Losing 2 senators, 1 gov equals worries for Dems
By LIZ SIDOTI
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
(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
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. -
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
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
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
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. -
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
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
Top contenders to replace Ritter on the Democratic ticket include Denver Mayor
John Hickenlooper, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and former House Speaker
(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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