Evan Bayh Gets a Challenger
by Jonathan Singer, Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 10:19:57 AM EST
My posting over the next week and a half is going to be light as I head into finals season (thank you Examples & Explanations for making law school studying go more smoothly), but I will be jumping in the conversation as much as possible over this time frame.
Former GOP Rep. John Hostettler (R-Ind.) announced Thursday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana in 2010.
As a former Congressman, Hostettler will not be an easy competitor for Bayh. That said, Hostettler was one of the most conservative members of Congress during his time and office, and Hoosiers turned him out of office in ignominy in 2006. Just how bad was Hostettler's performance three years ago? Despite the fact that his district leans 8 percentage points more Republican than the nation as a whole, Hostettler lost to Democrat Brad Ellsworth. By 22 points. So Bayh would not necessarily be well served to stark quaking in his boots or to, as a result, shift to the right by embracing a Republican filibuster on healthcare reform. Moving to the right on healthcare reform certainly isn't helping Blanche Lincoln.