Baucus to retire
by Pete Talbot
“Who’ll be your whipping boy now?” asked my wife.
Still Max. But I have a lot of questions. Was it the public outcry on his latest actions the led to his retirement? You know, his no vote on the expanded background checks for gun buyers and his comments on the health care “train wreck.” The pundits say he did these things because he’s up for re-election in 2014. Now he says he’s not running.
I get an email from Max’s organization every other day asking for money. And he already has something like $6.5 million in his war chest.
So either he took a poll recently that said his numbers were in the crapper or he’s been playing at this super-secret campaign strategy to hold the seat in Democratic hands. I suspect the former.
I guess it could be something else, like his health, but they say the guy runs miles everyday, so that probably isn’t it. Then there’s this, from a source at ABC News: He has recently been remarried and “is finally happy,” the friend said. “At 72, he can still have a life. It’s harder to do that at 79.”
And the most shocking thing of all: The likely Democratic candidate to succeed him would be former governor Brian Schweitzer, sources said.
Where the hell did this come from? It’s been said that these two guys don’t like each other very much. Again, from the Post: ” … Schweitzer, a popular figure who at times has feuded with Baucus over local political issues in the Big Sky state. In February, Schweitzer hinted at a potential run in a Facebook post.”
Since I don’t follow Schweitzer on Facebook, this is news to me. I thought Brian was busy trying to take over the Stillwater palladium mine over there in Columbus.
So much subterfuge, so little time.
Was Baucus really grooming Schweitzer for the seat all the time? Was this to keep potential Republican (or Democratic) rivals at bay. It seems to have worked on the Republicans with the two candidates, so far, being no-names: Corey Stapleton and Champ Edmunds.
This political insider crap drives me crazy, if that’s what it is. I’m sure details will emerge over the next few weeks. Personally, I’d like to see Denise Juneau run for the seat.