Wonder what you would find if you frisked the United States Senate today?
Answer: Evan Bayh (D-IN) officially announced that he is retiring.
The New York Times reports:
Senator Evan Bayh, the Indiana Democrat, said on Monday that he will not seek a third term in Congress, a move that gives Republicans yet another opportunity to pick up a Senate seat and gives Democrats some fresh anxiety about whether they are losing the party’s center.
The decision, which he announced at an afternoon press conference, came as a surprise to Democrats in his state who had already started working on his campaign.
In his remarks, Mr. Bayh expressed frustration at what he described as an increasingly polarized atmosphere in Washington that made it impossible to get anything done.
“For some time, I have had a growing conviction that Congress is not operating as it should,” he said. “There is much too much partisanship and not enough progress. Too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem solving.”
And while he complimented his colleagues in the Senate, he said that “the institution is in need of significant reform.”
Another Democrat down for the count folks! Former Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) announced last week that he would challenge Bayh. Hmm… What’s that smell? I think it might be Conservative victory 2010!