Keep a box of tissues handy when you read this spin piece from Slate about outgoing Democrats. These retirements aren't tied to anything negative to hear this story tell it. It's all about wanting to spend time with family, the constant grind of governing, the personal tragedies faced. What isn't mentioned are any of the scandals embroiling any of the Democrats in question or the constituent anger that harbinged an unceremoniuos exit come November.
In painting the retirement of Chris Dodd, there is no mention of the ethics investigations that have plagued him or his part in the mortgage crisis.
Same thing for Byron Dorgan:
No, these guys are retiring because governing is just so darn hard.
"Politics aside, the rash of retirements is a reminder that these are excruciatingly hard and unrewarding times to govern. Across the country, state and local officials have spent the past year lying awake at night with the same worry as their constituents—how to cut back enough to make ends meet."It seems to me they solved the problem by raising the debt ceiling and spending trillions more tax dollars. I'm guessing that isn't how the little people deal with it.