Joe Biden, Chris Dodd Drop Out

Call it reporting of the inevitable.

The story from Reuters:

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Veteran U.S. Sens. Joe Biden and Chris Dodd dropped out of the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday after placing a distant fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Iowa caucuses.

Biden of Delaware and Dodd of Connecticut offered perhaps the most experience among the Democratic contenders, having each served in Congress for more than a quarter century. Both chaired powerful committees.

But they came up far short in the race for the White House with polls showing Americans demanding change.

“This evening Democrats sent a clear message that this party is united in our belief that our nation needs change to restore our security, our middle class and all that makes this country great,” Dodd, 63, told supporters in conceding defeat.

Biden, 65 — buoyed in recent days by big crowds and an increase in campaign donations — said earlier he intended to stick in the race at least until the end of the month. But after the Iowa votes were in, he was out.

It was time and I’m glad they recognized that. The next debates will be a lot more interesting as the top tier will get much more time to go at each other.

So there you have it, Iowa has already thinned out the Democratic ranks.