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Harry Reid wants to be majority leader until 2022

posted at 1:30 pm on November 8, 2012 by

From Politico:

In an interview with POLITICO, not only did Reid suggest he’d stay as leader for the remaining four years of his cur[r]ent Senate term, but the Nevada Democrat said he’d run for reelection in November 2016, when he’d be close to turning 77 years old. It would make him the longest-serving Senate leader since Montana Democrat Mike Mansfield, who was majority leader from 1961 to 1977.

“I have this one and one more Congress before I have to run for reelection,” Reid said. “I’m planning on running for reelection.” …

When asked whether he wants to stay on as majority leader throughout his tenure in the Senate, the answer was an emphatic yes.

“Oh sure,” Reid said. “Why not?”

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It could happen unless the NRSC gets their collective stuff together. The GOP should theoretically be able to pick up at least 3 seats in 2014(maybe more if Obama’s 2nd term goes horribly). 2016 might be tougher though since they already won the most winnable seats back in 2010(aside from Harry Reid’s).

Doughboy on November 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Why? Is that when the statute of limitations expires?

JohnGalt23 on November 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

that’s what Pelosi thought

runner on November 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Why? Is that when the statute of limitations expires?

JohnGalt23 on November 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

No – that’s the mandatory age of Renewal under PlaceboCare.

In other news – Biden Breathes Sigh of Relief

Steve Eggleston on November 8, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Doughboy on November 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

If you look at the races, we could win a lot more than 3 as long as our candidates aren’t imbeciles like Akin. If some of the Dems retired like Harkin in IA or Rockefellar in WV it could be even better.

gsherin on November 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM

It could happen unless the NRSC gets their collective stuff together. The GOP should theoretically be able to pick up at least 3 seats in 2014(maybe more if Obama’s 2nd term goes horribly). 2016 might be tougher though since they already won the most winnable seats back in 2010(aside from Harry Reid’s).

Doughboy on November 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Which, of course, means Dingy Harry gets back to 60 in 2014. The establishment won’t back any conservatives again, and conservatives will return the favor again.

Steve Eggleston on November 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM

If you look at the races, we could win a lot more than 3 as long as our candidates aren’t imbeciles like Akin. If some of the Dems retired like Harkin in IA or Rockefellar in WV it could be even better.

gsherin on November 8, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Because running moderate insiders worked SOOOOOOO well in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

Steve Eggleston on November 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM

“Oh sure,” Reid said. “Why not?”

“Because they pay’s good, I got a nice office, and I don’t have to do jack squat.”

JeffWeimer on November 8, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Steve Eggleston on November 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Whoa, back up there. Akin was rather stupid to let that fly. But I’d accept that we proffered candidates that were “more circumspect” in their dealings with the press.

Because after all: 1) All Republicans are held responsible for the errors of any Republican. 2) All Republicans are also held responsible for the errors of Democrats – because “both parties do it/are the same”. 3) No Democrat pays the price for the errors of any Democrat – it’s an isolated issue or if it can’t be safely ignored/party affiliation not stated, they will share it with Republicans (see rule 2).

JeffWeimer on November 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Steve Eggleston on November 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Wisconsin and Virginia I’ll give you. But Massachusetts? He was the best candidate we could possibly have in that state. and he was the incumbent. It’s just that they would rather have a liar than a Republican working for them. May they reap the whirlwind.

JeffWeimer on November 8, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Would you want to return to Searchlight Nevada???

phreshone on November 8, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Both in 2010 and 2012, the Tea Party split support in multiple primaries, and incumbents like Reid and McCaskill got push the primary results to the most beatable candidate

phreshone on November 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Because running moderate insiders worked SOOOOOOO well in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.

Steve Eggleston on November 8, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Give me a break. The people here and the conservatives at other sites were all over Brown with hate. Many said they would rather have Warren then such a RINO as Brown because there was no difference between them. You folks got your wish and drove out the RINO in MA so suck it up.

Frank Enstine on November 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

phreshone on November 8, 2012 at 2:55 PM

So the solution is to get rid of primaries?

Steve Eggleston on November 8, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Frank Enstine on November 8, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I guess I forgot to close the </sarcasm> tag.

Steve Eggleston on November 8, 2012 at 3:33 PM

How long can he conceal his dementia?

Seriously, I know someone close to him that has confirmed he is in the early stages of the disease.

Rixon on November 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

the very definition of “permanent political class” /
“establishment.” people who just sit in office forever and ever and do nothing to actually help people.

Sachiko on November 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

2014 Senate Seats up for Re-election

Listing by state, Name, party, year first elected and current age:

AK, Begich, Dem, 2008

karenhasfreedom on November 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Let me try again:

2014 Senate Seats Up for Re-election:

Listing by state, Name, party, Year first elected, and current age:

AK, Begich, Dem, 2008, 50
AR, Pryor, Dem, 2002, 59
CO, Udall, Dem, 2008, 63
DE, Coons, Dem, 2010, 59
IL, Durin, Dem, 1996, 68
IA, Harkin, Dem, 1984, 73
LA, Landrieu, Dem, 1996, 57
MA, Kerry, Dem, 1984, 69
MI, Levin, Dem, 1979, 78
MN, Franken, Dem, 2008, 61
MT, Baucus, Dem, 1978, 71
NH, Shaheen, Dem, 2008, 65
NJ, Lautenberg, Dem, 2002, 88
NM, Tom Udall, Dem, 2008, 64
NC, Hagan, Dem, 2008, 59
OR, Merkley, Dem, 2008, 56
RI, Reed, Dem, 1996, 63
SD, Johnson, Dem, 1996, 66
VA, Warner, Dem, 2008, 57
WV, Rockefeller, Dem, 1984, 75
AL, Sessions, GOP, 1996, 66
GA, Chambliss, GOP, 2002, 69
ID, Risch, GOP, 2008, 69
KS, Roberts, GOP, 1996, 76
KY, McConnell, GOP, 1984, 70
ME, Collins, GOP, 1996, 60
MS, Cochran, GOP, 1978, 75
NE, Johanns, GOP, 2008, 62
OK, Inhofe, GOP, 1994, 78
SC, Graham, GOP, 2002, 57
TN, Alexandar, GOP, 2004, 61
TX, Cornyn, GOP, 2002, 60
WY, Enzi, GOP, 1996, 68

karenhasfreedom on November 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM

There are 20 Dem Seats and 13 GOP seats. There are some pickups there to be had.

Possibly AK and AR, since they are red states. I don’t know how much home support they have across party lines.

LA is very red now, perhaps it is time to retire that legacy of that Dem family name.

Levin is so old in MI. Dunno about the GOP bench strength. Unfortunately the GOP candidate this year was severely underfunded and could not respond to the mediscare lies that Stabenow told in all of her ads.

How entrenched is Al Franken in MN?

NC could be an easy pickup.

What about SD and VA?

On the GOP side, would Collins run again? Conservatives badly want her out, but we saw how the Snowe seat predictably went this week.

Grahamnesty, can we afford to primary him and get him out? He is all over this benghazi thing.

And if the GOP caves on immigration “reform”/amnesty, is it all over anyway?

karenhasfreedom on November 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Another name to add to the Must Get VooDoo Doll List.

Resist We Much on November 8, 2012 at 8:34 PM

karenhasfreedom on November 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

We’ll knock off Begich. He nearly lost to 90 year old Ted Stevens who had all that legal stuff going on back in 2008. I can’t imagine Palin passing up a chance to be relevant again.

LukeinNE on November 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Can we possible put that corpse Frank Lautenberg out to pasture?

red131 on November 9, 2012 at 6:24 AM

I’ve said it everywhere, love or hate Newt, every potential candidate should be required to attend a “How To Talk To The Media/Constituents, And Not Let Them Control The Narrative” seminar, before being allowed to run. Also, an extreme vetting by Repubs over any candidate can run. Any tiny thing that can be magnified negatively about your past, then you have to go.

di butler on November 9, 2012 at 11:37 AM