Evan Bayh Leaving — So F#$% What?
Aside from being a “centrist” Democrat, the retirement of Evan Bayh won’t be much of a loss. Like the saying goes, “character counts.” Or as a California Republican wannabe governor (Dan Lungren) said, “character is what you do when nobody’s looking.” In his case, people looked, and he got trounced by Gray Davis in the 1998 election.
Using “character” as a yardstick, Evan Bayh is an asshole. Period.
In 2005 he had an e-mail filter that blocked not only spam, but online petitions, mass e-mailings from constituents, and other little annoyances that wasted his valuable time. He eventually relented, but only after a massive campaign by Downsize DC, a Libertarian organization.
I haven’t gone to their website for over a year. Like most people, I’m a Libertarian when the opposing party is in power. I took part in a lot of their e-mail campaigns during the Dumbya years.
As far as I’m concerned, Evan Bayh’s political actions and speeches are vastly outweighed by his obvious contempt for his constituents.
The only reference I could find on the Downsize DC website was here. I did a post about it at the time.
If Evan Bayh’s senate seat goes to a Republican, it’ll be like that joke everyone was telling after Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s: “How could they tell?”