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Evan Bayh Screws America

In a surprise announcement, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh has decided not to run for reelection, opening the seat for a teabagger like Mike Pence and giving more strength to the “Democrats implode” meme.

He made the decisions only DAYS before the deadline to file, while expected to file, and didn’t even tell Harry Reid or President Obama until AFTER his announcement

With Democratic prospects looking bleak on all five of the potential pickups; New Hampshire, Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky and North Carolina, and the impossible looking chances of holding a few of their own seats, North Dakota, Arkansas, Nevada, and a few more seats in play, Delaware, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois…it’s entire possible the Senate could go Republican next year with Lieberman switching sides, killing any chance of any progressive agenda. With Democrats on defense in 2012 and 2014, a Republican Senate in 2011 will probably be a solid Republican majority for the better part of a decade.

According to reporters, Bayh is retiring because of “excessive partisanship”

“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 state4 and our nation than continued service in Congress.”

Seriously thinking about moving to Canada.  


  1. creamer

    Not that I’m a fan, but I don’t think Pence will run against him.

    Indiana is a somwhat conservative state. I can look at his reasoning and understand why he was tired of the partisanship.

    Too bad about the short notice, and I don’t think Coates is either unbeatable or fascist.


  2. louisprandtl

    as a public servant for 20 years of his life (two terms as Governor and two terms as Senator) this is an unfair characterization. We may not like his moderate/conservative philosophies but to characterize that he is screwing America by choosing to go back to private is plain wrong.

  3. nrafter530

    America is already screwed, I suspect that’s why he’s leaving.

    I mean maybe he just doesn’t think it’s worth it anymore. I don’t think I’d stay in Congress if I were there. If this is the best we could do, then fuck it.  

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