Evan Bayh is a well-regarded, two-term Senator from Indiana but he is not exactly a household name. So when he announced two weeks ago that he was thinking about running for the Democratic presidential nomination, even he knew it was a long shot. He acknowledged it was a David-versus-Goliath kind of thing, but he remembered that David did pretty well. True enough, but yesterday Bayh realized why the smart money is usually on the giants — because they are giants — and he quit the race as quickly as he had entered.
"Whether there were too many Goliaths or whether I'm just not the right David, I concluded the odds were longer than I felt I could possibly pursue," he said. In other words, he took a look, realized he had no chance and decided not to waste his time or the country's.
How refreshing! None of this "I decided I wanted to spend more time with my family," or the catalogue of excuses we've come to expect from usual wanna-bes — or even worse, one of those ego trip campaigns that all involved know is headed nowhere except to get some TV time for the candidate. Bayh just concluded it wasn't to be and said so.
The one downside is, that is just the kind of straight talk we need more of in politics. A man so candid about himself and his chances might have had some interesting thoughts on other subjects. In a way, I'm sorry we won't get to hear them.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Schieffer on Bayh
I love Bob Schieffer and his program, 'Face the Nation', and I loved his commentary on Sen. Evan Bayh's decision not to run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008: