Senator Bayh Calls Senate “Broken and Dysfunctional”

By Dan Balz for the Washington Post:

Sen. Evan Bayh’s surprise decision not to seek reelection touched off a debate Tuesday among strategists and scholars about whether the Indiana senator’s depiction of the “brain dead” politics and hyper-partisanship of Congress is accurate or overblown — and, if accurate, whether walking away was the right decision.

Bayh dealt a triple blow to his Democratic Party and to President Obama with his announcement Monday that he is sick of the partisanship in Washington and will not seek a third term. The decision put his seat — and, some forecasters said, possibly his party’s Senate majority — in jeopardy, sent a discomforting message to already demoralized Democrats about this year’s political climate and reminded voters that Obama has yet to usher in the post-partisan era, a major theme of his 2008 campaign. But it was as much Bayh’s stated reasons for leaving as the consequences that stirred controversy. “If in fact he believed that the Senate was broken and dysfunctional, then he had a responsibility to stand and man the pumps rather than run for the lifeboat,” said Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University. During a round of early morning interviews Tuesday, Bayh responded to criticism that he had left his party in the lurch and defended his decision to retire rather than stay and try to fix the system…

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    he must have realized our public government is just a sham to convince the rubes that they still have a say

  • 5by5

    Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, ya douche, because you helped break it.

    While you're at it, can you take Liebermush, Harry Reid, Blanche Lincoln, and Ben Nelson with you so we can get some Democrats in there who actually ARE Democrats, not Republicans in disguise?

    I for one don't give a crap about “bi-partisanship”.

    I didn't elect these people to be bi-partisan.

    I elected them to get things done to fix the mess the Republicans got us into.

    If you can't do that, and recognize that GOOD LEGISLATION is the goal, then by all means, step aside for someone who IS willing to lead.

    Bipartisanship is a means to an end, not the goal itself, and if that “means” isn't working because the other side is busy being obstructionists, STOP TRYING TO GET THEM ONBOARD, and pull an end-run around them.

    People are going BANKRUPT. We don't have time for this childish silliness.

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