Confessions of a Hoosier Democrat

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Monday, February 13, 2006

Why Bayh?

Well this is my first Blog... I decided to join the online Blogging for Bayh movement... First up is something I wrote a while ago about why I'm backing Bayh in 2008...
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Why I’m backing Bayh in 2008

“The Democratic Party has an important decision to make. Do we want to vent or do we want to govern?” Senator Evan Bayh spoke those words in 2003 as the primary season for the 2004 Presidential election was just getting started. They are still true today. In a couple of years we are going to be faced with a question of who are we going to support in the campaigns for President. My choice is Senator Evan Bayh.

We can no longer look to the past and continue to complain about the events of the past few years. It may feel good to get the anger off our chest, but it will serve no purpose other than looking like we are sore losers. We had a chance to hold President Bush accountable for his job performance as President and we lost. It’s time to put the past behind us and look to the future.

That is why I am backing Senator Evan Bayh. Senator Bayh understands that when someone is elected President, he is elected President of the United States, not President of the Democrats or Republicans, or President of liberals or conservatives. You must be able to work with your opponents, not alienate them. You must be willing to listen to your opponents, not ignore them.

Senator Bayh has a long track record of working with both sides in forging bipartisan partnerships. His record as Governor and Senator presents a solid record of governing from the center. Governing from the center is crucial if we want to bind the rift that has split this country apart into Red and Blue. As Americans, we have many challenges to face in the coming years and ruling from either the right or left of the political spectrum will only serve to alienate the citizens on the opposite side thus hurting the country we all love as a whole.

The most important thing to remember is that what is best for political ideology isn’t always what’s best for the country. It’s time to stop thinking about our party and think about our country. It’s time to stop thinking about how we’ve been wronged and think about how we can make it right. It’s time to stop thinking about left vs. right or red vs. blue and start thinking about bringing the country together again. It’s time to back Senator Evan Bayh.

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