That’s the scuttlebutt, and it’s not really surprising; you can only be hated on a visceral level by your own party for so long before the strain gets to be too much*. Puts the total in the Senate up to three, so far:
- CT (Lieberman) – probable Democratic hold
- ND (Conrad) – presumed Republican pickup
- TX (Hutchison) – Republican hold
…and no, we’re not going to take that Republican hold for granted. Although I expect that the DSCC will spend a ridiculous amount of money chasing that phantom.
PS: I don’t expect that the first wave of House retirement announcements to start for a while yet.
*And we’re talking hatred, here. You think that the Ladies from Maine are despised by the GOP base? That loathing is a pallid, empty thing when compared to what the netroots routinely say about Lieberman.