Partisanship is healthy in a democracy. However, the hyper-partisanship seen in recent years has damaged people's faith in government and also has proved detrimental to the country itself.
As the e-mails and phone calls started coming in about Evan Bayh's surprise resignation and the eventual replacement, one thing became patently clear: An Ellsworth candidacy has lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers worried.
With virtually infinite resources, corporate America has had a grip on the executive and legislative branches of government for some time.
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The substance of Evan Bayh's bipartisan policies that were enacted helped get us into the mess we are in, and are making it harder to get out of it.
Anger makes good television, but it's fake and it teaches Americans the wrong lessons. Anger also can win elections, but partisan anger is just as fake, and it undermines the functionality of our democracy.
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Poor Evan. His wife was pocketing a million plus a year from health care boards and in the good old days, no one would have known, but now, it's just so sad, people think that that is somehow buying a senator.
On Capitol Hill, the ship of state is so bereft of rudder and sail that the crew is jumping overboard. The latest to abandon ship is Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana.
The Democratic Party said it does not blame itself for its demise. "We hold very little sway over ourselves," said the party. "Besides, we're so used to blaming Republicans, it's kind of hard to stop."
"That's nice. Very nice to meet you, Mitch. I -- anyway, the reason I'm calling is because we've been getting complaints. From the other tenants."
I wouldn't be surprised if Bayh coordinated the exact day he made his announcement so it was impossible for free agents, for people who were not "the chosen" to get on the primary ballot.
I met Evan Bayh years ago when he was running for Governor of Indiana. From his remarks at lunch he could have been a middle of the road Democrat or Republican.
Bayh masked his craven capitulation to corporate lobbyists with a veneer of bipartisanship and moderation. If he sold out to enough special interests, he could claim that he was on both sides.
Bayh's decision to pack it in, after 12 years, is a loss to his party, and even more to his country. Most of all, it's a withering rebuke to Congress, which seems to have lost the knack for governing.
The question is: Is Evan Bayh really getting out of the game, or just starting it?