Don’t believe it for a minute

What in the world is Evan Bayh doing? What is he saying? He announces he’s not running in November one day before the filing deadline in Indiana. His state party has no candidate. He has made a truly odd and quite stunning statement denouncing the entire congress. There are rumors that the reason he’s stepping down have to do with his wife being a big time pharma/insurance lobbyist. But as distasteful as that is, it’s hardly unusual. Tom Daschle’s wife was the premiere pharma lobbyist in DC.

So what’s up? Is this really political or is there a nasty scandal threatening?

UPDATE: A bit of confirmation from afterbirthnation (okay, I’m not sure how I feel about that name) on the wife-of-Bayh angle. He points to some comments from Ezra Klein (Yes! It is Ezra Klein Day! here at Whatever Works!) and then he adds:

” . . . the fact that his wife has been made enormously wealthy working for health insurance giant Wellpoint had nothing, nothing whatsoever to do with his sudden sadness over the lack of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill. Of course, by bipartisanship he means passing a health care bill that mandates insurance or else for the 30 million who either cannot afford it or chose not to buy in while doing very little to control costs for average families.”

4 responses to “Don’t believe it for a minute

  1. I’m from Indiana. I’m very sad about this. However, it may be part of a larger plan, as he has been toying with the idea of running for Pres for some time now.

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    • He’s been fundraising and has a lot of money that could have gone to a real candidate. If he’s doing this to entertain a run for the top job, he’s angering a lot of Dems right now.

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  2. bipartisanship he means passing a health care bill that mandates insurance or else for the 30 million who either cannot afford it or chose not to buy in while doing very little to control costs for average families.

    Umm, we don’t want that. From what I understand, in 94[?] we DID, but that isn’t part of OUR bill.

    he’s angering a lot of Dems right now

    This I don’t understand. Even IF you are tired of the whole thing, you don’t go out like this. I would have thought he would try and help the party. I really really don’t understand this one.

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    • It’s puzzling as hell. I keep trying to fit it into the usual narratives – you know, political ambition for higher office, scandal, going to be hammered in the next election . . . the first one might fit, but why in the world do it in such a way as to make every Democrat furious at you?

      (I never liked the guy. He was hardly a Democrat. Oh, and opportunistic too.)

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