Bayh Warns “Catastrophe” If Dems Ignore Massachusetts Senate Race Lessons

Jan 19, 2010 6:14pm

ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: Even before the votes are counted, Senator Evan Bayh is warning fellow Democrats that ignoring the lessons of the Massachusetts Senate race will “lead to even further catastrophe” for their party. “There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this,” Bayh told ABC News, but “if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.” What is the lesson of Massachusetts – where Democrats face the prospects of losing a Senate seat they’ve held since 1952?   For Senator Bayh the lesson is that the party pushed an agenda that is too far to the left, alienating moderate and independent voters. “It’s why moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren’t buying our message,”  he said.  “They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems.  That’s something that has to be corrected.” Bayh pointed that it’s not just Massachusetts.  Independents also rejected Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia in November. ” The only we are able to govern successfully in this country is by liberals and progressives making common cause with independents and moderates,” Bayh said.  “Whenever you have just the furthest left elements of the Dem party attempting to impose their will on the rest of the country — that’s not going to work too well.”

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