Montana’s Max Baucus to Quit Senate In 2014
Matt | On 24, Apr 2013
Most of my readers don’t live in Montana, but this news may be important to you. Yet another member of the U.S. Senate has decided to call it quits on the lawmaking body at the end of their next term.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election for his seat in 2014. The collective reaction around the web was one of actual relief. See, Sen. Baucus had always been known as a Blue Dog Democrat — meaning that he wasn’t nearly as progressive as he should have been. He voted with Republicans on several key issues — most recently the failed bill for background checks for straw purchasers at gun shows. At times, he seemed to be a Democrat in name only.
Now why does this have bearing on you? Well, there are a few reasons…..
As more people decide not to run for Senate, it leaves the gate open for a potential Republican to take the seats. The current balance in the chamber is 54 Democrats, 45 Republicans, and one Independent. If Republicans gain seats in the next election (which I pray they don’t), then it makes it even harder to get a 60-vote majority to get most legislation passed.
On the other hand, ridding the Senate of an almost non-existent progressive voice may actually free up the seat for someone who is a true Democrat. Baucus has been in his seat since December 1978. I’m sure I can get someone to agree with me that it’s time for him to look for greener pastures.
One of the writers at Salon went into more detail. He basically skewered Baucus for a less-than-stellar job in Washington, D.C., calling his legislative output “institutionalized corruption.” WOW .. lol. Read here.