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February 15, 2010

Evan Bayh Withdrawal Speech Thread

Oddly, he's flanked by his family, as if this is some sort of scandal, which it's not.

I guess he really wants to sell the "spend more time with my family" storyline.

Dick Morris Crows: Dick Morris has been predicting a total GOP takeover of both houses of Congress for a couple of weeks now.

I'm not sure if he really believes this or is exaggerating his belief in this outcome in order to garner attention.

He's crowing today. Obviously the Bayh retirement doesn't hurt his prediction.

The process seems to work as follows:

a. Public anger manifests itself in the Brown victory

b. The improvement in Republican chances impels top notch, former statewide elected officials to jump into races against Democratic incumbents

c. The Democrat bows out in the face of likely defeat. Suddenly, he wants to spend more time with his family.

This process has run its course in Indiana and may shortly be manifest in Wisconsin where former Governor Tommy Thompson is considering a run against Senator Russ Feingold. It may yet play out in Arkansas where Senator Blanche Lincoln now has a top tier opponent in Congressman John Boozman. And Senator Patty Murray may hear footsteps behind her with the entry into the race of wealthy businessman Paul Akers and the possible entry of former almost-Governor Dino Rossi. Rossi lost the governorship of Washington State in a Franken-esque theft after initial counts showed him defeating Christine Gregoire by 261 votes. Now Governor Gregoire won in the recount.

In New York State, billionaire Mort Zuckerman may take on appointed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and, if he doesn't, former Governor George Pataki might jump into the race.

When we predicted a Republican win in the Senate in 2010, some laughed. But nobody's laughing now.

Mort Zuckerman would not really be much of a win for us. He's a liberal. He has harshed on Obama of late, but still, he'd be with Obama most of the time.

Democratic Candidates Need to File At End of Week. Just over Fox.

Not a Double Post: Yes, weisenheimers, I saw the earlier news.

I was putting this up because there was specifically a press conference going on.



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