It Sucks Being In The Minority
Just ask Rep. Chip Pickering, GOP neanderthal from Mississippi, who is apparently not running for reelection. Now with Deborah Pryce and Denny Hastert, there were potentially tough reelections (while Hastert may have hung on after a long, dirty fight Pryce was toast), but Pickering could have walked to reelection (R +14).
I think the dude looked at the fact that Trent Lott and Thad Cochran, the two senators from that still deluded Republican state, both pulled back from retiring in successive cycles, the Dems are likely going to double their advantage in the House and the sweet melody of lobbying cash is ringing in his ears.
In any case, I think the flood gates are about to open...