WASHINGTON — With the 2010 election year barely under way, two senators and one governor — all Democrats — ditched plans to run for re-election in the latest signs of trouble for President Barack Obama's party.
Taken together, the decisions by Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota as well as Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter caused another bout of heartburn for Democrats as they struggle to defend themselves in a sour political environment for incumbents, particularly the party in charge.
As 2009 ended, Democrats watched a string of their House members announce retirements and one congressman defect to the GOP.
Now, with Dodd, Dorgan and Ritter out, Republicans have even more to crow about, if not better opportunities to pick up Democratic-held seats.
Answer by Carpy at 8:51 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 8:21 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
I think this is a dbl edged sword for the Rs. If the balance is shifted to the middle, affecting decisions made, IMO this only strengthens Os chances of being reelected. A move back to the middle will likely pacify many, many voters in this country. I think the Rs want voters to be miserable and wanting of change in order to secure the 2012 election.
Answer by Sisteract at 8:33 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 8:52 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
Answer by Sisteract at 8:56 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
How do they have better oppurtunities? If a dem chooses to leave that position, that doesn't mean if will be picked up by a republican...and funny that you think automatically thats a good thing without even knowing WHO the republicans are that would replace them....
Aren't there even more republicans vacation positions? Anon said 6 I don't usually rely on the words from anons...
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:11 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:05 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 10:06 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
I would trust an anon over you and your blind hatred of Conservatives. Will post anon in support of them.lol
You are the little stalker huh? lol..You said the same yesterday....I don't have a hatred of conservatives, I dislike and disagree with alot of the ones on CM because of what they show here ...so that isn't blind and isn't represenatative of all repubs
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:16 AM on Jan. 6, 2010
Answer by Lindalu2 at 10:23 AM on Jan. 6, 2010