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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Congressional sea change

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Washington Post article notes that, while most of the attention has been on Democrats, more Republicans have announced plans to retire from Congress this year.

But the overall theme here is the same: Big losses expected for Democrats. I don't doubt that; mid-term election history, plus the national mood, support the prediction. But I also think there's an element of self-fulfilling prophecy at work, one reason why the Republican campaign arms are pushing the story line so hard (with great media success).

This article is of small note because it picks up a potential Arkansas story line that I have so far heard only from Republicans -- that Rep. Vic Snyder might join Democratic Party retirements. He hung in when times were hard for Democrats in the House. It's hard to see him leaving now. He's given no indication that he's doing anything but running again and the filing season opens in less than 90 days. I wishfully put this reference down to Republican wishful thinking, happily regurgitated by the Post.

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