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Bayh to Obama: take this job and shove it

Millions of Americans long to tell their bosses “take this job and shove it.” Hardly any have the power and money to do so, especially in these recessionary times. Sen. Evan Bayh (D) of Indiana, however, is the exception. His stunning retirement from the Senate is essentially a loud and emphatic “screw you” to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. For months now, Bayh has been screaming at the top of his voice that the party needs to reorient toward a more popular, centrist agenda -- one that emphasizes jobs and fiscal responsibility over health care and cap and trade. Neither the White House nor the Senate leadership has given him the response he wanted. Their bungling of what should have been a routine bipartisan jobs bill last week seems to have been the last straw.

I don’t doubt that Bayh could have won re-election -- though he probably did not relish the prospect of a very nasty campaign revolving around GOP attacks on his wife’s business activities. Let it never be forgotten that Bayh is a perennial Democratic golden boy, the keynote speaker at the party’s 1996 convention, scion of a political dynasty, proven vote-getter in a red state and, in his own mind, prime presidential timber. For him, then, the question was: even if I win, who needs six more years of dealing with these people, after which I might be 60 years old and trying to pick up the pieces of a damaged political party brand?

And don’t get him started on the Republicans! I think we have to take Bayh at his word when he quite justifiably expressed disgust not only with the jobs bill fiasco, but also when he lashed out at the Senate Republicans who opportunistically voted down a bipartisan budget-balancing commission they had previously endorsed.

Quitting the Senate was a no-lose move for the presidentially ambitious Bayh, since he can now crawl away from the political wreckage for a couple of years, plausibly alleging that he tried to steer the party in a different direction -- and then be perfectly positioned to mount a centrist primary challenge to Obama in 2012, depending on circumstances.

There will be those Democrats who bid good riddance to Bayh and his coal-burning-state apostasy about cap and trade, etc. If so, they won’t need a very big tent to contain the celebration. On a more pragmatic view, Bayh’s dramatic vote of no-confidence in his own party’s leadership looks like another Massachusetts-sized political earthquake for the Democrats. Not only does it imperil the president’s short-term hopes of passing health care and other major legislation this year. It also makes it much more likely that the Republicans can pick up Bayh’s Senate seat in normally red Indiana and, with it, control of the Senate itself. If present trends continue, November could turn into a Republican rout.

By Charles Lane  | February 15, 2010; 2:49 PM ET
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If he does run for president in 2012 I'd reregister from Independent to Democrat to vote for him over the disasterous Obama in a primary. Bayh is a wishy-washy mediocrity but at least he's not a deeply committed collectivist/statist ideologue.

Posted by: hit4cycle | February 15, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid's terrible display on Friday, as he ripped up a bi-partisan piece of legislation, was the last straw! The Democrats doodoo is now ten feet deep in the Capital!!

This maneuver also kills any hope for Obama's lame Healthcare Summit next week.

The Democrats have committed suicide!

Posted by: jjcrocket2 | February 15, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

You know, you are absolutely correct!! Millions of people have invested a lot of hope, a lot of work, to elected a Democrat president and near historic margins in Congress! Stunningly, the Democrats blew it. What the country wanted was to focus on undoing the disasters of the bush administration, try to right the economy, try to turn around joblessness and introduce a plan for fiscal responsibility. They have done none of that!!! Perhaps they arent fit to lead! On the other hand, we cannot afford more corporatist republican rule!!!

You let us down Mr. Obama and the Congress! Im sure i reflect the incredible anger the country feels at this betrayal!! Good luck in Nov because you are going to need it!

Posted by: TominNH | February 15, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

LOL ObaMAO has done a wonderful job of killing the LIBS. I love watching this train wreck.

Posted by: askgees | February 15, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Good for Bayh, his dad was a good and honest man. I hope he stand up and spills the beans about what is ~really~ going on in congress and the Obama admin and why he is quitting

Posted by: Straightline | February 15, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Ugh! What horrible language - I mean the headline. And that too posted on the home page.

This has little to do with Obama. Perhaps it has to do with the frustating way in which NO business gets done in the Senate. It is a bottlenece now, not something that keeps legislation moving as it has often been.

Posted by: rocky | February 15, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

MOVE TO THE CENTER MEANS BE MORE REPUBLICAN, ISN'T IT? OUR CORPORATE SERVILE MEDIA CAN'T GET TIRED TELLING US THAT OBAMA IS FAILING BECAUSE HE IS NOT CENTRIST ENOUGH. THIS A LIE F...ING RETARDED PEOPLE. OBAMA FAILED BECAUSE HE MOVED TO THE STUPID CENTRIST REPUBLICAN IDEOLOGY AND STILL GOT REJECTED BY THE RACIST PARTY.

Posted by: bluelagoon21 | February 15, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Yep, the Dems blew it. Bipartisanship means doing exactly what the 41 GOP Senators want. Just like when the Dems were in the minority and the GOP acquiesced and did whatever Harry Reid wanted. That's the way the govt works -- the minority party makes the rules, and the majority party just hopes to get some of its priorities passed. Sigh.

Posted by: vfazio | February 15, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

This is too bad -- the country really needs leaders like Evan Bayh -- in my book, he handily defeats certain Democrats and Republicans who are reckless, tactless, and unready for the Presidency... especially the present radical occupying the White House and Sarah "Death Panels!!!" Palin...

Posted by: chrojo01 | February 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Yep, the Dems blew it. Bipartisanship means doing exactly what the 41 GOP Senators want. Just like when the Dems were in the minority and the GOP acquiesced and did whatever Harry Reid wanted. That's the way the govt works -- the minority party makes the rules, and the majority party just hopes to get some of its priorities passed. Sigh.

Posted by: vfazio | February 15, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever given a political analysis that wasn't a foxnews level of partisan hackery? Why don't you get into another blog-war with Ezra Klein over Joe Lieberman's hypocrisy again?

It's almost a joke printing this in a column called "post-partisan".

Posted by: jbanks979 | February 15, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

My thanks to the Senator. Obama simply
re-cycled the Clinton Circus and became
Bush-2. Giving us Nafta by Slick Willie Clinton, in a move that has destroyed not only our industrial base, but our economy that was the strongest in the world. Barry,
buy doing nothing, is on record as accepting
the Depression that we are in. A typical
Ivy League Elitist attitude. We may never recover from this Treasonist act.

Posted by: umt123 | February 15, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

My thanks to the Senator. Obama simply
re-cycled the Clinton Circus and became
Bush-2. Giving us Nafta by Slick Willie Clinton, in a move that has destroyed not only our industrial base, but our economy that was the strongest in the world. Barry, buy doing nothing, is on record as accepting
the Depression that we are in. A typical
Ivy League Elitist attitude. We may never recover from this Treasonist act.

Posted by: umt123 | February 15, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"reorient toward a more popular, centrist agenda -- one that emphasizes jobs and fiscal responsibility over health care and cap and trade. "

Sorry you little twit, but you're dead wrong. Is that the platform Obama ran on? You speak of nothing but beltway anecdotal evidence. The real evidence is in the general election.

Posted by: Boogie_Knight | February 15, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. He knows he would've lost, with his nose so far up big business and Israel's arse.

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | February 15, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"My thanks to the Senator. Obama simply
re-cycled the Clinton Circus and became
Bush-2. Giving us Nafta by Slick Willie Clinton, in a move that has destroyed not only our industrial base, but our economy that was the strongest in the world. Barry, buy doing nothing, is on record as accepting
the Depression that we are in. A typical
Ivy League Elitist attitude. We may never recover from this Treasonist act."

Go back to high school and listen and learn this time.

Posted by: Boogie_Knight | February 15, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, who KNEW, among the Democrats that health care and cap and trade were NOT among their priorities? Sorry, to admit my innocence, but REALLY, I did, based on the last big election we had I did believe in an idea that health care reform was among the prioities of each party.
How WRONG was this!!! It wasn't until Obama was elected President that I fulling comprehended the majority of elected officials work for the giant corporations. The elected reprentatives do NOTHING but work for their own re-election which depends on the money coming from the giant corporations.
Well, how far behind the times are I??? Way, way, way, behind, it seems.
Now, the only thing that matters , it seem IS TO every single elected official is how much money they can make for themselves. To be "elected" is to reap the profits of whoever is willing to give you whatever money.
We are trouble People. We are electing people from either party who playing us fpr fools. All we are going to lose is our nation. And, come to think about it, who cares? If you are rich enough, you belong to a "world community" of rich people who care nothing whatever about YOU, if you are the rest of us, you can be depended upon to vote against your own self-intersest because you always thought you should be rich in the first place

Posted by: cms1 | February 15, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Bayh's retirement seems to be just another op"poor"tunity for you to spew what you think, which has nothing really to do with Bayh's retirement.

What's the matter? You can't secure your dream job at Fox News?

Posted by: gmoore40 | February 15, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Plus he gets to keep that campaign warchest of his(13 Mil?). Boy campaign finance laws sure took big money out of the process, didn't it? When are you libs gonna get it? Cut all spending in half and vote EVERY INCUMBENT OUT!

Posted by: GregJolysGhost | February 15, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

ow's yer change now commies?

Posted by: pcstench | February 15, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Bayh is smart to bow out at this point. Know when to hold em, know when to fold em. Blind loyalty to Obama and his agenda at this point is a highly toxic cloud for anyone who is seeking re-election this year. That's not to say that once the political landscape changes a bit, things calm down and the voters' ire subsides, Bayh can't run for office once again and win. I'm guessing that a lot of Dems would rather quit now and avoid the inevitable confrontations with their colleagues and the WH when debates are held and votes are taken as well the potential humiliation on Election Day.

Posted by: cappicola | February 15, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Don't let the door knob hit you where the good man split yeah.

Posted by: K2007 | February 15, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

We have now had 3 1/2 years of Pelosi and Reid ruling Congress as oligarchs. Now the dems rightfully, are chaffing at their rule.

The last 3 1/2 years of democrat congressional rule have been a complete disaster for America. There is no other way to put it. This congress and all the incumbents need to go.

Posted by: BritheGreat | February 15, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

God, I'm enjoying politics these days! Check out all the Left wing blogs today; nothing but sour grapes re Bayh's departure. Every poll tracking number (except Obama's personal popularity) are heading south on the Dems, they've lost NJ, MA, VA, and are apparently heading for a whupping in November, so what do they do? Nothing but whining, pointing the finger at Bush, and sneering at the stooopid american rubes who are just too dumb to give the Left carte blanche to do whatever they want.

Posted by: JohnR22 | February 15, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

So how's that hopenchange workin' out for ya?

Posted by: MacTheBlogger | February 15, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Having Bayh in there is absolutely no different than handing Repubicans another seat anyway on any big issue. This way, either a Democrat is elected or we see a Republican elected, which is the status quo.

Posted by: bmrobert64 | February 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see an even-handed assessment from a Post columnist. Thanks, Charles--well done.

Posted by: cynicalidealist | February 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

When Obama pushed policies that were CENTRIST, both the LEFT and the RIGHT %itche% about it and loudly.

The problem as I see it, neither the Extreme LEFT or the Extreme RIGHT has any clue as to what it means to be a Centrist.

The Congress would not know how to solve the major issues facing the country in a Centrist (Moderate) way, because they are too entrenched in their own self-serving extremist Liberal and Conservative ideologies.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 15, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Bayh to Lane: You Don't Listen.

Yes, Charlie. Bayh was quite specific in his reason for leaving: Bayh said that one of his final straws was the recent Senate vote to kill a bipartisan commission to come up with solutions for the federal deficit and our long-term debt. “The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons,” Bayh said. In other words, the Republican "No-sayers" and the stupid super-majority rule in the Senate to pass any legislation had finally gotten to him. We essentially have four branches of government now: Supreme Court; White House, House of Representatives and the Senate. Only in America can a person get the most votes for president and lose (Al Gore) and the majority party need 59 votes plus one to pass any legislation in the Senate. No wonder he left--and we want to spread American democracy to the rest of the world? Nothing would ever get done anywhere.

Posted by: mgrace471 | February 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I can't speak as to why this particular senator decided not to seek re-election. However, the public is so sour on the congress that incumbents will not likely escape the voters' wrath on election day. This shouldn't be unexpected, but the congress has become too accustomed to the voters having short memories, not showing up at the polls, or a reliance on a hot button ideological issue to garner pugilistic supporters that they have become complacent in their job security.

Something will happen and things will change. I'll bet they never thought it would happen.

Posted by: redd1 | February 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

This is a wise, wise move from a political point of view. I think he was legitimately frustrated in this Congress and under this President, but it also makes a lot of sense if he wants to move to the next level (POTUS).

Posted by: TheGlobalizer | February 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Posted by: Munir1 | February 15, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

("It's the Senate, Stupid!")
We Americans are uncommonly gifted with denial. Winston Churchill said it, "One can trust the Americans to do the right thing, after they've tried all other alternatives." The usual stock phrases "government gridlock," "government paralysis," "voter frustration," “voter anger,” and most infuriating of all, "political reality,” somehow manage to avoid obvious reality: no matter how the majority of Americans vote, the Senate, insulated by 6 year terms and short voter memory is, in its imperial arrogance, more a House of Lords than a democracy. The Senate's quaint rules could, in final analysis, all be abolished, constitutionally, by simple majority vote; up to, and including the so-called “super-majority” imposed for changing rules.
Nothing succeeds like success. The frustration and powerlessness currently infecting government and society as a whole, have roots directly or indirectly, in the Senate's obstructionism. Somehow, the rest of the free world has managed to survive, without these quaint idiosyncrasies, as did the United States, until relatively recently in our history. The British did away with their House of Lords' extraordinary powers, well back in 1911. "The tyranny of the majority" indeed! Come on. Are we listening to what the phrase implies?
The Senate does not represent the people; it represents states. Originally, there was no requirement that any senator be popularly elected. Indeed, what could have been more like a House of Lords than that? It took the 17th amendment, also repeatedly blocked by the senate of the time, to change it; coincidentally, near the time that the Brits were doing away with their House of Lords' privileges. Now the time may be at hand once again, for Americans to amend what the good senators, too characteristically, appear unwilling to fix on their own. The first step is to call a spade, a spade.

Posted by: armondavid | February 15, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Lane, you go too far. Way too zionist snotty snearing far.

You're A foul mouthoff idiot.
AND A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF WHAT THE ZIONISTS WHO OWN THE MEDIA HAVE DONE TO CIVIL DISCOURSE IN AMERICA.

Hopefully this show of stupid out of place anger shows understand fully how sick people are of your kind. Striking back. Good luck with that.

Posted by: whistling | February 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not the boss of the Senate.

Posted by: BleedingHeartMichael | February 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I must admit that this is an interesting turn of events. I am truly perplexed by Obama. He is an enigma wrapped in a paradox. He thinks nothing of cutting backroom deals with corporate thugs like big pharmaceuticals, the AMA, Fiat, insurance companies etc…He has cut deals that would have made Bush blush with embarrassment, if that is possible, all while espousing an anti-business and anti-rich populism. He ran on the errors of the Bush admin related to indefinite detention of illegal combatants and against rendition but has, as president expanded on both programs and defended his legal right to do so in court. He ran for election asserting that he would bring competence back to the White House yet he has allowed Pelosi and Reid to run roughshod over him. His one great achievement could have been to force an open debate on healthcare but instead allowed for it to be done in the most partisan corrupt manner possible. Those who say he moved to the center on healthcare are delusional. None of the things that the repubs wanted got into the Senate version. There is no tort reform, no elimination of the anti-trust exemption for insurance carriers, no guarantee that people and employers can shop insurance across state lines. Obama himself cut a deal with big pharma to prevent competition in the prescription drug market (something dems screamed at Bush about in the medicare prescription drug bill). I don’t blame Bayh for quitting. Obama seems adrift without any sort ethical or philosophical rudder to guide him or the country. I hope he gets it together and moves to the center, starts over on healthcare keeping his promise to have transparent process, and gets bi-partisan support for his objectives. Those who say the repubs will never sign on forget two things. A bi-partisan jobs bill was just torn up by Reid who does not want bipartisanship and Obama was right when he said putting the debate on CSpan will force people to act on behalf of the people and not special interest groups. If the public supports a proposal after its been debated on CSpan the repubs will have to go along or get killed at the polls. I just did not know that at the time that it was gonna be Obama, not the republicans, cutting the backroom deals with special interests.

Posted by: PSOG | February 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhh... enjoying the liberal meltdown.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | February 15, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse


Lane:

Bayy doesn't talk to you.

You don't know what he was thinking.
Your asinine assertion that he quit because of Democrats, not Republicans is
funny.

But you are not funny. You are a fine example of why the stinking Washington Post is is trouble and should/will go down.

Your nastiness if fine in Israel, that's the way they are, but there's still some semblance of civiity in America, if not in the Washington Post of late. Screw you.

Posted by: whistling | February 15, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that you are allowed to put partisan in your column considering the bias of your dribble. You make it sound like it is the Dems fault that he quit when he basically stated that he is leaving because NOTHING gets done in DC thanks to the partisan politics of BOTH parties. The definition of bipartisan to the Repubs is 'ONLY MY BILL' and the definition for Dems is my bill with some of their stuff. H@ll, the health reform bill on the table now is the EXACT same bill that Bob Dole wanted in counter to Clinton's public option in the 90s. But now, the Repubs won't even support what they suggested back then because they are the party of NOOOO!
Sad thing is that you people are falling for it... Stupid fools, all of you.

Posted by: phorse | February 15, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Charles Lane knows as much about politics in the United States as my dog 'Lester'. What concerns me more than what he doesn't know is why the Washington Post allows such nonsense to be printed? Every idea Lane offers is guessing with no proof! A loud and emphatic screw-you? Are those of us reading this supposed to believe that the writer has a handle on today's politics or is just another goof-ball blogger trying to make a name for himself by imitating the collective stupidities of the crowd on Fox News? Grow up! If you want to write for a 'newspaper' at least approach the matter like an adult -- if not, there are loads of high school sheets that might welcome Lane's nonsense -- though when I think about it -- I'm probably wrong.

Posted by: chadama | February 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

armondavid,

were you so alarmed by the senate rules when the dems threatened to use fillibuster and in so doing killed the Harriet Myers and Alberto Gonzoles Supreme Court appointments? I was not and think the Court better for it. In our system the Senate is supposed to be the deliberative body that puts the breaks on and ensures a level of agreement on serious matters. Remember when you seek to change a system that has worked for two hundred years that the repubs will be in power again, maybe sooner than later, and do you really want them to have the unbridled power you post suggests.

Posted by: PSOG | February 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Too bad to see Bayh go, but, let's face it, not a surprise. Given that it's now an entirely undemocratic (as in democracy) institution - the filibuster and 60 votes needed - and given the right-wing driven Republicans set to vote no on everything to try and choke Pres Obama to death, the Senate may be a lost cause.

Posted by: dudh | February 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lane,
Keep your opinion to yourself... THIS is the REAL reason he left:

Bayh said that one of his final straws was the recent Senate vote to kill a bipartisan commission to come up with solutions for the federal deficit and our long-term debt. “The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons,” Bayh said, in an accurate recounting.

That means he left because of the PARTY OF NO!!!!!
Judging by your interpretation, that would be YOUR party...
Shouldn't be a reporter because you can't keep YOUR opinion out...

Posted by: phorse | February 15, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

For months now, Bayh has been screaming at the top of his voice that the party needs to reorient toward a more popular, centrist agenda -- one that emphasizes jobs and fiscal responsibility over health care and cap and trade. Neither the White House nor the Senate leadership has given him the response he wanted. Their bungling of what should have been a routine bipartisan jobs bill last week seems to have been the last straw.

-------------------

remind me how many republican votes any democratic legislation has gotten over the last year?

i hold evan bayh in absolute minimal high regard but to pretend that "partisanship" is solely or even primarily the fault of democrats is dishonest and/or stupid.

i'm leaning toward "dishonest," but it's probably both.

Posted by: stoat1 | February 15, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Great news! Another rat scurrying off the deck of the sinking SS Obama.

It is also laughable reading comments blaming the Republicans. You HAD the majority and did not need the Republicans for anything and you still did not accomplish anything but the stimulus that did not stimulate or create jobs.

Posted by: revwright | February 15, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Now I'm really beginning to believe the Democrats ships is going down. Blame Obama, Pelosi & Reid for that one.

Posted by: 45upnorth | February 15, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse


Bayh is smart to redirect his energies away from the Senate. He's still young enough to make a big contribution in the charitable, academic or corporate sectors, and he'll be much better positioned to run for President in 2012 or 2016 if he can avoid any responsibility for the financial train wreck Congress is setting in motion.

Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | February 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

As a sensible moderate politician Sen Bayh was no doubt fed up with the Radical far left lurch of Obama, Pelosi, and Reid. As an honest man it must have turned his stomach to have to vote for the corrupt stimulous bill, the Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker Kickback, the $60 billion union payoff, and the rest of the trillions and trillions in corrupt spending and debt that are running our country into a ditch. We need to restore blance to our Government in Nov, and then hope we'll have someone like Hillary or Sen Bayh to save us from Obama in 2012!

Posted by: valwayne | February 15, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Oh please ! Bayh is just angry because he thought he was going to get to be president. So now he's going to take his marbles and go home, and cash in on the capitalistic system.

Posted by: rbe1 | February 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

we'll know a lot more about bayh's reasons for leaving the senate when we see who he goes to work for.

maybe his wife can hook him up at wellpoint, or one of the several other healthcare corporations for which she's a director.

or maybe lilly still owes the bayhs a favor.

Posted by: stoat1 | February 15, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO SAVE OUR COUNTRY SIR! YOUR PATRIOTISM IS ADMIRABLE AND EVIDENT. YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART THAT OUR COUNTRY IS BEING TAKEN DOWN THE WRONG PATH. YOU ALSO KNOW THAT IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT FOR BEING A TRAITOR GIVES THE WRONG APPEARANCE AND INTERUPTS THIS ADMINISTRATION'S ALREADY SHORT ATTENTION SPAN AND WEAKENS, EVEN MORE, OUR SECURITY. TO ALLOW THIS, TO BE A PART OF THIS,,,TO DO NOTHING TO STOP THIS---IS TO STAY GOING DOWN THE WRONG PATH. I SALUTE YOU, MR. BAYH! YOU ARE TO BE RESPECTED. TRULY AN AMERICAN!

Posted by: TurnRight | February 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Why do Democrats keep saying everything is Republicans fault? It doesn't matter to any legislation what Republicans said or did. Republican law makers might as well have stayed home and watched TV this year.

DEMOCRATS HAD A SUPER MAJORITY!

Republicans could do nothing to stop any legislation. Remember when democrats physically locket them out of the back rooms so they couldn't even listen to what was being discussed. Remember that?

And further Democrats have been making all the money desicions for the past 3 years! Democrats made the banking rules... that destroyed the economy.

Independents know this.

Democrats need to look in the mirror to place blame for everything wrong with America today.

For his last two years Bush was a lame duck President with an opposition congress. You simply cannot blame Bush for any of what Democrats have done. That worked for a while, but not anymore.

Independents have figured out where to place blame... Bayh is smart to abandon ship!

Posted by: Mypostid7 | February 15, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

To think that the country cares about Evan Baykh, is to be ridiculous.
Evan Bayh has resigned, or "elected" not to run again because he can make a whole lot more money from the corpoirations he represents in the first place
He is tired of making no money being a simple Senator. He can make much more money being a representative of every corprative interest he sells himself to. Period,

Posted by: cms1 | February 15, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The Dems are driving out their DINOs just as the Republicans did their RINOs.

Posted by: ronjaboy | February 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse


Lane,

Bayh said he was resigning because of the commission bill...the one the republicans wrote and then voted down.
He said he was sick of the uncontrolled partisanship of the REpubicans.

That you have no respect for the truth is a given. You have no respect for anything.
You're a punk. Perfect for the the Washington Post has become.

And precisely what is wrong with America. Too dnmed many of you.

Posted by: whistling | February 15, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Bayh is a man of integrity! Guess that speaks volumes for those who remain!! The rest had better enjoy their Kool Aid for the remainder of this year, for this time next year the majority will be in the process of getting fitted for HEARING AIDS -- due to not listening to their constituents --
* OBAMACARE (NEED TO START OVER WHILE YOU STILL HAVE TIME)
* DAILY ARROGANCE FROM THE LIKES OF GEITHNER, GIBBS, EMANUEL, HOLDER, AXELROD PELOSI, REID (and their acolytes) & THE TELEPROMPTER KING
* FAILURE TO ADDRESS JOBS IN THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMUNITY
* CONSISTENT BACK ROOM DEALS WITH THE UNIONS WHICH CANNOT BE SUPPORTED OVER TIME -- STATE OF NEW JERSEY'S UNION WORK FORCE ONE PRIME EXAMPLE
* TEAM OBAMA'S CONSISTENT METHOD OF SOLVING PROBLES -
FIRE!
GET READY!
AND FINALLY,
AIM!
Then blame others for the sad situation they put themselves in!
* CAP & TRADE (WHAT A HOAX TO GET INTO TAXPAYER'S POCKETS)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html
www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article7017922.ece
www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/the-great-global-warming-collapse/article1458206/
Hope Bayh runs for president in 2012!

Posted by: wheeljc | February 15, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Libs had it all, da-da, da-da, now their headed for the fall, da-da, da-da, but they rule once again, I know, we hope in Cuba with Castro, da-da, da-da, they can be like the boat people, and launch from Key Largo, farewell, good-bye.

Posted by: poppy11 | February 15, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

A very immature column. Bayh is one of those conservative Democrats who takes his health care benefits for granted, thanks to his affluence, while apparently not wanting to extend the same health care benefits to all people living in this country legally. Unfortunately Obama, most other Democratic Senators share this narrow-minded view, but not quite to the same extreme.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | February 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse


Ahhhh... enjoying the liberal meltdown.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | February 15, 2010 4:20 PM
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As long as you're busy hating America, why don't you finish the job and become a Cowboys fan.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 15, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Bayh a conservative Democrat? Aprogressiveindependent you are a loon. He may not have been a committed socialist like yourself, but he sure wasn't a conservative. Hoe delusional are you?

Posted by: devildogdon | February 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with Dem strategy? I don't blame the President. He ran on unity, but his party's "friends" in Washington chose to wag their proverbial tails in the faces of millions of Americans who were on the losing side. I celebrated, yes, but I cringed and was afraid for the President when Pelosi, et al thumped their chests at every opportunity. Pelosi is a powerful person and could have helped to mitigate this current mess had she simply toned down party rhetoric and presented herself as someone who who was truly sensitive to all the people of this country. A more humble, concillatory tone might have made all the difference to this mess.

Posted by: yankeei | February 15, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"His stunning retirement from the Senate is essentially a loud and emphatic “screw you” to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid."

Alternate viewpoint from the front page:

"Senator cites the lack of bipartisan comity as one of his main reasons..."

I think the "screw you" is aimed at the partisan elements of the entire Senate. But go ahead. Don't let that stop you from blaming Obama for the GOP's unwillingness to let any progress take place that wasn't their idea.

Posted by: wizard2 | February 15, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Bayh is getting out while the getting is good...before the mob storms Congress and drags the members out screaming onto Pennsylvania Avenue and tars and feathers them. Nobody with any ethics or dignity would want to be associated with the pack of liars and bums that have suceeded in handing control of our government over to the corporations and K Street lobbyists. Watch when the Republicans regain power in Washington...the orgy of looting and greed will be something to see.

Posted by: Chagasman | February 15, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

if the voters actually voted for politicians that worked and supported and put the people first...
American could be strong again...
but to do that you have to be patriotic and unfortunately there are too many people that are not...
and that is why we will fall...
all the foreign forces will cry protectionism yet the they protect the jobs of their nation without question...
sad isn't it...
maybe a meltdown and maybe letting the strong survive is whats needed...
but the world should know that if we do have a meltdown...
so will you...
none of you will be spared of what is to come...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 15, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Washington already has a bipartisan budget-balancing commission, it's called Congress. Real hope and change would have been President Obama, Pelosi and Reid saying we only have 2.5 trillion coming in this year so we will only spend 2.1 trillion and pay 400 billion on the debt. Instead they are continuing Bush's out of contol spending. They could have nailed down a 40 year majority.

Posted by: wolf13 | February 15, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Spot on analysis here. Bayh knows the political winds well and is bailing at the best time. What better way to approach a Presidential bid than as an outsider -- either in 2012 or 2016?

I wouldn't put it past him to embrace the Tea Party movement in one form or another as a way of burnishing his outsider credentials. Their anti-spending ethic is right in line with his own political core.

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Posted by: PeteKent | February 15, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Only one problem with your analogy - Obama is not Bayh's boss. The people of Indiana are.

Pitiful hyperbole.

Posted by: dailyfare | February 15, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: PeteKent | February 15, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Lane, you're pretty good with the cheap shot. People need to be reminded what a partisan piece of crap you are. You never let a opportunity go by to "instruct" the Democratic Party while totally ignoring the fact that conservatives trashed our economy, our Constitution and our standing in the world for eight long years and haven't done a goddam thing to improve America in over twenty years.

Bayh is up the creek without a paddles as far as his Presidential aspirations go. If you really think the party faithful are going to reward his hissy fit in two years or six, you're dreaming.

Health care will be THE issue as long as premiums continue go up at twice the rate of inflation. Cap and trade is a sideshow.

It's clear that poor little Evan hasn't got what it takes to play in the big leagues, so he's taking his ball and going home where he can profess to be a fiscal conservative without having to make any of the tough votes for the combination of tax increases and spending cuts it going to take to get us out of this hole the Party of No has dug for us.

He might as well become a Republican, because his days as a major player in the Democratic Party are OVER.

Posted by: st50taw | February 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Great article. Another Massachusetts Massacre!

I love it when people like Reid, Pelosi, Obama, Emanuel, and the rest at at each others throats. This has to help. And the thought of all those up for re-election democrats seeing their sugar plum dreams of only a year ago turn into nightmares. I guess the country isn't as stupid as I thought it was on Nov. 4 of 2008 when the head joker was elected.

Posted by: wvshooter | February 15, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

""Millions of Americans long to tell their bosses “take this job and shove it.” Hardly any have the power and money to do so, especially in these recessionary times. Sen. Evan Bayh (D) of Indiana, however, is the exception. His stunning retirement from the Senate is essentially a loud and emphatic “screw you” to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.""

Evan Bayh may well be dishing Pres Obama & Maj Ldr Reid a metaphorical shove it, however please let's not forget who the good senator really works for: the American people!

The "boss" of every American public servant in America is it's citizenry, no one else. We would all do well to try and remember that important fact during these particularly trying times in American history.

Please pardon my rant
- JC2

Posted by: johnnyinboston | February 15, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Bayh is a good man and a big loss. The buck for the loss of one of the few genuinely balanced politician lands right on the White House doorsteps. Obama has proven to be a national disaster. A plague upon the country. He represents the minority at the expense of the majority. And now the few good leaders in Washington are leaving. America had better damn well wake up. It's a sad day when one is driven to vote against his own party just to ensure an out of control President cannot destroy the country.

Posted by: donchew1 | February 15, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Charles Lane comes from Marty Peretz's house of chicken-hawks (aka The Neocon Republican).

He'll happily cheer on the shedding of American blood in wars for the Likud party to the very last drop.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 15, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"Bayh....perfectly positioned to mount a centrist primary challenge to Obama in 2012"

If Bayh does that, then neither he nor Obama will win. In 2013, the POTUS will be either Palin or Pawlenty or Romney.

Every single time an incumbent President gets a primary challenge from within his own party, the party is weakened and split, and ends up losing the general election. That happened in 1968 (McCarthy challenged LBJ); 1976 (Reagan challenged Ford); and 1980 (Ted Kennedy challenged Carter). It never works.

Posted by: sinz52 | February 15, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I am a total conservative, but I have to say thank you to Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi for rebuilding the republican party. I am just gushing with pride over the tremendous job all of you have done to help us. Who says political parties don't work together? Now, all you lefty lackeys are pretty darn upset with the way all this has played out, but I have to say Obama is really kicking some tail in Afghanistan. Don't you like the way our military is killing the terrorists in Afghanistan under direct orders from Obama?

Posted by: steveb6 | February 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

The latest in teabagger thinking:

"Libs had it all, da-da, da-da, now their headed for the fall, da-da, da-da, but they rule once again, I know, we hope in Cuba with Castro, da-da, da-da, they can be like the boat people, and launch from Key Largo, farewell, good-bye.

Posted by: poppy11 | February 15, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse"

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

While the Senator has some valid points, at the end of the day President Obama wasn't elected to implement Evan Bayh’s agenda. And to tell the “truth” I don’t believe that many of the “repairs” this country needs at this time exist in the “Center”. That being said Obama needs to get in the game and start throwing some elbows on both sides of the aisle, he also needs to send a few of his “inner circle” for a time out if not off the island.
Lastly quit trying to reinvent the wheel, TR, FDR and others have given us wheels that we know work and while over the last 30 years the tires may have been shredded, slap some new rubber on them and lets get going.

Posted by: notthatdum | February 15, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Don't you like the way our military is killing the terrorists in Afghanistan under direct orders from Obama?

Posted by: steveb6 | February 15, 2010 5:40 PM |
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I admire the way you teabaggers manage to recite whatever college dropouts (e.g. Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck) tell you to type.

Learning how to color in kindergarten must have been really traumatic for you.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 15, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Good. Dead man walking. Only couple of more of the idiots to get rid of. No war or ambition has ever been won by quitting.

Posted by: AMQ1 | February 15, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

"For months now, Bayh has been screaming at the top of his voice that the party needs to reorient toward a more popular, centrist agenda -- one that emphasizes jobs and fiscal responsibility..."

Unfortunately when unemployment is north of ten per cent and consumer spending is continuing to slow as consumers adjust to the reduced values of their homes and retirement savings, government action to promote hiring, and "fiscal responsibility" - which I take to mean "bringing the budget closer to balance" - are contradictory.

So the Bayh wing of the Democrat party is suggesting that the best way to get Democrats elected is to be more like Republicans, and espouse goals which most college sophomores majoring in economics understand can't possibly both be realized at the same time.

Good riddance to the man, if that's his position.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

WHAT AN UGLY HEADLINE FROM SUCH AN UGLY MAN..............SHAME ON YOU LANE!!!!
WP, YOU NEED SOME REVIEW OF YOUR WONDERFUL CONTRIBUTORS. I AM WRTING THIS IN BOLD TYPE BECASE MY GRADCHILDREN TOLD ME THAT IT MEANT I WAS ANGRY...WELL, I AM!

Posted by: Ratchie1 | February 15, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm a life long dem,now 50 years,what happened to all the righteous hippies who were going to right the wrongs of the past,feckless indeed.wheres my bong!

Posted by: patmariegeraghty | February 15, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Bayh is obviously a racist.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | February 15, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey genius, Obama is not his boss the people of Indiana are. Nice try though... next stop for you should be Fox news.

Posted by: metroman76 | February 15, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm a life long dem,now 50 years,what happened to all the righteous hippies who were going to right the wrongs of the past,feckless indeed.wheres my bong!

Posted by: patmariegeraghty | February 15, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse


This 'screw you' screed...and twisted

stuff Lane pukes out is a real low. What newspaper would let this column past the editing room?

It must be really ugly at the failing WAPO now. The halls must run with vile and vomit. Suits me. They kept the worst of the
crud that worked there, and Lane and the other zionists they kept til the end richly deserve the roiling stink.

Posted by: whistling | February 15, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

his biggest concern is an ethics investigation.wife has made millions from insurance and medical device manufacturers with old evans vote.more to come on this.and who is this lane character?

Posted by: donaldtucker | February 15, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

So, my Dem friends, to quote the devine Sarah , "How's that hopey changey stuff workin' out for you?"

Posted by: grohlik | February 15, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Indiana's own newspaper, Indianapolis Star, notes it was more about the crap BOTH parties have been pulling, particularly the Republicans in Congress, and not simply a rebuke of Obama. Perhaps Charles Lane should do a bit more research instead of blowing his lid by confusing himself.

http://www.indystar.com/article/20100215/NEWS05/100215009/Frustrated-Bayh-is-bowing-out

Posted by: edmigper | February 15, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Ugh! What horrible language - I mean the headline. And that too posted on the home page.

This has little to do with Obama. Perhaps it has to do with the frustating way in which NO business gets done in the Senate. It is a bottlenece now, not something that keeps legislation moving as it has often been.

Posted by: rocky

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That's a little presumptuous to say that this has NOTHING to do with Obama. Obama is president, after all, and party leadership falls on him. Reid certainly deserves a fair share of the blame for a dysfunctional Senate, and we can always blame the perennial bogeyman of partisanship, but when it comes to setting an agenda and guiding legislation to passage, Obama needs to be front and center. He's not. Instead, Obama is backroom and to the left.

Bayh's reasons for retiring now may never be fully clear, or they may only clear up over the next four or six years as we see what Bayh does with his future. But to say that Obama has nothing to do with this when Bayh has sparred with Obama's agenda is misplaced at best.

Posted by: blert | February 15, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

This is typical right-wing Media lie that Dems need to adjust to center, they need to go to the far left of where they are now to put them in line with the "center right" parties in Europe, which means be a party that will invest far more of our Taxes in American people and cities via such services as Universal Nationalized health care rather than wasting it on a Gargantuan Military and one unnecessary war after another.

So Who cares whether Democrats or Republicans Win?

After all Obama/Dems prove how there is little real difference between Dems and Reps.

That is Obama/Democrats prove how right-wing Democrats are, which means how they act for the benefit of Rich and Big corporations (Big Pharma, Big Insurance, Big Military, etc.) and NOT for the benefit of American people (Middle class) and thus what Utter Complete Lunatics Republicans are who are even to the right of the Dems.

U can read the full article here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.33758

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 15, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Repubs have absolutely nothing to crow about.they now can add short memory to their list of failures as a party.

Posted by: patmariegeraghty | February 15, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

This really sounds like a lot of conventional wisdom. Rs still have more retirements than Ds. Will you post on that point? I doubt it.

And why does Mr Lane think centrism is supposedly the magic elixir of policy and politics? Where are the problem-solving centrist proposals? The Jobs Bill jettisoned last week *did not really create jobs*. Maybe you could mention that? (Do pundits care about substance or just optics?)

By imposing your own centrist bias, Mr Lane, you are shutting out a lot of good ideas.

Posted by: ANDYO1 | February 15, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

patmariegeraghty asked, "wheres my bong!"

That the problem with those things. The longer you use them, the harder it is to remember where you left them.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Good for Bayh, why waste your life in a fruitless endeavor. Until the Democrats AND the Republicans get their collective heads out of their asses nothing will get accomplished

What this country needs is a 3rd party which shaves off the left of the Democrats and the right of the Republicans. No union influence, no wall street influence, no democratic special interests, no republican. Just the true middle of America.

Posted by: marctrain1 | February 15, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

One day - centrist Democrats and moderate Republicans will realize they have more in common with each other than their own party leadership. They'll form a third party that focuses on running the government, not micromanaging people's lives, spending responsibly, and finding solutions not soundbites. When that happens, Pelosi, Reid, Lott, Boehner, and McConnell will all disappear from CNN.

Posted by: mwcob | February 15, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Did the Earth just fly through a wormhole and return to a time when journalists were not only free to skewer the pretensions of politicians from both parties but delighted in doing so? Were all the editors ate the Post out of town when this article was posted?

I nominate Charles Lane for the LAST REMAINING HONEST JOURNALIST award.

The truth is simple, Evan Bayh was an anachronism in today's Democrat Party. The radical progressive left that dominates the party demands absolute loyalty and compliance with their group-think. He was a conscientious objector in passing their agenda.

He couldn't push the Democrats toward a more rational agenda. He took the path that his reason and conscience demanded, he quit. He should be applauded.

Posted by: Xdem | February 15, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

If platitudes like "centrist" and "moderate" could fix what's wrong with this nation, we'd all have been living in McMansions since Gerald Ford was president.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

To heck with Bayh. His father was a good and honest man. The son is an opportunist. Yeah, he blames Dems mostly for not being more centrist, yet blows over the complete obstinacy of the gop. A real leader would fight. He,like palin, cuts and runs. Way to wait until the last minute to screw the party. He's cooked meat if he thinks he can run for the presidency in a few years. The Dems won't touch him and the gop will laugh. People did vote for a change in 2008 and the repubs and Bayh won't give it to them.

Posted by: mikel7 | February 15, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Personally I thought he was saying, screw you, to the American people. But of course since Obama became President it's all his fault.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 15, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Lane would appear not to let journalistic integrity stand between him and the point he wishes to make.

Yo, Lane!! Bayh does not work for Obama!!

Posted by: turningfool | February 15, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Lane would appear not to let journalistic integrity stand between him and the point he wishes to make.

Yo, Lane!! Bayh does not work for Obama!!

Posted by: turningfool | February 15, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse


Barry's Radical agenda and deception has been rejected. His failed attempt to Nationalize Health Care with his party a majority in Congress is a huge defeat. His inability to force Cap / Tax revealed how ignorant and out of touch he and the Irresponsible Lib Dem Socialist led Congress are. His delegating not only the failed health care but the amazingly unread Liberal Load of Lard Stimulus Scam to Pelosi et al was the beginning of the end of his Presidency and the Lib Dem Congress. They literally have collapsed under the weight of the own arrogance, ignorance, lack of leadership and liberalism. Without Checks and Balances the Lib Dem party and Radical in the White House have proven themselves to be irresponsible and unfit to hold office.

Elections of 2010 & 12 Cannot Come Soon Enough !!

Posted by: jas7751 | February 15, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

@tominnh - I feel sorry for you, but the writing has been on the wall for a long time. Look at opensecrets.org where you can follow the money. Fact is Democrats are as much in the pockets of corporations as Republicans, the real difference is that they have to throw a bone to the unions every once in a while and they have to protect the lawyers as well: D:R business ~50:50, unions 99:1, lawyers 80:20. There's a limit to what you can expect. When they asked the Pres about bank bonuses, it was as if the journalist wasn't aware that they just gave him, personally, over $1 million. You can't expect the D to touch tort reform when they've already been bought and paid for.

Posted by: mnemos | February 15, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

So gridlock in Senate is Obama's fault? Whatever. Bayh was never really a democrat anyway. The senate republicans suckass.

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | February 15, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I laugh like heck at the liberals on this site that blame the Republicans for this train wreck. They have HUGE majorities in the House, filibuster proof majority in the Senate, thus it must be the Republicans fault. Morons. They could have passed anything they wanted.

Posted by: rchaa27aa | February 15, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

A fitting end to a lackluster career.

Posted by: ZippyinAnnapolis | February 15, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Xdem wrote of Prince Bayh II, "He couldn't push the Democrats toward a more rational agenda."

I suppose you also believe that "rational" astronomy would split the difference between Ptolemy and Copernicus.

The path of least resistance is seldom the path chosen by men of conscience and reason.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sinz52 | February 15, 2010 5:37 PM
"Every single time an incumbent President gets a primary challenge from within his own party, the party is weakened and split, and ends up losing the general election. That happened in 1968 (McCarthy challenged LBJ); 1976 (Reagan challenged Ford); and 1980 (Ted Kennedy challenged Carter). It never works."

After pardoning Nixon, Ford's fate was sealed. Reagan's challenge was immaterial.

Ted Kennedy was the only viable challenger who was more unpopular than Carter. With double digit inflation and interest, gas lines three blocks long and hostages held in Iran, Carter never had a chance.

A truly centralist from either party, who is both a fiscal conservative and honest, could win.

After our Obama experience, presidential candidates will need to convince us of their truthfulness and honesty.

Posted by: Xdem | February 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan, but Sen. Bayh was in little danger of not winning Her--because of the size of his campaign coffers and a reasonably weak set of Republican wannabes.

I believe He has chosen to safely "jump the ship" before Obama, Reid and Pelosi foolishly drive it into the iceberg of unpayable deficits/long-term debts.

Posted by: dmedman50 | February 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

What's this I read in the media scion of elite liberalists? Two heads-up items in a row on follies of national leftist drift: first, a little whiff of the coming climategate catastrophe, though all over Europe, and now this: An indictment of radical leftism as propagated by the faux messiah and his gang of chicago-land storm-troopers; the poisoning and killing of America???

Is the fact that, as with all anarchist revolutions, the ardent propagandist cheerleaders, will be murdered first, finally gotten their heads out of the sand?!

Posted by: pouran-doukht | February 15, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping -- betting, in fact -- that we'll hear little more from Bayh. Too bad the same wager won't hold for Lane and other faithfully "centrist" toad-eaters for the right.

Posted by: misterjrthed | February 15, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Whatever side of the aisle you are on - we are all losers under this admin as this is the most perilous times since the great Depression - even more!

Bayh has shown what most people feel - betrayal by a group with an agenda that had no visibility during the election - pure Statist/Marxist ideology that is completely Un American.

We have been deceived and betrayed by Obama's admin.

Let He11 rain down on these basturds in 2010. The votes will be like hot lead on their pummeled bodies.

Good Riddance to these monsters!

Posted by: RightyatBat | February 15, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

too many people identify themselves with a political party. our country grew in greatness under a generation of people from all walks of life. they would turn over over in their graves to see what is now going on.
to those who came before us and defeated National Socialists (Nazis for short) and stared down communism, today's America must look like the Black Plague.
Anyone who votes a straight ticket, Dem or GOP, is disenfranchised out of ignorance.
Think what is best for the country, because if the country fails the individual cannot succeed.
Bayh is sharing that message with his party.

Posted by: esquire2 | February 15, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Bayh is barely a Democrat and is bland as they come.

As a Hoosier, I'd feel more of a loss if I actually ever saw him fighting really hard for Democratic ideals.

But alas, that ain't Evan.

Posted by: jcindy | February 15, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

2012 will be a wild year--Obama, Hillary and Bayh duking it out for the honor of losing to the Republican nominee...of course, if Obama can get himself out of Viet Nam (AKA Afghanistan), salvage the economy, get unemployment down to reasonable levels, prevent 9-11 phase 2, tell Soros and MoveOn to pound sand, move to the center.... then heck, maybe he will get a second term.

Posted by: JCM-51 | February 15, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Another corporatist quits. More proof that the same people own both parties.

Posted by: dwdave67 | February 15, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Hope that Nevada will remove their state's embarrassment in November. Reid is the dullest guy among many dull knives -- and he is in charge. Do all democrats have to be certified losers or just a bit off to be 'leaders of their party' (i.e., Reid, Pelosi, AL GORE)??

Posted by: wheeljc | February 15, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Bayh is a "wishy-washy mediocratie" alright. Which only means he was using his credentials as a "Democrat" to enhance his own coffers. He never was a "Democrat", he was always, and will continue to be, a tool of "those who brung him" and that ain't the people of Indiana or anyone else who resides outside the environs of the corporate culture to which he really belongs.
We should start a lotto, betting on how long it will be before we hear that he now works as a lobbyist for whatever interests he worked for all along.

Posted by: cms1 | February 15, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

It is encoraging that we still have few politicians like Bayh who would have the courage to speak the truth. I am not the only one who voted for OBAMA and is disgusted with his some Republican unwise policies; handouts to Wall Street and Insurance companies and unending wars without an exit strategy. My country is goind bankrupt, people are losing jobs and assets at alarming pace, we are producing little and going around the globe begging. May be Bayh would form a new Political party with new direction.Democrats are refusing to wake up.

Posted by: acpress | February 15, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

it is time to get everyone that is in congress OUT. we need some young blood in congress with fresh ideas, not the stale old political republican/democrat "bull"

Posted by: bipar08 | February 15, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction

Posted by: Kingofkings1 | February 15, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

The election of Republican Scott Brown in Ted Kennedy's old senate seat started the earthquake and now after shocks are being felt all across the country.

Posted by: pjsilva | February 15, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

It seems very much like typical spineless cowardice -- the ultimate giving up and backing down from another 'me me me' democrap who has probably realized he very likely will NEVER be elected President -- at least not from the senate -- and who apparently doesn't really have the conviction of his beliefs -- whatever those are/were.

Actually come to think of it maybe if we're lucky, NEVER again will a senator be elected president. It seems to bring out the worst in almost everybody.

Bottom line:
I'd be willing to bet that his royal highness Mr. Wimpster Sell-to-the-highest-bidder Bayh got one of those lucrative offers he simply couldn't refuse from the military/pharma/medical/oil/insurance industrial-complex -- our corporate masters are even more emboldened after the recent traitorous, scandalous, immoral Supreme Court Ruling which began the acceleration of the end of a democratic republic by bestowing personhood upon all corporate entities!


Expect more of those among the dems so that the corporate stranglehold on the House and especially Senate will soon be complete.

The end truly draws nigh,
Thanks in great part
to the corporation's
good little lap dog,
Senator Evan Bayh.


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Posted by: demsRwimps | February 15, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

He has been trying to get Obama and the Democrats to listen. He knows what is going to happen in the fall in that it is going to be a blood bath in the fall elections. The coming train wreck for Democrats could be avoided if they would start listening to the American people. There was absolutely no sense in killing the jobs bill. You would think with Reed 20 points behind he would have jumped at getting the jobs bill passed. Go figure!

Posted by: Howellstephen75 | February 15, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

bipar08 wrote, "it is time to get everyone that is in congress OUT. we need some young blood in congress with fresh ideas, not the stale old political republican/democrat 'bull'".

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I agree with you just this far and no farther: "fresh" is a more appealing concept than "stale".

On the other hand, given a choice between someone with a "fresh" idea of the sum of one plus one, and someone sticking to the stale belief that the answer is "two", I'm voting "stale".

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Evan Bayh is a "Blue Dog" Democrat. He is a Democrat in name only representing a Red State.

His wife sits on the Board of several Insurance companies, as many as 8 in 2008. Between 2006 and 2008 she earned approx., 2.1 million. One of those companies is Wellpoint, which is a subsidiary of Blue Cross Anthem, who just recently wanted to raise the insurance premiums in CA., to 39%.

Bayh has been getting hit hard by both Tea Bagger's and Die Hard Liberal HC Reformers.

Bayh's resignation is not about President Obama, it's about Bayh and his two faced political stance.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 15, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Although they both might think so, Obama and Reid are not Bayh's boss.

Posted by: reston75 | February 15, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Dem-O-comrades & Repugnants! The senate AND congress are corrupt beyond repair. At least Bayh finally had the common decency to say the H@!! with them all. Maybe he and Lieberman are the only ones left with any integrity. Too close to call I guess.

Enough is enough! It's time for:
1. Term limits on the Judicial branch
2. 401k for their retirement system
3. Reduce/eliminate their health care plan

These bastards fiddle while Rome burns. Who else out there feels the way I do???

!!! SOUND OFF !!!

Posted by: any1 | February 15, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Is there some sort of contest at the Post for "dumbest column"? The competition is strong, but this should give you a fair shot. Good luck, champ.

Posted by: ottoman88 | February 15, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Hi Charles, until I read this column I really missed Art Buchwald.

Thanks for filling his spot!

Posted by: LosGatosCA | February 15, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again, just another political "hack" seeing the handwriting on the wall and trying to position himself for the next phase of his "career". He and John McCain make quite a pair, different sides of the aisle but trying to re-invent themselves in a way that the voters will like.

Don't be fooled again, people, those leopards never really change their spots!

Posted by: OregonStorm | February 15, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

To the posts that reference "train wreck", "disaster", etc., remember that the only train wreck is our political process. Every American gets hurt in that wreck, and seeing the Democrats implode (I am conservative in beliefs) in partisanship, gridlock & outright corruption makes me angry...not in the mood to gloat.

It's not Schadenfreude if it affects you and me as well.

Posted by: any1 | February 15, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

The loons are out on the pond tonight. Bayh is one of the few non-socialists in the dem party. And for that OregonStorm gets her panties in a bunch.

Posted by: devildogdon | February 15, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Most Dems will remember that he decided not to run at the very last moment, when it was too late to find a replacement for him on the ballot. Hard to imagine the party turning to him in utter gratitude in a few years.

Posted by: Ladyrantsalot | February 15, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, Bayh cast his lot with the Obama crowd which turned out to be a huge loser. Big on special interests, weak on sound finances, strength, and bipartisanship. Obama has become toxic and his inexperience, naivete, and ignorance will prevent any turnaround. Bayh saw the disaster unfolding, knew he was part of it, and decided the only dignified way out was to not run. So, not such a bad idea.

Posted by: greendayer | February 15, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Good to see the back of him. Now if a few [dozen] more of his lily-livered stripe would join him, the country would be in great shape!

Posted by: thrh | February 15, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Who is he fooling? He voted for the death care bill over the will of the people. It would be law if not for Scott Brown now and us serfs would be crawling to Odumbo and his hacks begging for health care. Now he "Retires" with millions of graft money and a nice retirement paid for by us. He can go to hell. Hypocrite.

Posted by: harley2002 | February 15, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting to note that no one commented on Bayh's quitting comparison to Palin's quitting.

Posted by: bzajac | February 15, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

The premise of this article is pretty dumb. President Obama is not and has never been Bayh's "boss." Bayh has long been much more corporate Republican than Democrat. He probably made the announcement because he intents to pursue a chimerical Presidential candidacy. I'd tell him not to let the door hit him on the way out.

Posted by: ejs2 | February 15, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

devildogdon wrote, "Bayh is one of the few non-socialists in the dem party."

My handy-dandy automated "translate Rush-speak into plain English" device, which doubles as a plumber's snake in cases of necessity, renders devildog's purple prose as follows:

"Bayh is one of those Democrats who kept winning elections in a Republican state by casting lots of Republican votes".

I might add that it evidently became too hard for this son of a Senator to put up with the criticisms his behavior elicited from both left and right - and unlike most Americans, he's got a nest egg large enough that he can twiddle his thumbs for the rest of his life if that's what floats his boat.

And where, you ask, did he get this nest egg? Why, he got it while "serving his country" - what have you been doing?

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

if the voters actually voted for politicians that worked and supported and put the people first...
American could be strong again...
but to do that you have to be patriotic and unfortunately there are too many people that are not...
and that is why we will fall...
all the foreign forces will cry protectionism yet the they protect the jobs of their nation without question...
sad isn't it...
maybe a meltdown and maybe letting the strong survive is whats needed...
but the world should know that if we do have a meltdown...
so will you...
none of you will be spared of what is to come...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 15, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse


Dwight, if there's a meltdown the idiots will be the first to go. You'll be at the front of the line.

Posted by: Attucks | February 15, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

"Yep, the Dems blew it. Bipartisanship means doing exactly what the 41 GOP Senators want. "

Childish baloney. There is absolutely NOTHING in the Democrat agenda that GOP congressmen could take back to their constituents as a 'win'. Why should they vote for bills that their constituents will perceive as caving in? You want bi-partisanship? Give the GOP something they want, in exchange for something the Dems want. How about real tort reform for votes on health care reform?

Posted by: invention13 | February 15, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Train wreck upon train wreck for the Ds. Its like standing beside Gomez Addams in the parlor!

Posted by: lovinliberty | February 15, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I have always suspected that among the liberals in this country, there has always been a strong strain of anti-semitisim. Much of this afore mentioned strain comes from self-hating Jews, (Barbra Striesand as an example), but to read the undulated hate espoused by the class who consider themselves so "tolerant" of others, exposes them for the misanthropic debris, which they truly are.

Posted by: rongr | February 15, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

"Quitting the Senate was a no-lose move for the presidentially ambitious Bayh, since he can now crawl away from the political wreckage for a couple of years, plausibly alleging that he tried to steer the party in a different direction -- and then be perfectly positioned to mount a centrist primary challenge to Obama in 2012, depending on circumstances."

What a stupid comment. You will have to spend a lot of time looking for Democrats who see Bayh as some who tried to "steer the party in a different direction." He's been in CYA mode for a long time now.

You keep forgetting, somehow, that Obama already moved the healthcare bill to the middle by removing a public option from the bill. You keep forgetting he added tax cuts to the stimulus bill, which proved to be the least effective part of the bill. You forget Obama agreed to the idea of the federal deficit reduction commission, which was pushed by the Republicans, until it was time to vote for it.

By your logic, the Democrats should have let Evan Bayh steer them right into the Republican Party.

Posted by: baltova1 | February 15, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Disappointment, frustration, anger is all I hear when Obama's name is mentioned. He, coupled with Pelsosi and Reid have been without a doubt, the most polarizing trio in recent political history. And, unfortunately, the Mainstream Media doesn't balance their caustic divisiveness.

Posted by: logicprevails | February 15, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Smart man! There's nothing wrong with jumping off a sinking ship to save your life! Good for you, Senator Bayh!! You've got guts. The Democrats are imploding after only a few months. Amazing! Amazing! I love it!!

Posted by: georges2 | February 15, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Invention13 wrote, "There is absolutely NOTHING in the Democrat agenda that GOP congressmen could take back to their constituents as a 'win'."

I take it this means that enabling those American citizens who work full time without health insurance to see a doctor when they're sick is not something that would count for much with the constituents of a GOP congressman.

I think you're right, but I wouldn't brag on it if I were you.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Time for the progressives to get agressive...weed these blue dogs out and get to work.

Posted by: seakeys | February 15, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

logicprevails wrote, "Disappointment, frustration, anger is all I hear when Obama's name is mentioned."

Isn't that exactly what the republican senate strategy of blocking everything by means of the filibuster intended to accomplish?

Don't crow too loudly, you might wake someone up and cause them to think.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Bayh didn't want his wife's business affairs to be subject to Republican scrutiny. I wonder why. Is she a involved in something questionable? Is she a lobbiest? Did she work for Bernie Madoff? Hugo Chavez? Rush Limbaugh?

Posted by: jy151310 | February 15, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Evan doesn't have to work as a lobbyist -- wife Susan already beings in the millions in that role, leaving him free to (try to)look like a statesman with some fondation or university.

Fair enough to say that it can't be much fun in the Senate these days, and to note that his timing is a finger at the Dems, but what else is new: anti-Obama spin here is a bit over the top.

Posted by: esthermiriam | February 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I have always suspected that among the liberals in this country, there has always been a strong strain of anti-semitisim. Much of this afore mentioned strain comes from self-hating Jews, (Barbra Striesand as an example), but to read the undulated hate espoused by the class who consider themselves so "tolerant" of others, exposes them for the misanthropic debris, which they truly are.

Posted by: rongr | February 15, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I actually think Lane is probably correct. Bayh has calculated that Obama is becoming radioactive. He will be positioned well when the Democrats are looking for a candidate who can pick up the pieces. I say this from a non-partisan stance.

Posted by: gallige1 | February 15, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Rongr wrote, "I have always suspected that among the liberals in this country, there has always been a strong strain of anti-semitisim. Much of this afore mentioned strain comes from self-hating Jews, (Barbra Striesand as an example), but to read the undulated hate espoused by the class who consider themselves so "tolerant" of others, exposes them for the misanthropic debris, which they truly are."
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How many times are you going to make a fool of yourself by posting this non-sequitur? This thread concerns the withdrawal of Evan Bayh from the race for US Senate in Indiana.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

It's the angry divisiveness, "douglaslbarber". The American people are begging for leadership, for God's sake. That's what Obama promised them. Don't you see that?

Posted by: logicprevails | February 15, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

gallige1 wrote, " I say this from a non-partisan stance."

Is that anything like a wide stance?

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

It also makes it much more likely that the Republicans can pick up Bayh’s Senate seat in normally red Indiana and, with it, control of the Senate itself


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This statement appears to be completely incoherent. (A Republican in Bayh's seat would still leave the Republicans in a minority by a wide margin.) Maybe the sentence is just badly written. But it still involves an astronomical counting of eggs as though they were chickens. Either way, this seems to me to be the dopiest statement to appear in the WP in at least a week.

Posted by: twm1 | February 15, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

logicprevails wrote, "It's the angry divisiveness, "douglaslbarber". The American people are begging for leadership, for God's sake. That's what Obama promised them. Don't you see that?"

Actually, I don't. I voted for Obama for President because I supported the policies he advocated. (Isn't that what voting is about, or did I miss something?) I'd guess most of the majority of American voters who cast their votes for him, and not John McCain, were similarly voting in favor of policies which a remarkably small republican senate minority has managed to stymie.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Not the "Right Stuff"... Better have Indiana as a Republican seat so that there is no need to pander to Evan. Goodbye and good luck with the lobbying...

If I can't be President then I won't play...

Look at Clinton, he had no support and they impeached him, but he left the economy in great shape and we still love him! Obama will do the same.

Posted by: ChevyChaseChap | February 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

douglaslbarber, have you not read the entire thread of this post. I have. Obviously you would be a great politician voting aye for 2000 page bills which you have never read. By the way I know some Latin too, and if non-sequitur is the best that you can come up with, then you should have stayed around for the second year of Latin in high school.

Posted by: rongr | February 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Invention13 wrote, "There is absolutely NOTHING in the Democrat agenda that GOP congressmen could take back to their constituents as a 'win'."

Actually, there's tons of stuff in the Democratic agenda that GOP congressmen have been bragging about.

Countless Republican congressmen who voted against the stimulus have been making appearances back in their home districts at ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the very projects they voted against.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/62181.html

It's the absolute height of hypocrisy. I guess they were against the stimulus before they were for it.

Posted by: ottoman88 | February 15, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I think this is more of a statement to Reid, Pelosi, and Obama. Your policies and processes stink. I applaud him.

Posted by: gsms69 | February 15, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

"For months now, Bayh has been screaming at the top of his voice that the party needs to reorient toward a more popular, centrist agenda -- one that emphasizes jobs and fiscal responsibility over health care and cap and trade." I love this quote. He could have done something to stop his party's hard left agenda. He could have voted against it. Yet, he voted every step of the way with his party. Voters are beginning to tire of electing these supposedly "moderate" Dems who talk moderate but vote straight party line. They won't be fooled again.

Posted by: Punditocracy | February 15, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

This is all about Obama and his lying, thuggish army.

Most divisive. Most incompetent. Most manipulative, pathological liar.

I would walk away, too. Who would want to be associated with this president or this Democratic Party? They are an embarrassment.

Vote them all out. 2010 and 2012. Get out there and vote them out. Because, ACORN, SEIU, and all the new stealth organizational army that Obama has working for him will be out in full force to corrupt the upcoming elections. Do as they did in Massachusetts, make it an overwhelming victory for ANYONE but the democrats or Working Family.

Posted by: notbuyingit | February 15, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Esquire2 wrote, "too many people identify themselves with a political party. our country grew in greatness under a generation of people from all walks of life. they would turn over over in their graves to see what is now going on.
to those who came before us and defeated National Socialists (Nazis for short) and stared down communism, today's America must look like the Black Plague."

You might want to read the history of FDR's presidency (he was, after all, president when your "greatest generation" was out and about) a tad more closely. You could start with the "Little Steel strike".

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

ottoman88, this has nothing to do with Republicans and Democrats. It has everything to do with uprooting the present political order and returning this country to a society where the people are not sticking their hands out wanting said government taking from those who work to those who do not. "Atlas Shrugged". Read it and you might learn something.

Posted by: rongr | February 15, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Daddy's job not so much fun anymore? Of course, he won't have to work for a living.

Posted by: rusty3 | February 15, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I felt badly when a good man like Judd Gregg threw in the towel. And now Evan Bayh. Competent, pragmatic centrists ar ebecoming a scarce breed.

There's no doubt the excesses of one-party rule need to come to an end. But in voting the rascals out, I don't have a whole lot of confidence in what will replace them. Still, term limiting people at the ballot box is a good idea...it was never intended that representatives go to Washington and make a career in public office.

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck | February 15, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I say bye bye; have a good life. Now you can go back to wooing your old Mafia friends in St. Joseph County, Gas City, and other places of corruption around Indiana. Bayh is a smart Blagovich; he never got caught.

If this Post writer knew anything about Indiana politics - which he clearly does not - he would realize that this fellow stands about as much chance of becoming President as Blagovich does.

Birch is probably celebrating his son's departure from politics. Unlike his son, Birch had scruples and a real character, not like Evan (Ken) and his Barbie wife.

Do the country a great favor, Mr. Bayh. Go get a life; your one in politics stunk to high heavens!

Posted by: expat2MEX | February 15, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Look there are some decent democrats that are not communists or radical progressives if there is a difference.

They will flee this over reaching anti American administration in disgust to preserve their good name and their everlasting soul.

Do not expect this to be the end as the moderate democrats who have not abandoned their country abandon the Chicago rat pack.

Posted by: djmelfi | February 15, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

What a delightfully pure and inadvertently comical example of cloistered inside the beltway dingbattish tripe.

More please!

Posted by: alibidrain | February 15, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, to control the Senate you need 60 Senators.

At least that's what I've been told.

Majority doesn't mean much.

Posted by: camasca | February 15, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

The headline is disrespectful and distasteful. Why is it when Bush was taking the country straight down the toilet the loudmouth Republicans screamed their heads off if anyone so much as whispered an objection? Three letters: WMD. But you put a Democrat is office and boy, the gloves sure do come off! The foul language and demeaning caricatures directed at the leader of the free world are despicable. Show the world your patriotism now that one of your own is not leading our country!!!!

The double-standard is nauseating.

Posted by: mkoonie | February 15, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Easy come easy go. Bayh was from a coal burning state with sky high unemployment.The President is adamant about pursuing health care reform and a clean energy/global warming bill. Bayh did not fit that caucus and was forced by his constituents to be a centrist/right Democrat. This was in no way reflective of President Obama. People are in a rage and angry, you know what...so is everyone and so was everyone during the Great Depression of the 1930's and it took 10 years for the economy to recover then. Why would it take any less time now? This is the Great Recession of the republican's making. The country imploded and regressed under republican faux governance the previous ten years. The recession actually began in 2005-2006 when Bush was president and the Congress was controlled by Republicans. The banking and financial industry collapse was also created as a result of failed republican policy. Being angry and shouting at tea party meetings is not helping the economy....it is making it worse by reinforcing the partisan divide.Politicians come and go. It was Bayh's time to go. There is no hidden reason. Time to move on.

Posted by: vintel7 | February 15, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Rongr, I see whistling's trolls including an obnoxious post at 4:18 PM and another shortly afterward. Unfortunately I must agree with you that in our time antisemitism is more often a fruit of the wacko left than of the wacko right.

I say this as a person of the left.

And the knocks on Lane by Whistling and Chadama are lamentable.

I don't agree with Charles Lane's opinion in this particular *blog post* (it is not a *column*), but I'd be honored to have the journalistic credentials he brings to the field of play, and they're not easy to come by. They come from honest good work over a period of time.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama has wisely padded the coffers of ACORN, SEIU, AFSCME with billions of so-called "stimulus."

The money will flow back to him in 2012.

Posted by: pgr88 | February 15, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Clean energy/global warming as an ambitious Manhattan project type deal might sell in this economic environment.

Unfortunately President Obama is so *neo* liberal that he gags at the thought of actually using federal dollars to directly hire anyone. He believes, a la Clinton, that everything must be channeled through the for-profit sector (How's that working out, US Army, with Blackwater?).

The whole "Green" agenda apart from some "Manhattan Project" isn't going to fly during the "Great Recession" while we're stilling waiting for investment banks to pay back *trillions* in taxpayer loans.

That's what's so ironic about Teabaggers and assorted other Republicans calling President Obama a communist or a socialist.

Those Republicans are living in an alternate universe from the one where evidence proves whether claims are true or false.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 15, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

"So how's that hopenchange workin' out for ya?"

Doesn't really matter, as long as we can depend on the republicans to provide nothing but:

* No hope

* No change

Posted by: seattle_wa | February 15, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

And he quit the day before the filing deadline so the Dems couldn't filed a decent candidate. If that doesn't say, "up yours" to Reed and Otrauma, nothing does. He handed the seat to the opposition on a golden platter.

Posted by: MDDem1 | February 15, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

As an honest American, Bayh could not stand the stench of Obama and his comrades, the progressives (socialists/Marxists) bent on destroying our economy, our freedoms and our country.

The stench of the lies, manipulation, intimidation, coercion, bribery, corruption, and backroom deals to force us to swallow the Obamacare SCAM -- which would destroy our health care, our economy, our freedoms and our country -- has forever tainted the Democratic Party.

Thinking Americans understand there's no longer a Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has been replaced by the Progressive (Marxist) party, controlled by U.S. enemies like George Soros and bent on destroying America using the tactics of their Marxist mentor Saul Alinsky.

Thinking Americans are ready to do whatever it takes to defend their future – and the future of their children and grandchildren -- from Obama and his Marxist scams, like Obamacare and cap and trade.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | February 16, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, phorse, for reminding us that Republicans can be proud of having said NO.

Americans need Republicans to continue to say NO to Obama’s criminal scams.

Republican Senators can be proud that, in contrast with Democratic Senators, ALL Republicans Senators said NO to the lies, manipulations and BRIBES (at our expense) of Obama and his comrades to force the Obamacare scam on us.

Republicans have had the courage and integrity to say NO:

NO to Marxist scams like Obamacare and cap and trade
NO to higher deficits that are destroying the future of our children and grandchildren
NO to government takeovers
NO to siding with terrorists and helping them at the expense of American people
NO to having the corrupt United Nations deciding what the U.S. should and should not do
NO to Saul Alinsky's culture of lies, manipulation, intimidation, coercion, bribery, fraud, corruption and death
NO to trampling on the U.S. Constitution
NO to imitating the strategies of the Marxist thugs who are destroying Latin America
NO to all of Obama's scams that are destroying America
YES to REAL reform to improve health care
YES to fiscal and personal responsibility
YES to governments of laws rather than of men
YES to defending Americans from terrorists and other U.S. enemies
YES to respecting the U.S. Constitution
YES to energy independence
YES to freedom, including freedom OF religion (not FROM religion)
YES to patriotism
YES to prosperity

Posted by: AntonioSosa | February 16, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Dear Phorse:

You and your leftie friends should try getting the facts before you spout nonsense about the "party of no." The vote for the debt commission was 53-46-1. Fourteen Republicans voted aye; Twenty (20) Democratic senators voted nay.

Nitwit.

Posted by: maxbert | February 16, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Who can blame him! The USA has no government, your most important instument seems to be the military: Empire.
You are so befallen by arrogance and delusion that you fail to see or understand what a government does. You are better than everyone else, even though you are not. Washingtonn is a collection of decievers promoting corporate and their own interests. Look at Scott Brown; just sworn in and he's already working on his memoirs. Or Sarah Palin! Ridiculous.
Then there's Obama: a study in vanity and cowardice. The USA will crumble like the UdSSR if you refuse to finally do what a government should: provide social sevices, like universal heathcare, regulate the free market, provide butter not guns for everybody, provide security(not a police state like you have now, whereby 12yr olds are led away in handcuffs). Take a long hard look at Britian, Germany, France, Italy and Japan. Every American I've ever met living in these countries all say the same thing: I didn't know life was better here. The only people who have anything from the US system are the rich.

Posted by: melprophet | February 16, 2010 4:53 AM | Report abuse

Indiana and the country will be no worst off without Evan Bayh ; he has not contributed anything great to his state as govenor nor as senator. I would encourage any and all members of congress to either represent the peoples' interest or to just quit and go home and find new ways to continue to work for themselves without using the people/government as their golden goose.

Posted by: avers79498 | February 16, 2010 5:39 AM | Report abuse

Good for Bayh. Shove it in deed !!! At least this man knows that America is sick of Obama and all the radicals behind him. Pelosi, Holder, Dean, Frank, Dodd, Biden etc ..the list of fools is endless. Everything connected to Obama is turning sour- poetic justice for what the DNC did to Hillary. Only the media is still in love with Obama but that will end sooner or later.

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | February 16, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Byah is a selr serving republican who has been disguising himself as a dem. He finds out that he can't line his pockets anymore so he bucks. Good riddance he is going. He will appear on C-STREET after he leaves as a lobbist for his wife's ins. companies.

Posted by: carolynlebeaufyahoocom | February 16, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Another piece of asshattery by Lane.

"Quitting the Senate was a no-lose move for the presidentially ambitious Bayh, since he can now crawl away from the political wreckage for a couple of years, plausibly alleging that he tried to steer the party in a different direction -- and then be perfectly positioned to mount a centrist primary challenge to Obama in 2012, depending on circumstances."

Really, Lane? When was the last time a party rewarded a quitter with the nomination as presidential candidate of that party?

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Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 16, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

After reading most of these posts, I can see that Idiocracy is alive & well on the pages of the Washington Post. I am more convinced than ever now that the Founding Fathers had it right when they decided that not everyone should be allowed to vote.

Posted by: mgrace471 | February 16, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I love it, a columnist mildly criticizes Obama and all of the right-wing nut-jobs take a break from WorldNetDaily to come over here and cheer. Well here's a dose of reality to all of the Tea Partiers and John Birchers who are lurking. Barack Obama will be re-elected in 2012, whether the Democrats control Congress or not. You heard it hear first!

Posted by: BigAl70 | February 16, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

How can an accomplished reporter like Charles Lane believe the Evan Bayh can or would challenge Obama in 2012? Ridiculous - Lane must have been stretching to find something different to say. Bayh has no accomplishments in the Senate and has no following outside Indiana, where his famous name probably kept him afloat. Oh, and he's so boring I'm falling asleep even thinking about him...

Posted by: ryneduren | February 16, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Just wait, the reall big "Screw You" is coming November 2, 2010. After that, Obama will be lucky if he wins the Democrat Party primary.

Posted by: JungleCogs | February 16, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Clinton's worst political move was in signing the NAFTA Free Trade Deal negotiated by the Bush 41 Administration.

Democrats have always gotten into trouble buying in to Republican Back Room Deals.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | February 16, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

So a wishy-washy mediocre stint in the senate is enough for him to be considered presidential material? Okaaaayyyyy....

Posted by: NotFooledTX | February 16, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

By now I believe we all should be embarresed by our government, I mean all democrates and republicans. They are really just the same and certainly care nothing about any of us out here. I am totally disgusted and a little afraid of what's to come, as I see it we are all going down because our people that supposedly represent us are only concerned about getting elected again or keeping anything from being accomplished.

This is just one sick country, very narcissistic and certainly does not care about my children at all...... Remember the omens for 2012, well maybe they are wrong but my government is certainly trying its best to make it come true

Posted by: honeybee1 | February 16, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance!!

He did not support our President and obstructed the Administration's agenda.

He reminds me of John Edwards; same plastic look.

I'll bet a bimbo will erupt soon.

Posted by: BarbarainPalmSprings | February 16, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Lane you are on par with most your commentators here. Bayh votes against every Democratic proposal that comes down the chute, votes for every Paris Hilton tax break for the already super wealthy and you (and your commentators) call him a centrist. I'd call that a Republican.

Bayh, your father was a principled and good man. It's too bad you aren't. Good by & good riddance.

Posted by: kindness1 | February 16, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats have moved so far to the extreme left wing that JFK would be a Republican today and only the reactionary FDR (prior to court-packing setback), could find a home with the three-headed monster of Obama/Reid/Pelosi. Wing Nuts in Action.

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | February 16, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Bayh realizes he was positioned on a sinking ship, and could have been at risk of defeat.....
http://cooperscopy.blogspot.com/

Posted by: ronsuev | February 16, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad Bayh gave the democrats a kick in the teeth on his way out.

Voters aren't as stupid as Obama treats them. People thought they were voting to change eight years of Bush but now realize what needed to be changed was 2 years of Pelosi and Reid. Obama might survive to run again in 2012 if the Republicans win a major victory in November. If not, he's toast for the rest of his single term and won't even be able to get the nomination for 2012.

Posted by: hoosier_extremist | February 16, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The blame belongs to Obama,Holder,Reid and Pelosi. Obama is completely incompetent economically,culturally and militarily. What has Obama accomplished. I DON'T THINK OBAMA IS INTELLIGENT AT ALL. Obama continues to seal his academic records at Harvard Law School despite graduating supposedly as magna cum laude. I haven't seen a single graduation picture of Obama's graduating Harvard Law School classmates and professors with their verifiable names. Not even a single, fake ,imaginary Harvard Law School classmate or law school professor have defended Obama's complete failure as president. Obama have not shown any American values.Obama is anti-America,anti-US Military,anti-CIA,pro-islamic,pro-rogue nations.

Posted by: mahalapril | February 16, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I wish I could quit my job. They laid off a portion of the folks, then dumped the workload on the rest. We're talking day and night and weekend workload.

Then we buy our stuff from Walmart which employees underpaid overseas Chinese workers, and all we really accomplish to to create unemployment and to overwork and underpay the remaining who are employed.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | February 16, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I almost hate touching this web site since the visit helps Kaplan sell advertising that supports Lane's, Fred Hiatt's, George Will, Mark Thiessen's salary when I believe they all should experiecne Schumpeter's creative destruction of the market as soon as possible. Apparently, it was Harry Reid's decision not to let a permanent estate tax cut become part of "jobs" bill that was the last straw for the centrist Birch Bayh, this being one of his particular "popular and centrist ideas" to blow a huge hole in the deficit in order to give the upper 1/2 of 1 percent of American families the privilege of becoming feudal lords and keeping their vast estates intact from one generation to the next. Please go broke, Washington Post, please go broke fast.

Posted by: rickstersherpa | February 16, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Shhhh. Can you hear that? It's the Socialist/Democrat party imploding. Hahahahahahaha!!

Posted by: JMS001 | February 16, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Lane you are truly dim if you think a "centrist" like Bayh would have any chance whatsoever in a Presidential Primary vs. a sitting Democratic President. Now I am certain you are both a Republican and a fool if you view such a challenge as anything other than stupid.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | February 16, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

A colleague pointed out today that
the author of this thing...Lane

who lead included..."take this job and shove it" and SCREW YOU...
is an EDITORIAL BOARD WRITER for the Washington Post!

Isn't this astoundingly low class for even LATELLY the failing WaPo?

It's immaterial that everything Lane wrote was made up...we know from Bayh...
no one talks to small potatoes like Lane
(Maybe the AIPAC boys or Lieberman types)

but the sheer snotty ugliness of it!

Posted by: whistling | February 16, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I read this, especially the part where Bayh said we needed jobs OVER A HEALTH CARE BILL. Yes, we do need jobs and some kind of fiscal restraint but we also need a NATIONAL HEALTH CARE BILL. Let me repeat - a National Health Care Bill. It is insulting to every American live or dead that this country, alone aong the great democracies, does not have health care. And if we can afford to spend 139 million this year continuing a war in Iraq then we sure as HELL CAN AFFORD A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE BILL.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | February 16, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

OK!! So, Bayh shoved it in your mouth and writer's vernacular. So, go on back up your lame accusations with the resignation of Bayh....Opportunistic, isn't it…hitting with all of your "scapegoat" rhetoric. Oh well, it's expected---bring something new. Repetition doesn't always work....that is on the one's who know your ways.

Posted by: Vis7Wis | February 16, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he's just as frustrated with the party of NO -- the Republicans aren't interested either. But Bayh is supposed to be working for the people of his state; he is not employed by the President of the United States or the Senate Majority Leader. Clearly Bayh has forgotten that. So he's chosen to do a Palin and quit.

Posted by: ccs53 | February 16, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Lane could not be more wrong.

The dysfunction in Congress can be laid at the door of the right-wing Republicans from 1994 onwards (that means you, Gingrich) who have clearly decided that if they are not in the majority, they are going to take a "scorched-earth" approach to Washington politics. Not only will they NOT GOVERN, they will vilify the Democrats who are trying to live up to their electoral responsibility.

For a thorough analysis of this, read Mann and Ornstein's THE BROKEN BRANCH.

The Democrats won an electoral mandate in 2008. If they have to GOVERN without the participation of the Republicans, fine!

Posted by: mhd51 | February 16, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The last straw took place when the President spoke last week to Democratic legislators on how to do their job. Sen. Bayh stood up and asked the President (and his colleagues) what they were going to do about the two things American citizens overwhelmingly state as primary objectives:
1. The economy stupid (jobs) 2. Crippling rise in US debt

How did the President react? Like a college professor who got called out for not knowing the subject. Then he sent his goons from the WH to visit Bayh's staff and rip them and the senator.

Bayh made his decision over several weeks. When the President and party came at him like rabid dogs last week, it was over. Bayh then proceeded to kill any chance the Democrats have of winning the state by guaranteeing no one is on ballot for primary.

Posted by: jhpbriton | February 16, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

the three, obama , pelosi and reid have acted like tehy alone control the goverment...
they alone can decide what can be voted on...
we are one step away from a dictatorship...
vote them out now...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 16, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutely amazing to me how transparent you have become. A good man quits because he is frustrated how things work in Washington, and primarily right now where people who support one thing, suddenly don't support it, because Obama does; and you decide this is a slap in Obama's face. He could have said that his reason was due to a family matter, and you would have said, "It was Obama" that made him quit. Nice job fitting right in with the folks at Fox that simply make up headlines to match their own personal feelings. Sad, my man.

Posted by: pfrankla | February 16, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

America is a center right country blah blah blah except on the issues its not. Forget bombing Iran to win the admiration of Sarah Palin and her followers. Jam a Medicare for All bill though the special interest infested senate and there will be dancing in the streets.

Posted by: ducksworthy | February 16, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

If the Republicans do, in fact, re-gain control of Congress in November, let's pray that this time they remember to ACT like Republicans by reducing spending and, if necessary, raising taxes in order to balance the federal budget. Our continuing addiction to debt is a ticking time bomb that constitutes a greater threat to our long-term national well-being than Al-Qaeda ever did.

Posted by: danram | February 16, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

How is the Health Care bill not centrist? No single payer, no public option, and this screed has no facts. The New Journalism, eh? All opinions plus what you heard on the Situation Room. This guy looks like McNulty with a birth defect.

Posted by: BlahBlahBlah314 | February 16, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

HOPEFULLY THIS GUY WILL WRITE A BOOK ABOUT LIFE IN WASHINGTON D.C.. I WOULD LOVE TO READ ABOUT THE REAL HAPPENINGS IN MAKING LAWS!!! OF COURSE MANY WOULD COMPLAIN ABOUT SECRETS REVEILED BUT TOO BAD==MEBAY THATS WHAT IS NEEDED TO CLEAN OUT THE FILTH AND CORRUPTION!!!OH WELL==JUST DREAMING IN SPACE. NOTHING WILL EVER=EVER CHANGE!!! BEND OVER AMERICA-WHO WILL STOP THE RAIN???

Posted by: darl1964 | February 16, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

This entire rant by Lane is devoid of facts, devoid even of any insider tips that would lend credence to his claim that Bayh was fed up of the "left" flank of his party and/or with Obama (the latter certainly isn't true because Bayh and Obama have a close working relationship). Isn't this the same left flank who pretty much gave Bayh, Lieberman, Landrieu, and other "centrist" Dems not to mention supposedly centrist Republicans like Snowe everything they wanted in both the stimulus bill as well as in pending healthcare bills. At the end of the day, it wasn't the left flank that refused to vote for the very centrist Senate healthcare bill (one endorsed by Bayh himself) or the stimulus package (one that was watered down by Bayh, Snowe, Collins, etc.), but the so-called centrists of both parties who were willing only to talk the talk, but not walk the walk. As a centrist myself I'm appalled at the lack of courage and the endless grandstanding by these self-anointed centrists in the Senate. Irrespective of party affiliation, they're all bought and paid for by large corporate interests. Their only role is to maintain the status quo, nothing else.

Posted by: jaysit | February 16, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

MOVE TO THE CENTER MEANS BE MORE REPUBLICAN, ISN'T IT? OUR CORPORATE "SERVILE MEDIA CAN'T GET TIRED TELLING US THAT OBAMA IS FAILING BECAUSE HE IS NOT CENTRIST ENOUGH. THIS A LIE F...ING RETARDED PEOPLE. OBAMA FAILED BECAUSE HE MOVED TO THE STUPID CENTRIST REPUBLICAN IDEOLOGY AND STILL GOT REJECTED BY THE RACIST PARTY.

Posted by: bluelagoon21 "
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My, my, my...where to begin in dissecting this little tantrum? Blue, baby, you've elevated our discourse to such heights with your name-calling, race-baiting and mindless adherence to the transformative totalitarian agenda. Not to mention the vulgarity. But then again, that IS what those of the "left persuasion" do best, isn't it? Yep, it's that "hope and change" thing taken to new...depths. Kiss your revolution goodbye in November.

Posted by: SavingGrace | February 16, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

So ... Sarah Palin quits her job before her term is out and she is lauded as a hero (for having a nice @$$ I guess?). Bayh announces that he won't seek reelection, which he is under no obligation to do, but he will finish out his term, and he's sticking it to the President?

This is wack.

Posted by: mrcoldmiser | February 16, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey . . . Bayh was MOST critical of the seven Republican "Sin"ators who endorsed a "bipartisan" Dem program THEN VOTED AGAINST IT.
You need to do a rewrite with a little more accuracy!

Posted by: lufrank1 | February 16, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe that the American voter is primarily a leftist Democrat or a conservative Republican. Rather, I think the voter is a centrist reaching across the left or right whenever the issue strikes him. President Obama made a huge mistake when he thought his program of "change" encompassed turning everything upside down. Both parties in congress are making a very large mistake by being so recalcitrant. The Republicans though are helping to destroy not only congress, but their own party is in particular danger. American voters are fed up and I for one am now for term limits.

Posted by: Listening2 | February 16, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't recall Bayh making any statements about the need to be more centrist and at the end of the day he went along and voted YES on the health scare bill. He voted against any Republican amendments getting on the floor to be debated. He went right along with the loony left. ACTIONS show he is a leftist liberal just like the rest of the Democrats.

Posted by: kalamere | February 16, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Evan Bayh wasn't lashing out at Obama, you idiot!

He was lashing out at the Republican Party and Harry Reid. He said so, by name. Only a partisan arrogant ass would try telling us what the man meant when we all heard him say it.

Now tell us what Mitch McConnell said when he state the Senate Republicans were going to filibuster every bill between now and the general election 37 weeks from today. Tell us how bipartisan it is to bring our nation's government to a halt.

Posted by: BigTrees | February 16, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

You Obamazombies are so pathetic it almost makes me sorry for you. Bayh isn't stupid. Indiana was ready to send him packing and it is because of Obama. Obama is pure poison and I'm glad to see him doing permanent damage to the democratic party. Maybe the liberal loonies will split off and create a socialist party where Obama, Reid, and Pelosi would feel more at home.

In the mean time - I'll enjoy rubbing Bayh salt into your big fat Obama wounds, you whining bunch of pathetic morons.

Posted by: hoosier_extremist | February 16, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Haven't found this quote from Bayh yet in the WaP, so here it is: Bayh claims if he starts a business that creates one job, it will be more than what congess has down the past 6 months

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-yXEAZCKg8&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: ptandcarol | February 16, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Bayh has displayed the biggest act of partisanship by quiting. After a year of Democrats passing $2T of stimulus and Tarp, Cap and Trade, and Healthcare (Insurance Stimulus) Reform he quits when the need for bipartisanship is forced upon him. The rules are the same as they've been for 200 years. He had no problem with Democrats shutting down government in the 90s while Republicans were balancing the budget.

Posted by: rpatoh | February 16, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Some genius wrote re: Obama:

...deeply committed collectivist/statist ideologue.

Oh yeah, that's our president. The Harvard Law Review
president who only went to private schools and bought
a big house in Chicago when he could afford it.

Yeah, he's going to push some left wing belief on you.
The guy is more conservative than Clinton.

Give me a break!

If you're going to use birther wingnut talking points,
trying to sound intelligent, please try a little harder
or perhaps read a little more.

.........

Posted by: printthis | February 16, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Henry O. Flipper the first African American to enter the U.S. Military Academy at West Point was subjected to racist shunning behavior by white cadets throughout his entire four years at West Point. No white cadet spoke to Flipper, no white cadet sat with Flipper when he ate and no white cadet would room with Flipper. He was shunned by the white cadets at West Point for his entire 4 years there.

After the 101st Airborne Division escorted the first nine African American students through white mobs to attend Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas in 1957, the Little Rock Nine were shunned by white students at Central High for their entire time in high school.

The do-nothings are engaging in the same racist shunning behavior toward the first African American President in the history of the United States. The do-nothing response to the election of President Barack Obama is to shut the government down and to refuse to cooperate in good faith on anything. The do-nothings believe that their shunning of President Obama while bad-mouthing him on every possible issue will catch on with white voters like the all-white Tea-Party wing of the republican party who hated the President from the first day he took the oath of office.

What a low down dirty shame.

Posted by: DCSage1 | February 16, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter if the Senate becomes a Republican majority after the next election. It is a body incapable of accomplishing anything significant, and that won't change under our current corrupt two party system.

Posted by: recumbent | February 16, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of Reid and think it would be to the advantage of both parties if he was voted out, but Evan has been a zero since he got into Congress on his name. Would rather have his dad back in office any day.

Posted by: atp2007 | February 16, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Could it be that Bayh is carrying some kind of subconscious--or conscious--grudge for having been passed over for Vice President?

Leaving is fine,if that is what he wishes to do, but it's the way in which he exited that is alarmingly disrespectful. It also shows a greater lack of civility than the actions of those whom he criticizes.

The people of Indiana deserve better, as do all American citizens. They sent representatives to work with the President to put forth an agenda on which he campaigned and for which he was elected (convincingly trouncing the opposition, lest folks forget). Those who voted for Obama have not forgotten why they did, so, as one of those persons, I could say that he is moving exactly in the direction we expect. It's just that pollsters do not interview regular folk like me. We move under the radar, which is exactly fine with us. We surface when it's time to vote.

So, don't dance on this President's grave yet. He makes the previous war-mongering occupant of the White House look like the pure amateur he was. He actually makes me proud to be an American.

I pray for his continued courage to do what the majority of people in this country elected him to do. If by some fluke, he should fail, those who supported him always knew it was going to be tough, and we are acutely aware that Obama cannot accomplish our agenda alone. That's just not the way the government works.

If the incumbents in Congress do not get behind the President's agenda of the people and for the people--much of which was endorsed by the people who elected him--they indeed will feel the wrath of the voters. Period.

Posted by: vscribe | February 16, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

BTW, the "Party of No." Is that such a bad thing? No more BS government programs, etc. Sounds great to me. Can we freaking cut the Dept of Education down to a staff of about 10? The states should be doing the rest. Let's sell off the building to a condominium developer.

Posted by: ConcernedWoman1 | February 16, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance, please don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out the door, Ev. And thanks for reminding us that you do not even come close to measuring up to your father. He had gonads; you never did. Just remember, the brokenness we see in the Senate to day is in large part due to you.

Posted by: pgbach | February 16, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

This guy should have waited a bit before writing the article. Normally, Republicans do not wait, to jump on anything. From what the Senator said this morning, it did not seem much like what this writer says.

This guy is another Woodword in the making!

Posted by: pattr1 | February 16, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey,Hey BHO how corrupt are you BHO?..Hey,
Hey BHO your own Democrats hate you! Hey,
Hey BHO Resign Now Or Face Impeachment!

Posted by: Pam83 | February 16, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

This hypocrite, who served his corporate masters will now serve as a lobbyist. Where is the loss. It is good that people like him are no longer there.

Posted by: kevin1231 | February 16, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please, sell me the squeaky clean Evan Bayh, and I'll sell you a bridge in Brooklyn. Where was Evan Bayh when it was time to pass health care reform that benefited ordinary Americans? Did he take Wall Street and Goldman Sachs to task? Centrist Democrat just means corporate sell-out.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/the-medias-billion-dollar_b_464047.html

Posted by: Momo6 | February 16, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh, please, sell me the squeaky clean Evan Bayh, and I'll sell you a bridge in Brooklyn. Where was Evan Bayh when it was time to pass health care reform that benefited ordinary Americans? Did he take Wall Street and Goldman Sachs to task? Centrist Democrat just means corporate sell-out.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cenk-uygur/the-medias-billion-dollar_b_464047.html

Posted by: Momo6 | February 16, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Um, Chuck? I don't know how to break it to you, but Bayh and other Democratic senators don't work for the president or the senator majority leader. They work for their constituents. (Yeah, I know, I laugh when I say that, too. We all know they work for the corporate interests that pay for their campaigns. But in theory, at least, he works for the voters.)

Posted by: meattray45 | February 17, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

2012 will be a wild year--Obama, Hillary and Bayh duking it out for the honor of losing to the Republican nominee...of course, if Obama can get himself out of Viet Nam (AKA Afghanistan), salvage the economy, get unemployment down to reasonable levels, prevent 9-11 phase 2, tell Soros and MoveOn to pound sand, move to the center.... then heck, maybe he will get a second term.

Posted by: JCM-51
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The tea-bagging definition of the "center" is complete BS.

Posted by: st50taw | February 17, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

He had no problem with Democrats shutting down government in the 90s while Republicans were balancing the budget.

Posted by: rpatoh
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Tea-bagger history = Total BS.

Posted by: st50taw | February 17, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

As l lifetime Hoosier, I feel that perhaps I understand more than most, Senator Bayh's situation. First, he is by no means a shoe-in to win. Personally I doubt he could win. Hoosier's are red mad over his conflicts of interest, particularly his wife's positions on health care companies boards which have enriched the family by millions (estimates are between three and eight million). When asked to recluse himself, Bayh refused. Bayh has been a constant wanna be, more interested in a position as VP for Hillary, or Nobama. Stepping down is the first thing he has done in his career than has helped any of the taxpayers of Indiana. He will take a position with Daddy as another Lobbyist. Problem is we have no decent candidates to take his place......Coats was and is a quack, Johnny Cougar Mellencammp, what a joke, Baron Hill, or Brad Ellsworth both need a map to find Washington...............

Posted by: midland47803 | February 18, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

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