Seems as though there are a few retirees coming up in the house this year, is this a natural cycle or something else.. so far 5 republican seats are gonna be up for grabs, vs. 2 for the dems.. memo to Tom Allen from Maine, going up against Collins or Snowe is probably political suicide. While the Republican vacancies, largely come from Republican districts.. might prove interesting.. http://www.cqpolitics.com/2007/08/retirement_wave_building_among.html The announcement Friday by former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., that he will not seek re-election in 2008 capped a week in which three veteran House Republicans in a 24-hour span declared that the current 110th Congress would be their last. Hastert‚Äôs announcement ‚ÄĒ coupled with similar ones Thursday by Ohio Rep. Deborah Pryce and Mississippi Rep. Charles W. ‚ÄúChip‚ÄĚ Pickering Jr. ‚ÄĒ brought to five the number of House Republicans who are not seeking re-election next year, compared with two on the Democratic side. While nearly 15 months remain until the November 2008 election, the retirement decisions of Hastert, Pryce and Pickering will stoke speculation of a larger ‚Äúwave‚ÄĚ of GOP departures that would seriously hamper the party‚Äôs quest to make the 16-seat gain that they need to regain the House majority they lost last November. Democrats pounced on the retirements as evidence of sagging morale in House Republican ranks and public disenchantment with President Bush and his party, which ran the House for a dozen years before the 2006 elections. ‚ÄúIt is not surprising House Republicans are disenchanted and calling it quits given their party‚Äôs record of obstructing progress on key American priorities and rubberstamping George Bush‚Äôs endless war in Iraq,‚ÄĚ said Doug Thornell, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the campaign arm of the House Democrats.