Democrats are facing a growing list of retirements.
Over 20 Democrats in the House of Representatives have already announced that they will not seek reelection in 2022 and the list will likely grow even longer.
This does not portend well for their chances of retaining control of the House.
The reality of this is starting to set in.
The Hill reports:
Democrats confront rising retirements as difficult year ends
House Democrats are facing a growing wave of retirements as they close out 2021 and enter what’s expected to be a challenging midterm election year.
The string of retirement announcements in recent days cap off what’s already been a demoralizing end to Democrats’ first year in power of Washington since Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) declared he couldn’t support the party’s social spending and climate package.
More retirement announcements are likely in the coming days and weeks as lawmakers are home for the holidays with their families and decide they’d rather not have to keep making the regular trek to the House.
In the span of 24 hours earlier this week, three Democrats announced they wouldn’t run for reelection next year: Reps. Stephanie Murphy (Fla.), Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.) and Albio Sires (N.J.).
That followed Rep. Alan Lowenthal’s (D-Calif.) retirement announcement last week, as well as that of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) earlier this month…
The pace of Democrats’ retirements this year is currently on par with Republicans in 2018. At the time, the GOP similarly faced historical midterm election headwinds and went on to lose the House majority in a referendum of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Naturally, Republicans are pretty enthusiastic about this.
More Democrat retirements. They KNOW their policies are FAILING, and that the American people are going to PUNISH them in November. We are WINNING!
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) December 17, 2021
As House Democratic retirements soar, @GOPLeader says 2022 election ‘becomes a different play’
No Democrat is safe!!! https://t.co/ay2YSOf8GK
— Michael McAdams (@M_McAdams) December 21, 2021
The 2022 midterms could end up being as big of a game changer as 2010 was.