Mr. Bayh, 54, made his decision even after entreaties by President Obama and White House aides, including the chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who urged him to run.The poison partisan politics of Barry Hussein Soetoro and the Democrat Party is taking its toll on less partisans of the Democrat Party. Sen. Evan Bayh who expressed frustration at the increasingly polarized atmosphere in Washington should be a reality check for Democrats who spent an entire year pushing a partisan agenda though the Congress only to be opposed by fellow Democrats while Republicans sat on the sidelines for the most part because they did not have adequate numbers with which so stop any of the Democrat marquee agenda items, Health Care Reform, Global Warming/Cap and Trade energy legislation and 2nd stimulus package renamed a jobs bill. (see story)
In his remarks, Mr. Bayh expressed frustration at what he described as an increasingly polarized atmosphere in Washington that made it impossible to get anything done.—BERNIE BECKER AND JEFF ZELENY
Bayh’s announced retirement is as shocking as the Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts earlier this year. (see 4:32min video)
Democrats have been in control of Congress since 2006 but prior to that they waged a bitter partisan war against Republican President George W. Bush and the Republican Party starting in 2000 when Bush was forced to defend his win in a controversial and hard fought post-election fight with Democrat candidate Al Gore. The Gore initiated political battle divided the country down ideological and political lines.
In 2008 Democrat Barry Hussein Soetoro was elected president. Soetoro was noted as the most far left ideologue ever to be elected president in the United States of America. Soetoro pushed an ultra partisan agenda for the first year of his presidency often blaming George W. Bush for any perceived wrong in government.
It is apparent that the great harm that the country suffered in the subsequent eight years of high partisan political wrangling has impeded the working of government to Sen. Bayh’s displeasure.
Bayh’s announcement (see min 1:38min video)
Bayh cited two recent examples of the Senate not stepping up as possible reasons for his decision to retire – the voting down of a bipartisan commission to deal with the federal deficit and the stymied attempt to craft a jobs bill. Though Bayh would not say anything against Democrats directly both situations were under Democrat control. Democrats outnumber Republicans in voting outcomes and Majority Leader Harry Reid killed the bipartisan effort to create a jobs bill.
Democrats only fool themselves if they attribute Sen. Bayh’s departure to anything other than the last eight years of partisan poison that they have produced.
President Soetoro and Democrats should take note otherwise Sen. Bayh wouldn’t be the only Democrat saying bye-bye in 2010 and 2012.