The surprise announcement by popular centrist Democrat Evan Bayh of Indiana that he will not run for re-election means yet another U.S. Senate seat that will be in play in 2010.
The timing of this announcement is quite odd, considering that the deadline for filing nomination petitions in Indiana for the May primary is apparently this Friday; which means that if no candidate can gather enough signatures, the Democrats can appoint a candidate. Perhaps this timing was all by design to allow a hand-picked candidate to get the nomination, but we will not dwell on the intricacies of Indiana politics. (We're also scratching our heads given that Bayh, unlike many Dems like Harry Reid, was still in a strong position in his state to win in 2010, despite the tide that seems to be turning against the Democrats in general). Rather, we will simply note that, aside from the nationwide implications of yet another established Dem candidate fleeing the sinking U.S.S. Obama, it means less resources available for the DSCC to defend seats like Roland Burris' seat here in Illinois, where our hero Congressman Mark Kirk stands a good chance to wrest the seat from the Dems by trouncing flawed candidate banker Alexi Giannoulias.
Good times ahead, folks.