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Weiner vs. Bayh: Which One's A Bigger Scandal? |

I know which one I’d pick, but apparently it doesn’t make for good copy.

The Bayh story won’t get the kind of headlines that Weiner’s did. It won’t get the kind of headlines that Bayh’s retirement did, either - headlines like “Bayh Falls Out of ‘Love’ With Congress, Will Not Seek Re-Election.” When Bayh announced his retirement at the last minute - timing that seemed designed to ensure Democrats would lose his seat - only a few partisan cranks considered the possibility that Bayh was leaving to sell himself to the highest bidder. In reporting on Bayh’s latest move, Jason Linkins gave us a useful roundup of the damage he did before leaving the Senate. Now we know that there’s more wreckage to come.

When he retired Bayh said, “I simply believe I can best contribute to society in another way: creating jobs by helping grow a business, helping guide an institution of higher learning, or helping run a worthy charitable endeavor.”

He was lying. We know that because he refused to rule out a lobbying job even as he pontificated about education, charity, or private enterprise. Now the nation knows that his “other way” involved being paid a huge salary to undermine and destroy the agencies targeted in a Chamber of Commerce memo: “the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”