Will a Brown Senate victory result in a wave of Democrats retiring from Congress? 

Last night I spoke to a GOP campaign consultant and McCain campaign veteran who was dropping everything to head up to Massachusetts to pitch in for the final days of the Scott Brown Senate campaign. He was postively giddy, not just about the increasing prospect of a Brown victory -- but the potential aftershocks. A potential Brown win could trigger a wave of 10-15 Democratic resignations in the house, he said. That's a lot of financial opportunities if you're a Republican campaign guy.

I thought he might be exaggerating things, but today in Politico North Carolina Dem Earl Pomeroy is threatening retirement over the slings and arrows he's taking on the health care debate. And according to Politico, he's not the only moderate Democrat who is suffering:

Democrats moved closer to a final deal on health care reform Thursday — and for some vulnerable members, the end can’t come soon enough.

In an emotional talk with other Democrats on the Ways and Means Committee this week, North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy said the protracted debate is hurting him so badly back home that he might as well retire if it drags on much longer. 

A Democrat who attended the Ways and Means session said Pomeroy was “very angry” as he spoke about the delay. “Other folks were upset, but he was the maddest by far.” 

“I believe Congress needs to resolve fairly quickly this protracted health care debate,” Pomeroy told POLITICO on Thursday. “We have a number of other issues that haven’t been able to get enough attention, because health care is taking up all the floor time, all of the attention. We need to move on.” 

Pomeroy is hardly alone. 

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