"Everything I know about Dan Coats, I've learned in the past ten days. When Coats was first elected to Congress I was two years old. When he retired from the U.S. Senate I was a senior in high school. By the time I was in college and focused on politics as a career, he was in Germany. I am in the odd position of being a Republican Party insider who has no connection to or memory of the Republican field's uber-insider and presumed front-runner. I'm not alone.
"For the 40 and under crowd, the name Dan Coats carries with it little more than inherited admiration borrowed from those who recall his nearly two decades of public service."
-- Hoosier blogger Mike O'Brien. O'Brien writes about Republican politics for the WRTV 6 (ABC) website. Dan Coats, the former Senator from Indiana, has entered the primary race to take Evan Bayh's spot in Congress. Bayh replaced Coats in the Senate. After leaving office, Dan Coats was nominated by Bush to be the ambassador to Germany and worked as a Washington lobbyist for clients like the government of Yemen.