I’m sure that Evan Bayh will perform some good works to give his other self-interested activities some patina of statesmanship. He’ll serve on charitable boards for some good causes. He’ll write the occasional wonky op-ed in the Washington Post, serve on a presidential commission or two. He’ll be one of the more courtly and civil commentators appearing on FOX news. He’ll still richly deserve this evisceration by Ezra Klein.
Bayh could have done much good for his party and for his nation within the United States Senate. Instead, he’s cashing in–in what Klein rightly considers a particularly sad and hypocritical way. I’m less disappointed than I was about Peter Orszag’s move to Citigroup, but only because I had lower expectations of Bayh to begin with.