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    Yes, Harry has stepped up a few times. He's also stepped on Obama's message more than a few times. We need somebody fresher and stronger and more focused to put a new face on our brand. Harry and frankly Nancy too have been successfully caricatured as cartoon boogeymen by the other side.

    A major focus in the new term has got to be legislative reform. Filibuster needs to be reigned in.  Who can do that? Who's best to pit against The Turtle in the Senate and his odious cohorts in the Kantor- run house?

    "What everyone wants is a job and some hope."--RFK

    by For Dean in Dixie on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 03:01:55 PM PDT

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    •  Here's the more likely scenario (0+ / 0-)

      I believe John Boner (prefer Boner to Boehner) won't become House Minority Leader if the Democrats regain the majority rule in the House of Representatives.  He isn't at all a Tea Party Republican and it's been evident he's been under serious pressure to try to unite the GOP in the House while handling the Tea Party crowd at the same time.  He hasn't been the effective leader he was supposed to be when he was voted to replace Tom DeLay.  If Eric Cantor survives the challenge from Wayne Powell this election cycle, then it's likely he'll become the leader for the GOP in the House as he's more tied to the Tea Party than Boner is.

      Nancy Pelosi - I hear you on this although she's better at organizing and is better on the issues for progressive than Harry Reid is.  Pelosi voted against the 2002 War Resolution in Iraq whereas Reid voted for it.  Pelosi is also more pro-choice whereas Reid is more pro-life.  I would say a large number of Democrats want her to regain the gavel again.

      Harry Reid, on the other hand, will likely remain as Senate Majority Leader.  I see that as a far more likely scenario.  That being said, I would still support an effort to bring new fresh blood:

      John Kerry - A number of people who were on my Kerry campaign team in 2004 had raised the question of him becoming Senate Minority Leader.  Obviously back then it would have been difficult for Kerry to obtain that position as he just lost the election to President Bush.  Still, when he regained the fire in his belly, he started to become strong again and he's been effective since.  He's a strong with debating and never backs down from a fight with the GOP if faced with one.  However, it's more likely Kerry will be considered for Secretary of State.  His passion is foreign policy and the environment and I believe he'd rather be focused on those issues than trying to manage the operations of running the U.S. Senate.

      Sherrod Brown - He's definitely a strong Democrat and is liked by many on Daily Kos.  He's not a divisive person my any means and could definitely bring a good name to Ohio.

      Dick Durbin - I like Durbin.  If Reid steps down as Senate Majority Leader, I wouldn't have a problem with Durbin taking over.  He's more liberal than Durbin is and was a very early Obama supporter.

      Also, it might be nice if say a women were to become Senate Majority Leader.

      •  Oops! Error spotted! (0+ / 0-)

        "Dick Durbin - I like Durbin.  If Reid steps down as Senate Majority Leader, I wouldn't have a problem with Durbin taking over.  He's more liberal than Durbin is and was a very early Obama supporter."

        Now I actually meant "he's more liberal than Reid is."

      •  My guess - John Kerry will be the next SoS... (0+ / 0-)

        ...if Obama wins reelection.

        Then maybe Deval Patrick will run for his seat, setting the stage for him nationally to compete for the presidency in 2016 or later. Don't know if he will win the nomination, but it would be nice for Patrick to be in the senate.

        "If these Republicans can't stand up to Rush, how can they stand up to the Iranians?" - Redmond Barry

        by xsonogall on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 05:02:17 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, a Senator Deval Patrick sounds nice (1+ / 0-)
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          I never thought of that.

        •  Kerry (0+ / 0-)

          is a good senator and should stay in to run foreign relations committee. He is certainly qualified to be SoS, but we need a stylistically different type to be the face of the US on the international stage. More of a schmoozer/also 3-D chess player type.

          What about good old Richardson? Still credible?

          Deval Patrick certainly needs to move up. Where and when exactly may depend on outcome of Warren/Brown battle.

          "What everyone wants is a job and some hope."--RFK

          by For Dean in Dixie on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 06:20:22 PM PDT

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          •  From what I remember, Richardson was... (0+ / 0-)

            ...exonerated from the charges that kept him from being commerce secretary.  Of course the GOP still won't make it that easy if he were nominated, but making him SoS would have the advantage of not having Kerry leave the senate (hence the Dems having to sweat out another off-cycle election that landed us the Coakley debacle), as well as Obama making history as having nominated the first Hispanic SoS. (At least I'm assuming he'd be the first. Not sure this is accurate.)

            Haven't seen Richardson in a while though.

            "If these Republicans can't stand up to Rush, how can they stand up to the Iranians?" - Redmond Barry

            by xsonogall on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 08:23:23 PM PDT

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