Sunday, December 17, 2006

Bye Bye Bayh

Citing "long odds", Democratic Illinois Indiana Senator Evan Bayh has ended his 2008 White House bid. “The odds were always going to be very long for a relatively unknown candidate like myself, a little bit like David and Goliath,” Bayh's statement said. “And whether there were too many Goliaths or whether I’m just not the right David, the fact remains that at the end of the day, I concluded that due to circumstances beyond our control the odds were longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue.

“This path, and these long odds,” the statement continued, “would have required me to be essentially absent from the Senate for the next year instead of working to help the people of my state and the nation.”

So, Bayh drops out because, a year out from the first primary contest, the odds are long? Bayh has devoted the last two years to rtravelling the country and, quietly, building support among the Democratic leadership as well as the rank and file. He's got about $10 million banked or available. Maybe he was running for vice-president all along.

(Photo, Bayh at the Iowa State Fair in 2006, Credit: Copyright © 2006 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action)


Gort said...

This is surprising. I've been chatting by email with his internet guy for a year now. Many of the big liberal blogs have been trashing him and Biden (who never fails to let me know when he's going to be on the Sunday shows)but I'm willing to give them a hearing. I'm not sold on anyone yet.

Lora_3 said...

Dude! Evan Bayh is from Indiana!

Trust Me!

Be safe...

A Big Fat Slob said...


Of OCURSE he is . . . . those damned "I" states -- I mix them up all the time.

Even when I was writing it, I was recalling the only time I was in Indiana, to see a Dead show in around '77. Yet, I still wrote Illinois. Whose idea was it to put the three "I" states together anyway?

Thanks, Lora.

Lora_3 said...

Did you see the Dead at DeerCreek?

I'm from Indiana that's the only reason why I knew.

Merry Christmas to you!

Be safe...

A Big Fat Slob said...


Not that I recall -- although I could have. During the 70s there was more than one show that I saw and had no idea where I was. BUT, the one that I do recall was at Indianapolis University.