Did Harry Reid get on your nerves? Well soon you’ll have Chuck Schumer under your skin.
Retiring Senate Minority Leader Reid has designated New York Sen. Schumer, number 3 in the Democratic leadership, as his successor, and the number 2, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, has agreed to back off, according to Politico.
Schumer is viewed by Democrats as a consummate tactician and an aggressive spokesman for the cause. He is unlikely to be seriously challenged, though a possible wrinkle is his support for Wall Street, which is anathema to the Elizabeth Warren wing of the party. She, though, has indicated she will not run for leader.
But don’t worry. Reid is not stepping down until he leaves the Senate in January 2017.
Or do worry. It’s worth noting, unlike Reid, Schumer does have his moments of lucidity.