Sen Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announces he will not run in 2010…

A nice guy who seemed to really care about the middle class. Dorgan was the force behind the numerous attempts to pass Drug Reimportation so Americans who lose their jobs can still afford their life saving meds while unemployed….Our many posts on that Amendment and Dorgan here

Obama and Rahmbo smacked Dorgan down HARD on this. Obama sold out Americans to big PhaRMa and Billy Tauzin (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!) when he began his ‘reform’ of health care….GOP Senators crossed the aisle to vote YES on RX REIMPORTATION and DEMOCRATS KILLED IT.

Here is Dorgan’s statement. Frankly that’s a big part of why I think he’s leaving, why fight a death match in ’10 to stick with a bunch of sell out corpocrats?

Twitter Feed Roundup courtesy of AllahPundit at HA who has an analysis up (go read it!):

markos Dorgan retirement is a huge blow to Dems.

jaketapper ND Dem Sen Dorgan’s retirement is horrible news for Democrats + may v likely mean an attempt to end 60-vote cloture requirement

mkhammer RT @mikememoli: Dorgan first non-appointed Democratic Senate incumbent to pass on 2010. Dodd next?

mattklewis If Hoeven runs, he’s in. If not, a strong GOP bench includes: Drew Wrigley, Kevin Cramer, Ed Schafer, Stenehjem, Clayburgh, Berg, et al.

stevebruskCNN One poll last month had suggested Dorgan could face a tough race if Republican Gov. John Hoeven did challenge him in 2010

AmandaCarpenter Dorgan says he wants time to write books, teach and… “would also like to work on energy policy in the private sector. ” http://ow.ly/T7cr

marcambinder She’s the (Cook Rpt) expert —> RT @jennifereduffy: More ND Sen: Dems will need a star to make this competitive and the pickings are slim.

marcambinder Biggest effect of the Dorgan retirement is not in the numbers per se; it’s about social psychology. Dorgan’s decision may push other Dems..

marcambinder Hoeven will now almost certainly run; it’s hard not to assume that, absent a stellar candidate, Republicans will pick up this Senate seat.

chucktodd Dorgan retirement means Dems will have hard time maintaining 60 seats going post-10. Dems have pulled ND rabbits out of hat b4 but…

chucktodd A gut punch to Senate Democrats: Byron Dorgan is retiring instead of running for re-election. ND SEN best 2010 pickup opp, hands down.

January 5, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture.

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