Evan Bayh

Is "No Labels" the new Faux Bipartisan Centrist?

Is it a Unity 08 all over again?

With names like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), "Sens. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York; Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia; Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut; Reps. Mike Castle, R-Delaware and Bob Inglis, R-South Carolina; former Republican congressman Tom Davis and Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist" involved in this, how could this possibly go wrong?

If they were really trying to push non-partisan and non ideological solutions, No Labels might have considered adding one or two liberals, real liberals, in the mix. But they did not and it is just a cross section of various conservative ideologies, from the typical conservatives, to the corporate AstroTurfed conservatives and all the way to the lunatic neoconservatives. There is nothing really moderate in there from the likes of these kinds of politicians.

Bye the Bayh

Inadiana's Senator Evan Bayh is expected to announce his retirement today:

Mr. Bayh will announce his decision in a press conference at 2 p.m.
on Monday, an aide confirmed. The decision was closely held by Mr.
Bayh, a party official in Indiana said, and came as a surprise to
Democrats in his state who had already started working on his campaign.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens
is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned,” Mr.
Bayh plans to say in his remarks. “My decision was not motivated by
political concern. Even in the current challenging environment, I am
confident in my prospects for re-election.”

A former two-term governor and son of a former senator, Mr. Bayh has
been a popular political figure in Indiana, winning both his Senate
terms with more than 60 percent of the vote.

But in what looks like a difficult political year for Democrats,
Republicans have thought the moderate Mr. Bayh could be vulnerable this
November. Earlier this month, former
Senator Daniel R. Coats, a conservative who served in the Senate for
ten years, began making moves toward making a run for the seat
. Several other Republicans have indicated interest in the race as well.

One needs only look at his unpopular stance in healthcare reform - and his wife's job where "Over the last six years, Susan Bayh has received at least $2 million in
compensation from WellPoint alone for serving on its board
" - pitting Senator Bayh against the very Popular Option to see what is really driving him out of Indidana politics. It isn't that complicated: Go against your voters own wishes and get run out of town.