We have yet to meet retired U.S. Army General and Afghanistan war hero Don Bolduc. But we hope to. Anyone who has so unnerved U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her Democratic Party toadies this far in advance of the next election is clearly a force to be reckoned with.

Shaheen, disappointingly, is running for yet another political term. (Look up “career politician, New Hampshire” in the dictionary and her face may appear next to the definition.)

This would be Shaheen’s third six-year term in the Senate. Should she win, as powerful incumbents tend to, she would be 79 at the end of the next term, and probably looking for a fourth.

Some New Hampshire public servants understand the overwhelming power and peril of remaining too long in office. That is why both Gordon Humphrey and Judd Gregg voluntarily stepped down after serving our state in the U.S. Senate. Shaheen, alas, isn’t about to term-limit herself.

And she apparently doesn’t want any pesky opponents doing so.

Gen. Bolduc seems to have unnerved Shaheen. Her party pals may have already tipped their weak hand by seizing on a brief YouTube video that includes a personal testimonial to Bolduc from a longtime friend.

It happens that the friend, a well-known Keene area prosecutor and finanical advisor, once paid a small fine to settle a dispute with a client. The Shaheen partisans rushed to “inform” news media of this.

Anything, we guess, to change the subject from Bolduc’s impressive record. He commanded joint special forces in Afghanistan. He has received five Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. He has coped and has helped his soldiers cope with post-traumatic stress.

Sen. Shaheen and company have reason to be worried. We will hope against hope that they elevate their position in the coming campaign.