Congressman Mike Pence at Troop Rally in Indianapolis, IN
Here's one way to help the people of Indiana remember: Mount a serious challenge to Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, who's up in 2010. And here's an obvious challenger: Mike Pence.
Sure, it's a long shot (Bayh got 62% of the vote in 2004). But if voters are as upset as they may well be, Pence could make the race competitive. If he won, he'd be a leading possibility for national office as soon as 2012. If he loses, but runs a respectable race-which surely he'll do-he'd have a good shot to succeed Mitch Daniels as governor in 2012.
It's true Pence would be giving up a safe congressional seat and a position in the House leadership. But there are already good young Republicans-Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, et al.-in the House. An articulate, conservative first-term Senator who had knocked off a "safe" Democrat in a state Obama carried in 2008-that would be something...for Pence, for the GOP, and for conservatives nationwide.