Skip to comments.White House to nominate Baucus for ambassador to China [Dem Senator from MT to retire early]
Posted on 12/18/2013 3:15:28 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican
The White House is set to select outgoing Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) as its pick for ambassador to China, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and a Baucus ally confirmed Wednesday.
Baucus, 72, previously announced that he won't seek reelection to the Senate in 2014.
Assuming Baucus is confirmed sometime in 2014, it means there will be a vacancy in his seat. Gov. Steve Bullock (D) will get to make the appointment for the final year of Baucus's term.
Bullock could pick his lieutenant governor, John Walsh, who is already running for the seat in 2014. But Walsh faces a primary against former lieutenant governor John Bohlinger, and governors sometimes opt to pick placeholders who don't intend to run for the seat in order to avoid allegations of favoritism.
Rep. Steve Daines is the leading candidate on the GOP side. Republicans have been favored to win the seat in a state that President Obama lost by 13 points in 2012.
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Hmmm. Maybe Ms. Cheney should move over a state and quit attacking the old guard (gop-elite) currently holding the seat she’s looking at in WY.
Max Baucus to leave the Senate early. It remains to be seen whether the Democrat governor appoints his Lt. Gov. (who is running for the Senate seat in 2014 against a former Dem Lt. Gov.) or a placeholder.
Just what we needed: a fresher turd.
is this a payoff for something?
(i suppose so)
This is clearly designed to help the Dims hold the seat so I suspect Bullock will not appoint a place holder...
kind of odd considering he is the guy who labeled OCare a “train wreck”..
Baucus is not an anti-communist. Look for the Yellow Flag over our Embassy to continue flying.
The only problem with a revolving door is that there is no knob.
Wasn’t Baucus suppose to lead the ‘Tax Reform’ effort? I guess that’s over as well ...
Smart move. The guy can then campaign that he already has experience as a senator and is essentially an incumbent. He can also pick and choose on how he votes on issues hoping to defuse the anticipated attacks made by his GOP opponent.
Obama’s gun control supporters aren’t going to be happy.
Daines will win hands down.
Where have we heard that before? Oh, it was just a year ago, 2012, we were supposedly "favored" to win Tester's seat in MT. But the combination of the lousy Libertarian taking away votes plus the usual 'Pub ability to lose winnable races left us with yet another defeat.
They better not blow it this time. If things keep going like they are the 2014 elections should be fat pickings for the 'Pubs. But I have a sneaking suspicion they'll find a way to blow it. No more Akins and Mourdocks, please!
Sweitzer is the only politician in Montana who would win hands down. After he decided not to run the Dims were left with a bunch of unknown, nobody, candidates.
Daines has name recognition but this is potentially going to close that gap.
An astute move by the rat faction of the uniparty.
Daines currently leads by 17 points, and the Lt. Gov. is not exactly an unknown like the dim’s candidate in South Dakota. Being a sitting interim senator won’t put many points on the board. Jeff Chiesa’s name recognition in New Jersey didn’t really change when he was made a senator.
Obamacare will sink the dem’s in Montana, and I predict they lose this race by double digits. Their track record of holding onto red state seats when some dynastic tool dies or retires, is poor. They’ve had some good luck in North Dakota and West Virginia in the past, but beyond that, once a dinosaur like Baucus goes, the seat will usually go to the ideological leaning of the state.
Besides, Daines for all his faults, is not Denny Rehberg. He won’t be taking anything for granted, and he’s a pretty savvy politician.
There was a news story last week that Governor Bullock had an important job for Lieutenant Governor Walsh to do......decorate the Christmas tree. I’m not joking.
John Walsh was in charge of a department that “lost” $23,000,000 of federal stimulus money. I haven’t seen any stories saying they found that money.
No Republican has ever held this seat, it has been in Democrat hands since senator's have been popularly elected.
Montana is a state that is heavily dependent on Federal dollars for schools, hospitals, highways, agricultural subsidies, plus the 40% of the folks who depend on Social Security, Military and Federal Retirement benefits.
The voters in Montana are going to vote for a Senator who keeps the Federal Dollars coming into the state...
Claims totaling $4 million have been filed against the city of San Diego in the sexual harassment scandal involving former Mayor Bob Filner.
True, but LA had never popularly elected a Republican to either of its seats in the Senate, and when Breaux retited in 2004 Vitter won quite comfortably.
My point is that, while we can’t take anything for granted in MT, it’s not as if it’s freaking Hawaii or Maryland. It gave Romney a big victory margin in 2012, and has a long history of electing Republicans in statewide federal elections over the past 25 years (except for Baucus, and Tester in 2006 and 2012).
Which is why Daines is not a bad candidate. He hasn’t exactly made a name for himself as a fiscal conservative who will pinch pennies, but isn’t a Don Young either.
Montana consistently votes Republican for its at-large House seat since Pat Williams back in the 90s, and it went for Romney by over 10% points. This was when Obama was at his popularity height as well. Since then he has crashed, and attacking Walsh as a rubber stamp for Obama’s agenda along with the brutal primary fight that’s shaping up between the Lt. Governor and the more radical John Bohlinger, and I predict we’ll take the seat.
Look at West Virginia. Democrat senators as far as the eye can see. But upon the retirement of Rockefeller, they’re barely even competing for the seat there.
Montana likes pork-barrel spending, but so does Mississippi, and they elect Republicans. Democrats have had the edge in Montana because of union strength and better organization, but I think Daines will wrap it up quickly in an election cycle that looks toxic for dimocrats nationwide.
Daines may win the Dim may win but in Montana its far to early to make any prediction.
Enzi is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and an opponent of abortion (the secular sacrament of liberals and elitists everywhere), an opponent of "gay""marriage" like that entered into and by Mary Cheney, sister of his opponent and previously supported by Liz Cheney), a social issue conservative generally with ties to conservative anti-tax groups, a vigorous opponent of illegal immigration, etc.
Against this Enzi supports sales taxes on internet sales, admittedly not a conventional conservative position but one supporting brick and mortar merchants such as his (presumably retired or deceased father). Also he appeared at a fundraiser for the disgraceful McConnell, not that his presence would have increased the take or effected McConnell's hopefully slim chances against his Tea Party opponent.
On the other side, we have Liz Cheney, who is somewhat accomplished in the area of foreign policy, presumably pro-2nd Amendment, daughter of former VP Dick Cheney (himself a vocal proponent of "gay" "marriage") and White House Chief of Staff for Gerald Ford who was the most embarrassing GOP-E liberal on every issue that counts excuse for a POTUS, perhaps ever but certainly since the Jurassic Era of Herbert Hoover.
If someone in the Wyoming race is a GOP elitist, it is surely not Mike Enzi. What percentage of Liz Cheney's life has actually been spent in Wyoming??? She actually lives in Virginia. Given Virginia's bleeding leftward, especially on social issues, maybe she should run in her actual home state, where her husband and children live, as she should admit she does, in her own home? Her foreign policy views and elitist background would play a lot better in Virginia than her elitist background would play in Wyoming. She just wants a guaranteed cakewalk to the Senate fueled by the zillionaires her dad is so adept at tapping.
Also, Montana's Congressman-at-Large, Steve Daines is already running and the presumptive nominee in Montana.
Um, Liz Cheney IS the “GOP Elite.” That’s why Wyoming Conservative Republican voters don’t want her carpetbagging butt.
Senate races in MT have frequently been a problem for the GOP going back a century. They’ve only won in 1946 (Zales Ecton) & 1988, 1994 and 2000 (Conrad Burns). The GOP has lost by the narrowest of margins in many of the races.
Maybe just “new blood”? Not to say that Liz is better than Mike or vice a versa since I’m not to keen on many/any of them (gop or dems) currently. Who knows how this will play out as things are currently. The “lyin’ king” doesn’t much care about congress anyway and feels he can do as he pleases and gets a pass.
As it turned out, Rehberg had baggage and tried to coast. By all accounts, he shouldn’t have lost against a moonbat fluke who won due to fraud (the false allegations cooked up against Burns by U.S. “Justice” Dept Democrat flunkies), but ultimately he has himself to blame for blowing it. Similar situation in ND with Berg, and it turned out that Kevin Cramer should’ve been the nominee and Berg should’ve run for reelection to the House seat instead.
Leave the senate and get a better government job. They never stop cashing in.
Now that he finally understands train wrecks, maybe he thinks he can help the Chinese avoid more high-speed train derailments?
Obama despises the serious, hard-working Chinese.
He wanted to send them the stupidest, most obtuse man in Washington but Biden and Hagel were already busy.
Any Republican who doesn’t take the race seriously and runs it accordingly is going to deserve their fate.
I will point out that the last Senate appointee, Paul Hatfield, failed to win his primary (against Baucus in 1978), so there is a danger in trying to give (what will probably be) Lt Gov. Walsh a leg up. Plus, going into the election as an incumbent defending Zero & Reid’s Senate majority could also hurt him.
I hope the power of incumbency won’t be any help to the bastard Walsh if he is appointed.
The Liz bots are getting silly. How the hell do you get more “gop elite” than Dick Cheney’s daughter? If someone gave her a crown and we could officially call her a Princess.
Baucus was not as liberal until Obama got elected.
Tester and the former Governor(the fat guy)support amnesty for illegals so that is another issue that will help Daines.
Montanans voted 79.5 percent in favor of LR 121, which denied state services to illegal aliens.
Also Romney probably did worse as a rich guy than other presidential candidates may have done.
I think if Daines is 60 or 70% on Club for Growth Ratings that might be to be expected of an electable conservative in Montana with all the freebies you have to concede.
Enzi also let Sessions become the budget leader which allows Jeff to hijack it for legitimate purposes of going after illegals on the fiscal issue.
Maybe Steve King can continue to attach the amendment to anything Boehner tries to pass. Get the GOP on record.
all rats all the time because of the stupid voters...plus, they cheat...
...from what I understand, Baucus will fit right in in Red China...
One of the things about this craven budget "compromise" that I find enraging is that we are cutting veteran's pensions but preserving every nickel that goes to the illegals. The illegal alien lobby is overreaching by far. Paul Ryan is preparing to join Boehner, McConnell and the GOP-E in passing "comprehensive immigration reform" and that likely influenced him in keeping intact their share of federal loot.
I live about 6 miles south of Ryan's district and I fail to understand how so many Republicans can be bamboozled into thinking Ryan is conservative. That also goes for my Congressidiot Adam Kinzinger and the Congressidiot to our south Aaron Schock. The GOP caucus under Boehner looks increasingly like ideological Swiss cheese.
Congressman Steve King is in the state to my west but he is the closest Congressman that I would be caught dead or alive wishing to have as my representative.