This is my exact words that I said upon hearing on the radio that Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is retiring. I have a bunch of respect for Evan Bayh. He is a moderate-conservative Democrat. I have only once heard him operate as a blind partisan for the sake of turning screws on his partisan enemies. Most other times he has been a reasonable and pragmatic elected official who called it like he saw it.
This is a tremendous loss for the moderate section of the Democratic Party.
(I can think of several other senators [on both extremes] who I hope will retire)
WSJ: Indiana's Bayh to Retire From Senate