When Harry Reid first tapped Chuck Schumer to lead the DSCC back in 2005, Republicans were still riding a wave of popularity. But an extreme reversal in the political climate, coupled with Schumer’s success in recruiting good candidates, has made for much more lofty ambitions. Gains are now a given. The question is simply whether the pick-up will be three seats — probably the minimum required for this year to be judged a success — or something between that and six, the number the Democrats need to attain a majority.
Back in June, Schumer told me that the barometer had already changed significantly.
Here’s what DSCC spokesman Phil Singer told me today:
And here, for the hell of it, is the assessment of always-enthusiastic Democratic fund-raiser and TV talking head Robert Zimmerman:
— Jason Horowitz