January 12th, 2009
05:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Senate Republicans brace for ominous 2010

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/12/senate.republicans/art.voinovich.gi.jpg caption=" Sen. George Voinovich, a Republican from Ohio, will retire from the Senate when his term is up in 2010."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The 111th Congress has just barely begun as Senate Republicans brace for more grueling elections in 2010 which threaten to further weaken the party's influence in Congress.

The latest setback for the party came Monday, when Ohio Sen. George Voinovich - the 72 year-old two-term GOP senator - announced he will not seek reelection in 2010. That leaves Republicans with a highly vulnerable seat in a perennial swing state that has drifted Democratic in the last two elections.

Voinovich's decision sent Ohio Republicans and Democrats scrambling ahead of what will likely be a competitive primary on both sides, and virtually guarantees the GOP will have to spend significantly more money defending a seat that otherwise would likely have been a safe bet.

"Republicans are starting the cycle on the defensive once again, it's a familiar but uncomfortable position," said Nathan Gonzalez of the Rothenberg Political Report.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Bud Burgoon-Clark

    They should be made to stay and clean up the mess THEY made.

    Bud Burgoon-Clark
    San Diego CA USA

    January 12, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. SM

    January 12th, 2009 8:11 pm ET

    "As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil they set out to destroy."
    from THE JUDGMENT OF THE NATIONS by Christopher Dawson.

    This is Bush's legacy to this country, and I pray that Republicans begin to find the good in all people again before they become as evil as he.

    January 12, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. BC

    If Repubilcans started to think, they could do great, but by latching on to the far right-wing lunitic fringe, they are throwing away the normal American voters and giving them to the Democrats. Joe the Plumber and Sarah Palin must be getting paid by the Democra's

    January 12, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Jacqueline in Cameron,Missouri

    I have not researched the others, but Senator Bond was in the Top 10 of wasteful Pork Barrel spending. He probably knew that he was never going to be re-elected with his track record. Hopefully that bad penny will NOT come back.

    January 12, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  5. Larry

    TO Ken,


    January 12, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    The republicans will hold their seats in 2010, hopefully the dems won't lose many. We'll need to make sure our reps know what we want and that they have to explain everything they are doing on-line.

    January 12, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  7. John

    "Rocksonthewall" funny republicans didn't seem to mind one party rule when they had control. Corporate rule is disguised as "bringing good business sense to gov't." Shall we enumerate the sins of the last eight years, Failure in security during 911, Reniging on civil rights, torture, wiretapping, Katrina, illegal war in Iraq, Terri Shaivo, media concentration, lying to congress, corrupting the Justice Dept., Outing a CIA agent, etc...

    'nuf said

    January 12, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. Larry

    I would love to make a bet with anybody--A REPUBLICAN WILL REPLACE HIM.

    January 12, 2009 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. Jan Illinois

    If new, honest faces are not introduced and very soon we just may be a one party goverment,and that sounds good to me. Decisions made because it is best for the country, not because of the parties. Let's call this new party Americans.

    January 12, 2009 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Dylan from MN

    I keep saying this but it needs to be repeated, this country and the world is entering a new era, the signs are everywhere you just need to pay more attention. It's time for new thought, new ideas, innovation and exploration. There are many of us who realize that the same old is no longer going to cut it, Bless us, the new generation!

    January 12, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Rick Sutter

    Juan Grain – wrong article to comment on. Pay better attention.
    John – Virtually all of Hollywood is Democrat. They're not doing too bad financially.
    Ken – well said.
    rocksonthewall – Not sure what you're saying, but yes, the two party system ensures that someone is watching the store when the other is in power. However, I would prefer a parlimentary system where it is not all or nothing.

    January 12, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    hahaha if Sarah Palin and "Joe the Plumber" are going to be the face of the GOP in the next few years, then THANK GOD they'll be out of power for a while. John McCain I can deal with the other two are pretty pathetic though if you ask me!

    January 12, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Sue

    Ken, I don't think the Democrats can do much more damage to the economy, do you? I'm still fearful of a planned attack before next Tuesday, in which case Bush will declare a state of emergency and remain in power. He has an Executive Order all set to do just that, and as far as I know, Blackwater mercenaries ready to do his bidding.

    January 12, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  14. Lori

    Good riddance to another GOP member!

    January 12, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. bsmith171

    can this RINO be required to leave immediately?

    January 12, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  16. Justin from New Haven, CT

    The GOP is screwed for the next generation, younger voters are trending more liberal and the country will not be majority white for much longer. That coupled with the fact ppl are more tolerant of gays, minorities, and are tired of the same divisive crap that plagued our past.

    January 12, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. mrsb

    How sad that the right wingers led this country to near destruction. As a socailly coservative mother, wife and professional, I can not believe the last 8 years and how our nation squandered the surplus we had in the treasury and the ill will we promoted in the world. May the Bush / Cheney / Rove legacy be that we again embrace free speech, a commitment to peace and a rejection of greed as a way of life. The Republicans have some mending to do – and that includes the evangelical sheep who followed them down the path.

    January 12, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Palin Power

    2010 is when the GOP will make a major comeback and regain Congress. It is also the sign of the rise of Palin as POTUS. Palin will defeat Obambi in 2012.

    January 12, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. I'm Independent now

    I'm a registered rebublican for 15 years, and I've had it!
    Both sides of the asile have sold us out to the Wall street, the Fed and Central Banks. I'm done with both of them. (except Ron Paul)

    January 12, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  20. Penn Voter

    Too bad we can not fire the whole lot, both GOP and DNC and start all over.

    January 12, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. Liz

    Well, after Obama, Pelosi, and Reid screw the country up even more over the next two years, the Republicans should be poised to take back some of the power in Washington. That day cannot come soon enough!!!

    January 12, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. Has anyone seen Paulson?

    I would like to see his off shore accounts balance.Hes maning his life boat while the getting is good.

    January 12, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. Sye the Pychic

    I will now close this post with some parting words,please leave this poor old dude alone,he doesnt look well ,maybe Madoff got his retirement money.

    January 12, 2009 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  24. S. Boatman Warrensburg, Mo.

    The near future doesnt looki good for republicans.

    January 13, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
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