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More shocking than Glenn Beck denouncing the birthers, retaliating, and Michael Steele's book pointing out the faults of the current GOP and the George W. Bush administration, was the retirement announcement of senators Byron Dorgan and Christopher Dodd... Senator Dorgan will probably be replaced with a republican but Senator Dodd's retirement might be a blessing in disguise because it gives the popular democratic Atty. General Richard Blumenthal time and a legitimate shot to save that seat.

It goes to show you what I know; I thought Senator Dorgan would be around for another 10 years, although I knew they were behind in the polls. Senator Dorgan comes from the red state of North Dakota but Christopher Dodd comes from the very blue state of Connecticut. I think Christopher Dodd started losing traction when he made his presidential run and threw dirt into the faces of his constituents by announcing that he was moving to Iowa. His poll numbers really started falling when he was blamed for the AIG bonuses. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner eventually took the blame but the damage was already done. I didn't know that Senator Dorgan was upset with leadership over the current Health Care reform bill because he thought the emphasis should have been on jobs. Senator Dorgan warned us about the Wall Street bubble and the unregulated schemes that were taking place since congress repealed the Glass- Steagall Act. The markets will be glad to see senators Dodd and Dorgan leave but Richard Blumenthal is a proponent of Glass-Steagall. I wonder how they're lame-duck status will affect the current financial reform legislation?

This country is pressing the political reset button because the independents outnumber the democrats and republicans. Incumbents are not safe these days. Some of the pundits are painting a gloom and doom picture for the democrats but the republican brand is still unpopular, so that gives the democrats a lot of leeway. I have always said the divided government works best and I never bought into that 60 vote super majority fantasy. I don't think the democrats will lose the house or the senate but the lesser margins will make the administration gravitate towards the center, where most of the country is. Governing from the center will lead to the bipartisan ideas and solutions. Bipartisanship does not usually bode well for the minority party but if they are seen as just obstructionist, the voters will let them know it. On the other hand if the democrats try to use their simple majority as a weapon, they will be seen as bullies and the voters will let them know it. This is an opportune time for independent candidates and grassroots Tea Party efforts but will they take advantage or blow it with unrealistic demands and a misreading of the tea leaves?