Bye Bye Bayh

Monday, February 15, 2010

Indiana conservadem, Sen. Evan Bayh, today announced he will not run for re-election, a decision that apparently shocked Democrats and Republicans alike.

Bayh cited excessive partisanship that makes progress on public policy difficult to achieve as the motivation for his decision. He was elected to the senate in 1998 and 2004.

I am no fan of the Indiana democrat. While voting against the viciously homophobic effort by the radical right to amend the US Constitution to ban gay marriage, Bayh was said to be on Hillary Clinton’s shortlist for vice president. He voted in favor of loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping and, has a mixed record on abortion, scoring a paltry 50% from NARAL.

It looks increasingly like the November midterms will be a blood bath for Democrats and the losses will be blamed on President Obama.

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14 Responses to Bye Bye Bayh

  1. Peace Nick says:

    November is shaping up to be a tsunami for the Democrats.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Bayh’s announcement is just the tip of the iceberg. I think the president needs to prepare for 5 to 8 Democratic senate losses and another 15 to 20 in the House.

  2. Idaho Librul says:

    Every poll had Bayh easily winning reelection.

    Maybe I’m paranoid but there has to be something else going on here that he’s not telling us. I have a vague memory of some ethical problem involving Bayh’s wife.

    Do any of you remember this?

  3. jimmy says:

    Idaho Librul-

    Only that Susan Bayh will serve in any corporate board that invites her, including Wellpoint, which is completely inappropriate.

    The only way I’ll vote for a Democrat to replace this DINO is if we nominate a progressive, and we do have them. Unfortunately, Evan has given those candidates precious little time to get on the ballot.

  4. Rockync says:

    I too am a little suspicious of why we have democrats giving up seats. Could it be that there is a nice fat bank account waiting for them in the Caymans?
    RI and Indiana progressives need ramp it up, find good candidates and market the hell out of them.

  5. libhomo says:

    Most of the retirees are obnoxious Phonycrats. Getting them out of the way could energize liberal and progressive Democrats to be more supportive of the party in November.

  6. Mauigirl says:

    This is not looking good for November. While it would be great if those who leave were replaced by real progressives, it’s always harder for a non-incumbent to get elected and this year the GOP is going to be loaded for bear so they aren’t going to give any Democrats an even chance if they can help it.

  7. Conejo1982 says:

    President Obama should be focused on the state of the Democratic party and the upcoming midterm election and not on expanding the war in Afghanistan.

    Perhaps, when he awakens up on Nov. 4th and discovers the Democratic majority in the US Senate has shrunk to 52, he might start prioritizing and stop letting himself be led around by the neocons in the Pentagon.

  8. Harry says:

    Conejo 1982 — On Nov. 4th, Obama can gaze at his pretty Nobel Peace Prize and take comfort that at least Europe loves him.

  9. JollyRoger says:

    I agree-there’s something rotten as hell going on that Evan thinks may surface. Whatever that is, we will have to wait and see.

  10. R.J. says:

    I think Bayh is going to run for President. To me, he sounds like he could jump ship and join the GOP. With his voting record, they’d welcome him with open arms.

  11. Joe in Colorado says:

    I think the ramifications for President Obama are grave. There is no question the Democrats will lose the U.S. Senate and come close to losing the House, too. This will make it virtually impossible for Obama to govern, leading to his defeat in 2012. We need to prepare for President Palin, or President Brown, or President Romney. And you know what? We only have the Democrats to blame.

  12. JollyRoger says:

    I still don’t see the numbers for a Rushpubliscum recapture of either chamber, and I am a pessimistic grouch. There will definitely be a narrowing, but so what? It isn’t like the dems did anything with their big majorities, is it?

  13. Jonny says:

    Bayh was never a favorite Dem of mine. Still, isn’t his announcement a little late? Made it pretty difficult for the Dems to vet a candidate through the primary. I think the timing on this thing lends to suspicions that the REAL reason for not running has yet to be revealed.

  14. LM says:

    The fault lies primarily with a system which is structured so that it cannot ever be truly representative. I think the anger stems largely from people’s ignorance of how deeply flawed the system is, and how difficult it would be to change what really matters.

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