Dorgan faces almost certain defeat if Republican Governor John Hoeven runs against him. According to Rasmussen’s latest poll on December 21, Hoeven would trounce Dorgan, 58% to 36%. Health care is a huge problem for the senator, as a whopping 64% of North Dakotans don’t want what Dorgan is voting to give them.
What a schmuck Dorgan is. Rather than doing what his constituents want him to do and vote against the Democrats’ health care catastrophe, he’s going to vote for it anyway and then retire and enjoy the government’s fat pension and high quality health care, all funded by the US taxpayer. What a freaking coward.
“Although I still have a passion for public service and enjoy my work in the Senate, I have other interests and I have other things I would like to pursue outside of public life. I have written two books and have an invitation from a publisher to write two more books. I would like to do some teaching and would also like to work on energy policy in the private sector.
“So, over this holiday season, I have come to the conclusion, with the support of my family, that I will not be seeking another term in the U.S. Senate in 2010. It is a hard decision to make after thirty years in the Congress, but I believe it is the right time for me to pursue these other interests.
“Let me be clear that this decision does not relate to any dissatisfaction that I have about serving in the Senate. Yes, I wish there was less rancor and more bipartisanship in the U.S. Senate these days. But still, it is a great privilege to serve and I have the utmost respect for all of the men and women with whom I serve.
So long and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.