November 20, 2010

DEAD MEN WALKING:

Shaken senators start prep for 2012 (MANU RAJU, 11/18/10, Politico)

The 2010 campaign has so rattled senators up for reelection in 2012 that they’re already moving quickly to figure out how to survive.

Veteran Democrats such as Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico are weighing retirement. Establishment Republicans such as Orrin Hatch of Utah and Dick Lugar of Indiana are already moving to fend off potential primaries from the right. Freshmen like Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jon Tester of Montana are stepping up fundraising, and red-state Democrats like Claire McCaskill of Missouri are talking up their independence from the party. [...]

And then there’s Joe Lieberman, who isn’t sure whether he’ll run as a Republican, a Democrat or an Independent again — or if he'll retire. [...]

And Democrats aren’t even sure who will run the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has offered the spot to several prospective candidates who have turned it down, including at least one senator who is up for reelection in 2012.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 20, 2010 8:30 AM
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