Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana is calling it quits, leaving the Congress after two terms. What’s not to like?
Without mandatory term limits for the office, Mr. Bayh’s self-imposed limit seems an honorable second-best.
Bayh has also openly expressed his disgust with the behavior of this Congress, calling it “brain dead.” No argument from me.
On CBS’s Early Show Bayh clarified his decision to leave government for the private sector, saying, “If I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months.”
If he’s talking about sustainable, productive jobs, he’s no doubt correct.
But there is something about Evan Bayh’s leave-taking announcement that leaves me more than a little disgusted.
Bayh’s decision surprised most. But it was certainly no surprise to Bayh. Surely contemplating re-election has been on his mind for some time.
By waiting until to the last minute to drop out, Bayh ensures that the people of Indiana will have no say in choosing the Democratic candidate for his position — no campaign, no primary election. The Democrat’s nominee will be installed by the party’s State Central Committee.
Bayh’s departure is unfortunately no departure from the brand of politics that continually games our elections, where the insiders offer voters as little choice as possible.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.