WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John Warner, R-Virginia, on Friday became the second senator to announce he will not seek re-election in 2008, joining fellow Republican Wayne Allard of Colorado on the campaign sidelines.
A total of 34 U.S. Senate seats will be up for grabs next year, with Republicans defending 22 seats, compared to 12 seats for Democrats.
A complete list of senators up in 2008 is available below.
SENATORS UP IN 2008
Alexander, Lamar R-Tennessee
(OPEN) Allard, Wayne R-Colorado
Barrasso, John R-Wyoming
Baucus, Max D-Montana
Biden, Joe D-Delaware
Chambliss, Saxby R-Georgia
Cochran, Thad R-Mississippi
Coleman, Norm R-Minnesota
Collins, Susan R-Maine
Cornyn, John R-Texas
Craig, Larry R-Idaho
Dole, Elizabeth R-North Carolina
Domenici, Pete R-New Mexico
Durbin, Richard D-Illinois
Enzi, Mike R-Wyoming
Graham, Lindsey R-South Carolina
Hagel, Chuck R-Nebraska
Harkin, Tom D-Iowa
Inhofe, James R-Oklahoma
Johnson, Tim D-South Dakota
Kerry, John D-Massachusetts
Landrieu, Mary D-Louisiana
Lautenberg, Frank D-New Jersey
Levin, Carl D-Michigan
McConnell, Mitch R-Kentucky
Pryor, Mark D-Arkansas
Reed, Jack D-Rhode Island
Roberts, Pat R-Kansas
Rockefeller, Jay D-West Virginia
Sessions, Jeff R-Alabama
Smith, Gordon R-Oregon
Stevens, Ted R-Alaska
Sununu, John R-New Hampshire
(OPEN) Warner, John R-Virginia
I like the landscape.
Just take a little off the right, please.
No vulnerable Democrats. Seats in MN, VA, CO, OR and possibly AK & NH will turn Democrat as well. Senate will be 56-44 in 2009.
There are many fine legislators of both parties on this list. However, propriety and partisanship propel me to suggest a few reasons for not re-electing several of these Senators:
Wayne Allard was called one of “America’s 5 worst Senators” by Time Magazine, for doing almost nothing in the Senate.
Saxby Chambliss ran ads comparing triple-amputee Vietnam vet Max Cleland to Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
Thad Cochran takes major pharmaceutical donations, and wrote the legislation that stops Americans from importing cheaper medicines from other countries.
Larry Craig has one of the worst environmental records in the Senate, but will probably resign before the week is up for personal reasons.
Pete Domenici has one of the worst environmental records, and is mired in the U.S. Attorney firing scandals that brought down Alberto Gonzalez.
James Inhofe was “outraged by the outrage” over Abu Ghraib, calls environmentalists “Nazis”, calls the Red Cross “bleeding hearts” and called the 9/11 attacks Devine retribution for the U.S. failure to defend Israel.
Jim Sessions said the NAACP “forced civil rights down the throats of people”, but when asked about the Ku Klux Klan said, “I used to think they’re okay”.
Ted Stevens is under FBI and Grand Jury investigation for massive financial wrong-doings.
John Sununu, as White House Chief of Staff paid the government $892 for $615,000 worth of military jet travel.
Mitch McConnell takes major donations from and supports the positions of casinos, coal mines, credit card lenders, pharmaceuticals and tobacco companies.
Pat Roberts voted to suspend habeas corpus and to authorize torture.
America would be a better country if these eleven men were not United States Senators.
The political landscape is going to get a serious makeover.
The GOP will be looking up through the grates to see the curb.
Who's next to abandon ship?
54 Seats not good enough. They need a sixty seat majority to be veto proof and actually accomplish a real agenda.
People are less happy with Congress than they are with the President so I expect alot of Congressmen will lose their seats.
If we keep the pressure on by continuously heaping shame and hostile treatment upon these simple-minded folk,(which they have no ability to defend themselves against without losing what little verbal coherance they have,)a super majority is quite possible.Keep on shaming,the more inflammatory the better,there a lot more theocrats to go.Maybe the next generation won't have to see the ugly scars of theocracy on our money,in our pledge,and on our courtroom walls.