Calling It Quits
POSTED: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 8:01am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:00pm
The election-year outlook for democrats just took a turn for the worse.
Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana announced Monday that he won't run in November, and now his party is scrambling to find a replacement.
Political analysts say democrats are now facing the very real possibility of losing their majority in both the House and Senate.
Senator Bayh is one of 43 lawmakers leaving the House or Senate and democrats have good reason to be worried.
"I will not therefore be candidate for re-election in the U.S. Senate this November," said Bayh during a news conference on Monday.
He says Congress just isn’t working any more.
"I have never seen the level of rigid ideology, a refusal to compromise for the public good or just strident partisanship as bad as it is today," said Bayh.
Former republican Senator Dan Coats now stands a good chance of getting his old job back.
Bayh's loss is another blow for democrats fighting to keep their majority in the House and Senate.
The loss of Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat to a republican is a serious warning sign.
In red-state Indiana, democrats hoping to replace Bayh are facing a rough road.
"I mean what's more hated to be a democrat or to be a member of Congress? This is a lousy year for one of those democratic house members to run. If I were them I wouldn't do it," said political analyst Charlie Cook.
The filing deadline is Wednesday and if no one can gather the thousands of signatures, state party leaders will pick a candidate.
President Obama praised Bayh for fighting for the people of Indiana but privately, democrats are furious about his last-minute announcement.