One of the most talked-about Senatorial campaign races is the battle between Nevada Democratic Senator Harry Reid and Republican Sharron Angle.
This close contest will have great national political consequence because it will, in effect , determine whether Harry Reid gets to maintain his role as Senate Majority leader, a very important and powerful position.
According to a lead article in the New York Times, Friday October 29, 2010, this leaves New York’s Senator Charles (Chuck) Schumer in the delicate position of supporting his long-time colleague in his senatorial battle against Angle, but also preparing himself for the possible assumption of the role of Senate Majority leader, at the same time.
The Times article states that Schumer only recently donated half a million dollars to Reid’s campaign against the very feisty and increasingly popular Angle. But at the same time, according to the article, Schumer is doing preliminary preparations for taking on the mantle of Majority Leader.
Schumer has had a long career in New York State politics and has demonstrated the toughness and shrewd political sense that has held his career afloat. He is ready to move into a leadership position.
At the same time, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin is also, according to the Times article, making an underground bid for the top spot in the Senate.
As the wily machinations of the political world proceed, both men need to be circumspect about their political ambition to succeed Reid, straddling a path of both supporting him but planning to jump immediately if the embattled Nevada senator loses the race.
What type of Senate majority leader would Schumer be? He is considered to be one of the foremost leaders of the Democratic party with his political connections and personal political skills.
So, while not trying to appear too pushy while the “body is still warm” , Schumer, nevertheless is politically shrewd enough to realize that someone will be the new Senate Majority leader and that somebody just might as well be him.
Source: The New York Times, Friday October 29, 2010