Unlike the current Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, left, Chuck Schumer’s inclination is toward doing a deal, writes Patricia Murphy. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
No matter what happens on Election Day, a New Yorker will become the most powerful person in Washington, and it may not be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
Either Clinton or Trump will live in the White House, but when it comes to getting an agenda passed into law, they’ll need Senate Democrats’ votes to do it. And to get those votes, they’re going to need Sen. Chuck Schumer, the rising Senate Democratic leader and the man poised to be a Clinton consiglieri or Trump’s not-so-loyal opposition.