"He's there as long as he wants to be."
"Time for Dick Durbin and a new generation."
"One would hope he has the good grace to step aside — time for new blood, a fresh face and lead the way for Nancy to do the same."
"Schumer would be breathing down his neck, and Reid would somewhat gracefully step aside."
"After having such a huge 60-seat majority just a few years ago, Reid would go down as a leader who oversaw one of the greatest political collapses in Senate history. Reason enough."
"He should begin to think of an exit strategy, either way."
If Democrats lose the Senate, will Majority Leader Harry Reid remain head of the Democratic caucus?
REPUBLICANS (94 VOTES)
"As fun as a coup would be, it seems unlikely."
"It will take more than losing the majority to kill him off."
"If Democrats lose, it will be because of the map and Obama. Dems outperformed Republicans the last cycle, and Reid is responsible."
"He is ideally suited to be an obstructionist."
"He has an impressive consolidation of power for a Senate leader."
"It is better to be feared than loved."
"Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin are the ultimate insurance policy."
"Even though his antics are wearing thin, senators don't often mutiny."
"My sense is they cannot wait to be done with him."
"Will he? Maybe. Should he? No."
"No one likes to see a loser as the mouthpiece of the party."
"Not unless the caucus completely loses its collective mind!"
"Reid's only exit is in a pine box. Unlike Pelosi, he is their top strategist, the central brain-bug."
"Too much baggage associated with Dirty Harry, and too much ambition in the Democratic caucus."
"Reid will argue that he needs to focus on reelection after he fails to convince his colleagues it is all Obama's fault."
"He will be searching for Searchlight if they lose the Senate."
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