The Hill has a report titled, "Reid makes it clear he’s no Daschle". Excerpt:
Reid "understands we’ve had a problem communicating our position to the American people, and he’s tired of having us defined by the other side," said David DiMartino, press secretary to Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).
The charges became specific:
Implicit in some of the calls for a more "aggressive" press operation is a criticism of Daschle’s organization.
"I don’t think there’s a perception that there was necessarily anything wrong with the way Daschle was doing it," said one Senate Democratic aide. "There was a perception that we are up against a very, very aggressive message operation that in fact puts message above all else and in fact is willing to say things that aren’t true in support of their political goals. That requires a ramping up of our effort to get accurate info out there."
Some Democratic aides say Daschle’s organization became too focused on home-state concerns as Daschle’s own Senate seat became increasingly in peril.
"The way Daschle press shop was set up, it was too slow," said one Democratic press secretary. "It was too narrow. They just didn’t do enough for other members. The message always just seemed to be Daschle’s message — as opposed to the message of the party."
All of this gives substance to the argument that Daschle was no longer the Democrat leader in the Senate even if he had won re-election.
Here is insight on the footage the Thune campaign ran of Daschle saying he is a DC resident:
For now, Reid plans to discontinue the practice of giving dugouts, when previous leaders have taken questions from the press on a number of policy and political issues without TV cameras present.
Daschle has expressed regret for getting away from the practice during the last year as his campaign heated up. At one point during his Senate race, Daschle had TV ads run against him based on a clip from a dugout session where he had claimed to be a D.C. resident.