Tales from the Trail

Another Senate Republican calling it quits

January 8, 2009

WASHINGTON – Kit Bond has become the third U.S. Senate Republican in three months to announce plans to retire, creating another challenge in his party’s effort to gain seats in the Democratic-led chamber. 
The 69-year-old, four-term senator from Missouri disclosed his intentions with a touch of levity in a speech in his state capital of Jefferson City. 
“In 1972, I became Missouri’s youngest governor,” Bond said, according to a transcript. “Ladies and gentlemen, I do not aspire to become Missouri’s oldest senator. 
Bond’s decision to leave the Senate at the end of his current term in 2010 followed earlier such announcements by Mel Martinez of Florida and Sam Brownback of Kansas. 
Each is a blow to Republican efforts to rebound from the poundings they took in the past two elections that saw Democrats gain seats in the Senate and House of Representatives. 
“These retirements put Republicans in the defensive mode at the start of the new (election) cycle,” said Nathan Gonzales of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report. “The more open seats there are the more difficult it is to make gains.” 
Incumbents traditionally have a number of advantages against challengers, including name recognition and the ability to raise money. 
While three Senate Republicans plan to retire, four Democrats from last year’s Senate have or intend to step down to join the new administration — beginning with Barack Obama. He recently gave up his seat from Illinois to prepare to move into the White House. 
Joe Biden of Delaware will soon resign from his Senate seat to be sworn in on Jan. 20 as Obama’s vice president. 
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Ken Salazar of Colorado intend to resign once they win anticipated Senate confirmation as Obama’s secretary of state and interior secretary, respectively. 
The governors of New York, Delaware and Colorado are expected to replace Biden, Clinton and Salazar with fellow Democrats. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has named a Democrat to replace Obama. But there’s been a battle over the appointment since Blagojevich has been engulfed by a corruption scandal.

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Sounds like another GOP cheerleader for Bush getting out while the getting is good. Brownback, Martinez, and Bond were all dogmatic social conservatives, and this last election showed them that their time has gone.

Posted by jimbo | Report as abusive
 

I guess the though of not being able to ram through any legislation they like was just to much for these guys.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive
 

Um, that, or the guy legitimately wants to retire at age 70 or 71? Not everyone has an ulterior motive.

Posted by Mitch T | Report as abusive
 

The liberal cheerleaders can say what they want about the republicans/conservatives. Like all things in life, there are ebbs and flows. Right now the liberals enjoy being in charge. But it won’t last, it never does.

I always enjoy watching the democrats when they are in power. They fight with each other from within. Look at what is happening with the Blago fiasco. The democrats can’t make up their mind what to do about his pick for the senate. They are the ultimate flip floppers.

The liberals element of the democratic party is upset with Obama, because he isn’t liberal enough.

And it is just the beginning.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

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