Evan Bayh

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Indiana Comeback Could Determine Senate Control

Democrat Evan Bayh expected to run

(Newser) - Former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh is expected to make another run for Senate in Indiana, Democratic officials said Monday, a development that would dramatically improve the party's chances to win back the vacant seat, and Senate control along with it. Democrats have been courting Bayh for over a year... More »

Obama Didn't Need to 'Focus' on Economy...

...he needed the guts to do something worthwhile to save it

(Newser) - Recently prognosticators—like Evan Bayh, in this article —have been accusing Barack Obama of “focusing on health care rather than job creation.” So Paul Krugman of the New York Times has a question: What does that even mean? Are they saying Obama should have pursued a bigger... More »

2010's Lesson: Move to Center

America wasn't ready for a new progressive era

(Newser) - Democrats didn’t just get stomped because of the economy, and they didn’t just have a communication problem. “The public heard us,” writes retiring Sen. Evan Bayh in the New York Times , “but disagreed with our approach.” Democrats overestimated their mandate. Exit polls in 2008... More »

Democrats to Fight to Keep Tax Cuts for Rich

Small but growing group backing away

(Newser) - All those fears about Obama raising income taxes on the rich may prove unfounded, if a small but growing group of moderate Democrats gets its way. Whether they're nervous about facing tax-hating constituents, hail from areas teeming with rich taxpayers, or just don't want to be seen as boosting taxes... More »

Powell: It's Time to Lay Off Obama

Republicans, at some point, are going to have to do something, he says

(Newser) - It's time to get past the incessant partisan potshots being taken at President Obama and forge some progress, Colin Powell told Face the Nation today. "I don’t think the country will be well served if the next three years are attempts to bring him down and destroy him... More »

Evan Bayh: How We Can Fix the Senate

It all starts with a bipartisan lunch

(Newser) - Evan Bayh thinks the Senate is so hopelessly mired in partisan muck that the only way out is for Democrats and Republicans to break bread together. "Let’s start with a simple proposal: why not have a monthly lunch of all 100 senators?" he writes in a New York ... More »

Bayh: Third Party Could Win White House

Soon-to-be-ex-senator sees a 'Ross Perot moment' in 2012

(Newser) - Evan Bayh thinks the time is ripe for a third-party president. “There’s a high level of frustration with the two-party system out there,” Bayh told Charlie Rose, when asked about David Brooks’ theory that a third party candidate could at last be viable. “This is, in... More »

John Mellencamp Should Replace Evan Bayh

The rocker is a big advocate of 'small-town America'

(Newser) - Brent Budowsky has caught wind of a movement to draft John Mellencamp to run as Evan Bayh's replacement, and he thinks it's an "inspired idea." The Indiana rocker "would make an outstanding and even brilliant United States senator and represents exactly the spirit and soul the Democratic... More »

Bayh's Lesson: The Left Can't Govern

Washington's stuck because liberal ideas hit wall of resistance

(Newser) - The media’s just rationalizing when it says Evan Bayh’s resignation is a sign of excessive partisanship or Senate dysfunction. The real reason the government’s at a standstill “is the failure once again of liberal governance,” declares an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal . Every... More »

Dems Escape Trouble in Evan Bayh Race

Novice fails to make ballot; might have been easy GOP win

(Newser) - Democrats nearly had another political disaster on their hands thanks to Evan Bayh, writes David Kurtz. They got lucky, however, when a no-name cafe owner failed to come up with enough signatures by today's deadline to represent Democrats in the primary. Now that Tamyra d'Ippolito is out of the picture—... More »

Is Bayh Stepping Down for Prez Run?

Rumors fly as pundits ponder Bayh's next move

(Newser) - Evan Bayh's decision to call it quits with Congress is spurring speculation that he's got his eyes on the Oval Office. His resignation speech focused on his desire to get things done: "I'm an executive at heart," he told the crowd. The comment prompted one political scientist to... More »

Md. Dem Mikulski Set to Follow Bayh Out Senate Door

Blogger claims health issues mean retirement

(Newser) - Claiming “an impeccable source,” blogger Rich Vail reports tonight that Democrat Barbara Mikulski will follow Evan Bayh’s lead and not seek re-election to her Maryland Senate seat this fall. Vail, a Tea Party supporter behind blog The Vail Spot , says the 73-year-old Mikulski has been slow to... More »

Evan Bayh Calls It Quits

Indiana senator says partisan bickering drove him out of politics

(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... More »

Democrats Maul Indiana Senate Hopeful Dan Coats

Former senator gets painted as lobbyist, carpetbagger

(Newser) - Dan Coats would like to take his seat again as senator from Indiana, but first the Republican needs to get by an avalanche of Democratic opposition research. In the week following his announcement of plans to challenge Evan Bayh, Dems, resolved not to repeat the unexpected loss in Massachusetts, hit... More »

Senate Majority in Reach for Republicans

It's a long shot, but many races competitive, Lieberman could switch

(Newser) - It still isn’t likely—OK?—but suddenly it's "within the realm of speculation” that the Republicans could recapture the Senate in November. With Mark Kirk’s primary win in Illinois and competitive races in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and California, a 10-seat pickup is now a distant possibility, Jim Vandehei... More »

Obama Has 48 Hours to Save Health Care Reform

He needs to make a 'clear statement,' quickly

(Newser) - The fate of health care reform is going to be decided in the next 48 hours, and with it the fate of the Democratic party. The only hope now of getting the bill through is for the House to bite the bullet and quickly pass the Senate bill, revising it... More »

Senate Dems Cry 'Uncle' on Cap and Trade

Nervous moderates ask White House not to push climate bill

(Newser) - At least half a dozen Senate Democrats have asked the White House to back off on its push for cap-and-trade climate legislation, afraid another bruising partisan battle like health care could wreck their 2010 reelection prospects. “Climate change in an election year has very poor prospects,” says Kent... More »

Congress Ups Nat'l Debt Ceiling to $12.4T

Bill would authorize Treasury to fund gov through Feb.

(Newser) - The Senate voted today to raise the ceiling on the government debt to $12.4 trillion, a massive increase over the current limit and a political problem that President Barack Obama has promised to address next year. The Senate's rare Christmas Eve vote, 60-39, follows House passage last week and... More »

Senate Sends Obama $1.1T Spending Bill

3 Republicans vote yea, 3 Dems vote nay

(Newser) - Working on a second consecutive weekend, the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill today, with the support of three Republicans but the opposition of three Democrats. The measure has already cleared the House and now advances to President Obama, who is expected to sign it. With pressing... More »

Lieberman, Bayh Wives in Bed with Health Biz

Ties to pharma, insurers make filibuster threats suspect

(Newser) - The threats from Sens. Joe Lieberman and Evan Bayh to help filibuster any health reform bill with a public option should come as no surprise to anybody familiar with their family finances, writes Joe Conason. Lieberman's wife Hadassah spent 30 years working in the corporate health sector for pharmaceutical firms... More »

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