I about fell out of my chair reading Pulliam's column this morning. Bayh undoubtedly has a lot of positives as a political candidate, but "charisma" is not one of them. In fact, political pundits have often pointed to Bayh's lack of charisma as what has held him back on the national stage.
When snooze-fest candidates like Al Gore and Joe Biden spark more excitement among their followers than Bayh, there is a definite charisma deficit. Charisma might not be that important to winning an Indiana Governor or Senate race, but it is critical to winning the Presidency.
No, "charisma" and Evan Bayh do not go together.