Senator Evan Bayh to Retire

One of my senators, Democrat Evan Bayh, has announced he will be retiring from the Senate at the end of his term: "The incumbent Hoosier had already raised $13 million for his re-election campaign, and while Republicans thought Bayh might be vulnerable this year, recent polls showed him with seemingly insurmountable leads over his GOP challengers. Indeed, less than a year ago, the National Republican Senatorial Committee conceded that it fully expected Bayh to run and win a third term."

Because he was expected to win reelection, his retirement is rather a surprise. Iain commented, "I wonder what pharmaceutical company board he's going to be a part of." Totes.

On the one hand, I'm cross, because it means that Indiana, which just went blue by the skin of its corn niblets last election, is likely to end up with two Republican senators. On the other hand, I agree with LeMew that "it's hard to be that upset about a quintessential centrist wanker leaving the World's Worst Deliberative Body."

[Shakesville Rewind: Oy, my ass hurts! Oh, and I met Senator Bayh.]

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