Confessions of a Hoosier Democrat

Blogging Indiana Politics and the 2008 Presidential Race.

Friday, May 26, 2006

NAY I say!

Sen Bayh showed that he holds civil liberties dear by casting his vote in opposition of Gen Hayden's nomination for CIA Chief. Sen Bayh was one of only 15 Senators to vote No.
Of course undoubtably those on the right will call him an ultra-liberal while those on the left will continue to claim that he is a Republican in Democratic clothing.

He's neither. He's a moderate Democrat who believes we don't have to trade liberty for security.


  • At June 02, 2006 4:47 PM, Blogger Tippecanoe Politics said…

    Dear Rob,‎

    As you know, I posted on this issue awhile back on my own blog. I ‎appreciate you responding. I also posted a follow up when Bayh voted ‎against Hayden and want to make sure you saw it.‎

    I hope you don’t label me as a conservative or liberal, as my take on Bayh is not based on ‎my political opinions. Rather my disappointment with Bayh is in his hidden beliefs. ‎

    According to the Fort Wayne Gazette Bayh said,‎

    ‎“My vote against confirming Gen. Hayden was not based upon any objection to the man ‎‎– he is an outstanding person and a patriot,” Bayh said in a statement. “Nor was my vote ‎in opposition to aggressive surveillance of terror suspects. I support such activities.” ‎

    Rather, as you rightfully point out, Bayh vote “was an objection to the administration’s ‎unwillingness to ensure both our physical security and our civil liberties.”‎

    I can’t figure out what that means. Bayh said he’s for surveillance and he likes Hayden. ‎Yet, he votes against Hayden because of a sound bit that every politician has used, ‎including Republicans.‎

    What I want to see from Bayh is honesty. I don’t know what Bayh really believes ‎because he purposely hides it from the public. I don’t mean this in a condescending way, ‎but it would be nice if Bayh wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. ‎

    That being said, keep up the good work. I do enjoy your coverage of the Senator ‎‎(complete with pictures and everything!).‎

  • At June 02, 2006 5:02 PM, Blogger Rob said…

    it's a rewording of the classic Benjamin Franklin line - "Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither."

    Sen Bayh has said numerous times that we can be safe and not trample of the civil liberties of Americans, but the Administration seems to believe it's either/or.

    As for not saying what he truly means... well all politicians are like that... They have to be careful of what they say because, especially in this digital/information age, every word that comes out of a politicians mouth will come back to them. Sometimes that makes them appear hesitant to say what they really mean.


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