This is a shock. He polls ok, or better than ok, in Indiana. He is blaming partisan politics for retiring. I don't know if I by all this, but Bayh did not let the President nor Senate Leader Harry Reid know he was retiring before releasing his statement. That tells you a lot.
Sen. Evan Bayh, an Indiana Democrat prominently mentioned in connection with the White House in recent years, is ready to announce 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 prepared for an announcement later Monday in Indianapolis. His statement was obtained by The Associated Press from a Democratic official who declined to be named publicly.
Bayh's departure continues a recent exodus from Congress among both Democrats and Republicans, including veteran Democrats Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Patrick Kennedy of Mass. The announcements have sprung up in rapid-fire fashion amid polls showing a rising anti-incumbent fervor and voter anger over Washington partisanship, high unemployment, federal deficits and lucrative banking industry bonuses.
Look for this seat to lean Republican, bad news for Obama and the Democrats. And no, I am not an Evan Bayh fan but politically this is disastrous for the Democrats.