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Sen. Bayh chased out of 2008 race by Obama, Clinton. "Too many Goliaths," he said.

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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."

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Goliath's, more like Goof's. Bayh could have won,......easily.

The sooner that Hillary Clinton accepts the reality that its not her year either, the better for the country. Will the Democrats finally move ahead with an obvious winner like Obama? Lets see if they are smart enough.

Jesus is right. Evan would have made a better president than either goliath. Our loss.

The (D)ependency Party Dream Team for 2008 would be billary/obama, & after an 8 year internship with the Arkansas Hill-Bill-Ies, the left-wing media would sweep obama into the crown jewel of public housing, for his own 8 year tenure as the nation`s 2nd black president.
billary/obama in 2008...no others need apply.

Bayh didn't have a chance and he made the right move to not spend all his pennies for a loss. Wait for '16 or '12. Those "Goofs" mr. Carlito desribes would've run over Bayh without even blinking.

I was surprised that Bayh was rated at 1% in the polls. He was a moderate Democrat who could/would have pulled a large number of Republican/Independant votes from a Repubican opponent (depending who was running of course). Obama is a "media made opponent" and Hillary is going to have to fight "her baggage" on order to win. Bayh would make an excellent Vice Presidential candidate that is if which ever one of the two front running bozos take the nod for nomination has the inteligence to see that.

I was surprised that Bayh was rated at 1% in the polls. He was a moderate Democrat who could/would have pulled a large number of Republican/Independant votes from a Repubican opponent (depending who was running of course). Obama is a "media made opponent" and Hillary is going to have to fight "her baggage" on order to win. Bayh would make an excellent Vice Presidential candidate that is if which ever one of the two front running bozos take the nod for nomination has the inteligence to see that.

J is right. Bayh would have gotten at least 98% of the primary vote w/ his liberal voting record, such as making it nearly impossible for American workers to file for bankruptcy under any circumstances.

to MJ: Sorry, but Hilary's people (Carville, Begala, Lockhart, McAuliff) are already starting to smear Obama within party circles. Inside a year they will have eliminated him from being a serious candidate.

Evan Bayh had the best resume in the field. He had tremendous experience and would have been a great President. Perhaps this field was just too big. Nonetheless, Mr. Bayh is a class act.

This country has not elected a Democrat president from the north since Kennedy over 40 years ago. The nominee will be Al Gore or John Edwards, or else the Republicans will win again.

Lynn, Instead of being so biased towards Hussein Obama, why dont you ask him why he never brings up his white heritage on his mothers side. Is he embarrased or self hating. Also he should apologize for his comment on how white republicans will not vote for him. that seemed like a racist comment, maybe he should go on Oprah and explain that comment or stepdown from the senate like the dems tried to do to Trent Lott.

d,

You've not been paying attention. Sen. Obama's already getting heat from the black community for talking about the white Kansas side of his family too much! Also, note - his father, grandmother and great-grandmother were also "Hussein Obama." By calling him that - who's the real racist here?

But then I don't expect you to listen.

I wonder if the Sun-Times will use the same smart aleck headline they used in 1976 when Bayh's father bowed out of the primaries: Bayh, Bayh, Bayh (evoking images of Ray Raynor).

I say vote gore. He already won the popular vote in one election. I think public sentiment towards him has only improved. He has gained a lot of weight though, that may hurt him with the casual voter. I hope the dems don't go smear crazy and blow the election. btw, who is the rep frontrunner? John Mccain? his support for more troops to iraq will ruin his chances unless things magically start changing over there. No other names come to mind.

Too bad, really. The country's loss and most likely the Dems. As stated before, he really could have helped swing a lot of Indep. voters that lean to the right back to the Democrats. Not to mention carry Indiana as a Dem for the first time in a long, long time.

Bayh could have won nomination. I hope he is on VP list for obama.
Obama/Bayh'08 will be a great ticket.

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