Monday, May 22, 2006

Senator Bayh meets local bloggers

TorporIndy and other Indiana bloggers were invited to meet Senator Bayh at a luncheon today at Shapiro's Deli. He sat down with a somewhat bi-partisan group of approximately 12 bloggers over lunch and told us that he was not going to give a speech, but rather he opened the floor for questions for a little over an hour.

I came with a few prepared questions, but these were quickly covered by the other bloggers. A Little Left of Centrist had a slyly crafted question where he asked the Senator about his Presidential aspirations by noting that both he and our current President are the father of twins. The Senator responded that he was currently doing everything that a prospective candidate would do. He even joked that former Virginia Governor Mark Warner and he would make a solid Indiana ticket as Warner was born in Indianapolis, but said they might disagree who should be running for the Vice-Presidency.

He also spoke of his time as two-term Governor of Indiana, where he was often described as a moderate or even conservative because of his fiscal policy measures, which resulted in a budget surplus when he left office. He laughed as someone in Iowa called him an ultra-liberal. He also declared he was not an ideologue and decried the dysfunctional political culture in Washington. He said this partisan culture has caused politcians to ignore our nation's energy, healthcare and budget problems for too long.

All of the bloggers that I spoke with were impressed he took time from his busy schedule to meet with us. I am sure he is conducting these meetings with bloggers from Iowa and New Hampshire as well.

Hoosierplew has audio from the event, other bloggers from Bilerico, Progressive Indiana, Reverent and Free, Advance Indiana, Left of Centrist, Fort Wayne Observed, In the Agora, Indiana Blog Review, Taking Down Words, and Shakespeare’s Sister have or surely will have coverage. If I have forgotten anyone, then please let me know.

One final note, he really likes the Lemon cake from Shapiro's as he took some with him for the road.


Blogger Marie said...

Sounds like ya'll had a good time.

May 23, 2006  
Blogger indygirl said...

Wow! What a great experience.

May 23, 2006  
Blogger Smartypants said...

You forgot to mention the most important thing.

What did he smell like?

May 23, 2006  
Blogger indymtgpro77 said...

I love lemon cake from there! Best in town!

I have always appreciated his forthrightness. I would surely vote for him, Shirley.

Yeah, what did he smell like?

May 23, 2006  
Blogger cinnamon said...

Tell me you had the devil eggs. They rock there!
seriously, that is really cool I hope it was a worthwhile experience. :)
I don't know what he smells like either, but the Govna smells like cheese and musk. Yes, it was definately musky cheese.

May 23, 2006  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

Torpor, nice report. I didn't actually get around to posting my thoughts until after 4:00PM today.

Just one slight mistake in your post . . . I haven't been "A Little" Left of Centrist for nearly six months. It's just Left of Centrist now. Bush pushed me so far to the left I couldn't possible call it a little anymore.

Good work, TT

May 23, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

A-ha. I'll change that later on!

May 23, 2006  
Blogger Jim said...

Kosher salami rocks. Does Evan like kosher salami? :)

May 23, 2006  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

well, who *wouldn't* like lemon cake from Shapiros? That place is the best places of all places, I tell you what. Did you see my family members? They hang out there at lunchtime.

May 24, 2006  
Blogger indygirl said...

Yes, give us the scoop on the smell factor...

May 24, 2006  

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