Departures Shake Democrats
By PETER WALLSTEN and NAFTALI BENDAVID
WASHINGTON -- A string of unexpected retirements by several senior Democrats this week demonstrated the daunting obstacles facing President Barack Obama's party in this year's midterm elections.
Sen. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.) announced from his home in Connecticut Wednesday that he was in "the toughest political shape of my career" and wouldn't seek a sixth term. A day earlier, Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota bowed out of his re-election, sending party officials scrambling for a viable candidate to take on the state's popular Republican governor, who is expected to run. Colorado's Democratic governor, Bill Ritter, also said Wednesday he won't seek reelection.
~ Political genius and chairman of the Democratic Governors Association Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.