lead­er. And Sen­ate Dems will win it right back in ‘16.”

“Un­like oth­ers, Re­id puts pro­tec­tion and care of his caucus ahead of per­son­al am­bi­tion. His Dem col­leagues like that.”

“Two words: sur­viv­al in­stinct.”

“100 per­cent. He’s fear­less, tire­less, and takes care of all Sen­ate Demo­crats’ needs, no mat­ter how small. They love him. He also raises a lot of money for them and nev­er wants me­dia time or cred­it, which makes him sorta the anti-sen­at­or.”

“He’s there as long as he wants to be.”

No

“Time for Dick Durbin and a new gen­er­a­tion.”

“One would hope he has the good grace to step aside — time for new blood, a fresh face and lead the way for Nancy to do the same.”

“Schu­mer would be breath­ing down his neck, and Re­id would some­what grace­fully step aside.”

“After hav­ing such a huge 60-seat ma­jor­ity just a few years ago, Re­id would go down as a lead­er who over­saw one of the greatest polit­ic­al col­lapses in Sen­ate his­tory. Reas­on enough.”

“He should be­gin to think of an exit strategy, either way.”

If Democrats lose the Senate, will Majority Leader Harry Reid remain head of the Democratic caucus?

RE­PUB­LIC­ANS (94 VOTES)

Yes: 49%
No: 51%

Yes

“As fun as a coup would be, it seems un­likely.”

“It will take more than los­ing the ma­jor­ity to kill him off.”

“If Demo­crats lose, it will be be­cause of the map and Obama. Dems out­per­formed Re­pub­lic­ans the last cycle, and Re­id is re­spons­ible.”

“He is ideally suited to be an ob­struc­tion­ist.”

“He has an im­press­ive con­sol­id­a­tion of power for a Sen­ate lead­er.”

“It is bet­ter to be feared than loved.”

“Chuck Schu­mer and Dick Durbin are the ul­ti­mate in­sur­ance policy.”

“Even though his antics are wear­ing thin, sen­at­ors don’t of­ten mutiny.”

No

“My sense is they can­not wait to be done with him.”

“Will he? Maybe. Should he? No.”

“No one likes to see a loser as the mouth­piece of the party.”

“Not un­less the caucus com­pletely loses its col­lect­ive mind!”

“Re­id’s only exit is in a pine box. Un­like Pelosi, he is their top strategist, the cent­ral brain-bug.”

“Too much bag­gage as­so­ci­ated with Dirty Harry, and too much am­bi­tion in the Demo­crat­ic caucus.”

“Re­id will ar­gue that he needs to fo­cus on reelec­tion after he fails to con­vince his col­leagues it is all Obama’s fault.”

“He will be search­ing for Search­light if they lose the Sen­ate.”

… … … . .

Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

GOP Polit­ic­al In­siders Dan Al­len, Stan An­der­son, Gary An­dres, Saul­i­us (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bain­wol, Bri­an Baker, Gary Bauer, Dav­id Beck­with, Paul Ben­necke, Clark Ben­son, Wayne Ber­man, Bri­an Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Bla­lock, Car­mine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bon­jean, Jeff Bu­ley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Carde­n­as, Danny Car­roll, Alex Cas­tel­lanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cic­coni, Jonath­an Col­le­gio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Cor­man, Scott Cot­ting­ton, Jay Cran­ford, Greg Crist, Di­ane Crookham-John­son, Fer­gus Cul­len, Tom Dav­is, Mike Den­nehy, Ken Duber­stein, Debi Durham, Sara Fa­gen, Frank Fahren­kopf, John Fee­hery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Ben­jamin Gins­berg, Dav­id Gir­ard-di­Carlo, Bill Green­er, Jonath­an Grella, Lanny Grif­fith, Janet Mullins Gris­som, Doug Gross, Todd Har­ris, Steve Hart, Chris­toph­er Healy, Ral­ph Hell­mann, Chris Hen­ick, Terry Holt, Dav­id Ian­nel­li, Ed Ingle, Jim In­no­cenzi, Clark Judge, Dav­id Keat­ing, Dav­id Ken­sing­er, Bob Kjel­lander, Ed Kut­ler, Chris La­Civ­ita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lom­bardo, Kev­in Mad­den, Joel Maiola, Gary Malo­ney, Dav­id Mar­in, Mary Matal­in, Dan Mat­toon, Bri­an Mc­Cor­mack, Mark McKin­non, Kyle Mc­Slar­row, Ken Mehl­man, Jim Mer­rill, Lisa Cam­ooso Miller, Tim Mor­ris­on, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nel­son, Neil Ne­w­house, Dav­id Nor­cross, Zi­ad Ojakli, Jack Oliv­er, Todd Olsen, Kev­in O’Neill, Con­nie Par­toy­an, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, Dav­id Rehr, Tom Reyn­olds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, Dav­id Roeder­er, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, An­drew Shore, Kev­in Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steep­er, Bob Steven­son, Terry Sul­li­van, Dav­id Tamasi, Eric Tan­en­blatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Tim­mons, War­ren Tomp­kins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Don­gen, Jan van Lo­huizen, Stew­art Ver­dery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee West­ine, Dave Win­ston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Mat­thew Zablud.

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