Lobbyist Evan Bayh Lit On Fire By The Left
When news broke that failed former senator-turned-lobbyist Evan Bayh is jumping into the Indiana senate race after trashing the senate when he retired in 2010 and promptly becoming a lobbyist in 2011, reporters were quick to point out some, um, major problems with Bayh’s bio in a year where the electorate rejecting Washington insiders:
Strictly on political skill: Bayh has statewide name ID, that's it. He's also the epitome of what populists hate — move to DC, cash in.
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) July 11, 2016
"Longtime Washington Lobbyist—whose clients likely include the #WashingtonFootballTeam—to ask voters to reelect him to job he said he hated"
— Meredith Shiner (@meredithshiner) July 11, 2016
One would expect harsh criticism to come from Republicans, who will have a treasure trove of material to expose Bayh’s liberal record and out-of-touch lifestyle.
More surprising was the immediate rancor directed at Bayh from left leaning journalists and commentators:
Evan Bayh has taken stock of the Democratic electorate and determined that conditions are ripe for a centrist hedge fund lobbyist
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) July 11, 2016
my last contact with Evan Bayh was thru a spokeswoman at Apollo who insisted he wasn't actually a lobbyist
I LOLed quite a bit at her.
— Jason Linkins (@dceiver) July 11, 2016
Evan Bayh coming out of retirement to resume not filling his father's shoes.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) July 11, 2016
Evan Bayh, huh? I guess technically an actual corporation can't run for office, yet.
— Brian McFadden (@BrianMc_Fadden) July 11, 2016
Clearly, Bayh’s record couldn’t be a worse fit for an Indiana electorate that handed a resounding primary win to Bernie Sanders in May.