Stop Bayh Grows
The push to preempt Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) as a potential running mate for Sen. Barack Obama is growing today. TPM covers a swift spike in membership for the "10,000 Strong Against Evan Bayh for VP" Facebook group, which I joined this morning and wrote about here. After less than a day, it has more than double the total membership of every other Bayh Facebook. That includes his official PAC and a pre-08 group called "Barack Obama and Evan Bayh in 2008."
The numbers for all these groups are still in the hundreds, though, reflecting activist engagement, not mass public opinion. But activists are definitely panning the Bayh rumor. Matt Stoller, an influential blogger and sometime Democratic campaign operative, writes today that the very prospect of a centrist Bayh ticket "suggests that Obama’s campaign and governing agenda will be extremely small-bore." Another blogger cast him as the pro-war "comatose choice." One diarist at MyDD, however, pushed back today with the "Case for Evan Bayh."
Unlike the constant TV speculation on running mates, which focuses on electability and optics, many activists are clearly opposingBayh because of his policies and concerns about the impact he would have in an Obama administration. It’s a needed dose of substance in the unyielding veepstakes.