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Ed was rather relieved to see the news that Harry Reid would be exiting stage Left at this end of his current term, and there are more than adequate reasons to be happy to see “Dirty Harry” going out the door. But we were chatting when the news first broke and I expressed a couple of minor reservations about celebrating too much. First – and I admit this is a rather petty attitude – it would have been far more satisfying to have Reid run for another term and lose. Yes, the end result is the same, and this is far more of a sure thing, but it just would have seemed like more of a vindication. But second, and far more to the point, his obvious replacement to be the leader of Senate Democrats is Chuck Schumer. As a born and raised New Yorker, I can assure you that this is by no means an upgrade.