I guess I just can't get that worked up about all the Democratic retirements yesterday.
John Cherry, who was clearly going to lose for Governor of Michigan, decided not to run. O well.
Byron Dorgan, who was clearly going to lose his seat if John Hoeven made a Senate bid, decided not to run. O well.
Bill Ritter, who's been trailing Scott McInnis by a significant margin in our polls since last April, decided not to run. O well.
And Chris Dodd, who was going to lose a Senate seat in one of the bluest states in the country, decided not to run. Hallelujah.
Democrats will keep the Senate seat in Connecticut now. They'll have a better chance on the Colorado Governorship. I don't see a lot of hope on the Michigan Governorship but the odds aren't a whole lot worse than they were 24 hours ago. North Dakota is the only really bad news for Democrats of the day, but the bad news is that Hoeven's running, not that Dorgan's retiring. Better to retire now than be retired in November.
I know Republicans will say, yeah, but all the retirements are confirmation that things are really bad for Democrats. Well, duh! That's not exactly breaking news. What will help Democrats is if more incumbents like Dodd and Ritter, whose departures will aid their party's chances of keeping their seats, would read the writing on the wall and decide to get out.
We're going to poll alternatives to the incumbents in Arkansas, Colorado, and Nevada over the course of the next month. I doubt any of those odds get as strikingly better with a retirement as they do in Connecticut but it's worth looking at.