Monday, February 15, 2010


You have to give Indiana Democratic Senator Evan Bayh credit for one thing. He knows how to spin it when he decides the heat is on. Bayh has announced he will not seek reelection for his Senate seat essentially blaming partisanship politics as the reason.

According to the CJ Indiana's Sen. Evan Bayh says he won’t seek re-election The Courier-Journal Bayh stated:

“My decision was not motivated by political concern,” he added. “Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election.”

"............At this time I simply believe I can best contribute to society in another way: creating jobs by helping grow a business, helping guide an institution of higher learning or helping run a worthy charitable endeavor.”

In other words things are falling apart and I have never lost an election so I will leave before I am held accountable for the shortcomings.

That sums it up much better than the spin he tries to use.

Think about it, why are we in a freefall toward the bottom? Because of the decisions made by the Congress that has included Senator Bayh. Bayh even essentially states the same thing:

“Two weeks ago, the Senate voted down a bipartisan commission to deal with one of the greatest threats facing our nation: our exploding deficits and debt. The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons,”

Bayh has never been accused of being dumb when it comes to the political winds shifting. Since this seems to be the year of the anti incumbent mentality in search of new faces and new leaders Bayh realizes he may suffer his first defeat politically and he just could not have that.

The partisan politics Bayh now is blaming for his leaving is the same problem that has existed for years including by Senator Bayh. It would seem it is ok to use the partisan system for your gain until backlash sets i then you run for cover. We in Louisville are used to that from the local level with the Abramson rats deserting the ship. Louisville News and Politics: ABRAMSON: ARE THE RATS DESERTING A SINKING SHIP? I run for office because in my heart I know I can give equal representation to all regardless of party. I may never gain office because I will not play partisan politics and that is ok. I was told growing up that you don't fight the fights that you know you can win, you fight the fights that need fighting. That is how you prove honor and integrity and make a difference.

If Senator Bayh now says that the problem is politics was he not elected to be the voice of his constituents to seek the change we all need?

He has now basically stated that we cannot change so he will take his ball and go home.

I am glad I live in Kentucky and could not vote for him myself. We need leadership that will fight the fight that needs fighting and apparently Bayh does not get that which in turn leads one to believe that is perhaps the biggest reason we have so many failures in our leadership.

Perhaps none of them get it.

Leaders lead by making the tough choices and standing tall and taking the heat when they are wrong. Bayh just proved that he could not take the heat. It is easy to be an elected so called leader when times are good anyone can do it.

When times are bad good men stand up and lead. Bad ones quit before they have to.

In this case I guess we should thank Evan Bayh for quitting.

So called leadership like this we do not need.

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