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Losing 2 senators, 1 gov equals worries for Dems

AP National Political Writer Jan 6, 1:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) � 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.

(ap) - Ritter Rhymes with Quitter!... I wonder if all of the Liberals who have Obsessed on Hammering Sarah for being a Quitter with regard to her Governorship are going to be Intellectually Honest about the Governor of the State where Obama made his Claim just over a Year ago and who was a �Rising Star of the DemocRAT Party�?... My God, they seemed Indestructible just a few Months ago didn�t they?� And Believed they were. The way the Left was Portraying it, the DemocRATS were going to be Winning for as long as the Clinton Surpluses were supposed to last... What was that again, a Quarter of a Century?... Yeah, and then 40 Days after he Left Office there was a Recession. Liberals Believe their own Dishonest Propaganda and right now they are Reeling about these (3) EARLY Losses. It ain't even End of Summer yet Kids. If Unemployment stays Near 10% by Summers End, the DemocRATS who are up for Election are going to take a Severe Beating at the Polls... Bet! - tha malcontent)

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.

(Dodd... The DemocRAT who Praised a Former KKK Grand Kleagle who Filibustered Against Civil Rights for Blacks (Senator Robert "there are White Niggers" Byrd D-KKK) as a Person who would have been Great at ANY Time in America's History, Including during the Civil War Era... Dodd said this about a US Senator who was a KKK Member and who Filibuster AGAINST Civil Rights for Blacks during this Country's History... Did Dodd (D) Think that Byrd was "Great" then?... Don't Expect me to Post a Quote of his Answer to the Question that was NEVER Asked by his Lapdog Liberal Media. They were too Busy Destroying Trent Lott (R) over a Comment at a 100-year-old's Birthday Roast. - tha malcontent)

As 2009 ended, Democrats watched a string of their House members announce retirements and one congressman defect to the GOP.

(Yes... Yes they did. But somehow the "Free Press" has continued to tell the American People who they Serve that they Hate the GOP, in Spite of Barry's Falling Poll Numbers and his Party's Collapse Politically. - tha malcontent)

Now, with Dodd, Dorgan and Ritter out, Republicans have even more to crow about, if not better opportunities to pick up Democratic-held seats.

("Republicans have even more to CROW about"... Classic, AP... Classic. - tha malcontent)

Democrats, who have a 60-40 Senate majority that includes two independents who vote with them, now will have to defend four open seats in the Senate. The others are Delaware and Illinois, where Sens. Ted Kaufman and Roland Burris were appointed to the seats vacated by Vice President Joe Biden and Obama. Kaufman and Burris are not running for election to the seats.

Among governors, Democrats are seeking to maintain their 26-24 majority in a year when those elected will oversee the redrawing of congressional and legislative districts for the next decade.

(The Districts... That's where the DemocRATS try to get the Population Concentration Camps where they House their Constituency, to be Little bit Larger... It's Easier to Herd your SHEEP when they are in Conveniently Spaced Housing Projects and Dependent on your Teat for their VERY Existence. - tha malcontent)

Republicans and Democrats alike say they now expect competitive races for the Senate seat in North Dakota, a GOP-tilting state, and the governor's seat in Colorado, a pivotal swing state that has trended toward Democrats in recent years but may be shifting back toward Republicans.

(I Assure you that Colorado was only Cheating with the DemocRATS and they�ve gotten their Shot for the Clap and will be Returning Home to their GOP in Coming Elections. As for North Dakota, I HOPE Big Ed Shultz tries for that Seat... I am Honestly PRAYING that he does. That level of Failure could Destroy his Pissant Radio Career, and that would be GREAT, because he is a Hate-filled, Dishonest Caricature of what Liberals FEEL Rush is! - tha malcontent)

But in Democratic-leaning Connecticut, Dodd's retirement may actually boost the chances that the seat he's held for five terms will remain in Democratic hands. The party can now recruit a more popular candidate to run, bolstering the prospects of thwarting a Republican victory.

(Whoever it was, it would be a RINO anyway... That State is not GOP and Probably NEVER will be. - tha malcontent)

Longtime Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal told The Associated Press on Wednesday morning that he will run for Dodd's seat. Blumenthal, a Democrat, is seen as one of the state's most popular politicians. He planned to publicly announce his candidacy later Wednesday.

Considered by many insiders to be the most endangered Senate Democrat, Dodd announced his retirement Wednesday in Connecticut, saying the past year has been tough. "I lost a beloved sister in July and, in August, Ted Kennedy. I battled cancer over the summer, and in the midst of all of this, found myself in the toughest political shape of my career," he said.

Dodd, 66, is chairman of Senate Banking Committee, which was at the center of efforts to deal with the economic meltdown. And he has played a prominent role in the debate over overhauling health care, taking over for his friend Sen. Edward Kennedy during his illness and then after his death. Dodd underwent surgery for prostate cancer in August; he said it was in an early, treatable stage.

His poll standing has fallen precipitously since 2008.

Dodd ran for the Democratic presidential nomination that year, moving his family to Iowa for weeks before the caucuses and angering Connecticut constituents. He dropped out after a poor showing in Iowa.

The senator also has drawn criticism for his role in writing a bill that protected bonuses for executives at bailed-out insurer American International Group Inc. and for allegations he got favorable treatment on mortgages with Countrywide Financial Corp.

(And if the "Free Press" was Telling you about a REPUBLICan who had done this, it wouldn't be News to your right now... He would Probably be on Trial. - tha malcontent)

Early polling in the race showed him consistently trailing potential GOP challenger Rob Simmons, a former House member who is competing for the Republican nomination against World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder Linda McMahon.

Dorgan, the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, said Tuesday he reached his decision after discussing his future with family over the holidays.

"Although I still have a passion for public service and enjoy my work in the Senate, I have other interests and I have other things I would like to pursue outside of public life," said Dorgan, 67.

(Filthy Bastards... I HATE it when Politicians USE their Families as Excuses to Avoid Failure @ the Polls or to Avoid the Spotlight as potentially Criminal Charges are coming their way... - tha malcontent)

The move stunned Democrats.

(I bet!... They Thought the GOP was going away FOREVER just a few Months ago... The Messiah had Converted EVERYONE!... DemocRAT Majorities for Generations! Welcome to America, Noobs!... Say Hello to the Fickle American Voter and Political Realities! - tha malcontent)

They were confident heading into the new year that Dorgan, a moderate Democrat in a GOP-leaning state, would run for re-election even as rumors intensified that Republican Gov. John Hoeven would challenge him in November. Early polling showed Dorgan trailing Hoeven in a hypothetical contest, and Democrats expected a competitive race if the matchup materialized.

("Dorgan, a moderate DemocRAT"... "Not Marxist" is "Moderate" to the AP and the Left. - tha malcontent)

Hoeven has not announced a candidacy but he told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was "very seriously" considering one.

(The "Free Press" must Not want Ed Shultz... Because the DemocRATS Asked him to Run for this Seat once Dorgan Announced he was Quitting. Interesting Lack of Mention by the AP so far... - tha malcontent)

Democrats quickly started recruiting a candidate to run in Dorgan's place. Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy may be interested as well as Heidi Heitkamp, a former state attorney general and tax commissioner who was defeated by Hoeven in the 2000 gubernatorial race.

(Nope... Still no Mention of Shultz... Curious. - tha malcontent)

In Colorado, Democratic officials informed Tuesday of Ritter's decision said the governor planned to announce Wednesday that he won't run for a second term in November.

Elected in 2006, Ritter was among those Democrats who helped the party make inroads into what was once a solidly Republican state. He helped pave the way for Obama to win Colorado in 2008 and had been widely considered a rising star in the Democratic Party.

(A Rising Star that has Turned into a Black Hole... Who else is going to get Sucked into it?, that's the Question... - tha malcontent)

Top contenders to replace Ritter on the Democratic ticket include Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and former House Speaker Andrew Romanoff.

(Hickenlooper's Former Illegal Alien Employee WOULD be an Issue if the "Free Press" was in the DemocRATS Court... You don't Know what I am Talking about?... I am SHOCKED!... Well, an Illegal Alien by the name of Raul Garcia-Gomez who was Employed by Hickenlooper at his Cherry Cricket establishment here in Denver Shot a Denver Cop in the Back of the Head and then Fled to the Motherland of Mexico... Had Hickenlooper been a REPUBLICan, he would have NEVER been Mayor, and would have Possibly been Implicated in the Officers Execution for having Harbored the Illegal with Employment. I wonder who the DA was at the Time?... Was it Quitter Ritter (D)?... I may have to Look that one up. - tha malcontent)

Two Republicans are seeking the GOP nomination: former Rep. Scott McInnis and businessman Dan Maes.

("Top contenders" for the DemocRATS and "Two REPUBLICans are seeking" for the GOP... I am Sure that was Unintentional! My Work here is Done. - tha malcontent)


Associated Press writers David Espo, Ken Thomas and Andrew Miga in Washington, Steven K. Paulson in Denver, Dale Wetzel in Bismarck, N.D., and Susan Haigh and David Collins in Hartford, Conn., contributed to this report.



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