Monday, February 15, 2010

Bye Bayh Love

By now you've heard corporate lackey, Sen Evan Bayh abruptly announced he's not going to run for reelection. And of course, the internets are in a lather over it. I see he told the media he doesn't love Congress anymore. It's too partisan. I suspect the real reason behind Bayh's, and most of the other retiring incumbents', departure is that they can't take the 24/7 scrutiny of the internet. You can't get away with back room deals like you used to back in the glory days of the hallowed halls on Capitol Hill.

The timing is odd though. Bayh has a huge war chest, and was polling really well. His re-election looked assured. Dropping out at the last second like this apparently means there won't be time for another candidate to file so the Indiana Democratic machine will choose instead. That's a pretty good way to shut out a primary challenge by progressives.

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Blogger Ruth said...

A progressive candidate has been collecting signatures, is ready to file. From some one there on the scene in IN, there may be a maneuver under way to slip in a BlueDog before she can make headway.

10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Sorry Ruth, but from what I've read about that candidate, she's a nutcase. There's a better progressive who expressed interest. But it looks like the machine wins this round no matter what. Pretty sure I saw a link to Open Left at Balloon Juice that runs the story down.

3:16:00 PM  

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