Reid Takes the Long View

Senate majority leader points toward 2010, looking to avoid Daschle's fate
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2008 8:00 PM CDT
US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, center, is seen at lunch with US soldiers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.   (AP Photo/Daniel Roland)
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(Newser) – Harry Reid has positioned himself among the Democratic elite in Washington, but that doesn't mean the Senate majority leader is taking his eye off of the 2010 election in his home state of Nevada, reports Politico. Reid is maintaining his power position in the Senate while discreetly launching a campaign to keep his seat and avoid the fate of Tom Daschle in 2004.

Reid is reaching out to Republican voters in Nevada by courting conservative talk show hosts, promoting state energy initiatives, and spearheading a bipartisan energy summit. "He's smart, he’s shrewd and he’s a chameleon,” said a Nevada Republican source. “He will transform himself.”