WASHINGTON — The Senate Democrat’s push to revamp the rules of the chamber in the days and weeks ahead will provide one of the earliest indications of the elevated leadership role Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is playing within the party.
In mid-November, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a plan to overhaul the leadership’s structure in the next Congress by giving expanded messaging responsibilities to Schumer.
The New York Democrat, known for his political acumen and sharp sound bites, had kept largely quiet heading into the 2010 elections, owing to his own (largely un-remarked upon) re-election contest. Removed from that process, he became more publicly involved during the debate over the expiring Bush tax cuts. But his unique imprint on party messaging seems likely to be felt fully and strongly during the forthcoming efforts to revamp the rules of the Senate.