When I say that people should spare a positive thought or two for Harry Reid, keep in mind that he has to put up with the likes of Evan Bayh. If I read this, and were in Reid’s shoes, I’d be sorely tempted to smack the guy, which would be counterproductive in the broad scheme of things:
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) took a shot last night at some of his Democratic colleagues who he says don’t care enough about the deficit.
Bayh, who voted against his party’s omnibus spending bill this weekend and has urged President Obama to veto it, criticized members of his party for an increase in domestic discretionary spending.
“I think for some of them, it’s that they don’t pay as much attention to the deficit. They just don’t focus on economics,” he told Fox News’s Greta Van Sustren.
Evan Bayh is currently serving in 111th Congress. The 111th Congress is taking place at a time when the state of the economy demands higher short-term deficits, but lower long-term deficits. How has Bayh responded to this series of imperatives?
— He votes to cut taxes on millionaire heirs and heiresses, doing nothing in the short-term but adding about $44 billion a year to the long-term deficit.
— Then he threatened to force a default on the debt unless congress created a new, toothless statutory commission that would make the procedural hurdles to deficit reduction harder to clear.
— Then he cast a posturing no vote, citing its adverse impact on the short-term deficit, notwithstanding the fact that a large short-term deficit is good, and Bayh has done nothing but act to increase the long-term deficit.
— Then he gave an interview in which he slammed his fellow Democrats for inattention to the deficit and economics!
It seems to me that Bayh owes an apology to Daniel Akaka, Max Baucus, Mark Begich, Michael Bennet, Barbara Boxer, Sherrod Brown, Roland Burris, Robert Byrd, Maria Cantwell, Ben Cardin, Tom Carper, Robert Casey, Kent Conrad, Christopher Dodd, Byron Dorgan, Dick Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Al Franken, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kay Hagan, Tom Harkin, Daniel Inouye, Tim Johnson, Ted Kaufmann, John Kerry, Paul Kirk, Herb Kohl, Amy Klobuchar, Mary Landrieu, Frank Lautenberg, Patrick Leahy, Carl Levin, Joe Lieberman, Blanche Lincoln, Robert Menendez, Jeff Merkely, Barbara Mikulski, Patty Murray, Bill Nelson, Ben Nelson, Mark Pryor, Jack Reed, Harry Reid, John Rockefeller, Bernie Sanders, Charles Schumer, Jeanne Shaheen, Arlen Specter, Debbie Stabenow, Jon Tester, Mark Udall, Mark Warner, Jim Webb, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Ron Wyden.
Anyone who works on Bayh’s staff, meanwhile, ought to be ashamed of themselves. In a small but important way their boss is acting to entrench the culture of narcissism and hypocrisy that’s killing the United States Congress.
CORRECTION: I misread one of the articles I linked to here; Bayh did not vote for cloture on the appropriations bill.