Democrats hoping to see red states turn blue in November have only to look at Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh to know it can happen.
In 1988, Bayh became the first Democrat in 20 years to win the Indiana governor's office. He's gone on to build a popularity few Democrats in the state have achieved: a 79 percent approval rating as governor and, in his 2004 Senate race, more votes than President Bush in a state that hasn't voted Democrat for president since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Bayh's enduring popularity could help Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama win Indiana come November if he taps Bayh as his running mate, and many believe Bayh's experience on the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence committees could bolster an Obama-Bayh ticket's foreign policy credentials.
But Bayh's tenure as governor could provide another asset for Obama -- the executive leadership experience that some other vice presidential contenders lack.
Smith's story is completely void of any critical analysis of Bayh. This is precisely how phony politicians fool the public into believing they are something they are not. When journalists refuse to do their job, the public suffers. Any editor worth his salt would of asked Smith who paid him to write that story after submitting such a useless piece of drivel, tossed it in the trash can and told him to start over.