Despite no long-range plans, Cochran hasn’t said he’s retiring

Eight U.S. Senators, most of them younger than our Thad Cochran, have signaled they’ve had enough of the supposed “most deliberative body in the world” and are retiring next year. Not Thaddeus. At least, not so far.

In a surprise, conservative Democrat Max Baucus of Montana last week announced he wouldn’t seek re-election, giving up the powerful chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee. Baucus is 71. Thad is 75 and will be 76 in December.

Both Baucus and Cochran have seven terms under their belt. Both seemed to have a perfectly safe seat, especially Cochran. The Montanan however wanted to let the folks back home know well in advance that he won’t be on the ballot next November.

Bill Minor