jeffp, reports I am hearing on the subject do not confirm your understanding. I just heard another report that when Sen. Campbell switched, Sen. Daschle derided him because he didn't resign his seat and stand for election as a Republican. In Jefford's case Daschel makes no such demand but instead, offers him a major Committee chairmanship.
I also heard an interesting item on the news last night. It seems that under the terms of the joint power-sharing agreement Daschel negotiated with Trent Lott at the beginning of this session, the shared leadership provisions will be in force through next year. I'm confident that the new Majority Leader will not try to renege on that agreement. Right?