Bye Bye, Bayh!
Senator Evan Bayh, (D) Indiana, announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2010, stating “My decision was not motivated by political concern. Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election.” Bayh joins Democrats Sens. Chris Dodd (Conn.), Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Ted Kaufman (Del.) and Roland Burris (Ill.) in deciding not to face a disgruntled American electorate this year.
According to Chris Cillizza, in “The Fix” (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/senate/evan-bayh-to-retire.html), “His retirement is a blow for Senate Democrats who now must legitimately worry about the possibility — although it remains a longshot today — that they will lose control of the Senate in the fall. The Cook Political Report, one of the nation’s leading handicappers of congressional elections, now carries 10 Democratic-held seats in its most competitive categories — meaning that if Republicans sweep those races (and lose none of their own vulnerable seats), they will have a 51-seat majority. Cook, incidentally, moved Indiana from a lean Democratic seat to a lean Republican seat in the wake of the Bayh news. No matter how the two fields shake out, holding the Indiana seat just got much harder for Democrats. Although President Barack Obama won the Hoosier State narrowly in 2008, it is generally regarded by strategists of both parties as swing territory with a slight edge for Republicans. The national playing field’s tilt toward Republicans makes the seat all the tougher for Democrats to hold.”
Once again, Republicans can take nothing for granted. We must work doubly hard campaigning and getting out the vote while the Democrats self-destruct. If you’re not involved, GET INVOLVED!