Evan Bayh. I mean, give Lanny Davis this: he never really pretends to be anything but a greasy hack. Bayh wants to be Lanny Davis while pompously patting himself on the back for his Commitment to Public Service.
This gets us to the heart of the fundamental disagreement I have with some people about evaluating Obama’s first term. Some people seem to think it’s a major debit that Obama couldn’t get a robust public option thorough a Senate in which Lanny Bayh was a representative median vote. Me, I’m amazed Reid and Obama were able to get people like Bayh to vote for anything.