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Baucus to retire rather than seek re-election in 2014
Washington Post ^ | April 23rd | Paul Kane

Posted on 04/23/2013 6:55:13 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is retiring rather than seek re-election in 2014, according to two senior Democratic strategists familiar with his plans. First elected in 1978, Baucus has been the top Democrat on the powerful committee since 2001. The likely Democratic candidate to succeed him would be former governor Brian Schweitzer, sources said.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014midterms; baucus; democrats; elections; max; mt2014; retirement; schweitzer
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1 posted on 04/23/2013 6:55:13 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

I smell a pick up here!!!


2 posted on 04/23/2013 6:55:32 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

Huge opportunity coming up! :-)


3 posted on 04/23/2013 6:59:08 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: MNGal

First elected in 78?

Geez! Talk about “needed to retire 35 years ago”

LOL


4 posted on 04/23/2013 7:00:53 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: MNGal

Isn’t Cheney from up around there?

Is it Montana of Wyoming he’s from?


5 posted on 04/23/2013 7:01:22 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

Nice!!! He smelled defeat!


6 posted on 04/23/2013 7:02:46 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: ConservativeMan55

I’ve always wondered why this state has any Democrats in office at all.....then I remember a couple I met in Seattle that were hard corps unionists/Democrats......both were born/raised in Butte Montana.... just never seemed right to me......except as children of the Great Depression.....


7 posted on 04/23/2013 7:04:04 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (A Strong Man Armed who guards his home, lives in peace.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Funny, he voted against the gun bill even though he knew he was leaving and wouldn’t have to face the voters of Montana, maybe there is a shred of decency in him...


8 posted on 04/23/2013 7:04:51 AM PDT by apillar
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To: ConservativeMan55

First elected to the Senate in ‘78. He was a Watergate Baby in the House, elected in 1974 (beating a GOP incumbent).


9 posted on 04/23/2013 7:05:15 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Love it.

Need some fresh blood in that spot..CONSERVATIVE Fresh Blood.


10 posted on 04/23/2013 7:05:34 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Wyoming.


11 posted on 04/23/2013 7:05:36 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Cheney is from Wyoming. His daughter is considering a run against moderate republican Mike Enzi.


12 posted on 04/23/2013 7:05:50 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: apillar

OR.. he voted against the gun bill planning on seeking re-election.

Then looked at the poll numbers and realized he STILL was going to lose so he retired.

OR.. maybe he has some decency. Maybe.


13 posted on 04/23/2013 7:06:42 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: cotton1706

I love Cheney’s daughter.


14 posted on 04/23/2013 7:07:01 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

Did Pompeo scare him out?


15 posted on 04/23/2013 7:07:48 AM PDT by Kanzan
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To: ConservativeMan55; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; randita; BillyBoy; ...

Unfortunately, this actually complicates us getting this seat. It was expected that ex-Gov. Schweitzer was going to challenge Baucus in the Dem primary, which was going to be ugly. Whomever emerged would be damaged against a GOP opponent. Now with Schweitzer having clear sailing, it will be more difficult, and with no clear cut GOP opponent.


16 posted on 04/23/2013 7:08:26 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Forty-Niner

“except as children of the Great Depression.....”

MT more likely californicated much like CO and NV.


17 posted on 04/23/2013 7:09:18 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Which frees him to vote for the next gun control bill that is coming down the pike.

And like Tom Daschle before him, someday he’ll show up on Capitol Hill in a Rolex and Armani suit to tell his former colleagues that life as an ex-Senator can be very, very good indeed....IF you’re willing to play ball.


18 posted on 04/23/2013 7:09:36 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ConservativeMan55

Casper, WY


19 posted on 04/23/2013 7:09:43 AM PDT by MachIV
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To: grumpygresh

How do we uncalifornicate them?


20 posted on 04/23/2013 7:09:54 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: ConservativeMan55

He voted the right way on gun control, which sealed his fate among the Dems, O & Bloomberg.

I like the way he has signaled to the GOP that they get their candidate lined up.


21 posted on 04/23/2013 7:10:18 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: ConservativeMan55

I think he got a midnight call from Imam Obama telling him the party would not support his reelection. If he shifts his vote when the gun bills come back up, which they will, you know he got the message to change his vote or be picnicking at Fort Marcy Park.


22 posted on 04/23/2013 7:11:05 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: ConservativeMan55

Cheney is from Wyoming. I thought I read somewhere that Liz Cheney was contemplating running for office there.


23 posted on 04/23/2013 7:11:23 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: ConservativeMan55

That makes six democrat senators retiring and ten freshmen up for reelection, not to mention Chambliss and Johannes retiring on the repulican side. If we play our cards right, the senate in 2015 could be a VERY conservative body!


24 posted on 04/23/2013 7:12:11 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: ConservativeMan55
Western Montana is a cesspool of liberals. Butte (pronounced “butt” by any other Montana that does not live there) experienced communist riots in the early 20s since most of the miners were from the east coast and Europe. The rest of Montana is inhabited by rock-solid sons of liberty.
25 posted on 04/23/2013 7:13:09 AM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
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To: ConservativeMan55

“Geez! Talk about “needed to retire 35 years ago”...

Poster child for the term limit argument, in my opinion. There are way too many people who go with the intention to “serve” their constituents, but after many years of participating in the D.C. culture end up serving only themselves.


26 posted on 04/23/2013 7:13:54 AM PDT by MNGal
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To: cotton1706

Which daughter?


27 posted on 04/23/2013 7:15:29 AM PDT by kempster
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To: ConservativeMan55

Good.


28 posted on 04/23/2013 7:17:15 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: ConservativeMan55

Pryor (AR)
Coons (DE)
Franken (MN)
Cowan (MA)
Levin (MI)
Udall (CO)
Hagan (NC)
Merkley (OR)
Reed (RI)
Warner (VA)
Begich (AK)
Udall(NM)
Durbin (IL)
Harkin (IA)
Landrieu (LA)
Bauchus (MT)
Shaheen (NH)
Lautenburg (NJ)
Johnson (SD)
Rockefeller (WV)
Schatz (HI)

The ENTIRE democratic caucus up for reelection next year (except for Reed, Durbin and Landrieu) is either retiring or is a freshman!!!


29 posted on 04/23/2013 7:19:15 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: ConservativeMan55

It was his advocacy and vote for Obamacare that was going to doom him...that’s why he’s bailing..


30 posted on 04/23/2013 7:19:25 AM PDT by ken5050 (My tagline has mysteriously vanished...)
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To: MNGal

Beating Bacus in 2008 was a “huge opportunity”. Beating Tester in 2012 was a “huge opportunity”. Picking up the Kent Conrad seat was a “huge opportunity”.

The GOP as a national force is dead, and the situation in Montana and the Dakotas proves it.


31 posted on 04/23/2013 7:19:48 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: kempster

Liz Cheney, the hardline conservative


32 posted on 04/23/2013 7:19:59 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: ConservativeMan55

One of the chief architects of Obamacare. He doesn’t want to be around for the train wreck.


33 posted on 04/23/2013 7:20:54 AM PDT by kabar
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To: ConservativeMan55

Buh bye!!


34 posted on 04/23/2013 7:22:19 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: grumpygresh

Ted Turner, hardly a Californian, has massive property holdings in Montana.....California is just the first of once great Conservative states to be turned into socialist hell holes by emigration from the east coast....note that in addition to those states lefties comes their version of Republicans.....(read RINOs)


35 posted on 04/23/2013 7:22:38 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (A Strong Man Armed who guards his home, lives in peace.)
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To: ConservativeMan55

He wrote Obamacare and recently said it was going to be a train wreck.


36 posted on 04/23/2013 7:23:04 AM PDT by kabar
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To: cotton1706

“If we play our cards right, the senate in 2015 could be a VERY conservative body!”

If your Aunt had balls, she’d be your Uncle.


37 posted on 04/23/2013 7:23:18 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
I smell a pick up here!!!

There was the aroma of senate seat pickups all over the 2012 election. Turned out to be the stench of GOP candidates pooping all over themselves and losing seats that we should have won. I'll wait until we see who the candidates are.

38 posted on 04/23/2013 7:23:31 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: Jim Noble

Good point. The Dems have a younger man in the wings who will hold the seat for another 20 years.


39 posted on 04/23/2013 7:24:26 AM PDT by kabar
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To: cotton1706

That would be great, assuming its the “normal” daughter, and not the one with the alternative life style and female husband.....


40 posted on 04/23/2013 7:25:12 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (A Strong Man Armed who guards his home, lives in peace.)
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To: Jim Noble

Well I did say “if”!


41 posted on 04/23/2013 7:25:32 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Jim Noble

“The GOP as a national force is dead, and the situation in Montana and the Dakotas proves it.”

You certainly make a good point. It is my understanding, though, that the people of Montana are (or used to be) on the conservative side. It would make sense that this would be a good place for the conservatives to try to get a good, well-funding operation going.


42 posted on 04/23/2013 7:25:41 AM PDT by MNGal
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Yes it’s the normal daughter. The one that is the fill in when Hannity is off.


43 posted on 04/23/2013 7:26:36 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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“How do we uncalifornicate them?”

Send the east coasters back home.....


44 posted on 04/23/2013 7:27:33 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (A Strong Man Armed who guards his home, lives in peace.)
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To: cotton1706
Cheney is from Wyoming. His daughter is considering a run against moderate republican Mike Enzi.

Why doesn't Liz Cheney run for the senate in a state she's actually lived in within the past 40 years? She has no ties to the state other than her father's name.

45 posted on 04/23/2013 7:28:56 AM PDT by 0.E.O
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To: ConservativeMan55

Not a chance! If Baucus retires, Schweitzer will get the dim nomination and go on to victory.

Schweitzer is a folksy guy who supports gun rights, bucks the mainstream dim line, and is generally liked by most Montanans.

There isn’t any Republican in Montana that can beat him.

Sorry to say!


46 posted on 04/23/2013 7:30:21 AM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: Jim Noble

The Senate campaign committee has been atrocious the past two cycles. Needs a house cleaning. I recall in 2010 that the Governor campaign committee for the party pretty much carried the races they were involved in, including support for some of the winning Senate campaigns. The Senate campaign arm needs to be replaced. They are too busy supporting losers like Dewhurst and Crist in primaries to be bothered with fixing their losing ways, though.


47 posted on 04/23/2013 7:31:26 AM PDT by ilgipper (The lesson for the GOP is simple - don't let the opposition define you)
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To: Forty-Niner
I’ve always wondered why this state [Montana] has any Democrats in office at all...

My guess is that the Slave Party constituency in Montana consists of unemployed resource extraction workers (miners, loggers, and such), their unemployable children, bureaucrats (eco-nazis and welfare administrators), and the legacy of mine workers' unions. Am I far off?

48 posted on 04/23/2013 7:32:05 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: 0.E.O

The establishment blew its wad in 2012, with losses everywhere. I think their credibility is shot. Palin and DeMint will have enormous influence in who gets the nominations. And even with the losses, we replaced Hutchison with Cruz, Kyle with Flake and essentially Deb Fisher replaced Lugar (the republican and democrat losses washed eachother) and Snowe and Scott Brown are gone.

In addition, senators like Paul, Cruz and Lee are in the ascendancy. Senators like McCain, Graham and Collins are no longer respected by republicans nationwide.


49 posted on 04/23/2013 7:33:52 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: 0.E.O

I don’t know. Where does she live?


50 posted on 04/23/2013 7:35:35 AM PDT by cotton1706
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