Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) won’t seek re-election to the Senate.
Looks like the Democrat juggernaut is running into a few problems on its way to liberal utopia. It’s not just Republican obstructionists or tea partiers getting in the way of the Democrat agenda. Some Democrats, like Evan Bayh, object to the focus of this administration being on cap-and-trade and health care instead of jobs and the economy. Not all of those Dems are willing to take on their party openly, so there’s still enough votes in Congress to do some serious damage, but the growing vocal opposition from members of their own party has to be a serious concern for the majority party going forward and into the midterms this year.
It amuses me to read speculation that Senator Bayh is thinking about running for President again. He has tried this before, without much success, if I remember his blink-and-you’ll-miss-it presidential campaign accurately. Guess I must have missed the awesome groundswell of public support that would make him believe he has a better shot in 2012 or 2016 than he did in his first run for the Oval Office. Anything’s possible in politics…except Evan Bayh becoming President of the United States.
I don’t understand why party elitists insist the moderates are the key to electoral success. They don’t stand for anything. They are just as likely to vote against you as they are to vote with you. There are numerous examples of this happening with both parties. At least with those who call themselves conservatives or liberals, you generally know where they stand. In this case, Pelosi, Reid, and company are alienating the moderates from the Democratic party because of their insistence on pushing an unpopular agenda. I applaud this. Let’s keep this flawed strategy going, Dems. You are doing an excellent job.