Another Dem Senator To Retire Over ObamaCare

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. pspr


    ObamaCare passed in 2010, but it continues to exert a political gravitational pull on Democrats. On Tuesday, six-term Sen. Max Baucus announced he will retire at the end of his term in 2014, rather than seek reelection in deep-red Montana. He is the sixth Democrat to announce his retirement this year, increasing the odds of a Republican take-over of the Senate.

    While Baucus faced a competitive race for reelection, he had amassed a $5 million campaign war-chest and hadn't yet been challenged by a top-tier GOP candidate. Baucus had even broken ranks with his party on gun control, suggesting to many observers that he was preparing for a reelection campaign.

    The most likely factor in his decision to retire is the looming implementation of ObamaCare. As Chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Baucus was a chief architect of Democrats' overhaul of the health care system. Baucus recently rued that ObamaCare is headed for a "huge train wreck."

    In November, Montana voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative, with almost 70% of the vote, to prohibit the state from enforcing a federal mandate to purchase health insurance. While federal law trumps the ballot initiative, the vote is a good sign of how unpopular ObamaCare is with Montana voters. That voted likely triggered Baucus' thoughts of retirement.

    Democrats are pinning their hopes of retaining the seat on former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who left office with favorable ratings. He is likely the only chance the party has of keeping the seat, but would face strong-headwinds from positions taken by the national Democrat party.

  2. Everything trumps a ballot initiative. What a friggin waste of time. A ballot initiative means nothing as we saw with the gay marriage in Califoria.
  3. Where in the heck is that? You putz, can't you speel?
  4. Eye em doing this mostly because its entertaining and plus its a great exercise for hour intellect. :cool:
  5. Peace out Pspr, it keeps your threads at th top of the page...:D
  6. Hey...:D

    You left out the "e"..

    Goonoight and goodbye.:cool:
  7. pspr


    You didn't limit yourself to just two drinks again at lunch, nutmeg! :)
  8. jem


    The ballot initiative was overruled by our over active CA supreme court...

    We will see how much love the intiatiative gets from the top court.

    I love the move the voters made in Montana.

    Again, if local courts uphold the Montana law, that might turn into a real constitutional crisis.
  9. wjk


    He rammed it down our throats, and now he says it's headed for a huge train wreck. Yet he will retire (only because he knows he can't win), and live the good life on his fat senate pension and years of service building connections through selling out to lobbyists. Fuck him and all his kind in congress. He gets to sit back in luxury and watch his fucking train wreck.
  10. jem


    He will probably have a 7 figure do nothing lobbying job... paid for by the drug companies.

    we have to take back our govt from these self serving traitors.

    no lobbying...
    term limits..
    #10     Apr 23, 2013