Evan Bayh Calls It Quits
Indiana senator says partisan bickering drove him out of politics
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2010 10:27 AM CST
Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., looks over the stage during a walk through at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – Evan Bayh won’t seek reelection, he announced today, saying he was sick of the partisan rancor in Washington. “My decision was not motivated by political concerns,” the Indiana Democrat said in a statement. “Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election. But running for the sake of winning an election … is not good enough.”

The bombshell comes just three days after the state’s Democratic Party chairman told the Indianapolis Star that the two-term senator would definitely be on the ballot in November, and polls had Bayh well ahead of his top two Republican challengers. But Bayh said that Capitol Hill gridlock, including recent failed votes on the deficit and job creation, had led him to “believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens … than continued service in Congress.”

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Dorothy
Mar 12, 2010 8:44 PM CST
I wish we could get the transcript of Senator Bayh' interview on BBC World News yesterday. What he was giving as his reason for not seeking re-election was his sense that the system in Congress is "broken," and it will probably take a real emergency, like the financial meltdown, for any chance of fixing it. He mentioned that he was on the finance committee dealing with this at the time and that only the knowledge that they were within just a few hours of the complete collapse of the American economy prompted action to prevent this. I consider Senator Bayh's decision very sad, and even more sad, some of the comments I read below. I'm making a prediction now: The extreme right wing of the Republican Party will take control of Congress in the next election and determine who the next President will be. With the recent Supreme Court decision granting corporations nearly unlimited power to influence the electoral process, I can't see anything or anyone to prevent this from happening. The American people (or rather, American and multi-national corporations) will elect one of these three - Sarah Palin, Lynne Cheney or Karl Rove. All three of these individuals have passed the entrance exam for nomination by the neue (German for "new") Republican Party: They all believe Bush's Iraq War was justified, and they openly condone water-boarding (At least two of them do - I'm not so sure about Palin). Be careful what you wish for, folks. As for me, it remains my fervent and profound hope that history will prove me wrong.
blues_junky
Feb 16, 2010 12:43 PM CST
Fancy, he does look like Edwards in that pic, doesn't he?? I know your political sway is a bit left of mine, but I wouldn't worry too much about Obama being centrist if I were you. He has resembled Bush in a few cases, and you may be right.....it may be due to contributions. Or, it may have been to keep independants happy. But I think Obama triangulates himself above the fray as being middle of the road, which is smart for political appearences. I don't think, however, that he was all that worried about bi-parisanship until MA went the way it did. And, I kinda think we're gonna see him use a lot of executive orders ahead of the mid-terms, because the political winds are shifting. My main beef at this point is that there should have been at least as much effort put into jobs as there was health care. And it shoulda been done first. We've got millions more without health care now simply because they're out of a job. And I think there should be a lot more than lip service paid to the national debt. That to me is the most dangerous thing this country is facing. And from what I heard from Bayh the past few months, those were his concerns, too. And I'm sure it factored into his decision.
alkaseltzersammich
Feb 16, 2010 6:21 AM CST
You spelled riddance incorrectly. Stupid.