In 35 day from now, Hoosiers will fan out across the Cornfield to polling locations to cast their vote for whom they want to represent them in the US Senate.
The seat is open due to the retirement of senior Senator Dan Coats.
The two people competing to fill the vacancy are a current Congressman, Todd Young, a Tea Party Republican, and former Governor and Senator, Evan Bayh, representing the Democratic Party.
While I am a former Republican who now considers myself an independent moderate, I will be casting my ballot for Bayh.
Here is why.
Top of the list is that Bayh understands that to govern, one must understand that compromise is not a dirty, four-letter word.
This is something that Young and other Tea Party advocates do not seem to grasp.
Such a position goes against the American idea of representative democracy.
The my way or the highway mentality works – but only in a dictatorship.
Too many times over the last few years, Tea Party adherents have held the government, and thus we, the governed, hostage. This is not in accord with the founding principles of this great nation.
Back in 2011, Bayh joined with other politicians with a new idea – reaching across the aisle and finding ways to work together for the good of the people.
From that meeting came the organization, which has become influential in Washington DC, No Labels.
I worked with Bayh and his wife, Susan, on several projects back in my other life as a reporter for the daily newspaper, The Linton Daily Citizen, before becoming ill.
Bayh is known for his moderate views and ability to work with others no matter the party affiliation.
In fact in many other states and compared to national party types, Bayh would be considered a Republican rather than a Democrat.
I wrote about No Labels here: http://marksden.com/blog/blog2.php/no-labels-wants-congress-to.
It made sense to me then. It makes sense to me now.
We have had experienced too much partisan gridlock in the halls of Congress over the last eight years. We do not need this pattern to continue.
What Young promises is more stubbornness, more obstruction, cut in the vein of Ted Cruz.
We cannot afford more of this.
What Bayh offers is fiscal conservatism combined with a willingness to give a little to get a little, to govern for all the people – not just some of the people.
From the Cornfield, for this reason, I am casting my vote for Bayh.
This does not mean I always agreed with Bayh in years past. Nor does it mean I will agree on all his votes and views now.
We need a Senator willing to govern, not grandstand.