Chuck Schumer embraces the G.O.P.’s Tea Party embrace, and eclipses Dick Durbin, again | by Steve Kornacki | Capital New York

It was just after last November’s election when Reid—who had defied  ghastly personal poll numbers to win reelection to his own seat—shook up  the Democratic   caucus by anointing Schumer  the Democrats’ go-to guy on message and policy. Durbin kept   his post  as whip (which he’s held since after the 2004 elections), but it was  clear that he’d been leapfrogged by Schumer, who’d only been added to  the   leadership after the 2006 elections. Now Reid was essentially  placing the New Yorker in charge of developing a war plan for Senate  Democrats for the next two   years. Durbin was left to answer questions about what, exactly, was left for him to do.

Chuck Schumer embraces the G.O.P.’s Tea Party embrace, and eclipses Dick Durbin, again | by Steve Kornacki | Capital New York

It was just after last November’s election when Reid—who had defied ghastly personal poll numbers to win reelection to his own seat—shook up the Democratic caucus by anointing Schumer the Democrats’ go-to guy on message and policy. Durbin kept his post as whip (which he’s held since after the 2004 elections), but it was clear that he’d been leapfrogged by Schumer, who’d only been added to the leadership after the 2006 elections. Now Reid was essentially placing the New Yorker in charge of developing a war plan for Senate Democrats for the next two years. Durbin was left to answer questions about what, exactly, was left for him to do.