Evan Bayh And Insert Some Clever Quip About Rats And Sinking Ships Here

Apocalypse 2010 is continuing for the Democrats as Evan Bayh has now announced his retirement.

Fox News is reporting that Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) will retire in 2010, dealing a blow to Democrats’ electoral prospects for the upcoming midterms.

The Democratic retirement wave has been limited mostly to the House (where more Republicans have actually announced retirements) but Bayh’s retirement follows exit announcements by Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-SD) and Chris Dodd (D-CT).
And it makes the race or Bayh’s seat more competitive.

Bayh’s seat has been rated as “lean Democratic” by the Cook Political Report, and Democrats had succeeded in launching a relentless attack on former Sen. Dan Coats (R) since he entered his name into race against Bayh. Bayh had led both Coats and fellow challenger John Hostettler (a former congressman) by double digits–Coats by 20 points and Hostettler by 16 points in recent polls.

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Bayh had nearly $13 million in campaign cash and was in good shape for the 2010 race.

Given that Bayh was expected to have a strong challenger, but was considered the likely favorite to win, even in this environment, why did he give up the ghost?

Was he in more electoral trouble than people thought? Was the Enquirer about to reveal that he was “hiking the Appalachian trail?”


But, maybe he just looked at what was going on in the Senate and didn’t find it all that appealing. Here was a center-left Democrat who was constantly being put under heavy pressure to vote for Barack Obama’s radical, unpopular far left wing agenda. Either he had to be the bad guy to his constituents in Indiana, which isn’t a liberal state, or to the hard core left-wingers who drive all the political decisions in the Democratic Party — and this is when it’s supposed to be “funtime” for the Democrats. They have 59 Senate seats and 259 seats in the House. How’s it going to look after the election this year?

Whatever Bayh’s reasoning may be, even if the Democrats get a strong contender in Indiana, this has gone from a seat that was leaning towards a Democratic retention to a toss-up. If the Dems can’t find a blue chipper to run, well then, it’ll turn into a likely GOP pick-up. You gotta love it!

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