The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 12/2/7

When 3rd District U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering announced in August that he would not seek re-election in 2008 in order to spend more time with his family, few could have predicted the fruit basket turnover under way now.

With Sen. Trent Lott also stepping down, leaving a GOP seat open as well as Republican Pickering’s House seat, the question now begs: Can the Democrats use this to advance their numbers in both chambers?

Four Republicans quickly announced their candidacy for Pickering’s seat: State Sen. Charlie Ross of Brandon, David Landrum of Madison County, John Rounsaville of Madison and Gregg Harper of Pearl.

But the absence of Democrats lining up for the job is noticeable – and that’s for a reason.