So now they are eight.
With John Ensign’s announcement that’s he’s stepping down, that makes eight United States Senators who will not seek re-election next year – one-quarter of the 33 Senators up for re-election in 2012.
John Ensign’s the third Republican to throw in the towel, joining Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Kyl.
And, already four Democrats and one Independent have said they’re checking out: Jim Webb, Jeff Bingaman, Kent Conrad, Daniel Akaka, and Joe Lieberman.
Now, we all know why Ensign’s not running again. But what’s up with the rest of them?
After all, they have one of the best jobs in the world. They only have to run for re-election every six years. They have a huge staff. They get to travel all around the world at taxpayer expense. They get paid $175,000 a year. They only have to work 2-3 days a week. And it’s not really hard work, just sitting around, spending other people’s money.
Most of them are leaving, it seems, because they’re tired of the job or afraid of their next opponent.
Too bad. We don’t need Senators who run from a good fight. We need Senators, like West Virginia’s Robert Byrd, who die with their boots on.
That’s’ my parting shot for today.