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Christmas is coming a little late for DSCC Chairman Robert Menendez:

Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio will not seek re-election in 2010.

Voinovich said in a statement Monday that the challenges facing the state and country will require him to devote all of his energy to serving out his current term and that campaigning and fundraising would take time away from his work as a senator.

Voinovich, 72, also said he wants to spend more time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Voinovich is the fourth Republican Senator to officially announce retirement this cycle, joining Senators Sam Brownback of Kansas, Christopher "Kit" Bond of Missouri, and Mel Martinez of Florida.

A fifth Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, is also expected to resign from the Senate prior to 2010, with an eye on her state's Governorship.

The deluge of Republican retirements may not yet be over; such announcements may yet come from Sens. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Jim Bunning of Kentucky.

With potentially competitive races in Louisiana and North Carolina as well, the map is looking exceptionally good for Democrats, who need only one seat (pending the seating of Senator-elect Al Franken of Minnesota) to gain a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats. The oldest Democratic Senator up for reelection in 2010, Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, has announced his intention to run for reelection, leaving only Barbara Mikulski of Maryland as a serious retirement possibility.

Between the raft of retirements so far, the number of potentially vulnerable Republican incumbents, and the limited number of vulnerable Democratic seats, NRSC chairman John Cornyn has an extremely difficult road ahead of him, even accounting for a potentially favorable political climate in 2010.

As far as the Ohio seat goes, most of the speculation within the state has revolved around Representative Tim Ryan (who was heavily recruited for a Senate run in 2006), Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman (who also considered such a run), Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, Representative Zack Space (who has won two elections in a solidly Republican district), and Representative Betty Sutton (a Cleveland-area liberal who would be the state's first female Senator).

The two biggest Republican names in the batch are former Representative, OMB Director, and US Trade Representative Rob Portman, and former Representative (and 2000 Presidential candidate) John Kasich. It's rumored Kasich is considering a run for Governor rather than the Senate, against incumbent Democrat Ted Strickland.
Roll Call also mentions former Senator Mike DeWine, who lost quite badly to Sherrod Brown in 2006, 56-44. If Republicans really want to rebrand the party and stamp a new face on today's GOP, running an old Gingrich/DeLay era retread wouldn't seem to be the best choice.

Democrats have an exceptionally strong field of political talent in Ohio, and it's only gotten stronger of late (with the recent election of Reps. Steve Driehaus, Mary Jo Kilroy and John Boccieri). The Senate race looks like a tossup at the moment, and Ohio Democrats should be awfully optimistic about a Senate pickup in the Buckeye State.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:45 AM PST.

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  •  Portman is IN already (6+ / 0-)

    He has scheduled an Announcement Speech right after Voinovich's Speech Politico confirms.

  •  This is good but also bad... (0+ / 0-)

    George Voinovich's retirement certainly makes picking up the Senate seat in Ohio easier.  But Rob Portman will run for the seat and he's a very strong candidate and we'll have problems finding a Democrat to match him.

    I am proud to admit that I come from one of the districts that had the least votes for George W. Bush in the entire country.

    by ThePrometheusMan on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:47:57 AM PST

  •  Now the question is (4+ / 0-)
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    MD patriot, blueyedace2, cjallen, filby

    Can Cornyn do worse than Dole and Ensign? He's gunning for the prize!

    Don't donate to the DSCC in 2010 - They'll give your money to Harry Reid.

    by arcticshadow on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:48:03 AM PST

  •  Harry Ried (5+ / 0-)

    will find some way to blow a 60+ seat majority.

    All this wasted time learning and acquiring skills... And all along I should have just squinted to see Russia

    by fizziks on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:50:06 AM PST

    •  Not if we get rid of him in 2010 (6+ / 0-)

      A senate seat is dispensable to get rid of inept leadership.

      Don't donate to the DSCC in 2010 - They'll give your money to Harry Reid.

      by arcticshadow on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:57:01 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I'm supporting his primary challenger (4+ / 0-)

        and if Reid wins anyway I will support his Republican opponent.

        With all the seats we're in line to win, we can afford to toss one back.  What we CAN'T afford is having Harry Reid's continued failures and ceding of the agenda to Addison McConnell and the Republicans.

        More Democrats? Fuck that. We need BETTER Democrats -- or a third party. We need to PURGE the quislings from the Senate.

        by simca on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:06:47 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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          MD patriot

          Imagine what a REAL leader could do with a 58-59 (bare minimum) majority.

          Don't donate to the DSCC in 2010 - They'll give your money to Harry Reid.

          by arcticshadow on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:08:43 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Problem is, it's Nevada (4+ / 0-)

          We really need to be building the party brand here in a key Western state. A better Democrat in the primary would be good, but we shouldn't let GOP strength grow in Nevada. Even Harry the wimp would be better than that.

          REPUBLICANS: The Older White Meat.

          by AdmiralNaismith on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:11:41 AM PST

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          •  He would be better than a Republican (1+ / 0-)
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            MD patriot

            If he WASN'T majority leader.

            I say Reid has a choice -- he can promise to resign as majority leader, or he can face an alternative version of the "PUMAs".

            Don't donate to the DSCC in 2010 - They'll give your money to Harry Reid.

            by arcticshadow on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:14:25 AM PST

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            •  Except the PUMAS were even wimpier than Reid. (1+ / 0-)
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              OH 09 Dem

              Which is saying a lot. He'd laugh at that threat.

              REPUBLICANS: The Older White Meat.

              by AdmiralNaismith on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:18:42 AM PST

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            •  He'd never listen (1+ / 0-)
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              MD patriot

              The only thing to do here is to launch a full-throated movement to defeat and remove him.  We then wave his scalp around and let underperforming Democrats know that they could be the next victim.

              In other words, taking out the dangerously incompetent and very likely compromised Reid could be the beginning of a long-overdue movement to hold Democrats accountable.

              More Democrats? Fuck that. We need BETTER Democrats -- or a third party. We need to PURGE the quislings from the Senate.

              by simca on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 10:09:07 AM PST

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          •  Not true (1+ / 0-)
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            MD patriot

            Harry Reid could single-handedly derail Obama's entire agenda.  And he WILL -- because he has shown his true loyalty is to the Republicans.  He has shown it again and again and again.

            He MUST be removed even if it puts a Repuke in that seat.  Period.

            More Democrats? Fuck that. We need BETTER Democrats -- or a third party. We need to PURGE the quislings from the Senate.

            by simca on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:53:14 AM PST

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    •  Harry's the most vulnerable Dem Senator in 2010 (3+ / 0-)
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      MD patriot, LordMike, arcticshadow

      The question is, are the Republicans going to go hard after him. It's almost better for them if they don't. What if they elect a GOP backbencher with very low seniority, and the new Dem majority leader is an actual LEADER?

      Hence the problems with the GOP bench, which is actually quite shallow. The GOP Governor and Lt. Governor have their own ethics scandals and may just be out the door on their own; Porter just lost his swing district; the GOP leaders in the State Senate don't want the job...

      REPUBLICANS: The Older White Meat.

      by AdmiralNaismith on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:10:07 AM PST

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    •  Certainly (2+ / 0-)
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      MD patriot, ThePrometheusMan

      You know, I've given Reid the bene of the doubt what with the slight majority. He's not the most charismatic leader, but Senate leaders rarely are. They don't need to be.

      But the whole Blagojevich nonsense, plunging the U.S. Senate into what is clearly an Illinois affair was bush. Bush-league I mean. Amateur. What the hell was he thinking? Nothing was lost in terms of "credibility" (Congress has little of that to begin with), but geez. You're the leader, go and lead.

      "Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President. One hopes it is the same half." - Gore Vidal

      by sapper on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:24:22 AM PST

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  •  Great news but please no social conservatives (0+ / 0-)

    as a democratic nominee

    Sorry I have to run to the Senate floor to abolish torture.

    by bten on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:50:19 AM PST

  •  I don't understand this obsession with this (3+ / 0-)
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    MD patriot, sapper, Shirl In Idaho

    magic number of 60.  

    Given the way, 'Hairy Red' is flexing puny, cajoneless muscles even before Obama has taken office, that number means nothing.

    From Alabama to Obama - You've come a long way baby.

    by amk for obama on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:51:31 AM PST

    •  chutzpah (or lack of) aside, (2+ / 0-)
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      MD patriot, amk for obama

      It just looks like craftiness and guile left Harry a long time ago. If he didn't have this (at all) as a minority leader, what good will he be as a majority leader?

      "Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President. One hopes it is the same half." - Gore Vidal

      by sapper on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:26:41 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  We're going to need a good candidate against... (1+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2

    Portman.  The issue for Ohio is the economy and Portman will run on his managerial/economic experience.  Do we have any candidate who can match him?  If the economy does not improve under Obama, look for a Republican pickup.

    I am proud to admit that I come from one of the districts that had the least votes for George W. Bush in the entire country.

    by ThePrometheusMan on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:51:55 AM PST

  •  Since Jeb has said he is not running for Senate (1+ / 0-)
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    sherlyle

    for Martinez's seat...do you think Democrats also have a good chance in Florida?

  •  What I'll always remember about Voinovich (5+ / 0-)

    Voinovich literally broke down in tears over the Bolton confirmation hearings, disparaging the future of his children. But then, that sentiment didn't go so far as to keep him from voting in favor of Bolton's confirmation.

    In the final analysis, Voinovich, a so-called 'moderate' Republican, proves to be more than willing to sell his soul.

    "The future of my children" be dammmed, right George?

    Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? - Sun Tzu

    by thenekkidtruth on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:52:56 AM PST

  •  It is interesting that (2+ / 0-)
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    sapper, blueyedace2

    many of we Democrats seem to think the magic number of 60 will bring us what we want.  But I am having difficulty remembering the last really important vote taken in the senate that we ever had ALL Democrats voting in line.  Doesn't happen very often and on many really important bills there are usually 12 or 13 that do not vote with the Dems.  It is more of mythology for me than an actuality.  There is no lock step party line in the Democratic party so I wouldn't be expecting some magical turn around even if we had 65 seats. But it is fun to dream.

    *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

    by Shirl In Idaho on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:52:59 AM PST

    •  As much as we bash Reid... (1+ / 0-)
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      blueyedace2

      ...he manages to keep the caucus together on important votes.  For example, on the Iraq votes (which were politically tough ones), he would get about 53 votes... all of the Dem caucus (minus Lieberman and Nelson) + a few stray Republicans.  That's pretty darn good!

      The caucus will stay together when we need them to...

      Comments that say "GM workers should get retraining" without SPECIFIC DETAILS about those "new jobs" that never come are trollworthy

      by LordMike on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:03:29 AM PST

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      •  The problem with Reid (2+ / 0-)
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        MD patriot, sherlyle

        Isn't about keeping the caucus together...it's about fighting Republican filibusters. He lets them get away with ANYTHING, and all they have do is threaten a filibuster and he gets scared away. It's pathetic. He CAVED to them threatening to filibuster an INCOMING SENATOR (Franken) for Christ's sake! I don't even think that's possible!

        Don't donate to the DSCC in 2010 - They'll give your money to Harry Reid.

        by arcticshadow on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:07:27 AM PST

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        •  The only way to explain the enormity (2+ / 0-)
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          MD patriot, arcticshadow

          of Reid's failure and incompetence is that he is a Republican mole.  

          The most important job of 2010 is his removal.

          More Democrats? Fuck that. We need BETTER Democrats -- or a third party. We need to PURGE the quislings from the Senate.

          by simca on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:09:03 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Well, the caucus is a lot larger now.... (0+ / 0-)

          He only needs to hold it together and get one more vote, then the threat of filibuster is an empty one...

          If he keeps doing what he's done, he'll be fine...

          Comments that say "GM workers should get retraining" without SPECIFIC DETAILS about those "new jobs" that never come are trollworthy

          by LordMike on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:09:48 AM PST

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          •  If Franken EVER gets seated (2+ / 0-)
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            MD patriot, OH 09 Dem

            Since Reid will just keep caving...

            Don't donate to the DSCC in 2010 - They'll give your money to Harry Reid.

            by arcticshadow on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:12:58 AM PST

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            •  Franken will get seated... (0+ / 0-)

              Blame Minnesota law for that one... What a stupid law that withholds a certificate on court challenges.  All it means is any loser can tie up things in the courts for ages, without any merit whatsoever!

              Comments that say "GM workers should get retraining" without SPECIFIC DETAILS about those "new jobs" that never come are trollworthy

              by LordMike on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:16:54 AM PST

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              •  Reid need to get the Party to sue the state... (0+ / 0-)

                ...the state doesn't even support the law.  If Franken doesn't get seated in 2 months, SUE THEIR ASSES.

                "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

                by Mister Gloom on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:18:00 AM PST

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    •  It's why I like dems. (1+ / 0-)
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      Shirl In Idaho

      No locksteppers by any means. Of course, it's frustrating as hell when it has to do with certain issues torture/Iraq/budget/economy, but I appreciate that all these crazy people can have outlandish ideas and all be considered democrats. Call it comedy relief, I guess.

      That said, I agree, a majority in congress doesn't mean squat if your "leaders" in congress are not leaders, coalition builders, fiercely determined to get the votes for one item, then turn around and deliver the same votes for another item. It's immensely difficult, but hell, we pay these people a whole hell of a lot of money in their lifetimes to do it. I would expect some sort of civic responsibility, to some degree, to get the votes for a progressive bill.

      Expect, hope, whatever. Maybe it is too much to ask.

      "Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for President. One hopes it is the same half." - Gore Vidal

      by sapper on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:36:23 AM PST

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    •  When we had 60+ seats good things happened (1+ / 0-)
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      ThePrometheusMan

      Medicare, Medicaid, Civil Rights legislation, and the New Deal all passed when we had 60+ seats.

  •  Please, please (5+ / 0-)

    let mean Jean Schmidt be the GOP candidate...

  •  Stop with the 'filibuster-proof' stuff (4+ / 0-)
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    MadEye, simca, frandor55, Shirl In Idaho

    ... the map is looking exceptionally good for Democrats, who need only one seat (pending the seating of Senator-elect Al Franken of Minnesota) to gain a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats.

    I thought Kagro cleared all that stuff up.

    Count me as one who won't be surprised to see successful Republican filibusters even after we get 60 seats-- especially if Harry Reid remains Majority Leader.

  •  They've got alot of quit in 'em (1+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2

    A broom and dustpan should be issued to each on their way out the door.

    If we want peace, why do we give weapons and call it "aid"?

    by gdwtch52 on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:53:43 AM PST

  •  It's no fun being in the minority (2+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, filby

    These retirements signal they know they will be out to pasture for a long, long time. They are looking at Barack Obama and they know that he will be successful and popular.

  •  But tying Portman to the "economic... (1+ / 0-)
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    ImagineOhio

    failures of the Bush administration" will not be as powerful a message precisely because the Bush administration ended in 2008.  In 2010 we're going to need something else against him as well.

    I am proud to admit that I come from one of the districts that had the least votes for George W. Bush in the entire country.

    by ThePrometheusMan on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:55:33 AM PST

    •  ?? (1+ / 0-)
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      OH 09 Dem

      What incentive does the average Ohio voter have to vote for Portman? They want more free trade and more Ohio jobs lost to China and India? They want more tax cuts and corporate welfare for the rich?

      I don't know what Portman has to run on.

    •  Disagree.... (1+ / 0-)
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      egarratt

      ...Bush's stench will linger... The stench of 20 years of republican government in the statehouse also lingers...  Two years may be a long time, but Ohioans want change and Portman offers none of that...

      Comments that say "GM workers should get retraining" without SPECIFIC DETAILS about those "new jobs" that never come are trollworthy

      by LordMike on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:05:12 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Even if Mikulski retires... (4+ / 0-)
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    Mister Gloom, egarratt, blueyedace2, filby

    ...which there is no signal that she will, the seat is almost certain to stay in Democratic hands, barring some occurrence like the Apocalypse.

    Mitt Palindalhuckalenty for President in 2012.

    by DH from MD on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:59:28 AM PST

  •  One advantage Portman has is that he may have... (2+ / 0-)
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    ImagineOhio, thenekkidtruth

    greater name recognition than either Democratic candidate because of the VP media swarm during the 2008 presidential election.  He's also supposed to be a good fundraiser which is very important.

    I am proud to admit that I come from one of the districts that had the least votes for George W. Bush in the entire country.

    by ThePrometheusMan on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 08:59:44 AM PST

    •  That's how Voinovich did it (0+ / 0-)

      When I was a kid growing up in Ohio, and Voinovich was Comptroller General or somesuch, he'd put stickers on EVERYTHING with his name on it.  In big letters.

      Cigarette displays, liquor stores, grocery store scales . . . I especially remember gas pumps,

      Must have read his name in print a dozen times each week.

      Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? - Sun Tzu

      by thenekkidtruth on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:09:06 AM PST

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    •  Overconfident? (0+ / 0-)

      This is Ohio, after all.  Democrats can never be overconfident.  The Idiot will be gone by 2010.  If we're lucky, we will be coming out of the Recession and Obama will look very good.  

      But Portman is liked in Cincinnati.  He looks clean, talks smart, doesn't seem too ideological.  He looks and sounds practical--and these are things Ohioans like.

      Actually, I hope Joe the Idiot Plummer does run for the GOP nomination; he will split the GOP just like "caribou Barbie" did.  We gained a lot from Palin being on the ticket: I know several Republicans who stayed home in 2008 rather than vote for her for VP.  That, to me, is the untold story of how Obama won Ohio.  He would have won anyway, but the margin was bigger because of all the Republicans who stayed home rather than vote for McCain.

      We would do well to remember that Ohio is, at best, a purple state, and work for whoever is nominated (I'm hoping Tim Ryan, but I like Mike Coleman too).

  •  72 years old!! (0+ / 0-)

    What's the mean/median age of the Senate?

    I'm 41, how many Senators have been there longer than I've been alive?

    Looks like an entrenched generation is finally retiring due to age.

    "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -- George Bernard Shaw

    by Inspector Javert on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:00:17 AM PST

  •  The dark side of retirements (4+ / 0-)

    I've been arguing for some time that we really do have a filibuster-proof Senate majority, even with just 59, because of the number of Republican Senators up in 2010 who rely on "moderate" cred to stay popular in their non-deep south states. I figured those Senators would need to cover their asses by breaking with their party at least some of the time, so they could keep pretending to be mavericks. Since the GOP needs all 41 to hold a filibuster, these "moderates" would have to vote lockstep on EVERY vote for two years, and if they did that, their moderate cred would be exposed as a clear sham.

    I'd identified nine 2010 incumbents who needed targets on their backs on this point: Gregg, Spectre, Voinovich, Grassly, Bond, Thune, Martinez, McCain and Murkowski.

    Except now, three of the most vulnerable of those nine are retiring. Maybe they're free now to give their constituents the ol' one digit salute all the way out the door, now.  And some of the remaining six, like Thune and Murkowski, don't look as vulnerable as the others, although they could become so if they vote to filubuster lots and lots of popular Obama proposals.

    So there is a cost to these retirements. Ah well, there's always the Senators from Maine to work on.

    Worst case scenario is that NEW Republicans run in the purple states, claiming to be moderates without having to prove it by busting the filibusters.

    On the other hand, it may well be worth it to have open seats in very winnable states.  With OH, MO and FL open (and KS, if Sebilius runs), and only Nevada and maybe Illinois looking like problem defense, it's hard to see how we can NOT get a net gain of at least three or four more seats.

    REPUBLICANS: The Older White Meat.

    by AdmiralNaismith on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:00:34 AM PST

    •  Thune, Grassley, and Murkowski are safe (0+ / 0-)

      And in Murkowski's case, she'd want to oppose Obama if she wants to stave off a Palin primary challenge.

      So that leaves just Gregg and Specter. However, some mod Republicans like McCain, Snowe, and Collins will side with the Dems despite whether or not it helps them in re-election. We've got it made, unless Harry Reid finds some way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

      Don't donate to the DSCC in 2010 - They'll give your money to Harry Reid.

      by arcticshadow on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:05:16 AM PST

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      •  They're not safe unless we let them. (1+ / 0-)
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        Suppose Daschle gets us national health care before the 2010 election, or even something significantly better than what we have now. You think there's NO chance he could parley that into getting his old Senate seat back?  I think he could.

        I also think Grassley becomes very vulnerable if he joins in many filibusters. Maybe Vilsak runs. He's got nothing to lose--if he loses the election he stays in the cabinet.

        Murkowski...well, that one could be wishful thinking. But she too, if she votes LOCKSTEP each and every time, could be vulnerable. Especially if she gets a primary challenge from Palin. We should hold her feet to the fire so that she's under pressure and can win only by breaking some filibusters. That way, we at least get a solid underdog chance at it, like Knowles gave us against her in 2004.

        REPUBLICANS: The Older White Meat.

        by AdmiralNaismith on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:17:32 AM PST

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    •  The good news... (5+ / 0-)

      Voinovich is much more "liberal" than they allow him to be.  As governor, he raised taxes twice and even offered a low-cost health care plan for the working poor.  It's how he managed to win election after election with massive majorities.  As the party shifted even more right, and demanded ideological purity, Voinovich became even more constrained by party leadership...

      I suspect that now that he's free of having to "please the base", he'll be more with us than against us.  He may bethe deciding vote in employee free choice.

      He's now going to work on his legacy, not the RNC agenda... I hope!

      Comments that say "GM workers should get retraining" without SPECIFIC DETAILS about those "new jobs" that never come are trollworthy

      by LordMike on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:08:03 AM PST

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  •  But how much will the citizens of Ohio hate... (0+ / 0-)

    Bush in 2010?

    I am proud to admit that I come from one of the districts that had the least votes for George W. Bush in the entire country.

    by ThePrometheusMan on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:01:18 AM PST

  •  Marcy Kaptur for Senate (1+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2

    Let's get Marcy Kaptur in the Senate, to go with Sherrod.

    Make them earn 60.

    by jgkojak on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:01:37 AM PST

    •  Now that would be interesting (0+ / 0-)

      She obviously is the most progressive and has been in the House the longest--these two things probably work against her though, too much power in House to give up and too liberal to win statewide (although I don't believe this is true).  She would be great though.

      But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false--about Hope ~BHO -6.38/-7.08

      by OH 09 Dem on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 10:42:45 AM PST

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  •  Mikulski and Inouye are useless (2+ / 0-)
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    sapper, HorseThief

    Both should retire or face primary challenges.

    More Democrats? Fuck that. We need BETTER Democrats -- or a third party. We need to PURGE the quislings from the Senate.

    by simca on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:03:11 AM PST

  •  *whoops with joy* (3+ / 0-)
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    blogswarm, blueyedace2, OH 09 Dem

    You heard it here first: Tim Ryan will win this seat. Senator Ryan has a nice ring to it.

    I think Portman will keep it within 10 points, but he won't win.

    All those new Dem registrations we got this year will help us in 2010.

    George W. Bush--the "W" stands for WATERBOARDING

    by buckeye blue on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:05:36 AM PST

  •  60+ HERE WE COME!! (1+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2

    The Seminole Democrat
    A blue voice calling from the deep red

    by SemDem on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:07:02 AM PST

  •  Portman very, very beatable... (2+ / 0-)
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    blogswarm, blueyedace2

    Tim Ryan is an excellent choice for the Senate who can pound on Portman's free trade idiocy.  In addition, Ryan isn't the only choice.  Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman is personally free from scandal (his wife had a scandal connected to her alcholism, but spousal scandals don't play unless they're policy related) and has solid economic development credentials from his time as Mayor of Ohio's largest city.  Congresswoman Betty Sutton is also an interesting choice.  Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, while not as strong as people think (he sucked wind in his '98 Governor's race) is not without strength statewide.  Though his ability to swing key suburban areas is in question.

    "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

    by Mister Gloom on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:08:41 AM PST

  •  Jim Bunning can't possibly run again. (3+ / 0-)
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    sapper, blueyedace2, filby

    Remember in 2004 when they spent July-election day not showing him on TV no matter what? I saw him in the Senate halls from time to time and he was in ragged shape then.

    I can't even imagine what he looks like now.

  •  As much as it pains me to say it... (1+ / 0-)
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    PerfectStormer

    time to give to the DSCC.

    The lesson of that history is that you must not despair, that if you are right, and you persist, things will change. -Howard Zinn

    by blueyedace2 on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:15:55 AM PST

  •  Zach Space (2+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, OH 09 Dem

    I believe he is a "more Democrat" and not a "better Democrat".  Yes he'll do for his district:

    Representative Zack Space (who has won two elections in a solidly Republican district)

    (and remember he won the district because the former holder was a crook).

    But to represent the whole state in the Senate I would hope for a "better Democrat".

    •  Zack Space on George Voinovich (1+ / 0-)
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      Scioto

      AP:

      "If the news of Senator Voinovich's retirement is true, it would represent a real loss for the people of the Buckeye State," Space said in a statement Sunday night. "His moderate and independent voice will be missed."

      •  Probably true (0+ / 0-)

        if his voice actually matched his votes.  Unfortunately he marched in lock step with the worst administration in history.

        I hope this Space stuff gets nipped in the bud before anyone seriously thinks he is someone who would represent the Democratic party well.

  •  We need a minimum of two seats (2+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, filby

    not one. The notion of relying on Joe Lieberman for the 60th vote is beyond ludicrous.

    In fact, we need a net gain of at least two, and more would be better. As long as Tom Coburn's in there, dragging out votes on every damn bill he opposes, we need all the firepower we can get.

    © sardonyx; all rights reserved

    by sardonyx on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:16:34 AM PST

  •  When the going gets tough (3+ / 0-)
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    the Republicans run for the hills.

    I misunderestimated President-Elect Barack Obama. I only had him winning 326 electoral votes. No MacBook for me.

    by asm121 on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:19:43 AM PST

  •  How Many Open Republican Seats in 2010? (0+ / 0-)

    Voinovich
    Martinez
    Hutchinson

    I know I'm missing some others.  Aren't there 5 so far?

  •  Will Joe the plumber run? (1+ / 0-)
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    sapper

    According to the Christian Science Monitor, he 's thinking of running for this or a House seat.

    Nice.

  •  disturbing headline. Misleading, actually. (0+ / 0-)

    it would bring much more joy to my itty bitty heart (assuming I can find the sucker) if THIS headline were true, instead of

    OH-Sen: Voinovich Officially Retires in 2010.

    oh well.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:34:34 AM PST

  •  if voino is going to be a filibuster buster (0+ / 0-)

    on occasion, dems need to get his back when the limbaugh/hannity  hammer starts coming down. they prime the local talk show hosts who will continue the hammering.

    together they can apply huge pressure through their dittoheads to stick to the lock-step script to obstruct obama. they can't do it without their talk radio monopoly to keep their reps in line and get all sorts of concessions and the GOP stations need to get regular calls from their communities for all the lies and threats.

    ignoring the talk radio monopoly continues to be the biggest political blunder in decades

    by certainot on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:37:08 AM PST

  •  Sutton is a great choice (0+ / 0-)

    Progressive, young, energetic. When we met her a few days after she had moved into her Congressional office, back in '06, she hadn't unpacked her books yet, but she had a desk-sized Peace Pole on her desk.

    One change required, though -- Betty's from Akron/Canton, not Cleveland.

  •  I'm worried. (0+ / 0-)

    ...the map is looking exceptionally good for Democrats, who need only one seat (pending the seating of Senator-elect Al Franken of Minnesota) to gain a filibuster-proof majority of 60 seats.

    I'm an Indie. I always worry when one party has all the power, although it will take the Dems years more to realize they do have the power now; I worried way worse during all-rethug power, but worry's worry nevertheless.

    Do rethugs ever worry about having too much power? Guffaw. Why do I?

    Kindly remove your 8-year-old turd from my punchbowl.

    by OleHippieChick on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 09:49:23 AM PST

  •  Run the table (0+ / 0-)

    IMHO, there are probably 6-10 very competitive seats on the line in the '10 Senate Campaign.  The truism is that one party or another usually wins all the close ones.  In '06 and '08 it was the Democrats.  Isee at least three of the four Democratic vacated seats as being a problem for the Dems, all of the retirement seats for the Repubs will be a problem (Kansas could be an exception) plus NC and perhaps LA.  Actually, a split of these would look pretty good right now, but a lot will happen in two years.  I do not see any "gimmes" for the Democrats as they had last year (VA, NM, and CO).  One other point:  When I went to bed on election night, it looked like the Dems would have 56 seats incl. the Independents.  Now, the number is looking like 59.

  •  Colorado? (0+ / 0-)

    You''ve failed to put Colorado on the list of vulnerable seats.  You do so at your own peril.  While Michael Bennet has been impressive so far, this is not a blue state like California.  It may be getting there, but there is always a chance the Republicans will nominate someone who could win.  If that's the case, this seat is in play.  Same thing someone above said about Nevada.  We can't afford to let the Republicans get their feet under them in th is state.

  •  Which races are more important? (0+ / 0-)

    I consider many of the non-Southern races more important.  Because if we win Bond's seat, Voinovich's seat, Gregg's seat, etc. it will reinforce the idea that the Republicans have become a regional party.  They'll go the way of the Federalists in New England.

    I am proud to admit that I come from one of the districts that had the least votes for George W. Bush in the entire country.

    by ThePrometheusMan on Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 10:34:30 AM PST

  •  RATS (0+ / 0-)

    just another GOP rat leaving the ship as it is sinking, BRING BACK THE WHIGS

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