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Byron Dorgan cries uncle

Even I didn’t think hope and change would make it this bad for the Democrats in 2010:

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) announced this evening that he’s retiring at the end of his term, a shocking development that threatens Democratic control of his Senate seat next year.

Dorgan was up for re-election in 2010, but the third-term senator wasn’t facing any strong Republican opposition– but was facing the growing possibility of a serious challenge from popular Gov. John Hoeven (R-N.D.).

In his statement, Dorgan said his retirement was borne out of the desire to spend more time with his family.

Let me be clear.  An incumbent Senator, in the majority party which controls both congressional chambers as well as the White House, with an alleged “mandate” in the prior year’s election, does not retire his seat to “spend time with his family”.   It just doesn’t happen.   Unless, of course, their political ship is sinking.  Period.

A lot of reaction across the blogosphere right now.  Even liberals are finding it difficult to spin.  As I’m sure will be the case for the 2010 midterms in general, Obamacare is playing a big part in the North Dakota race.   

Meanwhile, a Dorgan smack-down:

Dorgan faces almost certain defeat if Republican Governor John Hoeven runs against him. According to Rasmussen’s latest poll on December 21, Hoeven would trounce Dorgan, 58% to 36%. Health care is a huge problem for the senator, as a whopping 64% of North Dakotans don’t want what Dorgan is voting to give them.

What a schmuck Dorgan is. Rather than doing what his constituents want him to do and vote against the Democrats’ health care catastrophe, he’s going to vote for it anyway and then retire and enjoy the government’s fat pension and high quality health care, all funded by the US taxpayer. What a freaking coward.

(via Malkin)

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