Five down, 95 to go…

Several Senators have apparently decided it’s time to find something else to do:

Even if Democrats hold control of the Senate for 2015, the chamber will be a different place, with five chairmen set to retire at the end of the 113th Congress. These senators are among the last connections to the “Old Bulls” who steered their committees in the past, having about 150 years of combined service…

Five top Democratic chairmen are now in their final year as senators. In addition to Levin, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia are set to depart when their terms expire. Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., is expected to resign early to become the U.S. ambassador to China.

Yes, an average career of 30 years for these “Old Bulls” is certainly more than long enough.  The atmosphere of Mordor the District of Corruption is such that after a couple terms they mostly become full of “bull” anyway.  One wonders if internal polling is showing 2014 is likely to be a disastrous election season for the Donkey Club.  Regardless, both sides of the aisle need cleanup.  Perhaps others, including in the House, will announce their retirement soon.  As for the rest*, you know what to do, America:


* yes, I’m aware only 1/3 of the Senate stands for re-election each cycle.  That just means this particular clean-up job requires a sustained effort.  Hercules would be impressed.


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