The surprise announcement this week by Senate Minority Whip Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., that he wonâ€™t seek re-election adds to an growing wave of GOP retirements — six in the Senate and 17 in the House — that make it increasingly unlikely Republicans will regain majority status next year, notes Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post.
Compare that with Democrats, who have only five House seats up for grabs — none is considered competitive — and no Senate seats opened by retirements in 2008.
Many see the GOP exodus as an acknowledgment that Republicans face an especially bleak election landscape in 2008.
Just consider the huge edge in fundraising at the moment: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had $29 million in the bank at the end of October; its Republican counterpart had a mere $2.5 million.
Lott and others may see the writing on the wall.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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