The explanation Mel Martinez gave today for his sudden resignation from the United States Senate had some traditional elements and some that were more, you could say, innovative in their logic.
Yes, Senator Martinez explained that he would be leaving the U.S. Senate one year before the end of his term in order to spend more time with his family. Every retiring politician says that.
Martinez swerved into Sarah Palin incoherence, however, when he explained that he would be leaving the Senate for “no impending reason, it’s only my desire to move on and get on with the rest of my life.” Of course, the rest of his life could have included more time in the Senate.
But, Martinez said, he wasn’t going to be the kind of politician who just occupied political office without doing anything. “When I began my term as Senator, I promised I wouldn’t simply warm a seat; I promised to take on the difficult issues and work to make a difference,” he said.
So, now, Senator Martinez won’t simply warm a seat. He’ll leave the seat completely, so that it grows cold, with the people of Florida lacking representation in the U.S. Senate.