G. McConway
March 14, 2023

REPORT: Five Democrats Mulling Retirement in Senate

Joe Biden has been tough on Democrats; of that I have no doubt.

He has been extremely weak in office and his failures are going to hurt Democrats when it comes time to pull the handle. Just how much remains to be seen after that disastrous 2022 election for the GOP.

Even so, with the Republicans now controlling the House, it has created ever more problems, and word on the street is that at least five Democrat Senators are thinking about stepping down, reports The Hill.

Open Seats

Having seats without an incumbent in an election where your party is struggling is not the ideal situation, as Republicans found out in 2018 and 2020.

Trump’s policies were fine, but he was widely unpopular, and most people these days vote with their hearts instead of their heads.

The Democrats find themselves in a similar situation in 2024.

Two Democrat Senators have already retired, and now there is word that five more may consider stepping down rather than losing their seats in a failed re-election campaign, reports Fox News.

Joe Manchin of West Virginia is at the top of that list. Manchin has not yet announced if he will run or not, but he has problems after getting punked by Schumer and Biden on legislation that was supposed to put a pipeline in West Virginia.

He has since been on a revenge tour against Biden hoping to garner some favor for voters, but nobody will forget his role in reconciliation and the Inflation Reduction Act, at least not if I have anything to do with it.

Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin is already rumored to be mulling retirement. This would be a huge blow to Democrats in a battleground state for a seat they cannot afford to lose to Republicans. Even if Baldwin runs, she is going to have a tough time holding a seat in a state that seems to be waking up against woke.

Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey is another interesting case of someone who has medical issues. Casey was recently diagnosed with cancer and has put off his re-election announcement. Trump-backed Mastriano is reportedly considering another run at the seat after having lost the governor’s race, but I think the party will look elsewhere to try to find someone that can actually win more than a primary race.

Tom Carper in Delaware is also looking to possibly hang it up. His seat, however, should be safe and not a concern for Democrats as along as they put a strong moderate in place.

The other four seats, however, are all fair game, and Democrats have very good reason to be concerned about the GOP sweeping them all, IF they get the right candidates in place.

My concern is that Trump again backs candidates that appeal to his base and nobody else. I just hope everyone learned a lesson from 2022.

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