Skip to main content

Evan Bayh

Remember the disappointed, honorable Sen. Evan Bayh, who had this interview with Ezra Klein?
Months can go by, and we're deliberating things, but we're not actually putting anything into effect, and for me, I just wanted a greater sense of satisfaction about making a difference every day. People come into public life for different reasons. None of us are ego-challenged, I think, or we probably wouldn't be doing what we're doing, so if anyone tells you that they don't like the sound of the applause and the ego gratification, I don't think they're being straight with you.

But at the end of the day, after a while, that's not what it's all about. If one of my boys was asking me if they should go into politics, I'd say there's only one reason to go into public life and that's to help people.... And I honestly felt as of this moment in time, given the way things are operating around here, maybe more in a micro way than a macro way, I could make a bigger difference in a different capacity. Between being governor and part of the Senate, one of the things I did was I held a chair at the business school at my alma mater, Indiana University. And I'd go to lecture the graduates, and I loved that, answering their questions. It was real, it was tangible, and it was making a difference every day.

So how did Evan Bayh decide he could best "make a difference every day"? Not for what you might call the sources of good in the world.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has hired former Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) to participate in a regulatory reform "road show" of speeches, events and media appearances, according to a memo obtained by iWatch News.

"The Chamber's communications professionals, working closely with our federation and government affairs teams, have done an excellent job educating the public and policymakers about the regulatory overload the nation currently faces, its damaging impact on our economy and jobs, and the urgent need for change," President Thomas Donohue wrote in a June 2 memo to the Chamber's board of directors, supporters and friends. "I'm pleased to report that the Chamber has recently enlisted former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and former Senator Evan Bayh who will carry a bipartisan message on regulatory reform out around the country."


"We don't see this effort as an 'us versus them' issue," [Tom Collamore, the Chamber's senior vice president for communications] said. "Having a Democrat of [Bayh's] stature gives the effort more heft and an important perspective."

That might be the only time the word "heft" has been applied to Evan Bayh. But could anything be more depressingly predictable than Bayh ending up in a "bipartisan" dog and pony show talking about the evils of regulation?

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site