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Voinovich Announces Retirement, GOP Problems Mount

Ohio Sen. George Voinovich is retiring in 2010, the fourth Republican to announce he is stepping aside at the end of his term.

Voinovich announced his retirement this morning after a weekend filled with speculation that he was planning to step aside.

"This has not been an easy decision for us," Voinovich said of he and his wife. "I still have the fire in my belly to do the work of our nation, but after serving the next two years, it will be time to step back and spend the rest of our time with our children and grandchildren, siblings and extended family and friends."

Even as Voinovich's decision went public, former Rep. Rob Portman was moving to consolidate support behind his candidacy for the Republican nomination. Portman has already reached out to House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) to make clear he would run, and reportedly will unveil Mercer Reynolds, the finance chairman of President George W. Bush's reelection race, as his lead money man. A formal announcement by Portman is likely by the end of the week.

Portman might have the Republican field to himself as former Rep. John Kasich appears to be far more interested in challenging Gov. Ted Strickland (D) in 2010 and party leaders are pushing former Sen. Mike DeWine (R) to run for state attorney general.

The Democratic field is less well defined with Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, Reps. Tim Ryan and Zack Space as well as Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher mentioned as possible candidates.

In the wake of the Voinovich announcement, Ryan made clear he would look seriously at the race. "As a member of the House Appropriations Committee I am in a very good position to help create and expand important economic development initiatives in the State of Ohio," he said. "That said, if I can have a greater impact by being in the Senate, I will certainly consider it."

Democrats have made strides in Ohio of late -- as Barack Obama carried the state last November and Strickland crushed then Secretary of State Ken Blackwell in the 2006 governor's race.

And, despite Portman's strengths as a candidate -- a national fundraising base, honed candidate skills -- he is far less known than Voinovich statewide and doesn't start with $2.6 million in the bank that the incumbent enjoys. (Republicans note that Portman has $1.5 million left over in his bank account.)

The rash of retirements spells major problems for Republicans -- especially given that in three of the states (Ohio, Missouri and Florida) Democrats have made gains in recent years while in the fourth (Kansas) a popular Democratic governor -- Kathleen Sebelius -- is looking very seriously at running.

Given that Democrats currently stand at 58 seats (with the Minnesota Senate contest still pending) and are defending less seats than Republicans in 2010 (17 for Democrats to 20 for the GOP), all signs seem to point to the fact that a 60-seat filibuster seat proof majority is well within reach in 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 12, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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to the poster who wrote "This is a shame (in a way). Voinovich is not a foaming-at-the-mouth-we-hate-anybody-who-is-not-a-southern-white-Evangelical-Christian that the rest of the GOP has become."
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No. He's a foaming-at-the-mouth-what-can-I-do-to-please-Exxon-today white Catholic Republican. And a phony deficit hawk. So what?

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 13, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

JRM2, RambleOn, and others:

Please, PLEASE, don't feed the trolls!

Posted by: WaitingForGodot | January 13, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"So what will the tree hugging Jihadi Huggers say when their one party rule makes things worse and worse and worse?

Don't tell me, I already know! It's G.W Bush's fault! What a bunch of devilishly motivated selfish liars.

Posted by: StarsAndStripesForever"

And who'd a thunk the RNC would go after one of their own so quickly!

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 13, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

"Why are there "career" politicans? Where are the term limits?"

I believe those are called elections. Every 2 to 6 years.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 12, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

"More than two months after President-elect Barack Obama promised his young daughters that they'd rescue a dog from a shelter and give it a home in the White House, the first family-to-be has narrowed its choice down to two breeds -- neither of which is likely to be found in a pound.Obama said Sunday that the presidential pooch will be either a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water dog, both of which are non-shedding dogs,

Over two months to pick out a dog. Only a few hours to spend trillions.

Lib decision making on display."

Poor, poor stupid zouk. You have no idea what you're talking about.

And we're to take economic advice from "Atlas Shrugged", even! Riiiight.

Someone else wondered earlier whether three straight cycles of gains would be a record; no, it wouldn't. The record is held by the Democrats who gained in four straight cycles from 1930 to 1936. Three would still be extremely rare, though; in the Senate, it's pretty likely, even in a neutral environment; I suspect you'll see a net Dem loss of a few seats in the House, since those are all up for election (though, if the House GOP hemhorrages like the Senate is at the moment, maybe not).

Posted by: SeanC1 | January 12, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Thats good news for all Americans.

Posted by: tgkthree | January 12, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

GeraldWeinand, KoZ doesn't actually read those books, he just pretends because he thinks it makes him look smart, even though more often than not it has the opposite result. We just ignore it generally because it's amusing.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | January 12, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

"It took bush 8 years to spend 1.5 Trillion."

?????

Bush's FY08 budget was $3.1 trillion, he had a $2.2 trillion budget his first year, and has raised the federal debt from $5.6 trillion (and a declining rate of debt due to the surpluses of the time) to about $11 trillion today. In what fantasy world are you living?

Nobody knew how to borrow and spend quite like George W. Bush, setting a fine example for all Americans to follow, right into bankruptcy.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | January 12, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

G.V. was a pretty good mayor and guv.Beyond that he was teriffic disappointment.Aside from being invisible in the majority party for years,His biggest mistake was his failure to stand up and at least try to brush away the crap that floated to the top of Ohio and national republican politics.What little honesty,integrity and pragmatism was gone from Columbus as soon as he left and was seldom seen in Washington.I never saw him stand up in any effective way to his own party Now what is left of the right. Bob Taft?Ken Blackwell ? Captain obvious can tell you what he did to improve our state.Anyone with half a brain can recognize the skillful at manipulation of the 2000 & 2004.More and more people now recognize and appreciate just what he did.John Kasich? He left the congress with a FAT pension and went to work for LEAHMAN BROTHERS as an Investment Banker.Pat Teberi,his replacement,has sat in his safe republican seat and taken huge amounts of BANK PAC money to look out for senior citizens to look like he was doing at least something. (yes he looked out while the bankers squandered your retirement) These folks really make me feel good! Joe The Plumber? A better choice than the others...

Posted by: harryk1 | January 12, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk:

John Galt is not a businessman, but an ideologue. It is Hank Reardon that is the businessman in Atlas Shrugged.

I'll add that most often the leaches depicted in Rand's books are high society folks, the debutantes and sons of captains of industry that owe their positions more to heredity than merit.

And as an aside - why did Rand have her female protagonists raped? Dagney Taggert, Dominic Francon - it's the same. I'm sure that someone has written a dissertation about this.

Posted by: GeraldWeinand | January 12, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Why are there "career" politicans? Where are the term limits? I bet if their retirement funds, health care was taken away, we would see a lot more "retirements ." They would go home after a few years and earn a real living. Oh, I forgot, being a member of Congress is making a living while we poor saps pay their bills....

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | January 12, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

RambleOn
I hope it's phoney...but probably not...this is the dumbest thing you've done since voting for Bush.
LOL LOL

Posted by: kase | January 12, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Ayn Rand:

whoever runs the worst business, is the most corrupt, produces the foulest product, employs the most inefficient methods, loses the most money, produces the least profit, they shall be deemed by the Lib congress to be worthy of the biggest bailout.

ayn Rand has nothing on Pelosi.Reid.Obama

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 12, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Ayn Rand - excellent! Now yer talkin'. The King of Zouk has jumped the shark.

Posted by: rburke30 | January 12, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

One memorable moment in "Atlas" occurs near the very end, when the economy has been rendered comatose by all the great economic minds in Washington. Finally, and out of desperation, the politicians come to the heroic businessman John Galt (who has resisted their assault on capitalism) and beg him to help them get the economy back on track. The discussion sounds much like what would happen today:

Galt: "You want me to be Economic Dictator?"

Mr. Thompson: "Yes!"

"And you'll obey any order I give?"

"Implicitly!"

"Then start by abolishing all income taxes."

"Oh no!" screamed Mr. Thompson, leaping to his feet. "We couldn't do that . . . How would we pay government employees?"

"Fire your government employees."

"Oh, no!"

Abolishing the income tax. Now that really would be a genuine economic stimulus. But Mr. Obama and the Democrats in Washington want to do the opposite: to raise the income tax "for purposes of fairness" as Barack Obama puts it.

David Kelley, the president of the Atlas Society, which is dedicated to promoting Rand's ideas, explains that "the older the book gets, the more timely its message." He tells me that there are plans to make "Atlas Shrugged" into a major motion picture -- it is the only classic novel of recent decades that was never made into a movie. "We don't need to make a movie out of the book," Mr. Kelley jokes. "We are living it right now."

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 12, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

It took bush 8 years to spend 1.5 Trillion.

Obama - eight weeks.

now who ever said that Libs aren't good at anything. spending every cent you, your kids and their kids will ever make before he even washed the sheets the first time.

amazing!

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 12, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

No, there's no need to banish the king of zouk. i would enjoy knocking him off his perch, no question but i think he's pretty funny and he's just razzing us. and doing it pretty well. i am certain, though, that we can kick his snarky little butt. royalty my a$$.

Posted by: rburke30 | January 12, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

davidscott1 writes
"Callling Obama "Barry" is like calling him a "Negro" -- ignorant and offensive."

responder: It is the name used by his family and friends throughout his first book. He may now prefer Barack, but I doubt he'd equate its use to calling him "Negro".
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Ok, but saying someone's name wrong is a time honored way of demeaning them. It's cheap and offensive and I chose to call the poster on it -- someone who was pretending to be open minded while slurring Obama at the same time.

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 12, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

More than two months after President-elect Barack Obama promised his young daughters that they'd rescue a dog from a shelter and give it a home in the White House, the first family-to-be has narrowed its choice down to two breeds -- neither of which is likely to be found in a pound.Obama said Sunday that the presidential pooch will be either a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water dog, both of which are non-shedding dogs,

Over two months to pick out a dog. Only a few hours to spend trillions.

Lib decision making on display.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 12, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

It has become impossible to engage in intelligent topical discourse


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Like you could ever. Ha!

Waaaaaa, mommy, the smart guy beat me again. dust off the Fairness doctrine Lib loser.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 12, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I would like to invite everyone on this forum who is fed-up with king_of_zouk's idiotic, off-topic postings to report him and basically tell the WAPO that it's him or us.

It has become impossible to engage in intelligent topical discourse with his continued rantings being posted non-stop.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 12, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

StarsAndStripesForever writes
"If the economy improves under Barry O's watch without high inflation and negative GDP, I will be the first to applaud the President Elect, soon to be President Obama."

You may want to reset your expectations and/or qualifications for success. For the last couple decades economic growth has relied on the growth of consumer debt. The worst period was during the real estate bubble where people used the equity in their homes as a way to fund short term consumption. As a result the size of our economy reflects spending at a level beyond earnings. With the tightening of the credit markets & people's natural inclination to save more during a recession and/or pay down their debt, it is extremely likely that we will see GDP shrinkage - it is nearly impossible that there will not be negative GDP growth.

Perhaps size of the hurdle that Barry O must surmount before you applaud his efforts is by design.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

davidscott1 writes
"Callling Obama "Barry" is like calling him a "Negro" -- ignorant and offensive."

It is the name used by his family and friends throughout his first book. He may now prefer Barack, but I doubt he'd equate its use to calling him "Negro".

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Stars,

Callling Obama "Barry" is like calling him a "Negro" -- ignorant and offensive. It isnt the name he uses, and people have a right to choose their names. You arent being cute and you arent funnyh.

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 12, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

to the poster who wrote "Voinovich scales the apex of stupidity!

For those of you not paying attention: THE reason that 30 repulotards quit before the last election was because, under campaign rules that expired in 2008, they could keep their campaign war chest as a retirement fund..."
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Much as I dislike Voinovich, Im sure he didnt retire because he intended to run. He may be industry-owned, but he is not stupid, and you're wrong.

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 12, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

If the economy improves under Barry O's watch without high inflation and negative GDP, I will be the first to applaud the President Elect, soon to be President Obama.

I think it is possible this could happen, I hope it happens, but with Nancy and Harry leading Congress the odds get worse by the second.

I also will gladly support any reasonable Democrat who runs for office and have voted for many. If the direction Barry goes is what his transition team and cabinet selections look like, the country will be fine and we will get out of the economic mess, although more slowly than we could have without the bailouts.

If Barry decides to take the country where his downright crazy and lunatic campaign promises would lead the country, he will be the author of this country's demise...

Posted by: StarsAndStripesForever | January 12, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Voinovich scales the apex of stupidity!

For those of you not paying attention: THE reason that 30 repulotards quit before the last election was because, under campaign rules that expired in 2008, they could keep their campaign war chest as a retirement fund. Those retiring later, idiots like Voinovich, now have to GIVE their campaign donations BACK instead of keeping them.

Which just PROVES that Voinovich, like many in ohio, is a TRUE REPUBLOTARD!

Posted by: Heerman532 | January 12, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

kreuz_missle writes
"Wait, let me guess, the recovery will somehow be part of Reagan's genius, right?"

Sometimes it takes a long time for things to trickle down. There's a deep aquifer here that is said to hold water that first fell as rain 10,000 years ago.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

to the poster who wrote "The GOP is splitting into the Palin social conservative camp and the moderate camp of Voinovich."

Where does this nonsense come from? Voinovich votes to add 6 trillion in debt since 2000 alone -- after a bunch of phony sniffles about fiscal responsibility - votes for Iraq, compiles an environmental record that genuinely compares to the looniest of the GOP loonies -- he once went two whole years as a League of Conservation Voters' "Perfect Zero" on environmental votes -- and you people call him an f'ing moderate. Why???? In today's GOP, exactly what qualifies one as a right-winger? Calling for mandatory sterilization of welfare mothers? Calling for more global warming? Bombing France?

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 12, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

StarsAndStripesForever, what will you say when things start to improve under Democratic rule? Wait, let me guess, the recovery will somehow be part of Reagan's genius, right?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | January 12, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse


So what will the tree hugging Jihadi Huggers say when their one party rule makes things worse and worse and worse?
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Not quite sure what a "Jidahi Hugger" is -- maybe someone who isnt ignorant enough to still think Sadddam had any tie to 9/11, or naive enough to think the Iraq War was a good thing.

That said, as an environmentalist, Im very optimistic that Dem majorities will bring responsible environmental policies for a change. And after GOP "fiscal conservatives" left us with some 6 trillion in new debt since 2000 alone and the worst economy since Hoover, I'm pretty confident Dems will be an improvement. You folks have set the bar pretty low, friend.

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 12, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

So what will the tree hugging Jihadi Huggers say when their one party rule makes things worse and worse and worse?

Don't tell me, I already know! It's G.W Bush's fault! What a bunch of devilishly motivated selfish liars.

Posted by: StarsAndStripesForever | January 12, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Voinovich is a good man. Collatoral damage sucks. He may be retiring but he is planning to enter a new stage of life. In the meanwhile maybe he will have gained some new leverage.

Posted by: truthhurts | January 12, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

PJ O'Rourke's best work is still when he wrote a review of his beat-up Subaru for Road & Track magazine. Must've been about 1990.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"One big difference between 2008 and 2010 -- the Democracts control everything. They are accountable for everything that happens starting next Tues. (in fact there's a lot that has happened during the last two years that they are directly accountable for as well)."

By that logic, 2002 and 2004 should have been a referendum on Republicans and how well they had led (or not). It didn't exactly work out that way, as both became referendums on the opposition and against their "obstructionism," among other things. It can easily turn out the way you suggest, but there's no guarantee, depending on how the next two years unfold and how it is spun.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | January 12, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

zouk....why do hate America so much? the GOP has been so successful in lowering the bar over the last 30 years that when it's about to be raised it exposes you as the lowest common denominator that you are. why does working together scare you so much?

Posted by: patrick69_69 | January 12, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The Greedy Oil Party is going to be out of power for a very loooooong time and no one knows this better than the GOP congresscritters themselves.


It couldn't have happened to a nicer group of thugs...

Posted by: DrainYou | January 12, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

"you Libs haven't even taken over yet and have already proven you are incompetent buffoons, more accustomed to kindergarten bickering than leading and deciding."

And another story about ominous signs for the Republican Party is your clue? Funny. One cabinet appontment forced to withdraw and the Dems being forced to accept another Democrat in the Seante constitute failure. Man, a few more failures like this and they'll be no Republicans left.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | January 12, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

One big difference between 2008 and 2010 -- the Democracts control everything. They are accountable for everything that happens starting next Tues. (in fact there's a lot that has happened during the last two years that they are directly accountable for as well). We'll see if the miracle man can govern as effectively as he can campaign.

Posted by: kenpasadena | January 12, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Voinovich is a good man. Collatoral damage sucks. He may be retiring but the plan is to enter into a new stage of life.

Posted by: truthhurts | January 12, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Is it too soon to talk about the failed Obama presidency just because Obama isn't president yet? That depends upon how quickly Barack Obama is able to apply the lessons he's learned from Management Secrets of the Illinois Governors. So far he's not doing very well.

So we may speak without compunction of the failed Obama presidency. What a blessing that it's a failure. Things are bad enough the way they are. There's already a huge ongoing government intervention in
the economy. Bringing the government in to run Wall Street is like saying, "Dad burned dinner, let's get the dog to cook." Now the government's going to take over the auto industry. I can predict the result--a light-weight, compact, sustainable vehicle using alternative energy. When I was a kid we called it a Schwinn. And next in line for political therapy is health care. Voting will cure what ails you. Go to the doctor when you've got cancer, and he'll say, "Don't worry. Everything will be fine. I'm going to treat your disease by going inside this small, curtained booth and putting an 'X' next to a very special name."

PJ

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 12, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Kase:

Larry Wolf.

bondclipper@yahoo.com

Your turn.

Posted by: RambleOn | January 12, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Moonbat central in here today.

you Libs haven't even taken over yet and have already proven you are incompetent buffoons, more accustomed to kindergarten bickering than leading and deciding.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 12, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Joe the Senator.

I'm just sayin'.

Posted by: Gutenberg1 | January 12, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to another dinasaur ideologue!

Voinovich was an enabler of the failed Bush Administration's destruction of our economy via selective and unregulated capitalism.

Posted by: onestring | January 12, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is in a very serious crash and burn situation.
But so goes the world.
Most of the population of the globe, is actually "turning Democratic" in behavior and thinking. It's a kindler gentler world when Democrats hold office.

Our old staunch ideas of what makes a Republican are falling by the wayside. Their strict dominating ways are ending. Sick of the red tape, the secrets, the bureaucracy created to place friends in a job, the regulations that are piled up on top of more regulations.
This is why you are hearing sayings like
"He's a Republican with Democratic leanings".
They know. Republicans are old school in their bureacratic strict ways.
Just look where we are.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 12, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

to the poster who wrote "The CS Monitor puts in a headline the question we're all dying to know the answer of: will Joe the Plumber run?"

Does the John Birch society have elections?

The man does not have the remotest chance in the hot place of being elected to major office in Ohio.

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 12, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

reason5 asks
"In Florida, does anyone know if Jeb Bush is leaning in or out?"

Out. It was covered here a week or two ago.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

What about Eric Fingerhut in the Democratic field?

Posted by: dpowell302 | January 12, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse
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Eric Fingerhut ran the most inept Ohio Senate campaign I've ever seen. And I vaguely recall Frank Lausche. He was cannon fodder for Voinovich, but I dont think he raised six figures. He performed his cannon fodder role with a vengeance. Besides, he has a job

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 12, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, already 4 very good pick-up opportunities for Democrats. Anytime there is a retirement, the oppossing party is enabled to pick up a great recruit and win. Some examples are from 2008, when Sen. Domenici retired from NM & Sen. J. Warner retired in Va. Both incumbents have plenty of funds and would have won re-election fairly easily, and likely scaring big named Democratic foes away (like the winners, Mark Warner & Tom Udall.) But they retired and Warner & Udall won the races handily. Bond, Brownback & Voinovich would likely have scared major Democratic foes away and all 3 would likely likely won reelection easily. Martinez in Florida would have been challenged and still been a decent Democratic opportunity, although with Charlie Crist running for reelection for Gov. in 2010 and Martinez's cash & respect from the Cuban community, Martinez would have definately began as the favorite. Voinovich's retirement certainly takes much from the GOP as we are left now with Rob Portman. Having the trade rep. from the Bush Administration running for senate in a state that has lost tons of manufacturing jobs during his tenure there may well be a tough sell. Portman should be a great fundraiser with alot of connections as a former rep. around the state & nation. He will need that money, however, to build up his name & demonize an opponent. In Florida, does anyone know if Jeb Bush is leaning in or out? In Kansas, former treasurer & US Rep. Moran is the likely front runner but could face a tough primary from Todd Thiat. That would be expensive & tough for Republicans. But Dems. can't likely capitalize unless Sebelius runs. In Mo., Sam Graves would be a great candidate to run for Bond's seat if he is interested. He beat back a tough challenger in Kay Barnes in 2006, a rough year for R's. Graves is a great fundraiser & awesome candidate, and he should be a front-runner if he is interested in the Senate Seat. Graves would be certainly my 1st choice.

Posted by: reason5 | January 12, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Zack Space I find hard to take seriously as a Senate candidate in 2010. I admire what he did in winning and holding a conservative district. But his statewide name recognition is zip. He's in a non-urban district that will make it hard to raise cash. I just dont see it. He has a future but I dont think it's 2010.

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 12, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

You overlook the possible candidacy of new Ohio AG Rich Cordray, the former State Treasurer who replaced the likely-to-be-indicted Marc Dann. Cordray would look like a job hopper, but he's as competitive statewide as any of the Dems you name.

As for George Voinovich, he wasnt a wholly owned subsidiary of Exxon, but he did a very convicing impersonation. If officials could be tried for for the environmental damage caused by their votes, he'd be hauled to the dock at the Hague in a heartbeat. He was also a shamelessly phony Watchdog of the Treasury who voted for Bush's tax cuts. And while he was Governor there were business dealings that nobobody looked at as hard as they could have. It may seem classless to blast a man whose leaving, but I am long since tired of being polite about the crimes Republicans have perpetrated on this country. And he was a leading perpetrator. Dont let the door hit ya in the behind.

Posted by: davidscott1 | January 12, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Chris thinks the Dems may GAIN seats in 2010 says a lot. Three elections in a row would (I think) be a record.

Posted by: Brittman1 | January 12, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"I'VE HAD MY TIME IN THE KLIEG LIGHTS"?

Look this ba$tard has never, ever, paid for his murderous acts! He should be hung in public,,under KLIEG LIGHTS!

Remember, as Governor of Texas he electrocuted more people than any one in this country ever has or will,,including a black man with a 76 IQ!
George Walker Bush should be done away with!

Posted by: mudbone | January 12, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Scrivener50,

Might I remind you who acting as a "Decider" on 9/11/2001? George WTF Bush! May I remind you who his security person was,, yep,,, Condi "Dark Suckup" Rice!
Don't you go screaming "NATIONAL SECURETY" pal!

Posted by: mudbone | January 12, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

the gop will rise again? Like the confederacy? Like the south?

Used to be called treason. What is it called these days? Taking an "opposition stance"? Being the devil's advocate? Enlighten zouk. When did treason become patriotic?

Posted by: rufus500 | January 12, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Zouk is still running his mouth? Still? Mr Go rudy? Mr, "The economy is great because the dow is at 14,000." CC may be able to ban the left in this country. He cannot silence reality. He cannot silence the will and voice of the american people. Not anymore than the voice and will of the american people can silence the voice of those destroying america (ie, cc, fox news, rush). Maybe one day. Maybe one day the laws and rules you nazi's apply to others will apply to you as well. If you would silence others maybe two can play that game. Please don't whine and complain that day zouk/cc.

As for zouk. some people are brainless and tone deaf. No matter how many times they are wrong they still feel the need to voice their faulty ideals and nonsense opinions. It used to be credibility was earned through being right most times. Up is down black is white, now. The less credibility these clowns have with the real world, the more credibility they get with their fasist cult.

I have only one question to cc zouk and the old time fixers, before cc started banning on non republicans:

Do you hear me now? Bueler Buler? :)

Peace.

Like rage says, "CAN'T STOP US NOW". Sleep tight and have nice dreams zouk and cc. The reign of terror by those like you ends soon. I hope you enjoyed it while it lasted. Play time is soon over. Enjoy your irreleevance clowns. You sure earned it.

PEace. Fox's/hannity/rush's days are numbered. You fake christan church of republcains has turned on your cult. The gop is done for 30 years. Enjoy your time knitting or sabotaging, or whatever you traitor benidict arnolds do. It's all you got left.

Posted by: rufus500 | January 12, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Look,
The damn Bush family moved to Texas because they are "WHITE SUPREMECISTS" and Texas was better than Beloxie Mississippi!
They still vacation at KINNYBUNK&FART PORT! It's mind boggling this BUSH family,,
every body has a DRUG/MENTAL, and yet "THE SOUTH" still says--"YA'LL,,THEY JUST "GOOD OLD BOYS""!

Posted by: mudbone | January 12, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

PLEA TO OBAMA: CANCEL RISKY, RECKLESS 'SITTING DUCK' TRAIN STUNT

• What happened to Homeland Security warnings of "heightened risk" during Presidential transition?

• How about the late November FBI warning about possible Northeast train station attacks?

• "Amtrak Joe" Biden's longstanding warnings about security flaws along the Amtrak Northeast corridor -- why isn't he waving this whistle stop tour to a halt?

PREVENT A TRAGEDY. READ THIS LINK AND MAKE IT VIRAL. THIS IS NOT AN OVER-REACTION. PLEASE DO IT NOW:


http://my.nowpublic.com/world/plea-obama-cancel-risky-reckless-sitting-duck-train-stunt

OR (if link is corrupted):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 12, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

When people say "THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN" you can bet on this--THEY ARE WHITE CRACKERS! I heard that until we moved to Brooklyn,,then it was "WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR", --JOHN(JACKIE) ROOSEVELT ROBINSON and the DODGERS(aka BUMS)gave me some soul!

Posted by: mudbone | January 12, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Ohioland,
Maybe you are complaining that he did not get any money to build a bridge from Columbus to Toledo? Is that what you mean by a "WORKING SENATOR"? Look pal Nixon/Reagan/Bush only hire BLACKWATER INC. and those thugs don't build anything. Their business is demolition.
As OLLIE said to STANLEY--"THIS IS A REVOLTING DEVELOPMENT"!--and nothing short of some public executions will cure the development.

Posted by: mudbone | January 12, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"Nope. The 'South' or the mindstate of the Confederacy, which is what you mean, is thankfully dying a permanent death because of changing demographics. And since theGOP has hitched its wagon to that particular falling star, unless it changes drastically it will die too."

The GOP is splitting into the Palin social conservative camp and the moderate camp of Voinovich. You are exactly correct that the GOP will need to make some significant adjustments to stay relevant. As mentioned in an earlier comment, a longshot but growing movement founded by Iraq/Afghanistan vets has managed to pick off about 20,000 moderates. If nothing else, the Modern Whig Party represents the kind of mainstream, non-fringe movement that is developing in response to the current GOP malaise.

Take a look at these guys:

http://www.modernwhig.org

Posted by: WhigParty | January 12, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

'The South (and the GOP)shall rise again.'

Nope. The 'South' or the mindstate of the Confederacy, which is what you mean, is thankfully dying a permanent death because of changing demographics. And since theGOP has hitched its wagon to that particular falling star, unless it changes drastically it will die too.

Posted by: cassandra13 | January 12, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

A lot of RATS are jumping the "BUSH/CHENEY" ship of THEFT, MURDER, and TORTURE!

But "UNCLE TOM" Clarence just gets uglier!

Say "NO WAY" to BURRIS! The last thing we need is another "HOUSE N"! The soul of my grandfather, Octave, will weep if he moves into the house!

Posted by: mudbone | January 12, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Voinovich is a rare breed that has served as close as any to the Modern Whig values of moderation while maintaining fiscally conservative credentials along with relative social liberalsim. Like the Modern Whigs, Voinovich has never seemed to be driven by ideology but rather common sense and rational thinking from all over the political spectrum.

Voinovich should be respected for his longtime service to Cleveland and Ohio.

www.modernwhig.org

Posted by: WhigParty | January 12, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Who cares. He has not been a strong working senator for a while. Besides, he's too old.

Posted by: ohioland | January 12, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

A lot of RATS are jumping the "BUSH/CHENEY" ship of THEFT, MURDER, and TORTURE!

Posted by: mudbone | January 12, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Change has come. Many Republicans who have backed the criminal conduct and recession Bush has put the US in see their poll numbers wont get them elected. Even Harry Reid will lost as he got kick backs from the White House to give Bush is blank check. Many Senior Democrats will leave also as they made profit by backing Bush's policies. Americans have woke up from an 8 year sleep and nothng will be the same again. We now have our Country back it was invaded from within.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 12, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Kase, I loathe the GOP with every bit as much fervor as you do. But, as Karl Rove discovered to his apparent surprise, there is no "permanent Republican majority."

There is no permanent Democratic majority either. You actually have to accomplish something.

We shall see.

Posted by: Brittman1 | January 12, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Brittman says-
"These things are cyclical. The South (and the GOP)shall rise again."
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Yes- and the North and the Dems will smack the crap out of both AGAIN.
LOL LOL LOL

Posted by: kase | January 12, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I live in OHIO, i did not vote for VOINOVICH,He is a smart man, i must respect him, A few years back 2004 5 whenever, after a world trip he said(I AM SUPRISED BY THE HATE IN THE WORLD FOR THE U.S.A., MORE SO IN EUROPE)
He knows that usa goods are not wecome in most of the world, and OBAMA is going to have a task convencing the world to support the USA. As you have heard OBAMA say this economic may be bad for some time. GEO KNOWS WHEN TO GET OUT!!!!!

Posted by: dv1236 | January 12, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

RambleOn-
So that's YOUR real name?

Cretin

Posted by: kase | January 12, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Portman, Kasich and Dewine? Recycling has beens because of a lack of bench, I suppose.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | January 12, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Have a long and happy retiremnt, George.
From a Gammersfelder Hall Dorm mate...circa 1956.

Posted by: pmorr3 | January 12, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Point well taken, rambleon. These things are cyclical. The South (and the GOP)shall rise again.

Posted by: Brittman1 | January 12, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

That anyone would mourn the retirement of a 'tag along' Republican is amazing. Perhaps, like most bullies, when confronted with little opportunity to continue abusive control, they just fade away. But fade-away fascists leave so much amusement behind. It's just too fun watching the evangelicrazies start caring about the environment. Got tax-exempt?

Go with God, but GO.

Posted by: BRO2224 | January 12, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The GOP moves one step closer to being a regional/rightwingnut/dying/dead party.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 12, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse
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Certainly the Democratic party has the momentum, as it should given the lack of leadership and new ideas from Republicans over the past few years. But 47% of the nation voted for a Republican for President. 47% is far from dying and certainly not dead.

If history is any indication, Republicans will almost certainly make gains in 2010 in Congress, although I seriously doubt they will retake the Senate, and certainly not the House.

Posted by: RambleOn | January 12, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

CC - you keep forgetting to mention that the leader of the Lib foolishness is also going bye-bye in 2010.
now dirty harry spineless Reid can spend his days over at the zoning office trying to cheat his constituents.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 12, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

With the announced retirement of Voinovich, this means that every GOP member of the Senate's Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee will have retired or been defeated (including Coleman) EXCEPT Susan Collins, the ranking member.

Posted by: GeraldWeinand | January 12, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Kase's comments are deeply offensive, but I find the outrage among Republicans here laughable.

Nobody slimes the groups the Falwellians hate like the GOP.

It's a wee bit late to announce your opposition to sliming.

Please.

Posted by: Brittman1 | January 12, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The GOP moves one step closer to being a regional/rightwingnut/dying/dead party.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 12, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Thank heavens. We need to get rid of all these old f----. Sen. V really did nothing for Ohio -- look at the mess it's in.

Posted by: ohioland | January 12, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Kase-

Your comments are despicable, and cowardly. You hide behind your moniker, and perhaps the first amendment and think you can make whatever vile, hate-filled comments you wish. Hey, I'm no fan of this administration, but even Obama has cited Republicans as examples and has stated "the Democratic party doesn't have a monopoly on good ideas."

There are many on these pages Republicans or not, who might take great offense to your comments. Instead of hiding behind your moniker Kase, why don't you walk out into the street and scream that only dead Republicans are good ones. Better yet, just email me and we'll figure out a way where you can say it to my face.

Are you up for that? I didn't think so. Coward.

Posted by: RambleOn | January 12, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Kase - You have no idea of my politics--just that I think posts such as your are vile. However, I have no need to get in a war of word with a troll.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 12, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Dennis, you make a good point. Voinovich should have simply switched parties. He has little in common with what the GOP has become today.

It's only a matter of time until Snowe or Collins (or both) do the same.

Posted by: Brittman1 | January 12, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade-
But there are SO many of "me"
-As opposed to the "tail between their legs" people such as yourself...

Posted by: kase | January 12, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Kase - The fewer of your type around, the better.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 12, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

This is a shame (in a way). Voinovich is not a foaming-at-the-mouth-we-hate-anybody-who-is-not-a-southern-white-Evangelical-Christian that the rest of the GOP has become.

Perhaps that's why he's leaving.

Posted by: Brittman1 | January 12, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

jdmaccoby-
sorry to pee in your cornflakes there, but when it comes to republicans-
the only GOOD one is a DEAD one.

have a nice day

Posted by: kase | January 12, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

kase, that is the most vile thing i've ever heard. no matter what you think of Voinovich (and I'm no fan), there is no excuse for something like that.

Posted by: jdmaccoby | January 12, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It is funny but when the Republicans swept to power in 1994 on a promise they promised us the world instead they sold us to the highest bidder and left us to rot.

Now they are seeing the end and yet they still try to blame and bully.

Hey neocons it doesn't work. If you Republicans any true one left want to save the party moderate.

Posted by: antonio3 | January 12, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

hdc77494 wrote:

I think it's almost criminal that so many republicans are "retiring" at the very moment their leadership is needed most.
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LOL LOL LOL LOL
"leadership"
LOL LOL LOL LOL

Posted by: kase | January 12, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

mjsh - the other GOP Senate retirees are Kit Bond (MO), Mel Martinez (FL) and Sam Brownback (KS). The Fix post is http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/2009/01/more_senate_republican_retirem.html

Hope others find this useful

Posted by: haldon12 | January 12, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I think it's almost criminal that so many republicans are "retiring" at the very moment their leadership is needed most. Besides these four there were several more over the past 18 months. When the chips are down all these rats are leaving the ship just because they won't be part of the majority. Maybe the $$ rewards to the majority party members are just too high.

Posted by: hdc77494 | January 12, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I hope it's testicular cancer...

Posted by: kase | January 12, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"Who are the other three Republicans that are stepping aside at the end of their term? You lead the ariticle (blog, whatever) off stating that Voinovich is the fourth, but don't name the rest? Nice."

Because most regular readers know. Martinez (FL), Bond (MO), and probably Brownback (KS). Add to that Hutchison running for Gov in TX may or may not resign before that, potentially triggering a special election there.

Bring on Joe the Plumber!! Palin / Wurzelbacher 2012 (I can only hope)!!!

Posted by: kreuz_missile | January 12, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

mjsh writes
"You lead the ariticle (blog, whatever) off stating that Voinovich is the fourth, but don't name the rest? Nice."

The Fix can be forgiven for assuming his readers are up-to-date with such issues. For the newcomers, they are: Brownback (KS), Kit Bond (MO), Martinez (FL) and now Voinovich (OH).

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Closer to Total One-Party Rule now are we?

If he'd been honest with himself, he should have just switched parties and hung around longer so he could perks for his consitutents. In my opinion.

Thank You.

Posted by: dennisl591 | January 12, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

This opens the door for Jerry Springer to join Al Franken in the Senate.

Posted by: robist | January 12, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Who are the other three Republicans that are stepping aside at the end of their term? You lead the ariticle (blog, whatever) off stating that Voinovich is the fourth, but don't name the rest? Nice.

Posted by: mjsh | January 12, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The CS Monitor puts in a headline the question we're all dying to know the answer of: will Joe the Plumber run?

What a wild year of elections the mid-terms could be! JtP in Ohio, Chris Matthews in PA! The certainty of shenanigans in IL (will Burris be challenged? Will Blago run from behind bars?).

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Voinovich, thank you for your years of dedicated service to the State of Ohio. However, I am afraid that your legacy will mostly be confined to the last four years - when the economy fell off a cliff. While you tried occasionally to hold back the tide of Republican debt with sunset provisions on the Bush tax cuts, in the end you were just another yes vote in the last gasp days of Republican rule. We can do better.

Posted by: mxgarapi | January 12, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

What about Eric Fingerhut in the Democratic field?

Posted by: dpowell302 | January 12, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Voinovich by the way has done nothing about the loss of another 8,000 jobs last month in SW Ohio. That makes about 200,000 jobs down the drain in the last eight years. That's the Bush/Cheney/RNC legacy in clear black and white.

Posted by: hairguy01 | January 12, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance to another Bush/Cheney apologist and enabler.

Posted by: hairguy01 | January 12, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse


He won't be missed.


Posted by: mortified469 | January 12, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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