John Tanner's departure alarms Democrats

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Tennessee Rep. John Tanner’s decision to step down at the end of his term has Democrats worried that a trickle of retirements will turn into a flood.

    Democrats won their majority in 2006 — and built on it in 2008 — in large part by running conservative Democrats in Republican-leaning districts. But with Rep. Dennis Moore (D-Kan.) and Tanner now heading for the exits, there’s growing concern that the party’s strategy may be unraveling just in time for 2010.

    “It’s the beginning of an avalanche on our side,” one Democratic strategist said. “Morale is bad, and we’re seeing guys in their 50s and 60s, who have some time left, who can make some money and have a phase two in their careers.”

    Tanner is a godfather of sorts for conservative Democrats, and his announcement comes at a perilous moment for his party. The Democrats’ poll numbers are in decline. Health care reform is stuck in the Senate. And President Barack Obama isn’t the political patron he was a year ago. On top of that, the Democrats no longer have an unpopular Republican president to run against.

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    There may be several members of Congress who figure they had best get out while the getting is good in case groups such as We Are Change gain credibility as a political force.

    "We Are Change has arisen from the remnants of our republic to fill the vacancy left by those who swore to preserve, protect and defend The Constitution against all enemies – foreign and domestic. We seek to expose the fraud of the left/right paradigm and reveal that the world truly functions on a top/down hierarchy that threatens to destroy free society as we know it. We Are Change works to educate, motivate, and activate those striving to uncover the truth behind the private banking cartel of the military industrial complex that is directing the majority of U.S. policy, and that is actively seeking to eliminate national sovereignty and replace it with a "one world order." We will also continue to move in a direction that reconnects “We the People” to our nations founding principles laid out in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."

    - www.wearechange.org/whoischange.html
     

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