Bye bye to VP Bayh

August 25, 2008
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Indiana has missed its chance to send another Hoosier to the White House.

With Saturday’s announcement that the Democratic Party’s presumptive candidate for president Sen. Barack Obama chose Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential candidate, the supporters of Sen. Evan Bayh let out a collective sigh and grumble at this missed opportunity.

I admit it – I got excited at the thought of having someone from Indiana as vice president. Indiana is very good at producing vice presidents, having sent five people with Indiana connections to the White House. Bayh would have been the fifth attorney from Indiana to be V.P.

For weeks, vice presidential nominees have been debated ad nauseam in the press. When I woke up Saturday morning to see Biden was selected, I was disappointed, probably like many Hoosiers who wanted to feel like they had a bit of a connection to the presidency.

Bayh would have been a logical choice for Obama in some respects – both are relatively young guys in the world of politics and Bayh could have reinforced Obama’s message of “change” and gone against the typical ticket of older, white men.

But outside of Indiana, what do people know about Bayh? He did receive a lot of coverage for supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign, he has been mentioned in the past as a possible V.P. candidate, and he formed an exploratory committee for running as president this election cycle. But outsiders don’t know him like Indiana residents do.

Bayh is young and has great potential to become a vice president or presidential nominee in the future. He gives Indiana some hope that we may yet send our sixth Hoosier to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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