Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Retirement Party

What do these 3 men have in common?

If you said that they're all retiring after their terms conclude, you were right. Governor Bill Ritter (D-CO) and Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) have all stated they will not be running for re-election. Ritter and Dorgan have confirmed today that they will retire and Dodd is expected to announce tomorrow.

This comes as tough news for the party, who lost their Michigan Gubernatorial candidate and recently saw one of their own ranks switch to the GOP.

The question is:  Are Democrats in deep trouble or are these standard political retirements?

Update (1/6): Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) seems to disagree.


Franco said...

I don't think Dodd will be a big loss because AG Blumenthal should be able to step in, but Dorgan and Ritter were in Red States. Dorgan especially. State government is a whole different ballgame, so I don't think the Ritter retirement is a big deal.

ShamRockNRoll said...

Yeah, I don't see Dodd as much of a loss... Also, this media theme of 2010 wreaking havoc on the Democratic party is a bit exaggerated. There have been the same number of Republican retirements in the House (actually maybe a few more) than there have for the Dems. We may lose some seats, but the odds of losing control of either chamber of Congress are quite slim.