Monday, November 19, 2007

Retirees Leave GOP to List Further Right

Which is not exactly the place Republicans want to be right now:

Of the 17 Republican House members to announce their retirements this year — Ferguson joined the club on Monday — eight have built reputations on Capitol Hill as centrists willing to work with Democrats to get legislation passed. Political observers warn that those are exactly the type of candidates the GOP needs to regain its congressional majority.
Democrats retook Congress by finding candidates like Sen. Jim Webb and Rep. Brad Ellsworth who had centrist appeal. Getting more conservative in moderate districts is a recipe for disaster.

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