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Barbara Mikulski to Retire, Yell At Someone Else Now

I am finally returned, rested and recovered from CPAC. Fortunately, unlike other years, this CPAC only forced me to confront my claustrophobia in the main hallways, and not in a dark and dank ballroom, which should cut down on the post traumatic stress quite a bit.

Plus, this Monday is greeted with an intriguing Congressional retirement: Sen. Barbara Mikulski, firebrand of Maryland’s Senate delegation, will retire while still in her prime (at least, as far as Congressional median age is concerned), at a spry 78 and after a mere 5 terms in the Senate.

The longest serving woman in Congress in U.S. history is ready to retire. Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski will not seek a sixth term in the Senate in 2016.

Mikulski made the announcement at a news conference in the Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore Monday morning.

“I am here today … to announce I will not be seeking a sixth term in the United States Senate,” Mikulski said. “This is a hard decision to make.”

“Do I spend my time raising money or spend my time raising hell?” the Maryland Democrat said is a question that factored into her decision.

Mikulski, whose direct and feisty character paved the way for women who joined the male-dominated Senate, joined the upper chamber in 1987 after ten years in the U.S. House. The 78-year old intends to serve out the remainder of her current term until January 2017.

This is, no doubt, interesting news for Maryland’s former governor Martin O’Malley, a potential 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful who may be too closely tied to the Clintons (even the New York Times describes him as a “Clinton loyalist“) to get a fair shot at the nomination. He could easily run for the seat Mikulski is vacating, taking him out of Presidential contention and neutralizing a potential frenemy with unexpected – but yet inriguingly Clinton-esque – ease. Of course, I could also just be watching a bit too much House of Cards.

At any rate, Mikulski’s departure is sure to be a loss for Republicans, who could always find in Mikulski an easy target for ire, outrage or humor. Few other sitting Congresspeople were willing to use the word “teabaggers” in a speech from the Senate floor, after all. And few other Congresspeople could get that effectively purple when making principled stands in front of an audience of their peers. Mikulski will certainly be missed. 

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