Bayh Bayh Bayh-- And Good Riddance
The Confederate flag tie & the eagerness to listen to any lobbyists with open checkbooks indicates he may run for presidnet against Obama
Last week polls showed ConservaDem Evan Bayh with a nearly insurmountable lead over lobbyist Dan Coats for the Indiana Senate seat. And this morning Chris Cillizza broke the news that Bayh had decided not to run for re-election. That must have been kind of sudden since he spent the last 6 years sucking up to every lobbyist on K Street, raised $8,911,690 and has a hefty $13 million in his campaign account. Beloved of Goldman Sachs, Eli Lilly, Allianz and dozens of corporations with anti-working family agendas, Bayh's fundraising looked extremely... Republican. But then, so does his voting record. Since Obama was elected president only Ben Nelson was a less dependable vote for Democrats when they were needed most-- on crucial, substantive roll calls where Democrats either lost or almost lost. The 3 worst scores among Democratic senators for the 111th Congress:
Ben Nelson- 47.76
Evan Bayh- 53.73
Blanche Lincoln- 59.70
The IndyStar, which earlier today highlighted Dan Coats' disgraceful record as a sleazy K Street lobbyist, writes that Bayh's decision-- just 4 days before Indian's filing deadline-- will shock Democrats and Republicans alike. He claimed "excessive partisanship that makes progress on public policy difficult to achieve as the motivation for his decision."
Only days ago, Bayh’s staff, close associates and Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker, who was manager of Bayh’s re-election campaign, had assured an Indianapolis Star reporter hat he would definitely seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. And Democrats recently released a poll showing Bayh easily ahead of both former Sen. Dan Coats and former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler, two of the four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination.
When I got the news from an Indiana Democratic activist under the subject line "Uncork the Champagne," he pointed out something the mainstream media will never report: "a stealth campaign amongst Democrats in Indiana to withhold their active support from him this year probably had a lot to do with it."
There are a whole slew of equally awful Democrats who could run for Bayh's seat-- Blue Doug Baron Hill was almost guaranteed to lose his House seat this year so he could go for a Hail Mary pass. Blue Dog Brad Ellsworth is being talked up as the one most like Bayh. The GOP is stuck with Coats because it's too late for Pence or Daniels to file. But because Coats and Bayh did file, the state Democratic Party gets to pick a Bayh replacement. Early speculation is that Ellsworth can have it if he wants it and if he doesn't, it'll go to Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel or ex-Rep Tim Roemer, Ambassador to India. It has now been confirmed that Harold Ford hasn't flown around Indiana in a helicopter or filed to pay taxes there.
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