Hollings was not gracious about his exit. He called President Bush “weak” and as much as said that the president was a puppet of adviser Karl Rove.
Senate Democrats in recent weeks had begged Hollings to reconsider his decision, in part because of concerns that the party was facing an already brutal 2004 campaign cycle.
Hollings will retire next year having served as his state’s senior senator for all of two years. The 81-year-old spent more than a record 35 years in the Senate as a junior senator by dint of the fact that he followed in Sen. Strom Thurmond’s footsteps.
As The Prowler reported earlier this year, Hollings appeared to be leaning toward retirement since he hadn’t held a fundraiser for himself this campaign cycle. His making it official all but guarantees that Democrats will not regain control of the Senate in 2004. The Republicans, who face tough campaigns in Alaska and Illinois, are assured better than 50-50 shots at making up those seats in Georgia, where Sen. Zell Miller is retiring, and now in South Carolina. Rep. Jim DeMint is a favorite for the Republican nomination, along with the state’s former attorney general Charlie Condon.
Former Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges was thought to be a strong option on the Democratic side, though already several other state politicians are studying the race.p> CAROLINA STATE OF MIND br> There is a belief inside the presidential campaign of Sen. John Edwards
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The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?