Bayh Like Birch

15Feb10

Nice news for the GOP with Senator Evan Bayh deciding he’s sick of Washington.

It will be hard enough for Democrats to hold the Senate seat in conservative-leaning Indiana. Thanks to his golden name, moderate positioning and aggressive fundraising, Bayh has proven to be a political force. Now that he’s not on the ballot, Democrats will be forced to come up with a far lesser-known replacement.

Are the Democrats completely imploding under the pressure of Obama’s liberalism?

Beyond the practical impact of keeping the Bayh seat and the House seat of whichever member might decide to run for the Senate, the retirement also offers a fresh reminder about Democrats’ declining fortunes this year.

That such a prominent and still relatively young figure as Bayh would retire, rather than battle to keep his seat, illustrates both the deepening fears among Democrats about the shape of the election cycle and the frustration among moderates that the party has veered too far left.

Speculation is that Dems will have a tough time holding the seat, and if a Democratic Congressman tries to move up, they’ll have trouble keeping his seat.

This stunner of an announcement removes from the ballot a politician credited by many with the rebirth of the state Democratic Party and a man who came within inches of the vice presidency less than two years ago. He is without question the head of the state Democratic Party. His decision leaves a void that will impact not just the Senate race, but also many others.

Bayh’s father, Birch, lost his Senate seat to an upstart named Dan Quayle in 1980. After two terms as governor and two in the Senate, and with $13 million in the bank, it may be that Evan doesn’t want to go out like his dad did.



2 Responses to “Bayh Like Birch”

  1. This is a bad sign for the Democrat party. Bayh was one of the few credible, reasonable Dems on the national scene. He will be missed. It seems that the system is chasing all the quality folks, like Judd Gregg and Evan Bayh, out of office.

  2. 2 Brian

    Only the true believers of the statist Left in safe socialist areas will remain as Democrat officeholders in the Federal government, once the remaining reasonable Democrats are chased out due to the liberal albatrosses hung around their necks by the radicals (the process is already underway), the corrupt leftists in competitive areas are all involuntarily retired by voters, and the vile Administration is booted out.


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