Be the change you want to see in the world:
Evan Bayh announced last year that he would not be seeking reelection, and gave a pious speech deploring partisanship. “If I could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months,” he announced. And now, just a few weeks into his post-public service life, he has already created a job — for himself: “Former Sen. Evan Bayh is joining McGuireWoods LLP as a partner in Washington, the law firm will announce on Monday.”
As a Senator, Bayh had a professional obligation to try to shape American public policy in the best interests of the American people and of the world. As a lobbyist for McGuireWoods LLP, Bayh now has a professional obligation to try to shape American public policy in the best interests of McGuireWoods LLP’s well-heeled clients. I’m not one of the large number of DC-based writers who frequently chats with Bayh, but if I were I’d be interested in learning why he thinks trading the former obligation for the latter one is a change for the better.