The title of a Bloomberg article released on January 26, 2013 is “Democrat Tom Harkin WON’T Seek Re-Election to Senate” (Web-site/URL: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-26/democrat-tom-harkin-not-seeking-reelection-for-iowa-senate-seat.html).
Why? “Democrat Tom Harkin has decided NOT to seek re-election to his U.S. Senate seat in 2014, when Republicans TRY to gain control of the chamber”. Key Word: “try”. WILL THEY BE ABLE TO DO IT? This will surely create ANOTHER FIRESTORM.
“Harkin’s decision, which he has been considering for months, was motivated by a desire to spend time with his wife after nearly 40 years of public service, he said in a statement yesterday (January 25, 2013)”. .”I am going to fulfill a promise that I made to my wife Ruth and that I also made to MYSELF”, which of course is MOST important. If YOU don’t love YOURSELF WHO WILL LOVE YOU? “It’s a promise that we are going to do certain things together — and that we are going to live together in a way we’ve often talked about, before it gets too late”. Harkin has a point here, given the fact that he is now 73 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Harkin) and TED KENNEDY, as we know, passed away at the age of 77 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Moore_Kennedy). “It’s SOMEBODY ELSE’S turn. I am going to make way for someone new in this Senate seat”. Will Harkin ACTIVELY campaign for a Democrat to replace him?
Michael Bennet, “chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)”, released the following statement: “I APPRECIATE that Senator Harkin has made his decision SO EARLY (?) in the cycle, GIVING US AMPLE TIME (?) to recruit A STRONG Democratic candidate for this seat”. “so early?” “giving us ample time?” Again, both these comments are open to INTERPRETATIONS(Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
According to Charlie Cook, “editor and publisher of theNON-PARTISAN (?) Cook Political Report (is anything “non-partisan” these days?), “While Obama CARRIED Iowa by six (percentage) points, “Democrats will still have to pay attention to the state”. “Obama carried Iowa by six (percentage) points” in the 2012 election. Democrats must now focus/zero in on the 2014 House and Senate elections.
“in an e-mail”, Cook said: “There are SEVEN Democratic Senate seats up in states carried by Mitt Romney, including SIX in states (that) Romney won by 14 points or more, so clearly, Iowa WON’T be one of their biggest headaches. But they STILL will have to FIGHT to hold it”. Does this mean, then, that Democrats will STRUGGLE to hold onto their Senate majority?
“in an e- mailed statement”, Obama said: “Senator Harkin will be missed”. “Harkin has been in the Senate LONGER than ANY Democrat in Iowa’s history…”, “He has FOUGHT PASSIONATELY to improve quality of life for Americans with disabilities and their families, to reformOUR EDUCATION SYSTEM and ensure that EVERY American has access to affordable health care”. However, he DID NOT support THE PUBLIC OPTION or SEEMED NOT TO (Web-site/URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/24/tom-harkin-says-public-op_n_475918.html).
“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada issued a statement calling Harkin “a PASSIONATE (?) PROGRESSIVE” with “DEEPLY HELD PRINCIPLES”. However, again, interestingly enough, Harkin DID NOT support THE PUBLIC OPTION or SEEMED NOT TO (Web-site/URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/24/tom-harkin-says-public-op_n_475918.html), one of the few “progressives” NOT to do so.
Finally, “Harkin has $2.7 million in his campaign fund at of the end of December (2012) and HAD BEEN planning a fundraiser next month (February, 2013), Harkin spokeswoman Kate Frischmann said in an e-mail”.
Harkin is the latest senator who WOULD’VE BEEN RE-ELECTED IF he had chosen to run for re-election. He joins former INDIANA Sen. EVAN BAYH in this category (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nedg6X9BhTQ). Perhaps Harkin, like Bayh, IS SICK OF THE PARTISANSHIP AND BICKERING ON CAPITOL HILL, even though he didn’t say this explicitly.