February 15th, 2010
06:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Too tough to be a centrist?

Senator Evan Bayh announced Monday that he would not seek another term.
Senator Evan Bayh announced Monday that he would not seek another term.

Washington (CNN) - Facing a backlash from the liberal wing of their party, Sen. Evan Bayh and other centrist Democrats are examining their re-election options and deciding to simply walk away, political analysts note.

"Because Democrats are scared, some people are saying 'it's not worth it ... there's not a place for my voice,' " said political analyst Jennifer Donahue. "It's looking like an exodus - between him and Sen. Chris Dodd and open seats that look like they could easily be Republican pickups."

But it not's just centrist Democrats feeling the heat from the edges of their party - former GOP Rep. J.D. Hayworth announced on Monday that he would take on Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party's last presidential candidate, in his home state of Arizona.

Bayh, an Indiana Democrat, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in November. Bayh is the third Democratic senator to announce he is retiring. Dodd of Connecticut and Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota previously said they would not seek re-election.

"Congress is not operating as it should," Bayh said at a news conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, adding there's too much partisanship and "the people's business is not getting done."

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  1. Glenn Koons

    Poor Ed. Like all CNN flacks, covering for Dems, he thinks Bayh was a , progressive, or a centrist. Oh puleeze. He voted for every Obama outrage down the line. Every Porkulas, every tax and spending bill, every socialist take over of cars, banks, and Care. Stop the baloney CNN. You cannot get away with it. Dodd was never a centrist. None of the present Dem Senators are centrists nor are they progressives ala TR. None. Dorgan wasn't. Please. I know you people in the Beltway are flacks for liberal Dems but do tell the truth. No wonder Fox beats your butts daily.

    February 15, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  2. Ender

    "Because Democrats are scared, some people are saying 'it's not worth it ... there's not a place for my voice,' " said political analyst Jennifer Donahue. "It's looking like an exodus"
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    Jennifer. Let me let you on something I think you should know.

    There are as many republicans retiring as Democrats.

    Just saying it so you can avoid looking stupid again in the future.

    February 15, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. Big Joe

    This guy voted along party line almost exclusively. He did not vote against Obama in hardly anything. He is NOT a centrist. The Democrat party has been taken over by the left wing lunatic fringe. Only they are not so fringe anymore in that party. The majority of them are lunatics.

    February 15, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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