At the Indy Star:
Sen. Evan Bayh will not run for re-election, a decision that will shock Democrats and Republicans alike in Indiana.
It shocked me!!
The Washington Post mentions Baron Hill as someone likely to consider run for Senate:
Without Bayh, Democrats may look to their congressional delegation where Reps. Baron Hill, Brad Ellsworth and Joe Donnelly are likely to take a look at running.
Some thoughts from the HoosierPundit:
--Pro: Run statewide before, represents swing area, vigorous campaigner, close to Obama
--Con: Close to Obama, voting record, significant other baggage, seat will be lost to GOP if he runs
--Pro: Claims to be conservative Democrat, vigorous campaigner
--Con: Never had serious race, voting record, seat will be lost to GOP if he runs
--Pro: Claims to be conservative Democrat, significant statewide connections from time as Speaker
--Con: Who? Never run statewide
--Pro: Bayh protege, significant connections to Indy insiders for fundraising
--Con: Got beat by Greg Ballard, sets up usually-fatal Indianapolis vs rest-of-state dynamic
Also, the cynic in me sees this as a play for Bayh to distance himself from Obama for a chance to run for President in 2012.
That wouldn't be a bit surprising. Prince Evan, the Moderate White Knight, riding in to save the Dems from the overreaching liberals. Not sure he could pull it off though.