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    Evan Bayh Will Not Seek Reelection

    Evan Bayh will not seek reelection | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

    Sen. Evan Bayh will not run for re-election, a decision that will shock Democrats and Republicans alike in Indiana.

    In prepared remarks, Bayh, 54, cited excessive partisanship that makes progress on public policy difficult to achieve as the motivation for his decision.

    “After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned,” he said.

    “My decision was not motivated by political concern,” he added. “Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election.”

    Bayh had never lost an election, from his first win in 1986 as secretary of state, his wins for governor in 1988 and 1992 and his election to the U.S. Senate in 1998 and 2004.

    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 that 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.

    But in his statement, Bayh cited recent stalemates in Congress.

    “Two weeks ago, the Senate voted down a bipartisan commission to deal with one of the greatest threats facing our nation: our exploding deficits and debt. The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons,” he said. “Just last week, a major piece of legislation to create jobs — the public’s top priority — fell apart amid complaints from both the left and right. All of this and much more has led me to believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens, my beloved state and our nation than continued service in Congress.”

    The decision ends one of the brightest political careers by Indiana Democrat, at least for now.

    Bayh, the son of former U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, had been the nation’s youngest governor when he first won Indiana’s chief executive job at age 33 in 1988, and was frequently mentioned as a possibility for vice president, and was on President Barack Obama’s list of only three finalists before Obama settled on former Sen. Joe Biden. Bayh also considered running for president himself, launching an exploratory effort in 2006 for the 2008 Democratic Party nomination before dropping the effort only a couple weeks later.

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    Re: Evan Bayh Will Not Seek Reelection

    1. Oh, my!

    2. Bayh was a rising superstar just a few years ago, solid presidential candidate, finalist for Obama's VP.

    3. A centrist Dem from, after all, Dick Lugar's and Dan Quayle's Indiana.

    4. The Hoosier State is as good as red.

    5. After Ms Coakley turned over the KENNEDY SEAT, we need TEN more to take back Upper House.

    6. Bayh and North Dakota's Byron Dorgan are TWO.

    7. Benedict Arlen trails Teatotaler Toomey by NINE in Pennsylvania.

    8. SPEAKER Reid is LOSING in double digits to little red upstarts in the Silver State.

    9. Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas has NO CHANCE, she trails Republicans Baker, Hendren, Coleman, Cox and Boozman by NINETEEN, SIXTEEN, SIXTEEN, FOURTEEN and TWENTY THREE, respectively.

    10. Five down, five to go.

    11. When Beau Biden pulled a Bayh by backing away in the Blue Hen State, it opened the door wide for Rhino Mike Castle to take the sitting VP's seat---SIX.

    12. In Colorado Michael Bennett, who was appointed to fill Salazar's spot when Obama tapped the latter for Interior, is looking up at a pair of Republicans by 4 and 14 points.

    13. Illinois, Burris' seat, bought from Blago, Obama's seat---Dem Giannoulias is connected to a bankrupt bank with ties to the MOB, and Republican challenger Mark Kirk leads by half a dozen.

    14. Patty Murray in Washington trails Dino Rossi by two.

    15. Russ Feingold is behind Tommy Thompson by four.

    16. Barbara Boxer, believe me, is in more trouble than Ms Murray and Mr Feingold, liberal Tom Campbell from San Jose is gonna clean her clock in November---remember where you heard it first.

    17. And Ms Gillibrand in New York, yet another appointee, picked to fill Ms Hillary's seat, should former Governor Pataki declare he'd probably beat her.

    18. The point---EVEN THE SENATE IS CERTAINLY WITHIN REACH.

    19. And picking up half a dozen or so, for an opposition, is tantamount to taking control, anyway, tactically, institutionally (think about it).

    20. THAT's how BAD it's gotten for the blues---under Obama.

    21. Mr Bayh cited in detail his frustration with the games playing, specifically calling out Reid's manipulations concerning this "jobs bill," the Leader's tearing up Baucus-Grassley's bipartisan production and replacing it with so meagerly trimmed down a measure.

    22. Reid's bill is only 15 billion, so small it might as well not even be done, compared to Pelosi's and the president's perspectives

    23. The party in power is ripping apart.

    24. As predictable as physics.

    25. Obama's incompetence is the prime mover.

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    Re: Evan Bayh Will Not Seek Reelection

    Beat'cha to it, prof!!

    However, mods just delete my thread since he's already posted in his, too.

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    Re: Evan Bayh Will Not Seek Reelection

    What should we call this? "Surrender with honor"?
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    Re: Evan Bayh Will Not Seek Reelection

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Beat'cha to it, prof!!

    However, mods just delete my thread since he's already posted in his, too.
    damn!

    LOL!

    i even checked before my final proofread

    you're fast

    i'm really sorry, dude

    but you and me, friend---keep kicking his skinny ass

    you know i'll do the same

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    Re: Evan Bayh Will Not Seek Reelection

    Just to let you know Prof, Gillibrand has her own internal battle with a liberal and populist Democrats.
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    this is terrible news
    one of the few good guys in congress
    i don't like his motivations but i do understand them
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    Re: Evan Bayh Will Not Seek Reelection

    The guy was way over rated anyway as a senator. I'm from Indiana and I should know.

    The main thing that ticks me off is he doesn't respond to emails well from his constituents. (Of course it's not really him it's his aides.) The few I've had responded to were basically form letters and insulted my intelligence.

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    I thought Bayh was far more qualified to be president than that empty suit who currently clutters up the white house. Other than Bayh's disgraceful vote against the brilliant CJ Roberts, he has pretty much been a common sense moderate



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    Re: Evan Bayh Will Not Seek Reelection

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Just to let you know Prof, Gillibrand has her own internal battle with a liberal and populist Democrats.
    thanks

    harold ford?

    i know that all three of their APPOINTEES, gillibrand, burris and bennett in colorado...

    y'know, they never won an election, even a primary, they're selectees of governors

    i read an la times article about WESTERN dems' disaffection with the national movement these days and the story centered on colorado

    it appears michael bennett was supt of denver schools and a pretty liberal guy

    he was pulled up by governor ritter, leapfrogging all kindsa colorado dems who'd invested their lives, y'know, in the party

    this bennett's a little too san francisco, a little too obamite, for the party statewide, according to the times

    bill ritter, interestingly, announced HE won't seek a second term

    colorado's a bit like virginia in that newcomers elected in those two key states become instant national figures

    that is, ritter was a star

    but he too has to quit

    it is what it is

    no spin

    obama's "leadership" is killing the party of jackson

    kinda sad (to someone, i spose)

    party on, progressives

    proudly over that steep precipice we plummet

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