If Reid does not return as leader, who is most likely to succeed him in the caucus?
DEMOCRATS (86 VOTES)
Dick Durbin: 21%
Chuck Schumer: 53%
Patty Murray: 22%
Debbie Stabenow: 4%
“He is good on camera, breaks through partisan politics, and is smart as hell.”
“Durbin should have the inside track, but I would not underestimate Schumer.”
“Dick Durbin is articulate and an excellent communicator. But it could be Patty Murray.”
” ‘Most likely’ is Schumer. ‘Ought to’ is Durbin, but a change is better than more of the same.”
“He’s the best legislator since LBJ, who also was known to be a bit blustery and to get up in other people’s business.”
“Durbin has ceded the field to Schumer.”
“He’s our best five-tool player. Money, message, politics, policy, loyalty; and he helped elect more than half the caucus.”
“Chuck has been working toward this for several years. Patty would be interesting.”
“I don’t think it is much of a race.”
“Lots of senators owe him.”
“Senate Democrats would be looking for a fighter, not a manager.”
“She can bring new energy to the battle and can bridge the battle lines between Durbin and Schumer.”
“A woman would be good. And we need the Shoe man to keep up the fundraising.”
“She has the right balance of policy and politics. Can she muster the votes?”
If Reid does not return as leader, who is most likely to succeed him in the caucus?
REPUBLICANS (93 VOTES)
Dick Durbin: 17%
Chuck Schumer: 71%
Patty Murray: 12%
Debbie Stabenow: 0%
“Schumer is capable, but Durbin is first in line.”
“He still carries a big stick, but it is more concealed.”
“Lord, just reading this list of ‘alternatives’ is enough to keep you up at night.”
“He is their best deal-maker.”
“Schumer is transactional, like Ted Kennedy was.”
“He’s the one with the best microphone shtick. They’ll need that.”
“He raises money, excites the base, and cuts deals. The fact he is an egomaniac is not sufficient for him not to win.”
“Conservative Republicans cannot tell Murray, Durbin, and Schumer apart, so as Hillary Clinton says: ‘What difference does it really make?’ “
“A classic Beltway cutthroat.”
“He has been sharpening his knives for a long time, and the Democrat Party will need a really mean and nasty knife-thrower.”
“Schumer is a machine. He’ll lock it down if Reid doesn’t return.”
“Who’s gonna tell him no?”
“Less abrasive than Durbin and Schumer, more seasoned than Stabenow.”
“You don’t dump Reid for Reid-Lite.”
“The Senate Democratic women will stage a coup and put Murray in charge.”
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