Saturday, October 23, 2010

Harry Reid And The Chamber Of Secrets

I haven't thought a whole lot about who becomes Senate Democratic Leader and how the rest of the hierarchy shifts if Harry Reid loses to Sharron Angle. Do we have a heir apparent? Does Dick Durbin move up? Here's the leadership list.

On balance, I'm happy with Harry Reid, mostly for the titanic achievement of passing health care reform. A lot of the things people blame him for are the result of (1) the Senate being a ridiculous body with ridiculous rules, and (2) members like Chris Dodd who want it to stay impossibly ridiculous. As far as I can tell, Reid was doing as much as he could to get progressive legislation through given these constraints. I hope he wins and we get to keep him.
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