Bayh Like Birch
Submitted By Todd on February 15th at 11:37pm
It will be hard enough for Democrats to hold the Senate seat in conservative-leaning Indiana. Thanks to his golden name, moderate positioning and aggressive fundraising, Bayh has proven to be a political force. Now that he’s not on the ballot, Democrats will be forced to come up with a far lesser-known replacement.Are the Democrats completely imploding under the pressure of Obama's liberalism?
Beyond the practical impact of keeping the Bayh seat and the House seat of whichever member might decide to run for the Senate, the retirement also offers a fresh reminder about Democrats’ declining fortunes this year. That such a prominent and still relatively young figure as Bayh would retire, rather than battle to keep his seat, illustrates both the deepening fears among Democrats about the shape of the election cycle and the frustration among moderates that the party has veered too far left.Speculation is that Dems will have a tough time holding the seat, and if a Democratic Congressman tries to move up, they'll have trouble keeping his seat.
This stunner of an announcement removes from the ballot a politician credited by many with the rebirth of the state Democratic Party and a man who came within inches of the vice presidency less than two years ago. He is without question the head of the state Democratic Party. His decision leaves a void that will impact not just the Senate race, but also many others.Bayh's father, Birch, lost his Senate seat to an upstart named Dan Quayle in 1980. After two terms as governor and two in the Senate, and with $13 million in the bank, it may be that Evan doesn't want to go out like his dad did.