August 4, 2005

WHAT BETTER TRAINING FOR CinC THAN GOVERNOR OF IN:

Bayh: Democrats Face Security Threshold (MIKE GLOVER, 8/04/05, Associated Press)

Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, a possible presidential candidate in 2008, said Thursday that his party lacks credibility on national security and needs to convince Americans that Democrats are willing to use force when necessary.

Until the party can persuade voters, it will be unable to move the debate to issues that work for Democrats, Bayh said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"Unless the American people know that we will be good stewards of the nation's security, they're unlikely to trust us with anything else," said the two-term Indiana senator. "That's a very important threshold we have to get over."


Should we assume he isn't aware how thin his own resume is in this regard?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 4, 2005 11:16 PM
Comments

Resume? Orrin, he's a Democrat. He's talking about rhetoric, nothing more.

Posted by: Timothy at August 5, 2005 1:20 AM

As a chip off the old block, Evan will be asked many questions by [certain of] the news media about dad Sen. Birch Bayh ("Search High") and his stand on the Vietnam War.

The chickens come home to roost!

Posted by: John J. Coupal at August 5, 2005 2:41 AM

Birch Bayh was an anti-gun fanatic way back when. The name alone has strong negatives for gun people

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 5, 2005 3:36 AM

Bayh is basically triangulating in the opposite direction of Hillary Clinton -- where she's voting to the right on foreign policy issues to try and erase her liberal image, but then makes statments to the left to party loyalist while out of the TV spotlight, Byah's image going in was of an actual DLC type, which would be absolute posion in the Democratic primaries in 2008.

So he's voting left, to build up a record to run on with the true belivers in Iowa and New Hampshire, but still trying to talk right, to maintain his general election viability. The problem for Evan is Hillary has a core group of people and the Clinton name behind her to make them believe her votes on measures that were passing easily anyway are simply her strategery to the 2008 race; Byah doesn't have that kind of high-profile national image or core support, so people are actually going to take him at his word when he votes against WOT funding.

Posted by: John at August 5, 2005 10:22 AM

Evan Bayh is Dan Quayle without the potential.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 5, 2005 12:16 PM

Or the charisma.

Posted by: Anthony Perez-Miller at August 5, 2005 12:29 PM
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