Dan Coats? Dan Coats? Are you kidding me, Dan Coats? 

RedState.com's Erick Erickson is having a Jim Mora Moment - "Playoffs? Playoffs? Are you kidding me, playoffs?" - in assessing the news that former Indiana Republican senator Dan Coats is coming out of retirement to challenge the man who took his place in the U.S. Senate, Evan Bayh.

In a blog post headlined, "Shoot me now please," Erickson laments: "If the best the Republican Party of Indiana can do is retread old horses who put themselves out to the pasture to begin with, we’re screwed. It was, after all, Dan Coats who left the Senate and Evan Bayh who won his seat. Had Coats stayed, this wouldn’t have happened.

"The last image most conservatives have of Dan Coats is him standing next to Harriet Myers swearing she was one of us. Don’t get me wrong — he’s a good guy.

"But if we are going to run people against Evan Bayh, how about we not run the guy who gave up his seat to Bayh in the first place?

"Dan Coats, a good man and a good former Senator, is a recruiting failure by the GOP. I’d gladly support Coats as the nominee. But if the best we can do is pull old politicians out of the pasture, we’re in trouble."

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