The Corner

Reid’s Retirement

One reason Senator Reid is giving for not running again may shed more light on his decision than he intended:

He also said he was worried his race would consume campaign money that would be needed in other competitive states as Democrats try to regain control of the Senate.

“I think it is unfair for me to be soaking up all the money to be re-elected with what we are doing in Maryland, in Pennsylvania, in Missouri, in Florida,” he said. “These are big, expensive states.”

Getting a new Democrat elected will take money too, of course. If it would take more money to get the incumbent reelected, doesn’t that tell us something about his standing in the state?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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