Evan Bayh Fail


Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), who announced on Monday that he will retire at the end of this term (perhaps throwing the seat to a Republican), continues to be incredibly unhelpful to Democrats. Today, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House minority leader, is blasting out Bayh’s statement on CBS Tuesday morning that Congress hasn’t created even “one job” in the private sector over the past six months. Aside from the fact that he’s endorsing the other party’s talking points, Bayh is just wrong. According to an estimate by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus plan passed by Congress last year ensured that there were between 800,000 and 2.4 million more jobs in the fourth quarter of 2009 than there would have been without the stimulus.

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