Finally! Bayh has decided against a third term as a Senator from Indiana.
Mr. Bayh will announce the news at a press conference at 2 p.m., an aide confirmed on Monday. The decision was closely held by Mr. Bayh, a party official in Indiana said, and came as a surprise to Democrats in his state who had already started working on his campaign.I don't care that this means another seat Democrats have to defend (especially considering who they'll be defending the seat against... Heh). I'm just glad to see this guy go. Bayh had a nasty habit (somehow almost exclusive to "moderate" Democrats in the House and Senate) of watering down legislation, complaining about big steps, and remembering fiscal responsibility only when politically expedient for himself -- all while bitching about the efficiency of the legislation he himself helped to strip the teeth from. He was Hot Air's favorite Democrat. Hugh Hewitt thought he was a genius. See the pattern here?
Mr. Bayh made his decision even after entreaties by President Obama and White House aides, including the chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who urged him to run.
“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned,” Mr. Bayh plans to say in his remarks.
Bayh is the perfect example of "But I'm a Democrat in a conservative state!" becoming not just a political consideration, but a blanket excuse for every bad vote.
More and better Democrats, as they say.