Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Bayh" Becomes a Verb

in this "little ditty 'bout Birch and Ev-aaaan," the former gets props and the latter gets popped.

I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm conflicted on this. I was peeved because I felt like Bayh left Democrats hanging for selfish reasons. But I was talking to a high-ranking Republican in the executive branch the other day, and our conversation turned to the possibility of him going to a legislative body. Clearly, without realizing it, he said almost word-for-word what Senator Bayh said - the executive branch is about policy and forging solutions through compromise; the legislative branch is not that.

What are we owed? What makes us believe we are entitled to dictate when an elected official leaves who thinks a system is broken and knows it won't be fixed anytime soon? Let the comments begin!



Anonymous said...

I have to admit that I LOVE IT!!!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree with your premise, but I'm just not yet convinced about Evan's motives. I don't disagree that the system is broken, but that is not new. I guess I am troubled that this has more to do with Susan, recent "smackdowns," and the fear of a more difficult race. I don't yet view him as taking the high road. Perhaps in time.

I would be interested in opinions regarding the effect, if any, on his resignation on his recent judcial appointments. This especially interests me in light of Jane Magnus Stinson's written responses to questions posed to her.

Jerame said...

Yeah, I'm not convinced on Bayh's motives either. It's a convenient excuse, but the reality is that Bayh has been as much a part of the problem he's railing against as any other person in the Senate. This is a guy who threatened a filibuster of his own party's healthcare plan, for crying out loud.

We don't get to dictate when a pol thinks they've had enough, no...But that pol owes it to the party and the people who elected them to do it in a way that doesn't create more problems than it solves.

Bayh's departure has likely cost us the 8th CD and will very likely also cause us to lose control of the Indiana House. How the hell is this a good thing?

I'm happy to see him go - he was just too conservative for my tastes...But his replacement will be worse, no matter how you slice it.

Evan Bayh is too self-serving and worried about his own fortunes to be an effective leader. I'd rather see him out of politics for good.