Evan Bayh says Bye, Bye to US Senate … Will Not Seek Reelection in 2010


Stunning news from Indiana … Evan Bayh will not seek reelection to the US Senate from Indiana in the 2010 midterms. The news comes as a tremendous blow to Democrats that are already facing severe losses in the midterms. No one saw this one coming and is a crushing blow to Reid and Democrats.

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, he announce Monday, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so by serving in Congress has waned,” Bayh said at a press conference in Indianapolis.

Bayh cited the lack of bipartisan comity as one of the main reasons for the decision. “There is too much partisanship and not enough progress — too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem-solving,” he said. “Even at a time of enormous challenge, the peoples’ business is not being done.” He specifically cited the recent vote that killed the creation of a debt commission as evidence of the partisan gridlock.

Gee Senator Bayh, you might want to look in the mirror and take a good look at your accusations of the Senates lack of bipartisan politics, too much partisanship, not enough progress and too much narrow ideology. You might just be talking about your self and not the false moderate that you claimed to be. Partisan ideology?

Maybe you would like to explain to the folks of Indiana why you voted for every liberal and socialist agenda Obama policy that went against the will of the people? Would not that be partisan politics? Voting of your Democrat President wanted you to instead of the people you represent.

The loss of Bayh in the Senate is a devastating blow to Democrats as Republicans look to take control of the Senate in 2010. With Bayh’s departure, Republicans may have just come one step closer to regaining the Senate. Bayh claimed that his decision not to run had nothing to do with the fear of not being reelected, but instead to help the country in other ways. What ever.

“But running for the sake of winning an election, just to remain in public office, is not good enough,” he continues. “And it has never been what motivates me. At this time I simply believe I can best contribute to society in another way: creating jobs by helping grow a business, helping guide an institution of higher learning or helping run a worthy charitable endeavor.”

Red State has the Senate Republican pick ups at any wheres between +4 and +8; however, we have an analysis that has it at +6 to +9 right now and will release it shortly.

Bayh’s sudden announcement has shocked all and really made a Republican take over of the Senate a possibility in 2010. If not 2010, it will most certainly go GOP in 2012. There has been much speculation that Obama would name Bayh as VP and say “good bayh” to the bumbling Joe Biden. I would say no way. Obama is too toxic and to associate oneself with The One is to completely destroy your career. I would say that maybe Bayh is angling  to take on Obama in a Democrat primary in 2012 representing a more moderate wing of the Party?

On his way out the door Bayh criticized Washington, DC and Democrats for their partisan politics. Bayh went after Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and in the same breath praised his fellow Indiana Republican Senator Lugar while saying that the Senate needed reform. An interesting point of view because with Bayh’s departure the reform will be a Republican take over. Bayh is positioning himself as the moderate statesman Democrat … this might be interesting in 2012. Of course he did vote for Obamacare.

Bayh gave glaring examples of where things have fallen apart — the failure of the deficit reduction commission after seven co-sponsors of the bill voted No, and the failure of the bipartisan job creation bill that had Republican support but was torpedoed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

Bayh, 54, said Congress is in “need of significant reform,” but he praised some of his colleagues, including his fellow senator from Indiana, Republican Dick Lugar.

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    4 Responses to “Evan Bayh says Bye, Bye to US Senate … Will Not Seek Reelection in 2010”

    1. tuyvnsurvivor on February 16th, 2010 10:17 am

      Mental mud is tossed on Bayh, as he finds sociolisum failing; discovers changing America rather than leaving it a wrong weive; he has spent himself being a part of the infamous ‘Terrorist Congress’; statue him for his gang taking porks in any bill to more corrupt levels, he will also be remembered for belonging to a gang that blamed others…not once a responsibilty.

      Where was Bayh, when America needed an American hero, a Minuteman, a Jefferson, a York…a patriot inside, seeing the corruption — speeking out against it like a nice lady looking out for children on her block? He was part of it! “It”, the wrong doing. He helped advance new levels of evil politics, and he spent our great great grand childrens money. Let him get lost without more herald.

    2. Maggie on February 16th, 2010 12:57 pm

      I like Evan Bayh.. He is very well liked here in Indiana too. His father was a long time senator, Birch Bayh, here in Indiana. He never had a problem winning elections here in Indiana and this is a republican state.

      I agree with him.. nothing getting done in D.C. It’s all party line arguing for years now. There is no middle of the road now in Congress, it’s all far left or far right..and the country is still in the middle. He will do great whatever he decides to do. He did teach at a business school awhile, that he graduated from. He is far from being a left wing liberal. Like his statement said yesterday, he never forgot he worked for us here in Indiana, not vice versa. He has been on Greta’s show numerous times talking about the debt and how much it bothered him.

      Was a slap in the face to Harry Reid and others by not telling them ahead of time.

      When he was governor here, his administration was considered cautious but successful by Republicans as well as Democrats, creating a large budget surplus and permitting him to cut taxes. “Mr. Bayh’s record is one of a genuinely fiscally conservative Democrat,” reported the Wall Street Journal in 1992.

      Stressing fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, job creation and lean government, Bayh’s tenure as governor was highlighted by eight years without raising taxes, the largest single tax cut and largest budget surplus in state history, “welfare-to-work” policies, increasing annual school funding, high academic standards and new college opportunities, the strengthening of law enforcement and improved environmental quality He signed the 21st Century Scholars Act in 1992, legislation that states that every child in Indiana who is eligible for the free lunch program in a public school, graduates from high school and signs a pledge not to experiment with illegal drugs is entitled to a full tuition scholarship to an Indiana public university of his or her choice. By the end of his second term, Bayh had an approval rating of nearly 80 percent.

      I even heard stories last night on one channel starting stories about him and another woman,like Edwards, which is total BS. I’ve met him before, my son has twice, once in DC when he went last year. He is one of the few good guys in Congress.

    3. tuyvnsurvivor on February 16th, 2010 3:52 pm

      #2, truely I must respect your opinion since you live there and do articulate well.

      Remaining, is my sense that he had the golden opportunity to be someone special. To fight against his own party; fight for freedom and the country he owes. Clearly he missed his opportunities to lead and standout. Now he also follows along as liberals, in exit, are again coming to troubled times. Not at all do I feel he is the hardest shelled sort of a liberal, as those will find ways to stay around. But it is the Bayh type of trendies who thought they caught a cleaver wave…voters or office holders alike, piling on to assualt America. They wanted to catch the world activisum choo choo and change us from as extreme as from ‘not as free as we wish’ to ‘sociolists of someone else’s wishes’.

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