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Opening Arguments

A cure for Co

Evan Bayh says maybe what Washington needs are more lawmakers like Scott Brown:

Brown's upset victory over a Democrat who held a double-digit lead a week before Massachusetts' special Senate election last month signaled that voters wanted “more practical problem solving,” Bayh said in an interview Monday on ABC-TV's “The View.”

“Scott Brown is a good example of what I think the ultimate cure might be,” Bayh said. “My read on what happened in Massachusetts is the vast majority of moderates and independents rose up and said enough already."

So, Brown is what "moderate and independent" voters want, because, instead of being one a them partisan meanies, he is a "practical problem solver." But isn't that how Bayh describes himself? If he thinks he is what Washington needs, why is he leaving?


Tue, 02/23/2010 - 5:32pm

Here's a theory: Bayh never saw himself as a career senator. He's been angling for years for a spot on a presidential ticket, and the Senate seemed like a reasonable place to hang around in the mean time.
I think it finally occurred to him he's not going to be nominated for prez or veep, so what's the point? He was rich to begin with, and married into even more money.
If I were Bayh, I'd move to Costa Rica, build a castle and sit around drinking colorful cocktails with little umbrellas in them. Maybe that's his plan. Who could blame him?

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 7:52pm

Bayh would speak favorably about Scott Brown since the new Senator has already taken a progressive stand by voting for the Dem's "Jobs" bill.

As with all liberals, it is not results that count . . . it is only necessary to "try" to fix the unemployment problem (with another government giveaway).

Lewis Allen
Wed, 02/24/2010 - 11:10pm

Gadfly's comment shows exactly what's wrong with the political climate. Sweeping generalizations ("as with all liberals...").

tim zank
Thu, 02/25/2010 - 12:04am

Here's my theory. Bayh decided not to run for re-election because he stood to take an ass-whipping. He's using the old "it's too partisan" "the system is broke" meme for cover.

Politics today is no more partisan than it was on day one, if anything it's more civil today because of the cameras & recorders and instant exposure. Politicians used to curse one another up one side and down the other on the floors of the House & Senate calling each other liars, thieves, murders, and sons of bi%ches routinely.

There have been two sides swiping, swinging and bitching at each other since 1776 and every few years the country leans more one way than the other. Then it leans back.

Politicians lie, campaign staffers cheat, and partisan supporters lie cheat AND steal. Granted it's an imperfect system, but it's the best this planet has ever seen and yes Gadfly's "as with all liberals" comment is pretty much accurate, liberals don't look at the long term costs, results etc...they rely on feeling "good" about doing something, anything..as long as it's now.

Andrew J.
Thu, 02/25/2010 - 12:39pm

"they rely on feeling

Lewis Allen
Thu, 02/25/2010 - 9:15pm

Really? You think Bayh would have been beaten? I doubt it. He had the cash and the experience to win, and not all of Indiana is as conservative as this area. Sometimes the stated answer is actually the most plausible. You conservatives get a little wacky with your hypotheses sometimes.