Evan Bayh: Congress is a total drag

posted at 4:10 pm on February 15, 2010 by Allahpundit

Four hours after the news broke that he’s quitting, I’m still in shock. Help me figure this out. Three possible reasons why he’d retire now:

1. He was destined to lose in November. Nonsense. He has a huge war chest, a respected family brand, a reputation for centrism to give him some distance from Obama, and an opponent in Dan Coats whose name recognition is much lower than his own. He would have had to explain his vote on ObamaCare but siding with the GOP on a bunch of issues this year would have eased the blow of that. Plus, he’s never lost an election. If Pence had jumped in, I might have bought this as an explanation. As it is, nuh uh.

2. He wants to be president. Undoubtedly true — the money line from the clip is “I am an executive at heart” — but how does quitting get him closer to his goal? Could be that he thought that losing to Coats would taint him as a loser ahead of 2016, but Nixon did okay after losing in 1960 and 1962. Besides, given liberals’ contempt for him, losing to a Republican would have a small silver lining of reminding progressives that he is, in fact, sufficiently to the left of the GOP to make him vulnerable in a Republican wave.

As for a primary challenge to Obama in 2012, please. Obama’s problem among Democrats isn’t with the center, it’s with the left; a challenge from Bayh would force liberals to grudgingly unite behind The One, which, combined with support from young voters and minority voters, would carry him through. (Don’t forget that O will be forced to tack right next year after the GOP picks up seats in Congress, so Bayh’s appeal as a centrist alternative come 2012 will be blunted.) Meanwhile, the Dem establishment would be royally pissed that anyone would try to weaken Obama ahead of a tough general election campaign. In which case, why would Bayh risk his chances in 2016 at a quixotic 2012 bid? And why, if he needs to build bridges inside the party for a future run, would he reportedly sandbag the Dems by not telling them of his decision until three days after he made it? He’s put them in a horrible position here, not only by making them scramble to recruit a candidate but by boosting the GOP’s chances to retake the Senate considerably. Not a smart move for a guy thinking about a nomination down the line.

3. Congress really is a total drag. I’m inclined to think he’s telling the truth and that he really is sick and tired of gridlock. But if he wants to be president, why not suck it up for another six years? He’s already been governor so there’s nothing left for him to run for; it’s possible that he thinks quitting now will set him up as a Beltway “outsider” for 2016, but it’s going to so lower his profile that people may not remember who he is by then. I wonder if the prospect of Republican gains next year forced his hand: In a closely divided Senate, he’ll wield considerable power but also be forced to cast votes that will further alienate the left, something he can’t afford to do if he’s thinking about a presidential run down the line. One intriguing footnote via a Dem operative who spoke to Politico: Supposedly, Bayh was scheduled to start shooting ads for his reelection campaign on Wednesday. If disgust with Congress is really the reason he’s retiring, why did it take until the eleventh hour for him to realize it?

The only thing more mystifying to me than Bayh’s retirement is Mike Pence’s decision to stay out of the race. He’s a tea-party darling and he’ll never have a more favorable political climate to run than in November. If not now, when?

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CarolynM on February 15, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I do, and one Thanksgiving with the family teasing him about Blago hair and we’ve never had the problem again.

ORconservative on February 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM

A broader and grimmer horizon?

11) Caca is about to hit the fan for the entire country, let alone Democrats. Many will run out of the fire. Heroes and patriots will run into it.

selias on February 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM

The commenters at Daily Kos are saying that he enjoyed being Governor more than the Senate…and that he will probably run for Governor again.

terryannonline on February 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Mitch Daniels will be term-limited in 2012.

Barnestormer on February 15, 2010 at 4:55 PM

In Indiana apparently you can run for Gov. again after serving 2 terms if you sit out an election cycle.

marmaran on February 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Clinton-Bayh 2012?

topdog on February 15, 2010 at 4:15 PM

To me, that makes all the sense in the world.

Get out of the way of the avalanche that’s coming in November. Get away from Obama, Emmanuel, & Co. Let the media concentrate on pummeling someone else. Give a few well-prepared speeches on the economy and dealing with enemy combatants….THEN hook up….No, not that….get lined up with Hillary to take a serious run at Obama.

GoldenEagle4444 on February 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I know we’re not in the ballpark of what the left did to the young Palins. Still, I wish we’d keep the Bayh kids out of it. It’s hard enough being a teen these days without adults goofing on your hair and clothes.

Just sayin’.

Grace_is_sufficient on February 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I agree with selias. The rats are deserting the ship. We haven’t even hit the entitlement crisis yet and when that hits it’s going to be a financial tsunami with a lot of really tough decision that people like Bayh don’t want to make. Better to get out now and let someone else have the headache. After all, he’s set for life.

PackerBronco on February 15, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I think he intends to challenge Obama and nothing convinces me more than the specific list of accomplishment he named in his speech and the fact that he had nothing “nice” to say about Obama.

I concur with this. Unless some mega-scandal involving Bayh is revealed in the next 48 hours, he is doing a “Palin” — removing himself from political office to agitate for the nomination utilizing the power of the new media.

Mutnodjmet on February 15, 2010 at 5:02 PM

In Indiana apparently you can run for Gov. again after serving 2 terms if you sit out an election cycle.

marmaran on February 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Hmmmmmmm.

terryannonline on February 15, 2010 at 5:03 PM

If disgust with Congress is really the reason he’s retiring, why did it take until the eleventh hour for him to realize it?

There’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear….linky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5M_Ttstbgs

huskerdiva on February 15, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Bayh didn’t have to say the real reason he is quitting, and didn’t have to. It was as clear as hell…Harry Reid.

Why else leave the Dems with only one day to get his replacement on the ballot?

It was a parting shot at the Dingy Majority Leader.

DrW on February 15, 2010 at 5:04 PM

And why, if he needs to build bridges inside the party for a future run, would he reportedly sandbag the Dems by not telling them of his decision until three days after he made it? He’s put them in a horrible position here, not only by making them scramble to recruit a candidate but by boosting the GOP’s chances to retake the Senate considerably. Not a smart move for a guy thinking about a nomination down the line.

This is what I was thinking. Either he has other plans, or he thinks he can earn a lot of forgiveness in the years/months ahead.

ted c on February 15, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Would he go for Governor or is the draw of POTUS more this guy’s speed?

I can imagine that some of these politicians are just itching to take over for Barry.

ORconservative on February 15, 2010 at 5:05 PM

The Bayh retirement definitely seems mysterious. He may have seen some internal polling showing worse standing than most of the public polls. He may have also feared a “snowball” effect–if voters became convinced over the next few months that Republicans could take over the Senate, they might turn on Bayh because of his party label, despite his voting record.

Bayh might have also wondered what his role would be if he WON re-election. With Senators Dodd and Dorgan retiring, Harry Reid and Arlen Specter likely to lose (all committee chairmen) Bayh might have been thrust into the chairmanship of a crucial committee, where his mission might be to shepherd Obama’s agenda through the Senate, which might not sit too well with voters back home. Also, with lots of Dem freshmen Senators up for re-election in 2012, Bayh might fear being relegated to the minority if the Republicans re-took the Senate.

Bayh might realize that Obama is a hopeless ideologue destined to drag his party down further by 2012, and he doesn’t want to be associated with it. He might prefer sitting on the sidelines while Obama goes down in flames, then present himself as a Democrat alternative to Obama in 2012, although Hillary Clinton might complicate that scenario. His resignation might help the Republicans take the Senate in 2010, then in 2012 he can present himself as part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

Bayh might have also had some financial interests in quitting, possibly to become a lobbyist (like Trent Lott) or a political commentator (like Sarah Palin or Rick Santorum or Mike Huckabee).

Steve Z on February 15, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Bayh drank the Obamacare Kool-Aid and only after swallowing did he realize it was poisoned… he is going into political detox to try and flush it from his system.

ajacksonian on February 15, 2010 at 5:12 PM

I do, and one Thanksgiving with the family teasing him about Blago hair and we’ve never had the problem again.

ORconservative on February 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Hmmm…maybe I should try that. Your son is probably thicker skinned than mine – the mere mention of his appearance and my son goes ballistic. I’m hoping it’s a testosterone thing that will run it’s course when he hits 40 or so…

CarolynM on February 15, 2010 at 5:15 PM

In Indiana apparently you can run for Gov. again after serving 2 terms if you sit out an election cycle.

marmaran on February 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Correct. Which is why I noted that Daniels (not Bayh) would be term-limited, eliminating Daniels, a popular incumbent, as an opponent should Bayh choose to run (again) in 2012.

Barnestormer on February 15, 2010 at 5:16 PM

His resignation might help the Republicans take the Senate in 2010, then in 2012 he can present himself as part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

Precisely. If he thinks the Republicans can take back one, if not both, houses of Congress then he already stands in a position to say, “Look, Obama can’t get anything done with the Republicans because he’s all about ideology and blaming everyone else for his inability to be bipartisan and compromise. I, on the other hand…”

I mean, think about that whole bit he threw in there about casting his vote for the Republican, which eventually caused the Republican to win. That wasn’t in there simply to throw it in there. He’s positioning himself as a middle-of the road centrist who can work with the Republican Congress(should we take it back in 2010) to get things done for the “people”. That alone will set him apart from Obama, who, by then, will be BLAMING the Republican Congress for everything under the sun.

LiquidH2O on February 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Welcome back Allah! YES.

wowrob on February 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Susan Bayh is on Wellpoint’s Board of Directors.

scotch amy on February 15, 2010 at 5:24 PM

1) Skeleton in the closet he was afraid would come out.
2) He wants to run for Governor. “Executive at heart.” Wants to “serve Indiana.”
3) The Palin approach — be an influential political figure instead of a politician.

Heywood U. Reedmore on February 15, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Dem fringe candidate could qualify in Indiana and dems would be stuck with her. Here name is Tamyra D’Ippolitio.

Indiana voters can download a placement for candidates here http://www.bloomingtononline.net/directory/docs/413.pdf

Bayh waited so late so top gop opponents like pence and the indiana sec of state couldn’t get the petitions.

Bayh waited so late to avoid a dem primary and they could pick their favorite candidate. This also helps house dems from having a free for all in the primary and facing multiple exits.

The way to get dems back is to get petitions for a little known dem.

She has until Friday to get the petitions needed 500 for each district but she would really need 800 to be safe.

She is a left wing fringe candidate. Dems tried to game the system and not have a dem primary and leave the gop with a wounded coats and no pence.

This is only fair.

Make the state dems have to go through the process of kicking her off the ballot.

This candidate is completely fringe and wants to run on a platform about sexism. Bayh and the indiana state dems waited until the last minute but lets make it that he didn’t wait long enough. If she gets on the ballot there is no vacancy to pick their best candidate and they would have to go through a process to get her off or she could be the nominee.

Politico story quoting dems saying her getting on the ballot and dems being stuck with her would be a nightmare.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32990.html

Only have until noon friday to get her on the ballot. Send this around to anyone you know in indiana and get petitions going. 500 in each district. She needs a 1,000 more but needs more just to be safe.

ryandan on February 15, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Listen to all his references to Indiana, and with two young kids at home. I’ll go with terryannonline and the Kossacks.
$13mil in the war chest, an open gubernatorial seat in 2012, and a hard re-look at a national ticket in 2016 from the governor’s mansion in Indianapolis.

Barnestormer on February 15, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Buh-Bayh

Scrappy on February 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I don’t know, something about him running for IN gov. again just doesn’t seem to fit. It’s kind of like going back to the 12th grade after finishing college, because you’re really a high school student at heart. If he wants to run for POTUS in 2012 or 2016, then he’ll have plenty of opportunities to keep his name in the limelight during that period (certainly for 2012). Maybe he’s just tired of being threatened by Rahm and Harry and finally decided to tell them both to stick it. Sometimes the simplest reason is the right one.

volnation on February 15, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Maybe he has decided to vote as a centrist for 9 months, and will claim it’s a principled position.

Doing so could position him as a genuine alternative to the country killer in 2012. What could be more appealing to moderates than taking a principled stand to vote as a centrist, against the wishes of the politburo. Then he has 2 years unencumbered by everyday issues to challenge the thug. He can run as the ex-insider who finally gagged on the smell, but who knows enough inside-baseball to fumigate the slaughterhouse. By mid 2011, fellow Dim gaggers might be flocking to him like St Francis of Assisi.

notagool on February 15, 2010 at 5:45 PM

I keep going back to the Sarah Palin angle on this. If you are Bayh and you positioned yourself as the centrist leader of the Democratic Party – only to watch the entire party self-immolate in a kamikaze divebomb (with Obama at the helm) – the only thing you CAN do is parachute out the back of the plane. Then you can put yourself in the position Palin and Romney have as a media powerhouse that can pick and choose your future battles. Otherwise you end up as just one more whiner saying “If only they had listened to me, if only I had done more….”

Kaisersoze on February 15, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Hmmmm?? Something tells me we’re going to be surprised in the next week or two. :)

Shiny_Tiara on February 15, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Welcome back AP–glad to be reading your wit and insight again.

dedalus on February 15, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Help me figure this out.

Posted this in the first comments thread under Ed’s article, but since you asked it’s worth repeating:

With all that is happening to the Democratic Party these past couple of months, many Congressional Democrat leaders must be talking via back channels about the devastation being wrought on the party via the progressive faction headed by President Obama. And it looks like the coming Mid-Term Elections will be a rout for the party.

Given all of that, what makes most sense strategically is to get rid of their weakest Congressional members this year, either through retirement or the election process, let the Republicans take the wheel for a couple of years (during which the GOP can be blamed for everything that goes wrong down to the most irritating little hangnail), and prepare to reclaim majority control after the GOP craters in 2012 if that party can’t get its act together.

The one huge problem is that the captain of the sinking ship will not be going down with the ship this November. President Obama truly appears to be stuck on stupid, and the progressive faction of the Democratic Party similarly appears to be clinging to their progressive/socialistic agenda compulsively and obsessively. By 2012, if Obama decides to run for re-election, the Dems will have two options: Try to convince him to bow out; or come up with a strongly viable alternative candidate to run against Obama.

Obama is destroying the party, clearly. If he hasn’t gotten a clue by 2011, then the only way that the Democratic Party can survive and have even a remote shot at remaining a serious player within the political scene, and the federal government at the Congressional and White House levels, for the next generation or so, is to take back control of the party from the progressives, and get rid of the captain that keeps steering them into icebergs.

Evan Bayh is charming, articulate, attractive, and, until he began supporting Obama’s agenda, very popular. He would, for them, be a solid choice to run against Obama if they have to have an alternative choice by 2012 (waiting until 2016 would destroy the party’s chances of regaining their foothold Inside The Beltway). It seems reasonable to me that they will have been having lengthy, and highly confidential, conversations behind the scenes between the movers and shakers within the party and Bayh.

To run for re-election and to lose is a real career breaker in the current political climate. And having supported Obama’s hugely unpopular legislative agenda has become an albatross around Bayh’s neck. So the only practical solution, under these circumstances, is for Bayh to drop out of the scene altogether, fall off the MSM’s radar, and let things simmer down for awhile. And especially not to tie himself any longer to Obama’s upcoming trainwreck.

Then, in 2011, he can be rediscovered, he’ll be rested up, and based on what Ed reported, he’ll be starting out with already handsomely funded political campaign coffers. Plus, he’ll have the added benefits of not having been “Inside The Beltway” long enough to have, in the voter’s perception, completely corrupted him, nor would he be tarnished by being perceived as a complete greenhorn like Obama.

The Democratic Party has, in the past, “been there done that”, and has had to go to ground several times to try to shake off their image of being too progressive and socialistic. But now that they’ve had the taste of absolute power, it might be unpalatable for them to even consider going to ground for an extended period of time once again. The Sixties Generation of Radicals is frothing at the mouth at having their dreams quashed and wasted, and won’t sit quietly for very long because, frankly, they’re getting too old to wait things out now. Their prime years for activism are ahead of them in their retirement years, and they won’t want to waste so much available time and energy. Unfortunately for the rest of us!

KendraWilder on February 15, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I think he’s got info on something bigger coming at us down the pike and he doesn’t want anything to do with it. Why else would he make such a decision so hastily? Not to mention the legislative garbage to get a new candidate on the ballott?

Key West Reader on February 15, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Here’s a question, though:

What happens to his campaign war chest of $13M? Where does that money go???

Key West Reader on February 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Methinks Bye Bayh doesn’t like the smell of Tar and Feathers and hates the idea of wearing them.
Perhaps he knows the nefarious plans the merry Dimwits have to ram their Anti-American agenda and has no desire to stretch some hemp with his neck!

Maybe he knows after three more years of Pinnochio even a backstabbing, purse snatching, trash can raiding, homeless axe murder will have a decent chance of winning POTUS and nows’ the time to start his run before he has to sign up for anymore Anti-American B.S. or get a voodoo doll with a steak knife up its posterior under his pillow!

dhunter on February 15, 2010 at 6:08 PM

I think he’s got info on something bigger coming at us down the pike and he doesn’t want anything to do with it. Why else would he make such a decision so hastily?

Key West Reader on February 15, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Exactly what I was thinking. He doesn’t want his name attached to the crap that is yet to come. Something big is brewing and Evan wants no part of it. Who (aside from the usual progressive suspects) would want their name in the history books as one of the pols that killed the Republic?

Shiny_Tiara on February 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Evan Bayh=Quitter Club member

Hillary Clinton, Patrick Kennedy, Obama, Tim Geithner, Chris Dodd, you’re in good company Evan!!

PappyD61 on February 15, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Bayh/bye Indiana Lib guy

EconomicNeocon on February 15, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Perhaps he believes that when the Dims try the Reconciliation trick with Obamacare the Repubs will do as the American People demand and force a reading of every sentence, every paragraph, every word by denying Unanimous Consent on every bill coming before the Senate.

Maybe he gives the Repubs credit for more balls than they actually possess else they would not be meeting Pinnochio on Feb 25 at the bipartisan, bailout, Obamacare photo-op

dhunter on February 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Key West Reader on February 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Here’s a question, though:

What happens to his campaign war chest of $13M? Where does that money go???

He can’t keep the money. The money goes can be donated to non profits, including political causes.

In reality what a lot of washed up politicians tend to do is set up a non profit that is supposed to draw attention to some cause or other. In reality it becomes the employer for various relatives until the kitty is gone.

Watching what happens to the money will give a clue on what he intends in the future. If it goes to fellow moderate democrats he’s planning on running for another office — POTUS — at some time in the future. If he creates a non profit to focus on some liberal venture — studying women’s causes, drawing attention to some dread disease, etc. — he’s planning on retiring and funneling the money to his extended family and long time aides.

Buckland on February 15, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Bayh/bye Indiana Lib guy

EconomicNeocon on February 15, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Someone want to use “Bye Byah” in the rest of the lyrics to “American Pie” by Don McLean? I know one of you has it in you!!

Kaisersoze on February 15, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Hmmmm. Wonder if this means Bayh will be Olbermann’s Worst Person In The World tonight.

pilamaye on February 15, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Buckland on February 15, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Can he use it on his campaign for another office?

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2010 at 7:11 PM

The reason Bayh is leaving is that he didn’t have the cajones to stand up for his country or his constituents against Harry Reid and Barrack Obama. What is going to happen to the 13 million in his campaign war chest?

BetseyRoss on February 15, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I can think of a fourth reason for his dropping out. Maybe there is something sleazy he is trying to hide. His wife is on the boards of several Big Pharma companies and there was some indication that he hasn’t actually resided in Indiana since he left the Governor’s mansion. The way he is leaving the Dems hanging for a nominee makes my cynical meter go off!

Spunky06 on February 15, 2010 at 7:23 PM

OK, “Bye Bye, Evan Bayh” with apologies to Don McLean:

A long, long time ago…
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while.

But February made me shiver
With every Global Warming paper.
Bad news on the doorstep;
I couldn’t take one more step.

I can’t remember if I cried
When I read Obamacare died,
But something touched me deep inside
The day my polling died.

So bye-bye, Evan Bayh
Drove my party to the center,
With no one at my side.
Reid and Dorgan were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’, “this’ll be the day that I die.
“this’ll be the day that I die.”

Did you write Cap And Trade,
And watch your poll numbers fade,
If Rahm Emmanuel told you so?
Do you believe in Hope and Change,
Ignore Tea Party rage,
If a teleprompter tells you so?

So bye-bye, Evan Bayh
Drove my party to the center,
With no one at my side.
Chris Dodd was drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’, “this’ll be the day that I die.
“this’ll be the day that I die.”

Well, I know that you’re in love with him
`cause I saw you dancin’ with Robert Gibbs
You both kicked off your shoes.
Man, I hate Fox News.

I was a lonely Red State buck
With no Berkeley voters and no pickup truck,
But I knew I was out of luck
The day my poll numbers died.

Voters started singin’,
“bye-bye, Evan Bayh.”
Drove my party to the center,
With no one at my side.
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’, “this’ll be the day that I die.
“this’ll be the day that I die.”

Oh, and while the king was looking down,
The unemployment rate wouldn’t rebound.
The courtroom was adjourned;
No verdict was returned.
And while I hoped it wasn’t too late,
Obama wouldn’t triangulate,
And take Healthcare off my plate
And then…. the polling died.

Voters started singin’,
“bye-bye, Evan Bayh.”
Drove my party to the center,
With no one at my side.
I’ll go home and drink whiskey and rye
Singin’, “this’ll be the day that I die.
“this’ll be the day that I die.”

Kaisersoze on February 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM

The only thing more mystifying to me than Bayh’s retirement is Mike Pence’s decision to stay out of the race. He’s a tea-party darling and he’ll never have a more favorable political climate to run than in November. If not now, when?

Pence needs an open highway to run on in 2012 – and doesn’t want to be saddled in the Senate during the primaries.

Yeah – I think he’ll run for Prez.

HondaV65 on February 15, 2010 at 7:53 PM

LOL. It does totally have a “mom comb” sense to it.

lorien1973 on February 15, 2010 at 4:14 PM

If his mom’s maiden name is Blagojevich.

MNHawk on February 15, 2010 at 8:03 PM

I’m sure this has been mentioned before but, IDC..the son looks like he got the “Blago starter kit” for Christmas. Either that or a Chia Pet blew up on his head.

milwife88 on February 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM

I think that kid with the argyle sweater is using the same beautician as John Edwards

TonyR on February 15, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Quitter!

SilentWatcher on February 15, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Kaisersoze, Evan Bayh is no centrist. He’s a leftist who voted for all Obama’s policies. Cuz he’s soft spoken, people think he’s moderate and reasonable. However, he’s a hard core leftist who was caught out behind the scenes the other day.

SilentWatcher on February 15, 2010 at 8:56 PM

AP he was destined to lose in November. Having a war chest does not ensure safety from angry citizenry. Anybody notice Mavericky McCain increasingly leaning right?

As if he did not know that congress is a bunch of Brokers.

Barack Obama is going to drive donkeys off the cliff. In all this Bayh lost his marbles.

antisocial on February 15, 2010 at 9:36 PM

One possibility that Ed doesn’t mention it that Obama and the Chicago Wrecking Crew continue in a downward spiral of tone-deaf ProgLib policies and utter incompetence, reaching the point where he will obviously be beaten if nominated. Given the record he has made over the last year, it is entirely possible. And that may be exactly what Bayh is anticipating. Judging by his remarks recently he doesn’t think his fellow Dems are going to wake up and smell the coffee until they wind up moving back into minority office space after the next election.

As for Pence, he decided not to run for the Senate when it seemed certain he would face the very well-funded Bayh, who would have been the odds-on favorite. He stood a better chance of being a Big Dog in the House than he stood of being a freshman in the Senate.

novaculus on February 15, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Headline:

Evan Bayh: Congress is a total drag.

Advice: Just stay away from Barney.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on February 15, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Can you hear me now Ben Nelson

bluegrass on February 15, 2010 at 10:48 PM

The local news has been running stories about Bayh’s residence problems, for lack of a better term. He maintains a modest, middle class home in Indy, yet keeps a mansion in Washington–a home seemingly far beyond the means of the salary of a US senator. I don’t believe there’s anything to it–it isn’t as if Senator Bayh would have a problem securing a loan for such a nice property, but people are asking questions and it might be he’s frankly tired of the insinuations. Who knows?

My take? Senator Bayh’s tired of being the bridesmaid and never the bride. Twice now he’s been considered but not chosen as the Vice Presidential nominee of his party, and his chances at securing the top spot in a future election are a long shot, at best. Besides, he and his family are well established in Washington, and there’s incredible money to be made as a lobbyist.

troyriser_gopftw on February 15, 2010 at 11:05 PM

I am sticking with my first call on this. Bayh will take the PHRMA job. It just came open last week.

rockmom on February 15, 2010 at 11:36 PM

I think this goes back to Obama. Why should these guys stay in and campaign in 2010 when the prez is undercutting them the whole time? Waste of time and effort. So I think it’s a big middle finger to Obama and his Chicago goons.

PattyJ on February 16, 2010 at 1:41 AM

Perhaps he waited until it was too late for Pence to change his mind?

{^_^}

herself on February 16, 2010 at 2:36 AM

Lay off the Kids! Remember they are just kids. They have not spoken a word. Until they start stumping or giving their opinions, hands off!

IowaWoman on February 16, 2010 at 5:59 AM

He is a “quitter”…..how can he have any political life now????????

quoted by all Sarah Palin detractors…….

nondhimmie on February 16, 2010 at 9:53 AM

The two best things about Congress are congressional vacations and gridlock, otherwise it sucks. I love do nothing congresses. Less damage to the country.

Dasher on February 16, 2010 at 12:04 PM