Stepping Down

Senator Evan Bayh to Retire

Another Democrat is retiring, though liberals in the party probably won’t be shedding any tears: Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana—an outspoken centrist, budget hawk, and favorite of the Washington press corps—announced on Monday that he will retire when his term expires this year. Bayh cited excessive partisanship as his cause. "Congress is not operating as it should," he lamented at a press conference, adding, "the people's business is not getting done." He said he does "not love Congress" and is "not motivated by strident partisanship or ideology."