From the Reno newspaper:
Reid will become one of the main faces of the Democratic Party when he takes over in January from Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.
That can be politically dangerous when your party is out of power. Daschle lost re-election in South Dakota to John Thune, a Republican strongly backed by the White House.
Daschle was labeled an obstructionist by Republicans. And he was forced to take positions in support of Senate Democrats that sometimes conflicted with interests of South Dakotans, said University of South Dakota political science professor Bill Richardson.
“I think what happened to Tom Daschle is a cautionary tale to Sen. Reid,” Richardson said.