Last Sunday in Manchester, N.H. I passed by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) having breakfast with a few other people in the Raddison Hotel coffee shop. The Hoosier lawmaker was in New Hampshire last week as part of his 2008 White House campaign. I did not take the time to talk to him because I was in a rush to get to Portsmouth to cover presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), in his stop in this first in the nation primary state. For Bayh, that kind of a by-pass is not good.
About 150 reporters covered Obama. Bayh had three. On Saturday, Bayh said he would not run for president.
Too many Goliaths, said Bayh, not naming Obama nor the other mega name, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) but obviously referring to them.
Said Bayh in a statement:
"Whether there were too many Goliaths or whether I"m just not the right David, the fact remains that at the end of the day, I concluded that due to circumstances beyond our control the odds were longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue.
"This is not the year for me."