He does seem to be far more predictable, e.g. his pedestrian comments on the Libby commutation. If he were going to issue a press release, he could have at least had some creativity and originality (Durbin's had some fun to it).I doubt that the Democrats did themselves any favors naming him majority leader. There are some far smarter alternatives, such as Chuck Schumer. I'm not a particular Chuck Schumer fan, but I've never questioned his IQ or skills.