The message here seems to be somewhere between "no thanks, mind your own business" and "we're mad as hell and we aren't going to take it anymore":
Within hours of Sen. Evan Bayh's (D-Ind.) retirement announcement last week, establishment Democrats in Indiana and Washington were signaling that Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) was their preferred favorite to succeed him. And by Friday, the last day to file for office, Ellsworth had announced his intention to run for the Senate seat.
It had all the makings of a neatly-wrapped package, with just one exception: Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) hadn't signed off on the succession plan.
Now Hill is suggesting he's seriously weighing a campaign—and other candidates are making calls to committee members to feel out support—and the process of choosing a Democratic Senate nominee could prove to be a lot messier than originally anticipated.
Yeah, don't you just hate it when the peasants won't behave and politics gets all messy and stuff? Those "establishment Democrats" sound about as clueless as the "establishment Republicans" who inisist that the rank and file are too stupid to choose their own candidate and will docilely accept Dan Coats as the anointed "neatly wrapped package."
Hoosiers demanding to be allowed to tackle Hoosier concerns. What a concept. Dangerous, though, if it catches on. Who knws where it coule lead?