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(Washington Post)   Veteran senator Maximus Cronius Baucus decides to retire after 2014, to spend more time with the lobbying firm he'll be establishing in 2015   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 27
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2013-04-24 11:02:34 AM
Good riddance. I've never liked the guy, since he showed up at my high school back in the early 90s for a photo-op, but refused to actually talk to any students. He just disrupted our classes and lunch room, got his picture taken and had a soundbite with the news crew, and left.

Douche.
 
2013-04-24 11:03:45 AM
That tick has sucked enough, good riddance.
 
2013-04-24 11:06:32 AM
Why go through all that hassle? He'll be firmly ensconced in a top position at an existing firm before his successor takes the oath of office.
 
2013-04-24 11:08:13 AM
voted against background checks even though he's retiring AND 90 percent of montanans want them... AND he's the one who pretty much killed the public option in healthcare reform, so he can choke on a dick as far as i'm concerned.
 
2013-04-24 11:10:02 AM
As long as Schweitzer doesn't take his seat.

/but he will
 
2013-04-24 11:20:50 AM
There does seem to be a lot of Senate retirees lately.  He doesn't seem like one to be missed.
 
2013-04-24 11:29:45 AM

lorangct: As long as Schweitzer doesn't take his seat.

/but he will


What's wrong with Schweitzer?

/not from Montana, just curious
 
2013-04-24 12:21:26 PM
Aren't retiring congress critters banned from lobbying for at least 3 years?
 
2013-04-24 12:24:11 PM

Mithiwithi: What's wrong with Schweitzer?

/not from Montana, just curious


He's a competent, powerful, and popular Democrat here. The Rapepublicans will have difficulty coming up with a suitable opponent. Which means if Schweitzer runs, Democrats have a good chance of holding the chamber.

I don't know  lorangct, I'm just guessing that's his concern.
 
2013-04-24 12:25:40 PM
Good riddance. That guy's just barely a Montanan anymore. When Jon Tester got elected to the Senate in 2006, he had to figure out pronto what he was going to do with his working wheat farm. That's a Montanan.
 
2013-04-24 12:29:34 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: Mithiwithi: What's wrong with Schweitzer?

/not from Montana, just curious

He's a competent, powerful, and popular Democrat here. The Rapepublicans will have difficulty coming up with a suitable opponent. Which means if Schweitzer runs, Democrats have a good chance of holding the chamber.

I don't know  lorangct, I'm just guessing that's his concern.


Which in the short run is all that matters to me...not being a Montanan.
 
2013-04-24 12:37:02 PM
Bye Max.
 
2013-04-24 12:49:26 PM
www.wearysloth.com

"He hath a wife, you know...."
 
2013-04-24 04:12:10 PM
www.ibiblio.org

would also like to spend more time in montana.
 
2013-04-24 04:19:47 PM

DjangoStonereaver: [www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]

"He hath a wife, you know...."


That would have seriously just earned you a free month. Well played, sir.
 
2013-04-24 04:47:10 PM

FlashHarry: voted against background checks even though he's retiring AND 90 percent of montanans want them... AND he's the one who pretty much killed the public option in healthcare reform, so he can choke on a dick as far as i'm concerned.


In fairness, it was Lieberman that killed the public option.  Baucus killed a nationwide exchange, instead forcing state-by-state exchanges into the bill.
 
2013-04-24 04:53:39 PM
Veteran senator Maximus Cronius Baucus decides to retire after 2014, to spend more time with the lobbying firm he'll be establishing in 2015 families of dead schoolchildren.
 
2013-04-24 04:57:58 PM

FlashHarry: AND 90 percent of montanans want them


Ok, where are you getting that?  Have you ever been to Montana?
 
2013-04-24 04:58:25 PM

Stile4aly: In fairness, it was Lieberman that killed the public option.  Baucus killed a nationwide exchange, instead forcing state-by-state exchanges into the bill.


it was? i thought it was baucus. good riddance to lieberman, too.
 
2013-04-24 05:10:33 PM

HeadLever: FlashHarry: AND 90 percent of montanans want them

Ok, where are you getting that?  Have you ever been to Montana?


saw it on morning joe this morning.

upon googling, i see that it's nearly  80 percent, not 90. but still - the vast majority.
 
2013-04-24 05:14:37 PM

ox45tallboy: DjangoStonereaver: [www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]

"He hath a wife, you know...."

That would have seriously just earned you a free month. Well played, sir.


Crap! And I literally just re-upped my TF Monday!

You are far too kind.
 
2013-04-24 05:42:46 PM

FlashHarry: i see that it's nearly 80 percent, not 90. but still - the vast majority.


Maybe for a generalize concept of universal bacground checks but not for the crap that was voted on here a week or so ago.  For that, you can bet that support is quite a bit less per the new poll that came out today.
 
2013-04-24 05:53:50 PM
Oh, and I thought this blurb to be pretty funny regarding the 'protest':

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) is running full-page ads in seven newspapers throughout Montana. The ad includes the signatures of 75 gun owners across Montana who are protesting Baucus' vote.
"Senator Baucus, it was WRONG to vote 'no' on stopping gun violence. 79% of Montana voters support background checks. Stand with us, not gun manufacturers," the ad text says. "Support sensible gun laws and keep our families and communities safe."

79% of Montana voters (where 57.7% own guns) are for background checks.  So out of 580,000 gun owners, they found 75 signatures?  Lol.  That is a whopping 0.013%.  Nice way to show em who's boss there PCCC.  Probably could round up more PETA supporters than this by protesting free range beef.
 
2013-04-24 11:52:54 PM

FlashHarry: Stile4aly: In fairness, it was Lieberman that killed the public option.  Baucus killed a nationwide exchange, instead forcing state-by-state exchanges into the bill.

it was? i thought it was baucus. good riddance to lieberman, too.


A bunch of them had a hand in it, but the final nail in the coffin was driven by Lieberman.  Before the public option was declared dead, Lieberman suggested replacing it with an option for people to buy into Medicare which would have been fantastic.  Unfortunately, House Dems reacted so enthusiastically that Lieberman realized he'd offered something too good and retracted it the next day.
 
2013-04-25 11:27:39 AM

FlashHarry: voted against background checks even though he's retiring AND 90 percent of montanans want them... AND he's the one who pretty much killed the public option in healthcare reform, so he can choke on a dick as far as i'm concerned.


...and last week, said the 'Obamacare' mess that he created will be a trainwreck when implemented.

Fark him and all his works.
 
2013-04-25 11:55:51 AM
Democrat In Name Only, Sorry Ass Undercover Republican.
 
2013-04-25 12:12:38 PM

Saborlas: Democrat In Name Only, Sorry Ass Undercover Republican.


Any Democrat you get from Wyoming, Montana, Idaho ND or SD is going to be be this way.  Kind of like many of the Rs back east that lean more to the liberal side.  Schweitzer will be the same, or even more conservative than Baucus.

/Vetoed several bills with a branding iron while he was Gov
 
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