>> Monday, February 15, 2010
Obviously, the idea that Evan Bayh has any chance of winning a national Democratic primary is funny stuff (or pathetic, when the person making the argument is actually paid to write about politics; it's funnier coming from hapless amateurs.) But I especially enjoyed this from Lane's tribute to Bayh:
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.
Leaving aside the feigned shock about the fact that the Democratic leadership was unenthusiastic about adopting the agenda of the second-most conservative Democratic senator, you have to enjoy the idea that the "popular" strategy for the Democrats would apparently be a "jobs" program...of the "fiscally disciplined" kind adopted by Herbert Hoover and Martin Van Buren. If Congress actually adopted Bayh's ideas, his choice to run or not would be moot, given that his chances of winning would be roughly zero given the state of the economy...