February 16, 2010
Today is the deadline to file petitions to qualify as a Democrat for U.S. Senate in Indiana. The guy with $13 million in his campaign treasury and the odds-on favorite dropped by to say he won't be running for the Senate. I suppose he could have told the Party, Harry Reid, his colleagues in the Senate, or even the President, but had he done that he would not have held center stage to condemn the institution he was, until yesterday, seeking to be part of.
Evan Bayh, son of former Indiana Senator Burch Bayh, waited until the last minute to step aside. Unfair to everyone except Evan. Bayh, always called a centrist, said there is "too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem solving" in the Senate, so he is out despite leaving no tracks we know about. "Pox on both your houses" seems to be his message; not "get conrol of the lobbyists, get corporate money out of politics, fight for universal health care, raise the minimum wage to a living wage." Nah! None of that. Just call me centrist Evan, the guy who didn't try.
Terrence Wall--you must be kidding! He admits he is worth between $58 and $130 million but he has paid no Wisconsin income taxes in nine of the last 10 years? How about a new slogan: "Help Terrence put the 'con' back in Wisconsin."
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Quitting congress or running from the obstructionists is not the solution nor is the Tea Party.
We can try again to elect good people who are committed and who have the abilities to legislate, but it will be those who are amply funded by special interests who will finally get in. Once elected, it will be special interests pulling the strings and not us.
Methinks we are all in trouble.
As winter lingers, a remote tropical island is looking better and better, and more than just an escape from the Wisconsin cold.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Stoughton, WI | February 16, 2010
There's a grass-roots, internet campaign starting [a REAL grassroots campaign!] to promote John Mellencamp for this senate seat. Indiana could do worse! The popular singer-songwriter has chops, with longtime activism and good progressive credentials. Google his name with "senate" and see for yourself.
Why not? He couldn't be worse than Reagan or Schwartzenegger, and he might be another Franken!
-John Smart | Park Falls WI | February 16, 2010