From a Dec. 19, 2009 New York Times story titled “Democrats Clinch Deal for Deciding Vote on Health Bill” (emphasis mine):
Faced with Republican resistance that many Democrats saw as driven more by politics than policy disagreements, Senate Democrats in recent days gained new determination to bridge differences among themselves and prevail over the opposition.
Lawmakers who attended a private meeting between Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats at the White House on Tuesday pointed to remarks there by Senator Evan Bayh, Democrat of Indiana, as providing some new inspiration.
Mr. Bayh said that the health care measure was the kind of public policy he had come to Washington to work on, according to officials who attended the session, and that he did not want to see the satisfied looks on the faces of Republican leaders if they succeeded in blocking the measure.
Evan Bayh, yesterday morning:
There were things about ObamaCare he didn’t like, but not as much as he didn’t like the idea of seeing satisfied looks on Republican leaders’ faces. Sure, it’s an enormous, destructive mistake and gets less popular by the day. The latter of which is the reason he’s expressing second thoughts about it now. But hey, at least he didn’t have to see those satisfied looks.
(Hat tip: Hot Air)