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Villain Senator Max Baucus Retiring

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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.

From the Associated Press:

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.

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6 Responses to Villain Senator Max Baucus Retiring

  1. jinbaltimore April 24, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    Tellingly, Obama’s “sendoff praise” of Baucus mentions nothing of ACA.

    • Taylor Marsh April 24, 2013 at 10:43 am #

      No one’s shocked.

      Remember Jim Messina is a former Baucus lieutenant.

  2. Cujo359 April 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    The nomination of Daschle was my first clue that we weren’t getting meaningful health care reform. Daschle was a lobbyist for the various industries affected by the ACA when he was nominated. If Baucus had a motive for getting him out of the way, it must have been eliminating competition.

    I find it hard to get excited over Baucus’ leaving. As bad as he was, he had lots of company. I doubt whoever takes over will be any better. The ecosystem will tend toward the same result.

  3. DaGoat April 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    This is the same kind of stuff the far right say or said about more moderate GOP senators like Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Lincoln Chaffee, Scott Brown and Arlen Specter. I didn’t agree with them and have to disagree with Taylor.

    Both Tester and Baucus are among the most moderate senators. Whoever replaces Baucus will not be very progressive, he/she will be either about the same or further to the right. I can’t see that as a gain for Democrats, and if Baucus is replaced by a far right senator we’ll all be worse off. The only possible gain for progressives I see would be short term with a committee chairman they like better.

    Both Democrats and Republicans tend to like the other party’s moderates and hate their own. The reality is without moderates neither party will hold the senate for very long.

    • Cujo359 April 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

      The reality is without moderates neither party will hold the senate for very long.

      What you’re really trying to say is that there’s no point in being involved with this political system, because this is no victory at all. Letting the “moderates” run things means we get the conservative agenda on virtually everything that matters. That big Democratic majority back in 2008 got us exactly squat in terms of health care reform, end to wars, re-establishment of the rule of law, and a more equitable and healthy economy.

      It’s more than a little ironic that you write this when this site’s authors are lamenting any real action on gun control. Does the NRA’s position strike you as moderate? Yet they’re winning. They’re winning because they are willing to punish any congressman who crosses them. This is something that progressives are completely unwilling to do. Instead we, or should I say “you”, because I’m not doing this anymore, keep voting the people who fail back into office, and give them our money, because otherwise we won’t “win” and that would be bad.

      The NRA is giving us a lesson in how politics is done, and we once again refuse to learn. Tell me again who the “reality based community” is?

      • Cujo359 April 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

        That irony inspired a rant, so thanks…

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