Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) comes out swinging against the bloated, pork-stuffed appropriations bill in today’s Wall Street Journal. This could be a significant development, if the House Blue Dogs follow suit and Democratic deficit hawks start worrying about the price tag of President Obama’s budget and otherh initiatives. Bayh is up for reelection in a red state — or, a historically red state that Obama narrowly carried — in 2010.
I have a piece in the forthcoming print issue of the magazine looking at the Blue Dogs’ diffidence in the face of Obama’s big spending so far. One can always hope that will change.