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Sen. Bayh Surprises Dems With Retirement Announcement

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Posted on Feb 15, 2010
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Peace out: Sen. Evan Bayh, surrounded by his family, announces his impending retirement.

Another Democrat is leaving the fold on Capitol Hill. Sen. Evan Bayh announced Monday that he won’t be seek re-election this fall after 11 years in the Senate, pointing to recent partisan politicking in Congress as the main reason for his departure. “People’s business is not getting done,” Bayh said, making sure to point out that he’s not making this move because he thinks he wouldn’t win.  —KA

ABC News:

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

The two-term senator’s decision came as a surprise to many Washington insiders and it blows a sizeable hole in the Democrats’ 2010 lineup. It is only the latest in a series of unexpected and premature retirements—Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., both have said they will not seek reelection—and Democrats face steep challenges ahead in trying to hold on to those seats, among a range of others.

[...] Bayh made the decision not to run on Friday, telling a small group of senior staff, but he did not tell President Obama or Reid until today.

His aides say he had been struggling with the decision for the better part of the last year, but Democrats in the Senate seemed to have no clue. Many said his decision caught them completely by surprise, but an adviser to Bayh said it was a deeply personal decision.

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By MarthaA, February 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

As for Bayh, it is good that he is leaving, because it is a great deal better to deal with a flagrant, corporate, conservative Republican that you know doesn’t represent the populace, than to deal with a flagrant, corporate, conservative, DLC Republican-Lite Democrat, who plays like he represents the populace and doesn’t.

Playing the populace against itself is a game for the DLC and the Republicans, apparently President Obama is being more serious about jobs and the health of the populace than Bayh could take, since being a DLC Republican-Lite, he doesn’t represent the populace at all.

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By MarthaA, February 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

As for Bayh, it is good that he is leaving, because it is a great deal better to deal with a flagrant corporate conservative Republican that you know doesn’t represent the populace, than to deal with a flagrant corporate conservative DLC Republican-Lite Democrat, who plays like he represents the populace and doesn’t.  Playing the populace is a game for the DLC and the Republicans, apparently President Obama is being more serious about jobs and the health of the populace than Bayh could take, since being a DLC Republican-Lite, he doesn’t represent the populace at all.

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By CaptRon, February 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

AND TAKE LIEBERMAN WITH YOU !!!!!
AND TAKE BAUCUS WITH YOU !!!!!
AND TAKE REID WITH YOU !!!!!
AND TAKE ALL THE GOP LOOK-ALIKES WITH YOU!!!!!
THE REPUBLICANS ARE ALREADY TAKING CARE OF THEMSELVES WITH THEIR INACTION TO IMPROVE AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE DISASTER THEY BROUGHT UNTO THIS COUNTRY.

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By MarthaA, February 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm Link to this comment

PDA has the gist of the DLC in the following interviews with Professor Jeff Cohen:

http://pdamerica.org/articles/news/2010-02-06-15-42-45-news.php

Senator Bayh is DLC Republican Lite.

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By MarthaA, February 16, 2010 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment

PDA has the gist of the DLC in the following interviews with Professor Jeff Cohen:

http://pdamerica.org/articles/news/2010-02-06-15-42-45-news.php

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By de profundis clamavi, February 16, 2010 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

Hey did you know Evan Bayh was counted as one of the 60/59 Senators in the “Democratic Caucus”? If you always mistook him for a Republican, that’s understandable. What’s to get upset about? Indiana might replace Bayh with an open, flagrant, out-of-the-closet Republican - but that’s an improvement, really, because then the Democratic leadership wouldn’t spend so much time watering down progressive legislation to make it sufficiently right wing to bring along Bayh’s successor, the way they have done to try and win the support of fake Democrats like Bayh and Ben Nelson. Instead, the Democrats can do something useful like figure out how to get around the filibuster, or get rid of it altogether. Things can only get better when “Democrats” like Evan Bayh quit.

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By ofersince72, February 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment

Bayh leaving the Senate,,,,,What will that change?

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By ofersince72, February 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment

There have been some that have pointed to
Latin America as hope that progressive change can
occur here..

It took years and years of repression to get some
progressive government, most of them are shakey,
Chile has already folded.

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By ofersince72, February 16, 2010 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

Does anyone see a political solution in America?

If so, what is it?  What do we want really?

It is impossible to have political change and keep
our lifestyle.

Is our government completly controlled by the
military now,  as the old banana republics were?
The Obama presidency has made a case that it is.
How does America get out of this situation if it is?

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By fwdpost, February 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment

Bayh Bayh black sheep and good riddance. He will be the next top dog for Big Pharma, now that Billy boy has resigned.

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By ofersince72, February 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm Link to this comment

Russert asked Hilary…

Are you a Liberal?

Her reply

No….I am a progressive

Progressives ran from that word as soon as
Limbaugh demonized it.

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By ofersince72, February 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

A case in point by Samson

Cynthia McKinney…  It was the DNC that actually
made sure she didn’t win her primaries….

They tried the very same thing with Kucinach last
time around.
Unfortunatly, all future progressive hopes rest with
the Democrat Pary…..
There have been at least five or six Truth Dig
Digs on Palin in the last week, it demonstrates the
Parties concerns of losing their short lived majority.  While in the position of majority, very
little if any progressive legislation has been introduced. Their health care bill is regressive.

It has been demonstrated time and again that the
Democrat Party will not and can not be changed from
within.  The solution for me has been to quit voting
for them at all. Make them come to us.

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By Samson, February 16, 2010 at 10:46 am Link to this comment

to rfidler ....

There are lots of progressives in America.  Polls constantly show majority support for ending the wars, reducing defense budgets, spending money on jobs and foreclosure help for Americans, single-payer health care reform.

The problem is that the Democrats hate progressives, work constantly to make sure that progressives don’t get elected as Democrats, and work hard to make sure that the few who do stay powerless in Washington.

Don’t worry, the right-wing pro-war, pro-corporate Democrats will find another dead brain/warm body combination to fill this seat. And, that person will quickly be promoted as another rising young star in the Dem party, just like Bayh’s right-wing republicanism has been promoted to Dem voters as ‘the future’.

Good riddance ... one bad Senator down, 99 more to go.  Kick all the bums out.  Why don’t we make 2010 the year that 33 Senators all become lobbyists at once?

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By Ed Harges, February 16, 2010 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

Well, he was always a super-hawk beloved by AIPAC. Maybe we can replace him
with someone from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.

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By MarthaA, February 16, 2010 at 5:39 am Link to this comment

Retirement?  Does this mean that the populace of the United States must provide retirement welfare for this corporate DLCer for the rest of his life after eleven years of DLC service to the corporations?  The populace aren’t allowed to retire until they have at least 25 years of service.  Does this early retirement make Evan Bayh a “moral hazard” on society, taking advantage of a free “welfare” retirement from the populace, while he has consistently voted for corporations against the populace; e.g.: Populace having public medical health care like the rest of the civilized world,  - or is Evan Bayh going to get a job and rely on the corporations that he supported, and not be a welfare “moral hazard” drag relying on the populace?  Any kind of retirement pay from the populace for Congressmen who work to support the corporate elite while they are in office is ludicrous.

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By ofersince72, February 16, 2010 at 4:46 am Link to this comment

Of course , I share the dissappointments in our future
Glad to see this conservative go too.

My thoughts on just why it seems that the only
progressives are in the Upper West Side…

You can’t define progressive….what is it, what
are they, what do they stand for ?
They can’t even define whether this pres is progressive or or not.
I thought that I knew,  I was ignorant.
It seems progressives have many different positions
about the same issue.

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By race_to_the_bottom, February 16, 2010 at 1:37 am Link to this comment

Exactly JON, another lobbyist is minted.

Thasrite IDARAD, another Republican-lite rat leaving the sinking ship.

Amen to that, RFIDLER, how absolutely pathetic these Democrats are. God, that Reid is such a lame excuse for a Senate majority leader. Imagine LBJ when he was running the Senate. People like Lieberman, Nelson and the other “moderates” in the Senate would have had there asses so reamed that they would have had blood in their shorts.

Look for a huge Republican victory in November a la 1994.

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By rico, suave, February 15, 2010 at 4:48 pm Link to this comment

Looks like the good ship Hopy-Changy is leaking bad!

Is there anybody out there who thinks November 2010 will be good for progressives?

What tickles me is that Bayh is frustrated by the gridlock. Gridlock???!!! The Dems had 60 seats- they were bullet proof! And they couldn’t do shit!

Could it just be that the only progressives in this country live in Marin County and the Upper West Side?

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By idarad, February 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment

Funny how all these senators destroy the body and then complain about its dysfunction.  I for one am happy to see another republican go, don’t let the door hit you in the head on your way out.

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By Jon, February 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm Link to this comment
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It’s because he can make more working as a lobbyist than in Congress.  These guys only think about the big bucks, not about America and it’s people.

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