From the Los Angeles Times:
Just when it looked like things couldn’t get worse for the Republicans, Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico, a 35-year Senate veteran, is expected to announce today that he plans to retire at the end of his term — boosting Democrats’ hopes of expanding their control of the chamber in next year’s elections.
The Senate’s 49 Democrats, who usually are joined by its two independents, control the chamber, but often are blocked from advancing their agenda by Republican-led filibusters, which take 60 votes to overcome.
Also retiring at the end of this term are Republican Sens. John W. Warner of Virginia, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Wayne Allard of Colorado, all states where Democrats believe their party can be elected.
Republicans also are dealing with Idaho Sen. Larry E. Craig’s guilty plea to disorderly conduct in a men’s restroom.
From The New York Times:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 — Senator Larry E. Craig of Idaho, defying the wishes of many in his own Republican Party, said today that he would remain in the Senate through next year despite a court ruling against him in Minnesota, where he sought to rescind his guilty plea stemming from an undercover sex sting.
“When my term has expired, I will retire and not seek re-election,” said Mr. Craig, who was accused of soliciting sex from an undercover police officer in the bathroom of the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport in early June. “I hope this provides the certainty Idaho needs and deserves.”
Asked about the slew of retirements among House Republicans – former Speaker Dennis J. Hastert among them – Minority Leader John A. Boehner professed to be unconcerned.
“I’m sure there will be some more,” the Ohio Republican said. “You always have some number of members retiring. But if you look at the members that are retiring, they’re not from districts that present a great big challenge to us. In most of those seats, I think we’re in very good condition.”
Then, Boohoo Boehner began to weep. That’s just what he does.