Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Reel Reality

As soon as I heard that Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) was calling it quits, I knew the Village response would be that it is terrible news for the Democrats and that they might as well pack it up and go home because all the retirements from the House and Senate would leave them bereft.

I was right. Here’s a headline from the New York Times:

Democrats Reel as Senator Says No to 3rd Term

Here’s the actual count of the number of retirements:

In the House, there are more Republicans retiring than Democrats.

In the Senate, there are more Republicans retiring than Democrats.

Among governors, there are more Republicans retiring than Democrats.

By the Times’s logic, if the Democrats are reeling, the Republicans must be supine.