What’s done is done. Evan Bayh entered the Senate race in midstream to the hosannas of the not-so-Left in Indiana. Todd Young regrouped, busted his tail and out-hustled Bayh, riding the big wave to a decisive 52-41 win. You needn’t like Young or agree with his positions to respect his work ethic.
This outcome strikes me as deeply symbolic of the 2016 election as a whole, and even if I’m stretching, it certainly points to a generation gap manifested by the absence of young, vital blood in Indiana’s Democratic Party.
I’d suggest the Democratic Party get started with the process of progressive reform. In the meantime, Young’s going to be your senator for a while, so get to know his positions. If you’re opposed to them, whining on social media isn’t going to cut it. Either use the system, or step outside it, though first, it helps to know the risks and rewards embodied by your choice.
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Todd Young eager for conservative agenda, by Amy Bartner (Indy Star via the C-J)
About 13 hours after his unexpected win over Evan Bayh for Indiana’s open U.S. Senate seat, Todd Young spoke to reporters on being an “unapologetic conservative,” his intention to help repeal Obamacare and whether he supports Donald Trump’s push to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S.
The 45-minute conversation, at Downtown’s Le Peep breakfast restaurant, also touched on Trump’s surprise win, Young’s focus on bipartisanship and what Mike Pence would be like as vice president.
“Crazy night,” Young said, sitting down at a table in a reserved room in the breakfast restaurant with a green Starbucks cup in hand. “Is anyone here not tired?”