Evan Bayh of Illinois waited until the Presidents Day holiday to slap Barack Obama in the face. Bayh it seems does not think Obama introduced the golden age of Hope and Change to Washington so Bayh waited until Presidents Day to say so. Indonesia too waited until Presidents Day to slap Obama in the face and finally yanked the statue of baby Hope and Change from Menteng Park.
Whatever happened to the celestial choirs and Hope and Change and the oceans receding? It was always chump change. The Hope and Change dupes with their paper bag covered, “Thunder Bird” size Hopium bottles, guzzled deep draughts – but Hopium kills. Obama is Poison:
“In fact, the current coatless Oval Office guy did the same thing, promising change to believe in, even though a) he was employed there, and b) the real change he believed in was that he become the ringmaster of the very same civic circus. [snip]
Now comes word that later this week the Change Agent will travel to Las Vegas, the city he loves to denounce for its spending excesses, for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. There, according to the all-knowing columnist Jon Ralston, tickets only cost $30,000 per person.
As Palin, quoting a popular rebel bumper sticker, put it so sarcastically to the recent National Tea Party Convention, ‘How’s that hopey-changey thing working out for ya?'”
While the eventually to be melted Baby Hope and Change statue is probably what Obama mourns the most, an obvious danger to Obama comes from Evan Bayh. Obama Hopium guzzlers and his campaign thugs are well aware of the dangers someone like Evan Bayh (“I am an executive at heart”) poses. Usually “red” Indiana, with its 11 electoral votes is a neighbor state to Iowa, just like Illinois. Whatever shenanigans and advantages of geography Obama leveraged in 2008 to win the Iowa caucuses, Evan Bayh has the potential to leverage those shenanigans and geographic advantages as well, from Indiana. Indiana is also a neighbor state to Ohio which along with Pennsylvania will be in play in 2012. Evan Bayh has also proved to be a prolific fundraiser. Before Bayh left the 2008 presidential race Bayh raised plenty of cash. Bayh’s Wellpoint lobbyist wife has plenty of access to big donors too.
This is not to say that Evan Bayh will be the one to take down Obama. Evan Bayh however is the first to get into position – others especially from the left will soon see the same Obama weakness that Bayh sees. Obama will be chewed to pieces from many directions. After November 2010 Obama will have to get out of the 2012 race or face years of Republican investigations he cannot withstand. As Obama weakness becomes obvious to all, the challengers from the left, right, and middle will proliferate. Evan Bayh is merely the first.
Evan Bayh is also well aware that in 2010 no elected official is safe, especially anyone in any way associated with Poison Obama. In a recent poll “Just 8 percent of Americans want the members of Congress re-elected” and Bayh with $13 million in his reelection fund probably saw reelection as a risky investment that held the potential to break his “never lost an election” reputation.
No way was Bayh going to run for reelection and have to defend Obama and Reid and Pelosi policies which have exploded the national debt and promised trillion dollar deficits for every year.
The signs of Bayh’s discontent with the direction of the economy and with Washington can be seen in his votes over the past year or so, starting with the budget last year — he was one of only two Dems to vote AGAINST it. In fact, according to a Washington Post analysis of Senate Democrats’ voting records late last year, Bayh was the most conservative Democrat, edging out a more high-profile conservative, Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE. Bayh voted with his fellow Democrats, according to the survey, just 72 percent of the time.
Earlier this year, Bayh voted against his party when Reid tried to bring up a 10-year, $245 billion so-called “doc fix” — which was designed to stop massive cuts in federal reimbursements paid to Medicare docs. He told me it was solely because the measure was not paid for with offsets (e.g., spending cuts).
And though he voted FOR the $787 billion stimulus bill, he was part of a group (“Gang of 18”) that axed $100 million from the original product produced by leadership, what Bayh at the time called “silly stuff.” And just recently, he expressed regret about the design of the stimulus legislation, saying he wished there had been “more targeted spending” in the bill.
And the senator was one of only two Dems to vote against the $410 billion omnibus spending bill – sending Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, scurrying for days in an attempt to shore of 60 votes to overcome a Republican-led filibuster.
During healthcare negotiations, Bayh made it clear he did not trust that the bill would really hold down deficit spending. He worked with other conservative members to craft a package designed to rein in future costs. He also jumped into the center of the abortion policy storm when late last year, he joined with seven of his Democratic colleagues to tighten controls designed to eliminate any federal spending on the controversial procedure.
Bayh was also known to opposed the so-called “cap and trade” climate legislation proposed by the Obama Administration.
Did we mention that Barack Obama Is Poison?
The news that Democratic Senator Evan Bayh is retiring is another stunning blow for a Democratic party that is already reeling. This development — because of who Bayh is (perceived as a moderate/centrist); because of the state he represents (a traditionally Red one but won by Barack Obama in 2008); and because of his political situation (it was assumed he was in a comfortable position to win re-election) — will have significant ramifications. It will accelerate almost every bad trend for Democrats (more retirements, fewer entries into national races, more intra-party acrimony, and more panic).
The last time we saw a double-digit shift in Senate seats in a single election was when a former movie actor by the name of Ronald Reagan was elected president (Republicans won a dozen seats back in 1980). A shift of those dimensions in a non-presidential election year would be basically unheard of. But as Jen points out, a pickup of 10 GOP seats — and recontrol of the Senate — is no longer out of the question. America’s political tectonic plates are shifting in a fairly dramatic and rapid fashion; and the resulting dislocation will batter and crush many Democratic candidates, perhaps on a scale we have not witnessed before in our lifetime, at least in a midterm election.
The Barack Obama situation comedy demographics will destroy the current Obamination we call the DIMocratic Party. Combine the snub of the FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition with the inexperienced and unqualified Barack Obama and death, destruction, doom are the result.
How many times do we have to say, Barack Obama Is Poison? Barack Obama Is Poison:
The big difference between now and 1994 is that Democrats have Obama instead of Clinton as the head of their party. And that may turn out to be very bad news for Democrats. The Democratic party is in worse shape now than it was at a comparable period then. The mistrust of government runs deeper. The anti-incumbent tide is stronger. And the public uprising is greater.
The Clinton years — and Bill Clinton’s undeniable political gifts — are looking better and better to Democrats with every passing week.
Democrats indeed have got Obama, and they have Obama’s agenda as well. Could the political millstone be any heavier?
Lots of Obama enablers will politically die because of the Obama poison. “Red” Indiana might or might not have a Tea Party hugging Democrat as the Bayh replacement after today. What we do know is that Evan Bayh got tired of Obama’s brand of fake Hope and cheap change and that the Obama thugs are busy trying to rig in their stooge to replace Bayh in Indiana.
We also know that the fake Hope and Change and “transformational” boob is not who he said he was. Obama is poison and even the most kneeling of Obama worshipers know all the promises of transformation were and are a lie:
Obama’s general-election win in Indiana, along with his victories in North Carolina and Virginia, were central to his claim that he was transcending the red-blue divide, creating a new, less-polarized political map, an enduring Democratic majority of the kind that had been lost when Robert Kennedy was gunned down.
Bobby Kennedy, organized along the principles of the winning FDR/Hillary Clinton coalition that Obama dumped for his situation comedy coalition. Now the Obama comedy is less and less funny to those that believed in their corrupt golden calf from Chicago.
For a party bracing for big losses in Congress, any retirement of a popular sitting senator is a blow. But this one represents something more: the death, once again, of the Democratic Party’s Indiana dream. After his primary victory, RFK remarked that, “The people here were fair to me. They gave me a chance. They listened to me. I could see this face, way in back in the crowd, and he was listening, really listening to me.” For Barack Obama, they don’t seem to be listening anymore.
Sing it loud, sing it clear: Barack Obama Is Poison, and Evan Bayh knows it:
His stunning retirement from the Senate is essentially a loud and emphatic “screw you” to President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. For months now, Bayh has been screaming at the top of his voice that the party needs to reorient toward a more popular, centrist agenda — one that emphasizes jobs and fiscal responsibility over health care and cap and trade. Neither the White House nor the Senate leadership has given him the response he wanted. Their bungling of what should have been a routine bipartisan jobs bill last week seems to have been the last straw.
Bayh could have won re-election “though he probably did not relish the prospect of a very nasty campaign revolving around GOP attacks on his wife’s business activities”. Charles Lane at the Washington Post reads Evan Bayh’s intentions well:
For him, then, the question was: even if I win, who needs six more years of dealing with these people, after which I might be 60 years old and trying to pick up the pieces of a damaged political party brand? [snip]
Quitting the Senate was a no-lose move for the presidentially ambitious Bayh, since he can now crawl away from the political wreckage for a couple of years, plausibly alleging that he tried to steer the party in a different direction — and then be perfectly positioned to mount a centrist primary challenge to Obama in 2012, depending on circumstances.
The “circumstances” of course are the intentions and moves by a plucky blond lady by the name of Hillary Clinton. There will be challengers to Obama if he does not face reality and pull out of the 2012 election. If he does stay in, he cannot win. If he gets out, the “circumstances” change.
As she surveys the wreckage of Not Ready Obama, Hillary smiles a Mona Lisa smile.