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Old 01-10-2018, 02:38 PM   #1
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https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...racker/545723/

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The 2018 Congressional Retirement Tracker

If you want to see a political wave forming a year before an election, watch the retirements.

They’re often a leading indicator for which direction a party is headed, and so far, 2018 is shaping up ominously for Republicans...
This list shows 20+ Republicans having announced their retirement in 2018, yet only 7 Democrats.

I'm sure it has to do with Dems trying to reclaim the majority in 2018 but why would so many R's retire in one year? Coincidence or something more sinister aimed at Trump?


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The trend to this point gives a distinct edge to the Democrats. While roughly the same number of lawmakers in both parties are leaving their seats to run for higher office, just seven House Democrats are retiring outright or have already resigned, compared with 21 Republicans. (House members running for other offices often count as retirements, because it’s usually impractical or illegal to run for multiple positions at the same time.) Including those members who are leaving to run for another office, there will be 15 open House seats vacated by Democrats and 31 for Republicans. Democratic victories last November in gubernatorial and state legislative races in Virginia and New Jersey could spur more retirements among Republicans worried about the national political environment under Trump.

And although Democrats must defend far more Senate seats than Republicans in 2018—including several in states that Donald Trump won—all of the party’s incumbents are currently running for reelection. The retirements of Corker and Flake, along with a Democratic victory in December’s special election in Alabama, give Democrats an outside chance at retaking the Senate majority. In the House, they’ll need to pick up 24 seats, and the more Republicans retire in districts that Hillary Clinton carried last year, the more the GOP majority is at risk.
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:05 PM   #2
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Or trump is aiming something at them.
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Old 01-10-2018, 05:24 PM   #3
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Partially swamp draining.

Partially establishment repubs hoping they lose the Senate so they can go back to the good ole days of being the contolled opposition. They don't want the responsibility of leadership.

"What? They want us to actually get stuff done?"
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Old 01-10-2018, 06:37 PM   #4
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Partially swamp draining.

Partially establishment repubs hoping they lose the Senate so they can go back to the good ole days of being the contolled opposition. They don't want the responsibility of leadership.

"What? They want us to actually get stuff done?"
Accountability/visibility is a big thing. For years, the establishment hasn't had it. They just get reelected because they're the incumbent. People are starting to question that now though, and someone's position/vote on an issue has the potential to be their titanic iceberg. The career swampers are getting out while the getting is good...so they can cash in with speaking arrangements.
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Old 01-11-2018, 05:33 AM   #5
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The career swampers are getting out...
Sounds like good news. I really really dislike career politicians.

We should try term limits for awhile. Although there is the possibility that under that system, they will see it as "I've got nothing to lose" when it comes to certain policies and the way they'll vote. But it still looks better than what we're doing now. Which is lifetime status if they can keep it.
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