12/27/11, "Ben Nelson: 'It's time to move on'," Politico
"Nelson wavered in whether to retire, according to sources close to the Nebraska Democrat, telling aides that “some days it was yes, some days it was no.”
He also said on the call that the “tea party must be stopped.”...
12/27/11, "Democrat Nelson to retire from Senate," Reuters
"The conservative Tea Party Express, which had named Nelson as one of its top targets for defeat in 2012, hailed news of his impending retirement as a victory.
"There is no doubt that he felt our heat of the Tea Party and decided that he was not up for the fight," the organization said in a fundraising letter."...
Oh, yes. Politico says democrats' best hope for picking up a seat is SCOTT BROWN. Have a nice life, Scott. (Item at end of article):
"Overall, 23 Democratic-controlled seats are up this cycle, while Republicans have to defend only 10. Senate Republicans need to pick up only four seats to grab control of the chamber.
The Democrats’ best hope for picking up a GOP-held seat is in Massachusetts, where Republican Sen. Scott Brown, who won a special election two years ago to replace the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, will go up before Bay State voters in November."
via "Mea Culpa" comment at RedState