In his weekly political column for Forbes.com out today, Gotham President Dan Gerstein offers his take on Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh's surprise announcement that he was retiring from the Senate.
The hubbub around Bayh's departure, Gerstein writes, "provided one of those vintage don't-know-whether-to-laugh-or-cry moments that are a Washington specialty--and that crystallizes why the place is warped beyond all hope and change. The centrist Democrat from Indiana stood up and gave his peers the Beltway equivalent of a bitch-slap, telling them essentially that Congress has become so unrelentingly stupid and partisan that even someone with his ambition could not take it any more. And how did the political class respond? With precisely the kind of blind stupidity and partisanship that proves Bayh's point--and shows just how deep Washington's reflexive tribalism runs."
You can read the full column here.
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