On Sunday, Senator Charles Schumer told reporters he isn’t particularly interested in retaking the reins of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
This morning, the Wall Street Journal explains why it isn’t very appealing this time around, starting with the fact that nearly half the Democratic delegation–a whopping 23 senators–are up for re-election in 2012.
More important, among those 23 Democrats who face voters in 2012 are a handful of incumbents from the kind of moderate to conservative states where Democrats took a beating last week: Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Jon Tester of Montana, Jim Webb of Virginia and Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Of course, it’s all the same senators Schumer helped elect in 2006, when he led Democrats to a six-seat gain. But the next chair would probably be content just to hold the majority, after the party lost six seats on Tuesday, cutting its majority to 53 (including the two independents who caucus with Democrats).
The current chairman, New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, is one of the 23 up for re-election, making it unlikely he’ll stick around in the top spot. And, thus far, no one has stepped up to lead the charge.