In that context, it would be nice if Senator Bayh's announcement would serve as a wake-up call to Washington to mend its ways, but it looks unlikely. After all, Mercutio's "a plague on both your houses" didn't exactly result in peace and harmony in fair Verona either. Quite the contrary, everyone seems to be drawing exactly the wrong lessons from the decision. Democrats, seeing yet another incumbent deciding against a re-election bid, are only going to grow more timid and politically calculating. Republicans are going to conclude that their obstructionism works -- after all, it just turned Indiana from "leans Democrat" to "leans Republican" in the handicapping of November's election. Whether Senator Bayh's decision was noble or cowardly or something in between, it's almost certain to make matters worse.