As we discussed on last Sunday’s edition of The Teri O’Brien Show, last week while questioning Sec. of Health and Human Services, Kathleen “Nurse Ratchet” Sebelius, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) demonstrated that he is afflicted with a bizarre form of amnesia. How else can we explain that the author of Obamacare was suddenly predicting that it would be a “train wreck,” a fact that was obvious before this scheme was enacted? Oh wait …he’s up for re-election in 2014. Or he was. Apparently he has seen the handwriting on the wall. From The Hill:
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is retiring, a source has told The Hill.
The longtime chairman of the Senate’s tax-writing panel faced a difficult reelection contest in Montana, a state easily won by Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
It wasn’t just the ACA train wreck, as the Hill story notes:
Baucus also has made several votes against his party in recent weeks, including voting against the Senate Democratic budget and legislation tightening background checks on gun purchases.
The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a prominent liberal advocacy group, bought a series of newspaper ads in Montana over the weekend attacking Baucus for his gun vote.
He was angered this week by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision to bring an online sales tax bill directly to the Senate floor for a vote rather than first having it go through Finance. Baucus opposes the legislation. …
Baucus joins four other Democratic senators who have announced they won’t seek reelection in 2014, including Sens. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Jay Rockefeller (W. Va.), Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Carl Levin (Mich.).
Granted we have a long time until November 2014, but it’s looking good for the GOP, provided that they don’t manage to screw it up somehow, like say by supporting amnesty for illegal aliens.