Friday, December 17, 2004

BAYH CALLS FOR RUMSFELD'S OUSTER. Indiana Senator Evan Bayh yesterday not only called Rumsfeld's handling of the war in Iraq into question, he called for the Defense Secretary to step down. Now, if Evan Bayh--the world's worst worry wart about not going out on a limb and the conservative Democrat who did hardly more than hold his breath for eight years as governor--calls for your ouster, you're very far gone.

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE. Not that Bush cares what Bayh says. Not that anything Rumsfeld has said or done (or not done) recently deserves this call now more than over the past four years. Bayh is right to make this call; it's a slam dunk. But it doesn't win him points for visionary or on-the-point leadership if he plans to run for President.


  1. Anonymous1:47 PM

    He did more than hold his breath--he also built lot of prisons. I like to call him "The Great Prison Governor." Too cynical perhaps, but I share your frustration with Bayh's unwillingness to use his authority to really help people.

    The pendelum still swings away from the liberal activism of the 60s and 70s. It will come back.

    Ed Dukree

  2. Yes, Bayh has played the "electability game." But electability is not the same as conviction-driven leadership. And, sadly, acceptable levels of electability may well reflect more on the electorate than on the would-be office holder.

    Maybe we should begin to call the folks we elect "office holders" instead of leaders. Clearly that describes what we have in the White House and in many Congressional offices. Can you "hold office?" Yes. Do you lead? No.


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