Warner's departure puts GOP in bigger bind
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Senator John Warner announced Friday that he will retire after his current term expires and will not run for re-election in 2008. The five term senior senator from Virginia was first elected to his seat in 1978.Yes indeed, this is bad news for the Republicans. Warner knows that and perhaps he realizes the Republican Party needs a big loss in 2008 so that it will be forced to reinvent itself.
The announcement of the 80-year-old Warner’s retirement puts Senate Republicans in a bigger bind as they try to recapture the chamber from the Democrats in next year’s election. Virginia was once a solid red state, but Democrats have won most of the major state wide elections in recent years.