Monday, February 15, 2010

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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At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Carter said...

You obviously haven't thought this thing through. While I share your disdain for Bayh, you haven't gone through the rammifcations of Bayh's decision. Indianna is a conservative state with the southern half being an extension of the confederacy.

It is very difficult to get someone elected in the position that is much to the left of Bayh. You're now looking as a RW firebreather as the replacement. Bayh, BTW, did vote for the stimulus package & had indicated that he would not filibuster the healthcare effort.

I agree with your underlying sentiment that we progressives need to send a message to the Democratic Party, particularly the blue dogs. But it shouldn't be to knock out every middle of the road, conservative Democrat. If we did that, we'd have forever about 40 Democratic senators. Instead, lets target, by primarying, a few of the most vulnerable, that we can replace with more progressive Democrats. Here's my list: Senators Lincoln, Baucus, Liberman (maybe Nelson just to teach him a lesson for being so openly obstructionist), Landrieu & congressmen Hoyer (majority leader) & Ross of Arkansas, head of the blue dogs. Their defeat would accomplish the objective you desire without just blowing up everything in sight.

At 10:23 AM, Blogger libhom said...

If a Republican gets Bayh's seat, who will really notice the difference.

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Nancy Willing said...

CAn he turn that money over to the DEM nominee?

At 11:49 AM, Blogger 333 said...

Panic in the streets.

The Republicans, here in Georgia are already putting up Signs for their campaign, even when they have NO opposition!!!

What does that say? Scott Brown is the REPUBLICAN in Mass? Hardly, he is the most liberal Republican I can name!

The Dems are hated if they look like Bush and his cronies, and the ones that know that, are getting the HELL out.

Corporate Welfare system will be COMPLETELY evident come Novemeber when the VOTER OUTRAGE stews because we, as the American Public find out just how much money their campaigns received from.. Merrill-Lynch and others...

The message is clear... If you take corporate money and lick the boots of the Corporations that own you, your parents, your constituency and your neighbors: GET OUT!!

The American Public wants their Government back! So long Bayh, I'm glad you recognized that you reached your level of incompetence.

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous me said...

Bayh has a face that just invites a solid well-deserved slap.

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous me said...

"every middle of the road, conservative Democrat"

Which is it, middle of the road, or conservative?

Despite the MSM's repeated efforts, those terms are NOT synonymous.

Bayh was very, very conservative, and so I say Good Riddance! If he gets replaced by a republican, that would actually be an improvement - at least there's one less phony Democrat to blame the problems on.


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