Monday, February 15, 2010

Bye-bye, Bayh

Yet another senator is declining to seek reelection this year.

Sen. Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, is retiring - even though polls showed him demolishing any potential Republican opponent. Bayh, 54, has served 2 terms in the Senate, after 2 terms as Governor of Indiana.

For those who now worry that this seat is a potential GOP pickup, Bayh seemed to be rarely with the Democrats anymore anyway. A more progressive Democrat might actually perform better in November.

Bayh's attempts at compromising with Republicans helped dash recent health care reform attempts, and his 1996 convention speech echoed the Clinton administration's right-trending hallmarks. Just as bad as this, Bayh was one of the first major Democrats to support the disastrous Iraq War.

Bye, Bayh.


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