Sen. Ernest Hollings' decision to not run for re-election next year is not good news for Democratic hopes of regaining control of the Senate.
Too bad he couldn't stick around as long as that other Carolina senator - Strom Thurmond. But Democrats can't just rely on the longevity of their incumbents in order to hold on to power. They are going to have to get out there and convince voters why it is to their benefit to elect them.
That shouldn't be too hard considering the way Bush and company have been running the economy these past two years. But then again you can never underestimate the electorate's determination to delude themselves.