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

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Peter Bell, Sarah Mimms and Michael Catalini
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Peter Bell Sarah Mimms and Michael Catalini
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.

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