Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana will not seek the presidency in 2008, saying he believes the odds of a successful run were too great to overcome.
"At the end of the day, I concluded that due to circumstances beyond our control the odds were longer than I felt I could responsibly pursue," Bayh told the Indianapolis Star. "This path -- and these long odds -- would have required me to be essentially absent from the Senate for the next year instead of working to help the people of my state and the nation."
Something tells me that current fellow senators Clinton, Obama, McCain, and Brownback will all be "essentially absent from the Senate" for the next year and a half (and that's understandable . . . to some degree). I'm sure Bayh would have stayed in if his odds were better . . . but the Democratic field now has it's "behemoth" (Hillary) and it's "Rock Star" (Obama--more like "flavor of the month" I think--just selling his book and "running for VP" IMO).
I think the exit of Bayh is huge. I really think he could have done well in Iowa and Michigan.
Bayh is a Democrat with a record of political success in a Republican-leaning state. He had been pointing toward a run for the White House for months, and had $10.5 million in his Senate campaign bank account as of Sept. 30. Money that could be transferred to his exploratory committee.
In addition, the senator recently hired his first paid organizer for Iowa, the state whose caucuses will be the opening competition of the campaign.
Bayh and Warner were the two Dems that, several months ago, I thought might pose the biggest threats to Romney (or other GOP nominee) in a general election (both probable would have a pretty strong appeal to moderate voters.) Now they're both gone from the race and that's making me feel happy that the Dems get to pick their own "left wing nut" for us to go up against.