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February 16, 2010

WHY DID BAYH SCREW THE DEMOCRATS?

ROB KALL, OP ED NEWS - Indiana's citizens were screwed by Bayh. By waiting until the last minute, he made impossible for a real candidate to decide to run, get petitions signed and get on the ballot. That handed the decision over to state Democratic party leaders, who will undoubtedly be instructed who to appoint to run by DSCC leaders. I don't think this was an accident.. . .

I'm sure that 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.

My guess is, based on the bad decisions the Democratic leadership has been making lately, they candidate they chose will not succeed. Primaries are good for candidates. They prepare them, toughen them, challenge them. Instead, the Democrats will have someone who has not been through the mill-- one more mistake among an infinity of errors.

Update:
Apparently, according to TPM, one candidate, Tamyra d'Ippolito, a progressive who the Dem party does not want, may make it on the ballot. That will force the Dem party to do a write-in campaign. David Dayen at firedoglake.com interviewed d'Ippolito, the first woman, yesterday. She was 500 signatures short and now has a day to go. Dayen reports, "But she's not getting the sense that they want to be helpful in that effort. "Politics in Indiana is the old boy's school. They're getting ready to put one of their own in," D'Ippolito, a cafe owner in Bloomington who gained experience in politics running a primary campaign for Gretchen Clearwater in 2006. "My gut feeling tells me they're meeting in a room, I don't know if they're smoking cigars," D'Ippolito said, basically working under the assumption that Bayh's announcement was timed so the state party could pick the nominee by themselves. "The timing of this is amazing."


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