Make him go away

Dateline: Thu 26 Jul 2012

The mini-drama in which Rep. Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, has cast himself (starring role) is both fun and depressing.

Fun, in the sense that the bombasic, "folically challenged" (his words), "short" (ditto) Minority leader in the Indiana House is at his best pure theater -- bizarre, extreme, flamboyant.

Depressing, because the whole thing shows the Dems can't control their own House, although to give credit where it's due, some of the legislators are trying mightily.

The first step is for them to agree to oust Bauer from a leadership role today at their Lafayette meeting at a union hall.

Make. Him. Go. Away.

Here's a voice of reason, quoted in today's Star article by Mary Beth Schneider:

"State Rep. Ed DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, acknowledged timing of the in-fighting is terrible for Democrats. 

"But, he said, they cannot afford to put off the leadership decision until after the November election.

“'The only day worse than today is tomorrow,' DeLaney said. 'The only day worse than tomorrow is the day after tomorrow. This problem needs to be resolved.'

“'I am making no personal attacks on him,' he added. 'The question is what is the most effective leadership for us now? That’s the only question that I think is relevant. . . . I am, as I have long been, evaluating whether he is the most effective leader for our caucus'.”

"Bauer’s comments at his news conference 'only confirm my concerns,' DeLaney said."

Here's the real truth: Bauer was at best colorful and, as the Star pointed out, at one time a thorn in the side of Gov. Mitch Daniels. Exactly. A thorn. Miniscule. Take a tweezers, and extract it. He never did any real damage.

His worst feature is his overbearing arrogance. Like so many little men who rise to power -- I refer not to stature but character -- it all went to his head. Or in his case, his toupee.

Plus, in my experience as a reporter for the state's largest newspaper, he was the only legislator who NEVER returned phone calls. That makes him hardly the people's servant and a wimp in the bargain.

Good luck to the coup. Make it happen, sooner rather than later....


Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Those of us who dabble in politics, from close and far away on this issue, hope he's gone soon, too. He's just bad for business.

And here's a tidbit that really surprised me:

Star Reporter Mary Beth Schneider, usually a top-notch pro, took great pains to point out that Rep. Jeb Bardon (-Indianapolis) stood beside Bauer at his press meet-up yesterday.

She neglected to say that Bardon is retiring. Not on the ballot. Translation" nothing to lose.

A critical omission in such a strongly-bitter inter-nicene war.

If you're going to battle on this front, as a participant, or, apparently, as a news-reader, you'd better go in fully-armed. I'm just not sure where we're supposed to get that info. IN a complete sense. Or more-complete that omitting pertinent facts.

Disappointing news coverage. Mary Beth's comes closest to being timely and accurate. Then this startling omission. Not her typical effort.

2012-07-26 12:32:38

hendy [Member] said:

Pat Bauer stood up for what he thought was right, and took the legislature to its proverbial knees. For that, I applaud him.

Indiana is now North Alabama, so it's time that he left. Time to cave to our Masters, the Religious Right/Wrong. Surrender, you keepers of women's bodies, you homos, you terrorists, you socialist labor types-- and especially you that believe that free and public schools are in the State Constitution. You vagrants. You probably want welfare next. Go marry the daddy!

2012-07-26 12:51:58

hendy [Member] said:

Done. Linda Lawson replaces him. I wish her luck.

2012-07-26 15:49:30

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