Despite losing at least eight seats, and probably nine before all the votes are counted by 2015, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has not faced much in the way of a public pushback from his fellow Democrats… until today.
Purple state Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) revealed on Thursday that she will not back Reid in his role as minority leader in the next Congress.
The revelation came as a surprise when she was asked by reporters if she would stand by Reid. “I will not,” McCaskill replied.
“Yesterday, I met with Harry Reid and told him I would not be supporting him for minority leader,” McCaskill said in a subsequent statement. “I heard the voters of Missouri loud and clear. They want change in Washington. Common sense tells me that begins with changes in leadership.”
Roll Call noted that the currents of discontent are surging just below the Senate Democratic conference’s placid surface.
Now if we can only get enough establishment Republicans to make similar statements regarding Bohnner and McConnell, perhaps they will be able to remove their head from their anterior orifices. It would be too much to expect Republicans in either house to replace them with real conservatives.