I'm suddenly very curious as to why he's announcing his retirement now. What kind of goods have they got on the guy that this story isn't being messaged by his office, and breaks on a Monday evening of a relatively slow news day, rather than being buried in the Friday night news?
Now, of course, the Republican party can wash their hands of him. Should be interesting to see how this plays out and if the Democrats can remind people that this isn't just about one man, but about a systemic problem, and present an alternate solution, rather than sitting on their collective hands.
Interesting too to see the blogosphere's take: and now they'll have a different audience coming with with the NYT redesign...
Ooo, I love a good fight.