Susan Bayh as a political liability

August 19, 2008
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Barack Obama is expected to announce his vice presidential running mate any day now, and Evan Bayhâ??s name is still thought to be on the short list.

The Indiana senator is viewed as a moderate who would counter Obamaâ??s liberal voting record and be a draw for Midwestern voters.

But one of the downsides to a Bayh candidacy is his wife, Susan, who sits on a number of corporate boards.

Locally, she is a director at Emmis Communications, which has seen a prominent shareholder call for her resignation over the companyâ??s stock price, and WellPoint, which is a reviled health insurer.

Obamaâ??s campaign is reportedly worried about McCain making hay out of her corporate connections. (Imagine the ads: â??Evan Bayhâ??s wife helped deny insurance to people who couldnâ??t afford health care.â??)

What do you think? Should her corporate ties be enough for Obama to overlook her husband?
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  • Wait, will he picking Evan Bayh or Evan Bayh's wife? If you are voting on what a VPs wife does or doesn't do or what she is intangibly tied to, than you are better off having other plans on that Tuesday in November.

    We need to vote based on a wide range of issues and opportunities surrounding a candidate, not these loosely based sideshows.

    However, you asked...

    By that logic with Ol' McCain, doesn't his Wife then contribute to Alcoholism, Drinking and Driving, Liver Disease, Sleeping with ugly people, raging parties, and binge drinking... as THE CHAIRPERSON OF HENSLEY & CO, THE LARGEST ALCOHOL DISTRIBUTOR FOR ANHEUSER BUSCH.

    Oh, not to mention Cindy McCain's publicly acknowledged addiction to prescription medication.

    Huh, the irony of ignoring your own wife to attack the wife of a potential VP is, wait, ummm, actually that's just American Politics, nevermind, much ado about nothing.

    Meet the New Boss, same as the Old Boss
  • Have to agree with CreamCrimson here. If a candidate can't win an election unless they bring up such a specious argument as their opponent's running mate's spouse possibly being involved in something that some people may not like then they probably shouldn't be running anyway.
  • In the grand scheme of things, how many times did we ever hear about Tipper Gore or Lynn Cheney in the past 16 years?

    Just sayin'...
  • I don't think that Susan Bayh has anything to worry about. It is more of a liability for John McCain that he has so many close ties to corporations. Take for instance the recent conflict in Georgia. One of McCain's top advisor has been a lobbyist for years for Georgia and this is not making that big of a public splash. Please see this link for more information, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/13/mccains-top-foreign-polic_n_118743.html.
  • I think Susan Bayh is more of a liability for her manners and
    lack of courtesy and respect to others. I also doubt Mr. Bayh is
    on any really short list. Who cares?
  • If Obama wants a running mate who is angry about lost jobs, then chances are Evan won't be on the ticket anyway.
  • as you hear some people say:

    I am not voting for Obama because...

    I have heard the following reasons before:

    -Black

    -Muselum

    -Will not support ... Flag ... Hand on Chest in Pledge... Not Patrotic... Troops ... End to Iraq.. So-N-So's beliefs... etc. (on support)

    -Associated Christian Church talking about DAMN America.

    -Too Liberal

    -Too Much Change is a bad thing

    -Potential VP's Wife not with Change

    - Never Served in Millarity before (well look at Bush)

    - Not Natural Citizen or born in America.

    - Will Let Terrorism Win

    and the list goes on.
  • I won't vote for Obama because he is a Socialist espousing Marxist policies and he would be very very bad for our economy. Period. Nothing on Random's list about Obama even matters to me.
  • Economist Major might consider reading this article, http://money.cnn.com/2008/06/11/news/economy/candidates_taxproposals_tpc/index.htm?cnn=yesbr+/.

    I'd also recommend he read Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations because it talks about socialism and how the state should support it's workers. A happy and healthy people are more productive. Then, he should check out Amartya Sen's Development as Freedom and how it discusses the disparities between the US (the richest country in the world) and Kerala, India (one of the poorest). Kerala's life expectency is a whole lot higher than some segments of the US. He's an Nobel Prize winning economist.

    Finally, if he does not want to read, he can just listen to this NPR story: http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/content.aspx?audioID=27093. It talks about how the US is lagging behind the rest of the world's developed countries.

    As I understand, the US controlled about 75 percent of the world's economy in 1968. By the 1980's it was down to 25 percent. Now it is even lower. During that time -- except for Carter and Clinton -- we've had only Republican presidents. The Heartland Institute recently released a report on reforming welfare and this was done in 1996 under President Clinton and it has had great success in many states in getting people to work. It was a great compromise and is effective in promoting change. Maybe Mayor Ballard and Governor Daniels should read these too!
  • I would hope Evan Bayh would not be picked for the obvious reason that he cannot take a stand on any issue to save his life. What a weenie!

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