PRAISE ZEUS! Yesterday Montana’s Max Baucus made a lot of people happy. There really isn’t enough time to explain just how villainous Max Baucus is or just what damage he did in his post on the Senate Finance Committee.
Right behind Wyden in seniority for Finance is Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y. Schumer aspires to one day be leader and could face internal conflict if he tries to leapfrog another senator. And yet Reid’s discomfort with Wyden will at a minimum create Capitol Hill intrigue and buzz on Wall Street about whether the leader might make an exception to the rules.
Chris Hayes explains in the video above.
The celebrating was loud.
“Good bye, Senator K Street. Max Baucus has a history of voting with corporate interests and not the interests of Montana voters — taking millions from Wall Street, insurance companies, and lobbyists,” she said in a statement. “Montana will finally have a chance to have a senator with its best interests at heart, and we hope [former Democratic Gov.] Brian Schweitzer jumps into the race immediately.” – PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor
Brian Schweitzer is being rumored as a possible candidate to replace Baucus.
Baucus’ retirement opens up an opportunity for Republicans to claim a Senate seat in a state where GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney easily defeated Obama by 12 percentage points last year. But Democrats have proved resilient in Montana, with Sen. Jon Tester winning re-election last year. The election of Steve Bullock last year is the third term in a row in which Democrats have held the governorship.
Considering Max Baucus was in K Street’s pocket, voted against universal background checks, and was central to making the Affordability Care Act as bad as it is, no one should care if a Republican replaces him.
According to Confidence Men by Ron Suskind, it was Senator Max Baucus who decided to make sure Tom Daschle’s $128,000 in undeclared compensation got out. Baucus didn’t want Daschle around during the health care debate, so he made sure he wasn’t. I’ve got no sympathy for Daschle’s stupidity, even if Tim Geithner skated for his tax indiscretions, but on health care, Tom Daschle would have been a lot better for the American public than villain Max Baucus.
Good riddance, Max Baucus.