‘strident partisanship’ pays well, you know

Steve Benen: About a year ago, to the great disappointment of his Democratic colleagues, Evan Bayh announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. He even wrote a lengthy New York Times op-ed about his decision, decrying “strident partisanship” and “unyielding ideology.”

….He implored Americans to take seriously the “challenges of historic import” that “threaten America’s future,” while at the same time announcing that he would stop working on these challenges altogether.

And what would he do with this time? ….possibly teaching and/or philanthropic work. He … hoped to do something “worthwhile for society.”

That was a year ago. Today, the former senator who decried “strident partisanship” and “unyielding ideology” will be paid by a ridiculous cable news outlet that exists to spew “strident partisanship” and “unyielding ideology”: Fox News officially announced on Monday that Bayh is becoming a contributor to the network.

….Fox News hires Democrats who can be reliably counted on to say unpleasant things about Democrats. Why do you think Doug Schoen is on Fox News all the time? Because of his charming smile or because he’s the “Democrat” who hates Democrats?

Also note, this won’t be Bayh’s full-time gig … when he’s not pontificating for the Republican news network, he’ll be a D.C. lobbyist.

I guess Bayh’s efforts to find a post-Senate career that’s “worthwhile for society” were tougher than expected? That or just wanted the cash. Either way, it’s a reminder that Evan Bayh capacity to disappoint isn’t limited to his career on the Hill.

Full article here

Thank you GoBrooklyn

15 Responses to “‘strident partisanship’ pays well, you know”

  1. 2 Fred
    March 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    goddamn you Bayh 😡

  2. 5 V C prezOfan2
    March 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Have politicians like Bayh ever met the word ‘integrity’? I truly don’t understand how public characters like these can be so blatantly hypocritical, then look the world in the eye and expect to be taken seriously. Actually, an even greater shock to me is the fact that dishonest public figures are listened to, and are even accepted (ex. Scott in Florida, Bayh, Gingrich, Cheney, etc.)! With all the talk politicians engage in about harming ‘our children’s future’, you’d think they would pay a little attention to setting true moral (AND I don’t mean religious) examples of honesty, integrity, and compassion. Their continued search for more financial gain, and their unending hypocrisy boggle my mind! 😦

    • 6 Sue in Minnesota
      March 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      WTF Bayh? Does this guy have Presidential aspirations for the future, is he a cog in the machine of the corporate overlords, does he have an axe to grind with Democrats? I don’t trust this guy. And it is well beyond me how anyone with a decent amount of personal integrity could work for Fox Lies. I have no personal affinity to power, I think it’s why I am so easily befuddled by so many public figures be they political, media or corporate. I am too basic and simple minded.

      I am especially disappointed that Americans are so complacent when faced with the blatant lying/hypocrisy casually engaged in by some of our politicians. We have a shared responsibility to make sure our government works. We should not be enablers of those who practice deceit or disregard for the office and the people they serve. Peter King I am, at this moment thinking of you!

  3. 7 S. Holland
    March 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Does anyone remember when a large pundit class wanted him for VP??!

    • 8 EDP4BHO
      March 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      I’ll never forget that. Call it bad judgement?

    • 9 Lovepolitics2008
      March 14, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      I’ve never understood why Byah was on the short list of the Obama team for VP. I was very surprised when I read it in Plouffe’s book. One of the rare occasions where I completely disagree with President ( candidate ) Obama’s ideas.

      Granted their first choice was Joe Biden from the beginnning. And like President Obama said, choosing Joe Biden for vp was one of his best decisions.

      Joe Biden is in a totally different class than Byah. I LOVE LOVE him. He’s intelligent, knowledgeable, but most of all, he’s honest, loyal, courageous, compassionnate.

  4. 10 Valerie
    March 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing!!

  5. 11 stylishgurl
    March 14, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Well it sounds likes Ailes finally met Bayh’s price! His remaining credibility went on sale! Spring Clearance!

    • 12 Audrey
      March 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Evan Bayh was always a sleazeball, no surprises here! As far as Evan Bayh goes, it has always been about Evan Bayh. He is petty, self-serving, self-important, slimy, a very sore loser and very, very jealous!
      When he was (undeserved) tossed around as a potential running mate for PBO, he bought into his own hype! And after he was passed over, he took his very small and inconsequential ball which he never shared anyway and went home.
      Just like other Clinton supporters, he has found a home at Fox “news”, but they would all do well to watch their backs with their Fox cronies! LOl!

      As for Evan Bayh ever winning anything outside Indiana,it ain’t gonna happen! He is a pathetic LOSER and there is nothing as sad to watch as a pathetic loser straining to find a path to relevance and to high office! The man is an idiot.

  6. 13 Asher in Boston
    March 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Goodriddance. I never ever trusted this guy, always thought there was something not genuine about him. The Pl keep second guessing Potus, now look who is eating crow again? Guys were pushing for him to be VP, and ofcourse our very smart Potus didnt buy this man’s portray of himself. OMG, can you imagine want we would be stuck with as the VP? I will never trust those so called bluedog Dems. FAux LIES, of all places???????? Wow, what people would do to sale their souls to the devil just for dollar bills. Disgusting.

  7. 14 Eleroy
    March 15, 2011 at 2:42 am

    No news hear!!! This guy has always been a rat!!!

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