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February 2, 2010


The Hill - The second- and third-ranking Senate Democratic leaders are doling out huge sums of cash, laying the groundwork for a leadership race should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lose reelection.

Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the vice chairman of the Democratic Conference, has been the biggest giver to Democratic Senate candidates, contributing $210,000 to colleagues and candidates.

During the same span, Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has given $110,000 to Senate candidates.

The leaders gave money to newcomers and candidates facing tough races. But they also contributed to those whose reelection prospects seem solid, such as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who last won in liberal Vermont with 71 percent of the vote. While Leahy probably does not need the money for reelection, Durbin and Schumer may feel they need to contribute to his campaign to cement his loyalty.

Both lawmakers gave the money through their leadership political action committees, which allies say is a sign that they are preparing for a possible leadership battle if Reid (D-Nev.) loses reelection, a prospect that is looking more likely. . .

The situation with Schumer and Durbin is a delicate one. Both support Reid and do not want to do anything to undermine his reelection effort. But at the same time, they realize - as do many political analysts ­- that Reid faces a serious threat.

Reid's job approval rating has hovered around 40 percent in recent polls, and the national political environment is shaping up as a challenging one for Democrats.

Political Wire - A new Marist Poll in New York finds Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) "once rock solid approval rating has taken a slide. For the first time in nearly nine years, Schumer's approval rating has fallen below 50%."

Just 47% of registered voters statewide report Schumer is doing either an excellent or good job in office, while 31% rate the job he is doing as fair and 17% view him as performing poorly.


Blogger Samson said...

Wow, we really need a Green, or otherwise pro-peace, pro-healthy America independent candidate in this NV Senate race.

Without that, the right wing will claim victory should Reid lose. But, if there was a lefty candidate in there openly taking votes away from Reid with a pro-peace, pro-single-payer, anti-wall-street campaign, then we could claim credit for when Reid goes down.

Do we want 2010 to be remembered as the year of the teabagger, or the year of the pissed-off-progresssives? We can make the story the latter by running such campaigns.

February 3, 2010 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Samson, You are fabulous. Thank you for the entertaining comments.

I think we might be on opposite sides of the spectrum (I went to a local tea-party gathering at which Alan Keyes spoke and found inspirational hope), but I appreciate the humor and truth in your comments. Glad I stumbled across them.

I too would hate for 2010 to be the 'year of the teabagger' (I learned what teabagging means through a friend who had to pull her son out of public middle school because neglected 11yr old children raised in morals-free households talked about that sort of thing at school around him.)

I don't care who gets the 'credit' as long as 80% of those losers leave Washington. If it takes left-wing loons and right-wing loons to do it, fine. The end result is what is important. (as in flip almost all of them out) and we will all be better off.

Thanks again for the splash of entertainment!

February 14, 2010 1:17 AM  

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