Are we losing Max?

Senator Max Baucus in reflective pose, contemplating on which side his bread is buttered. He has reportedly decided to get out of the cabana, the heat being too hot.

Senator Max Baucus in reflective pose, contemplating on which side his bread is buttered. He has reportedly decided to get out of the cabana, the heat being too hot.

When Democratic Senator Max Baucus was asked why he voted with three other craven Democrats and nearly the entire Republican delegation to the Senate to prevent debate on the weapons purchase background check supported by 90% of the country, he had only one word: “Montana.”

That is because Senator Max “represents” Montana in the U.S. Senate. And he is up for re-election next year. That’s why he has to be very concerned about doing what’s right for his constituents. And they evidently don’t want anyone who purchases an assault weapon to have to be mentally stable or be free of felony convictions.

Four years ago, the election was far off. So he was freer to sell out the health reform movement to insurers and for-profit providers, whatever his own constituents thought. His chief aid then now works very profitably for those same interests. Maybe his own nest will be feathered by them in the event he retires some time in the future.

I guess we will see soon. Because Senator Max will no longer be sticking his industry-purchased nose into legislation to see what his campaign contributors might get out of it. You see, he has decided not to run for re-election, according to the Washington Post.

It’s too bad he didn’t make this decision one week earlier so that he might get his shot at an entry in Profiles in Courage by voting against filibuster. But then again, Max has been so used to doing the wrong thing, it would have just be too disturbing to his physiology to once take a stand that didn’t produce campaign contributions.

I wonder what lobbying groups and health insurance company boards will be soon benefiting from his “service”?

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  1. Don’t think his vote was influenced by his desire to be re-elected:

    “Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of the chief architects of the Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare), won’t seek re-election in 2014, according to two Democrat sources familiar with the senator’s decision.”
    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/04/23/dem-sen-max-baucus-wont-seek-reelection-in-2014/

    Maybe he voted against the bill because it was a bad bill.

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