Waves of retirements in the U.S. House before the upcoming midterm elections are not that uncommon, mainly because historically speaking, the midterm elections are normally not good for the sitting president’s party as those elections are usually viewed as referendums on the president’s first two years in the White House, and some in the majority do not like the idea of being among the minority. The only exception in recent memory was Pres. George W. Bush’s Republican party adding seats in both the Senate and in the House in the 2002 midterms, which was a little over a year after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
But for Pres. Joe Biden, who during his 2020 pres. campaign falsely portrayed himself as a future unifier in chief who would unite both sides in Congress and who would also unite the nation. The number of Dems who have made the decision to bail on the president as the 2022 midterm elections are nearing surely has to be a hard pill to swallow.
At the end of 2021, the number of retirements reached 25. But earlier today, Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) made himself the 26th House Dem to announce he wasn’t seeking re-election, stating it was “time to explore other opportunities”:
Perlmutter has been a congressman since 2007, and though he has easily won re-election every time, the district now has a rank of D+6, made a bit more competitive because of the recent redistricting that an independent commission recently completed. Republicans had already said in Nov. that they would be putting the district on their list of targets for 2022.
Obviously, we will have to wait and see what happens in the district in the fall elections, but one thing is for certain and that is despite their whining about how the only way Republicans might win is through redistricting, it seems that it is the retirements of over two dozen Dems over the past several months (and with even more likely to come) that have hurt Joe Biden’s party more – that and Pres. Biden himself:
With voters worried about the uncertainties relating to the United States economy on problems like worsening inflation and the gloomy employment/jobs outlook, it only seems fitting that a number of House Dems have apparently concluded it is best to get out while they still can. I Cannot really say that I blame them.
Author: Blake Ambrose