As Reid makes his exit, Senate Democrat Whip Dick Durbin should watch his back
. Democrat leader-in-waiting Chuck Schumer is actively working to replace him.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, who witnessed his rival Chuck Schumer move aggressively to secure the post of Democratic leader, may now have to fight to keep his own job.
Washington Sen. Patty Murray is refusing to rule out a run to be the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, a position Durbin wants to keep in the next Congress. Yet several Democratic sources say she is getting encouragement from senators to take on a larger role in the leadership. And the Democratic leader-in-waiting, Schumer, is open to seeing Murray elevated to whip from her current role as the caucus secretary, the No. 4 job, several sources said.
But that's not the only hardship Senate Democrats will see with this new leader. After Schumer told the White House that Congress should have an official say over any nuclear deal with Iran, Politico reports
that all eyes are on Democrat leader-in-waiting to see what he does next:
During a tense phone call with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough in early March, Sen. Chuck Schumer delivered a blunt message: He would join a growing chorus of senators defying the wishes of President Barack Obama by demanding that Congress have an official say over any nuclear deal with Iran.
But in a nod to the president, Schumer later made clear that he would give administration officials more time to negotiate a nuclear pact before pushing forward with a congressional review bill.
There's no telling where this shake in leadership will lead. But one thing is for sure: Senate Democrats will never be as unified as they were under Reid