US President Barack Obama suffered another setback Monday as a fifth Democratic senator, centrist heavyweight Evan Bayh, decided not to run for re-election in dismay at the bitter political climate.There was nothing centrist about Bayh. Like most of the so-called "blue dogs," Bayh's so-called centrism was all bark and no bite. When the rubber met the road, Bayh goosestepped behind the big-government, socialist agenda of Barack Hussein Obama and did as the leadership of the Democrat Party said, regardless if it was in the best interests of the American people.
Obama, who reportedly tried to talk Bayh out of retiring, faces a looming Republican resurgence and risks watching strong majorities in Congress crumble in November mid-term elections, and with them his ambitious reform agenda.
With his tearful wife and two sons at his side, Bayh, 54, expressed disenchantment with excessive partisanship in the Congress as he announced his decision at a press conference in the state capital Indianapolis.
"For some time, I have had a growing conviction that Congress is not operating as it should. There is too much partisanship and not enough progress -- too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem-solving," he said.
"Even at a time of enormous challenge, the peoples' business is not being done."
Perhaps retirement is a good time for Bayh to reflect on that.
Could there be another retirement on the horizon? Sister Toldjah links to sources citing the (unconfirmed) possibility that Barbara Mikulski of Maryland may retire.