Everyone is reporting this:
Sen. Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat prominently mentioned in connection with the White House in recent years, said Monday he won’t seek re-election, saying he’s fed up with Congress.
“To put it in the words most Hoosiers can understand: I love working for the people of Indiana, I love helping our citizens make the most of their lives, but I do not love Congress,” Bayh said in comments ahead of his official announcement in Indianapolis. His statement was obtained by The Associated Press from a Democratic official who declined to be named publicly.
Here’s the deal – Senator Bayh was 20 points ahead of his nearest Republican Rival. He was going to win, easily. But he resigned. Bayh was a moderate Democrat, more conservative actually. As I have stated earlier, I believe that the United States is experiencing a paradigm shift in politics. And frankly, I see a third-party erupting, perhaps with Bayh as a leader.
He made mention in his speech, that according to his church, public service was the highest call -
I was raised in a family that believes public service is the highest calling in the church, that what matters is not what you take from life, but what you give back. I believe that still.
He is, at last report, an Episcopalian.
I have noticed that more conservative Democrats are starting to speak up about religion in their lives. I have to wonder if a new party will erupt around conservative Democrats and moderate Republics – say the Religious Left and Middle – who generally represent Middle America.