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Much Ado About Nothing: Chuck Schumer's Rise Won't Salve The Senate

03/28/2015 10:41 am ET | Updated May 28, 2015

Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid's decision not to seek reelection in 2016 will mark the end of his impressive 30-year career in the Senate. Mr. Reid, one of the least charismatic politicians to rise to his post but who mastered the Senate arcane rules to his party's advantage, anointed Chuck Schumer as his successor. "I feel very comfortable about this continuity of leadership with Schumer. He will be elected to replace me in 22 months." Additionally, another possible contender for the top job, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, has indicated that he will step aside to allow Mr. Schumer's ascent.