Baucus to Leave Senate; Will Schweitzer Step Up?

by Cowgirl

So Max has answered the question about his future. News broke this morning that he willl not run for relection, and will instead retire at the end of ’14 to his new home in Bozeman.  We wish Max well in his retirement. So ends 40 years of elections and office holding, which began in the 1970s when he literally walked across the western half of the state to campaign for his first job as a house member.  He is probably looking forward to a rest now.

So now the question is, will he or won’t he? There are two Hes.

The first is Schweitzer, who has not indicated what he plans to do although it’s hard to imagine him not snapping it up. Seemingly the Senate seat is his for the taking. Other Democrats rumored to be at least modestly interested in higher office are Monica Lindeen and Denise Juneau, both of whom would make excellent candidates but obviously not of a Schweitzer caliber, at least not at this point in their careers.

The other He is Steve Daines. If the field features neither Baucus nor Schweitzer, clearly Daines might opt in and abandon his U.S .House seat for a shot at Senate.   But Daines will probably not run if Schweitzer gets in.  It would not be suicide to run against Schweitzer, but it would be close.

Schweitzer meanwhile is currently working on a takeover of a mine in Montana, which he is arguing has been mismanaged and is in need of stronger leadership. He did not comment today on speculation that he is likely to enter the Senate race.

Plenty of punditry to come.


76 Comments on "Baucus to Leave Senate; Will Schweitzer Step Up?"

  1. If Brian doesn’t run, a feasible opportunity to have a Montana lady, especially since North Dakota’s new senator a woman – and Democrat. It’s time for more women throughout our legislative bodies and executive branches. Senator Kaufmann also made great argument against allowing MORE money in state politics, because ‘dialing for dollars’ doesn’t apppeal to most women she said who would rather – and rightly – focus on the REAL issues and women are often right in the center of it all .

  2. Question: how much is Denny making as a lobbyist now and would he want to play again?

    • No offense at all meant to you, but I sincerely think all of these questions are completely moot until there is an answer from the 800 pound Gorilla. Dennis has never shown the courage it would take to face Schweitzer, and no Democrat would even dare. Daines may be the wildcard. He is popular in the Bozeman area, and well moneyed. But until Brian says “no”, all other possibilities are just musings with little amusement behind them.

    • Eeew.

  3. Drunks for Denny | April 23, 2013 4:02 PM at 4:02 PM |

    Yes! Its the Return of Denny! Gentlemen, start your boat engines!

  4. Seems Schweitzer feels himself tainted for the national political stage.

    Take his “You control yours, I’ll control mine” position on gun control, being pro Montana coal development and pro XL pipeline, just how are the west side Dem faithful going to square supporting those positions?

    • Schweitzer’s work with British Columbia was a key factor in obtaining an agreement not to despoil the North Fork Flathead in B.C. with coal mines. Over here, he gets a green thumbs up for that.

      • James, that was an easy one to be against. Sleeves and vests. Remember when Schweitzer was a cheerleader for the coal-fired Highwood Generating Station near Great Falls?

        • Easy? Yes, in the sense that he had public support. But not in the sense that it was an easy deal to cut, especially given the frowns from Washington, D.C. And in any event, there is no reason to disdain or diminish a good thing — and this was a very good thing — just because it was easy.

    • Ah, Craig, you never disappoint. I predicted to my wife, before she left for work and before this post was ever made, that you would show up somewhere with this exact kind of loaded question. Here’s a question for you, Craig. Why don’t you bop on over to 4 & 20 and ask those ‘west side Dems’ instead of posting such fallacy here? Or maybe at The Daily Kos, where such things are already being discussed among those who have no power to vote in Montana but a serious will to give Schweitzer money? If you want to know what the Greens will think, than fricking ask them. If you wanna think that the Greens will cost Schweitzer a Senate seat when they couldn’t even make a dent against Baucus, then you’re an idiot.

      Your continual caterwauling about the ‘hypocrisy’ of Dems is getting beyond threadbare. Schweitzer hasn’t indicated clearly where he would come down on background checks for firearm purchase. Maintain the NRA confiscation delusion all you like, but even ‘west side Dems’ don’t buy that bullshit. Most Democrats in Montana are not nearly as concerned about Keystone or ‘clean coal’ as they are universal health care (which Schweitzer favors), importing cheap pharmaceuticals from Canada (of which Schweitzer is the champion) and taking outr state legislature back from the batcrap crazy (which Brian’s coattails could accomplish.) So do tell, Craig. Do you honestly think your weak attempt to sow decent will bare any fruit at all? Psst, the answer would be no.

      • “Sow decent” (sic), not hardly. Just asking after Schweitzer’s recent interview by MSU students where he seemed to take himself off the national stage with positions such as “You control yours, I’ll control mine”. In addition to being pro Highwood coal plant Schweitzer also supported saving the world with coal.

        Gov. Brian Schweitzer likes to use that phrase when talking about Montana’s vast coal reserves, such as in this 2007 Time magazine piece:
        “Now here’s how Montana is going to save the world,” [Schweitzer] proclaimed at one point. “We are the Saudi Arabia of coal,” he said…

        • That’s the point, Craig. You were “just asking” a bunch of folks who recognize that you’re being as full of shit as possible. You actually think that the people reading your crap are so ‘dumb’ that you are going to look clever by writing stupid things. Fine, here’s your stupid, Craig:

          The AP announced the Baucus retirement at 10:00 am Mountain time this morning (though, unless I’ve missed it, that still hasn’t been verified by the Senator’s office.) Within an hour, that was posted at Huffington Post, The Hill blog and The Daily Kos. Within 20 minutes, there was speculation on Facebook and Twitter about Brian Schweitzer owning the seat. Within 3 hours, there was a petition to ‘draft Brian’ into the race posted as a front page pop-up at Kos and calls for such on multiple social websites. Within 4 hours there was a Facebook sidebar ad for signing the petition. So far, the PCCC (only one such petition) has over 10,000 signers. This is for an obscure Senate seat in a small population state.

          But you come here, to this website, to tell people what they should believe about Brian Schweitzer, else they aren’t really ‘progressives’. You haven’t written one word to date about what really is ‘progressive’ or offered any opinion about Brian’s potential run at all. You’ve just stupidly pointed fingers and thought the rest of us too dumb to notice.

          Here’s how dumb I am, Craig. I’m pointing the finger back at you. Do you favor gun control? Do you favor the background checks that the NRA was for before they were against? Do you favor health care reform of Schweitzer’s favored style, or Baucus’ or none? Do you favor tar sands development and the shipment of that crude through Montana on the Keystone XL pipeline? Do you favor the idea of clean coal development? Do you like the idea of cheap pharmaceutical import from Canada, or hate it? You see, Craig, without the answers to these questions, you just look like a fricking Republicant stooge, laying the groundwork for a Republicant to take the Senate seat held by Baucus. You think you’re clever by attacking potential Schweitzer supporters, but are too nutless to actually attack Schweitzer or even tell anyone where you stand. So nut up, Moore. Where do you stand? Then someone round here might be willing to put up with your bullshit. Until then, you got nothin’.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 23, 2013 9:33 PM at 9:33 PM |

          What I THINK that most folks are too polite to point out, and what I’m NOT too polite to point out, is that poor Max, whether it be from old age or Alzheimer, IS A FRICKIN’ IDIOT! If you happened to hear Max on sally mockery’s mizoo lost dog report tonight, you KNOW that Max sounded like a drunken Cornhole Burns! The dude’s brain is GONE! Over! Done! Adiosed!

          Who knows why? My personal opinion is that THAT’S what happens when you sell your soul to the devil! Google it! And listen! Max is a shell, there’s no there inside any longer. An empty shell of a man. There is NO soul left in there to even rattle around!

          So, now that Max is done, I’m done with him! He chose his path, now, he must accept what comes WITH that, as we all do!

          But “when the age is in, the wit is out”. Max’s wit AND soul are out! Terrible way to go through life!

  5. The teabagging craig moores of the world are already quaking in their boots at the thought of six more years of spankings at the hands of Senator BS.

    • jack, no quaking. LMAO. Positions beat part labels any day. Remember Schweitzer on the XL pipeline?

      Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) is expressing frustration with the debate in Washington over the Keystone XL pipeline, which he strongly supports.

      “Ninety per cent of these jackasses that are complaining about the Keystone pipeline in Washington, D.C., one year ago wouldn’t have even known where the Keystone was. While we were doing the heavy lifting here in Montana and in South Dakota and in Kansas and Oklahoma … in Washington, D.C. … all these great defenders had never heard of Keystone before,” Schweitzer said in an interview published Thursday.

      • correction: s/b party labels.

      • What was the point of your troll post quote about keystone? Is BS running for Secretary of State? You are quaking in your boots Craig. Governor..soon to be Senator…BS triangulates all your weak spots. He is the Teflon that deflects the Montana gop.

  6. Baucus has managed to hold on to that seat via campaign trickery, illegal but never owned up to until the statute had expired. Much like Tester last time around. His betrayals of public trust are legend, his sellouts routine. Perhaps those who know him best, his ex-wives, ought to chip in. The man’s a corrupt politician. Tester now carries forward, more betrayals in store from the 48% guy. Democrats, can you do worse? I fear the answer is yes.

    • In his defense: trying to survive a Montana election while maintaining one’s intellectual cred with the rest of the world is a one-of-a-kind highwire act. I think he voted against the assault weapons ban, threw up in his mouth a little, and decided he was done, right then and there.

      • It is far too easy fro Republicans to run for office and win by calling themselves Democrats. Once that label is affixed, you guys forgive all, as you just did, MTN(?). I have no opinion on gun control legislation, but do see too many nominal Democratic office holders too easily forgiven by sheepish Democratic voters voting based on fear of the other party rather. The result is corruption as exhibited by Baucus.

        • Once again, you come here and post unintellegable bullshit. Please go away, Mark. No one wants you here. You have banned multiple times and you still don’t get the clue.

          • There are a few self-appointed gatekeepers here, Kenny. And like your brother, you presume to speak for all. What the hell is wrong with you two? You’re so serious, self-reverent, tedious, officious, ponderous, plodding, slow, and politically clueless. Wat ever made you think that you needed to share your thoughts? They are neither original nor interesting.

            My comment, above, other than accidental insertion of the word “rather”, is an invitation for the likes you to self reflect. You’re politically clueless. But then, you only go to places that don’t challenge your challenged intellect, right? Don’t see you around much. Pretty much corralled here? Afraid to venture out? Coward, are ya?

            • right, toke. pot: meet crack.

            • Actually, Forrest Grump, the only “all” we presume to speak for are the owners and proprietors of this website who’ve already banned your moronic ass 3 times. Don’ know about you, but to most folk that’s a clear indication that you ain’t welcome here. So run away. Run, Forrest, run …

  7. I would love to see a Daines Schweitzer headtohead matchup. It would be full of juicy stuff about both guys. We’d learn the truth about Brian’s time in working for the Saudis, and about a certain pretty young GOP campaign worker from Bozeman.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 23, 2013 7:37 PM at 7:37 PM |

      I will gladly vote for Dipshit Daines, and in fact, I will ENDORSE his sorry, pathetic ass, IF, and that’s a big if, IF his Big Kockh donors and benefactors take a LIE detector test! Yes, that’s right. Is that asking too much? I want the Big Kockh assholes to answer simply two questions for that nation. Only two. Is that so hard? For you see, the nation deserves an answer since it appears that the Big Kockhs are about to take control of the entire country.

      Question one for the Big Kochks:

      WHAT did your daddy know about the Kennedy assassination beforehand?

      Question number two:

      What did YOU assholes know beforehand??

      You see, the Kockh daddy was RIGHT IN THERE with the other shitbags that stole our country AND our future from us! Hence, it’s only right to know just if and how they were involved! I’m guessin’ that as the co-founder of the John Birch Society, Daddy Kockh was right in there too with the OTHER conspirators! And david Kockh would have been old enough to be privy to the murders. SO, what role did the Kockh family play in the theft of our country, our future, our democracy? Inquiring minds DESERVE to know!

      You see, I have no problem with nazis taking over the country legitimately. But they did NOT do it that way! They did it through murder, crime, and theft! And I want to know much these Big Kockhs knew! I’m bettin’ a whole lot!

      So, Big Kockhs, what is it, you slimey cheese dicks? Are you shitbags man enough to take up my challenge? Uh huh. I thought not! You WILL be found out! And I can’t wait!!!

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 23, 2013 7:43 PM at 7:43 PM |


        “Let us visit Dallas, Texas, a few days before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. John Kennedy was a hero of the Civil Rights movement, and the far right hated him. The John Birch Society, (read Daddy Kock) for one, was extremely upset that Kennedy had transferred Major General Edwin Walker to Hawaii for handing out right wing literature to his troops. The paramilitary Minutemen had declared the Kennedy administration as “soft on communism” and were looking at guerilla warfare tactics to deal with “uprising”. Beginning about a week before the trip, posters began appearing, with mug shots of President Kennedy, and a banner reading “Wanted for Treason”. Major General Edwin Miller is widely believed to have been behind these posters, with help from right wing groups. Including Fred C. Koch and the John Birch Society.”

        Daddy Kockh has his pecker prints all OVER the assassination! So, will the Kockh boys take my test? It’s about time!!

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 23, 2013 8:22 PM at 8:22 PM |

          Time to open up the fly and let the Big Kockh outta the bag! Look, if THESE two shitbags are gonna pour billions into defeating Schweitzer, at LEAST let us have an honest LOOK at just who these weasels are! Are the guilty of treason? Well, if not, let them take my challenge! Somehow I suspect that they won’t.

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 23, 2013 8:34 PM at 8:34 PM |

            Is it any wonder that Sen. Jerkff Assman and his poodle, Sen. Kockhleburr Lickspittle, aka sen. fart fetish, don’t WANT folks to know where all the dark (big kock) money is COMING from?! Read the above article and you’ll se why!

            Look, it’s time to call bullshit on these treasonous little kocks! They’ve been outed, and it’s TIME to air out their dirty kockhs! The apple don’t roll too far from the tree, and the turd don’t roll too far from the asshole!

  8. I know the Dems in Dillon, we were actually going to state to the party that Max was a no for us, after he voted against background checks…sorta the straw that broke the camels back… and even I the Baucus cheerleader that I am could’nt Rah another Rah. Just wasn’t in me anymore. But I tell you this, we lost a good friend for the American Indian, the wilderness, and the sportsman who like to hunt in fresh air, with the smell of sweet sage and pine wafting in the Air. The very good part of him will be missed…. lets hope the person who fills those shoes can do it in the center left can carry on… and be a little more honest for all in America.

    I’m like Rob on this, just settling in with my Popcorn….Watching all this punditry will be good entertainment from the right until the Dems decide what dog they have in this fight. I just hope they are up to the task!!!!!

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 24, 2013 5:36 AM at 5:36 AM |

      I think that THIS time, maybe we could run a candidate that speaka the English! Like my old Eyetalian buddy used to say, you electa the shit, you GETA the shit! We can do better than K street Mini! Mini KNEW that Georgie’s Orgy of Slaughter for Big Oil, Haliburton, and the Big Kockhs was wrong, but he signed on ANYway! Wouldn’t want that on MY soul! I mean, just THINK of Falluja! Incinerating an entire city in willy pete (white phosphorus) has GOTTA cause a dude some sleepless nights when pondering the eternity that is to come! Ain’t enough alcohol in the WORLD to drown out the cries of all the burning people! InCINerated! Women, children, EVERYone! And all, every last one of them, INNOCENT!

      Nope, Mini’s gonna have a full plate of evil to deal with. I don’t envy the asshole. We are all responsible for the choices we make in this life, and they affect the next. Hell, Mini will STILL be serving in the next life too, right next to DICK CHENEY! IN HELL! Glad I’m not that dude!

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 24, 2013 7:17 AM at 7:17 AM |

        And please, can we STOP comparing Mini to Mike, Mansfield that is? Look, Mini ain’t freakin’ DEAD! He’s just done! BIG difference! Save your euologies for after he gets back from the Appalachian Trial! Or I should say the K STREET trail! Sure, Mini comes across as punch drunk, but he can STILL say, “K street has been bery, bery good to me!” And it has, and to all the LITTLE mini-Minis who sucked up K street jobs! Sumthin’ REAL unseemly bout folks who see public service as their OWN private public convenience!

      • Sorry Larry but there is a lot to like about Max and what good he has done for our state.

        I am looking forward to working with his Org on keeping our wilderness Pristine. No Man is perfect, and you as well as anyone else should know you go to fight for progress with the Army you have, not the one you dream about.

        Max was an extremely good for this state.

        • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 24, 2013 8:25 PM at 8:25 PM |

          “Sorry Larry but there is a lot to like about Max and what good he has done for our state”.

          Not to me, Norma, not to me! Hell, even the slovenly drunkass sen. conrhole BURNS came out in favor of protecting The Front! Mini was bad, bad news for Montana. For those of us old enough to remember the greats in the senate, Mini is a pisspoor imitation! Try Sen. Wayne Morris of Oregon! Hell, even Barry Goldwater had more good qualities than Mini!! Barry eventually figured it out, but Mini never did!

          • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 24, 2013 8:28 PM at 8:28 PM |

            Norma, you and many others need a refresher course in courageous senators! Hell, I REMEMBER the greats! Hell, I remember Mike, Melcher, and Metcalf! And Wayne Morse!


            And then there was Mini, Mini the MOUSE!

            • Trust me, I remember them. even while growing up, working in another state at the time. or in another country I cheered them…. but where are the real dems now is my question? We need more Amandas, Ellies, and Bryce Folk now. We need spine against this massive idiocy of the Tea Party now.

              Why give the nutcases an open Mic to speak from unabated, while everyone liberal waits on some grand entrance…. Just saying, we always use to have a good heart in the wings, now everyone is waiting for the purse strings to drop first, before even moving in and seizing the spotlight. for the dems….. I’m hoping I’m not seeing our side start to act like the GOP. I prefer to keep the pressure on the extreme right until they scatter….

                • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 25, 2013 7:23 AM at 7:23 AM |

                  Lynn, I’m not getting the disconnect here. Schweitzer and I have pretty much the exact same view on gun control, yet ALL the libs are jumping on his band wagon! What gives? Do you guys REALLY want to elect a guy who DOESN’T believe in gun control the way you do?

                  Problem is, Schweitzer is right! He’s much to savvy to fall for anybody’s bullying, from the right OR left! He’s his own man, and that’s exactly what makes him such a good candidate.


                  • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 25, 2013 7:46 AM at 7:46 AM |

                    But Schweitzer, a solidly pro-gun Democrat who’s said he has “more [guns] than I need and less than I want,” isn’t exactly a darling for the gun-control movement.

                    In the days after the Newtown, Conn., shooting, Schweitzer said on a Montana radio talk show that banning assault weapons or limiting high-capacity magazines “wouldn’t change anything that happened back in Connecticut in terms of what gun was used and what kinds of guns would be used.”

                    “I don’t want to sound like a terrorist here, but if you give me 20 gallons of propane, I can do a lot of damage in a short period of time,” he said. “This is evil, and it has everything to do with mental illness.”

                    I gotta agree with Schweitzer on this. Register NUTS not guns! That makes more sense!

                    But HEY, I’ve got another great idea too that I’m SURE some libs will go for! Let’s find a totally unrealistic candidate that FITS our particular world view, and run’em!, even though they have NO chance in hell of winning! At LEAST we will have made a profound statement indicating our willingness to strive for a higher ideal, EVEN though it’s totally counterproductive!

                    Note: Last paragraph is not intended for Lynn, but certain high minded high falutin’ rootin’ tootin’ npr listenin’ Zoo libs in the fern bars! They LUV a leetle self-righteousness with their lattes! Now, everyone BACK TO THE BUS IN THE WOODS! Gotta catch the sally mockery lost dog report!, for there’s a black lab with a bandana around his neck that’s missing over on Reserve Street! bwhahahaha!

                    p.s. And on a side note, NEVER, EVER eat with the Rainbow People! Them dudes are SO green, they don’t even use TOILET paper! And then they cook! YOU figure it out! Good libs sometimes make the WORST cooks!

                    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 25, 2013 8:14 AM at 8:14 AM |

                      And for my Mizoo livin’ lost dog report bus luvin’ lib friends, I THEENK I’ve found your purrrrfect candy date.

                      THE BUTTE LADY!

                      btw, just what the hell IS emily’s list??
                      Think I’ll ask my pals down at the bar over a couple’a PBRs!

  9. Shane Hedges praises Baucus

    Well here is an interesting endorsement.

    The Judy Martz aid who was driving the car when Paul Sliter was killed after a booze-filled evening at Marysville. He was the one who moved Sliter into the driver’s seat instead of himself, then went to the Governor’s house and had her launder his clothing…

  10. Jennifer Davies | April 24, 2013 7:38 AM at 7:38 AM |

    The national progressive netroots groups seem pretty excited about Schweitzer.

    Just saw last night that Democracy for America put out a Draft Schweitzer petition:

    Progressive Change Campaign Committee had a petition to draft Schweitzer first thing in the morning which already has over 13,000 signatures

    And Daily Kos also has a Draft Schweitzer action alert out:

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 24, 2013 7:46 AM at 7:46 AM |

      Yes but, do ya REALLY think that Schweitzer could live in D.C.? I couldn’t do it. I’d have to fly home every weekend just to stay sane! And besides, Schweitzer has already done a helluva lot for us. Do we really have a right to ask for more?

      And yes, I hope he runs too, but I won’t be mad if he doesn’t. Life’s pretty short, and there’s STILL a lot of fishing to be done in the morning, and whiskey to be drunk in the afternoon! A guy’s gotta cram in some just plain living somewhere in life!

      • BS still young and I’d like to see him ‘shake up the stiffs’ back in DC. If he hates it, he’s always got his ranch back in the Big Sky. Seriously, would you vote for ‘Champ’ Edmunds and look at his voting record.

  11. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 24, 2013 9:31 AM at 9:31 AM |

    Don’t cry for the Big Kochs, Teatards!

  12. Whoever gets access to Baucus’ war chest stands a good chance to win any race. I hope some, if not most, of the money goes to Dems across the state so we can take the mid-term and actually do things that benefit Montana citizens during the next Legislative session. The MT GOP Koch sucker Majority sent every dime of our State’s surplus out of State as corporate welfare. Working Montanans got a GOP tax hike, cut in services we paid for and our State now has a projected budget deficit for years to come. Better luck next time Montana.

    • 3 things:

      1) It isn’t just the warchest at stake. It’s also the personality wearing the coattails in this off-year election. Schweitzer could go a long way to swaying dyed in the wool Republicans to send more rational folk to the House. Schriock, maybe. Most other Dems, even if the win, will likely have short tails for the Montana legislature.
      2) The MT Senate is set on a wingnut path, for now. It’s doubtful the midterms could alter that course. If anything, the Senate leadership in 2015 could be even more radical with the likes of Sales and Thomas.
      3) I haven’t have a chance to rad the full MT budget yet, but it is strictly unconstitutional for the Legislature to hand a deficit budget over to Bullock. If they do, it is his obligation to veto such and send the leg into special session. I understand the House has been hammering out a few details on HB2 today. We’ll see what sausage they make, but it cannot commit Montana to budget deficits, even for the next biennium.

      • I type no good. I blame my iPad.

        • I have noticed with you that you do tend to spell words correctly though you sometimes don’t know their proper use. If there is a criticism of your IPad, it is this: It is producing tedium. My god you’re boring!

          • Funny that, Mark. Your iPad doesn’t seem to be able to spell your name anymore.

            • Please deal with the accusation at hand, that you are tedious and boring. Stop with the distractions! how do you defend yourself. Can you make a decent joke? Offer an original thought? Make or take a joke about yourself? Be less than self reverent? Stop telling lies to bloat your feeble accomplishments in life?

              • Deal with an “accusation” from a delusional idiot thrice banned? No. Now run along, little moron. Run. Shoo …

                • You have neither the balls nor brains to say anything that might get you banned here, Dr. Rod Kailey, philosopher, scientist, raconteur, political strategist, physicist, Democrat and college dropout. I’m wondering now if there is a high school degree with your name on it on file anywhere, much less one from American land grant college, but I repeat myself.

      • And of course, no sooner did I post the above then the news breaks that the batcrap crazy in the Senate are attempting to break the bipartisan budget deal and force Bullock to serve their whims.

    • Jennifer Davies | April 24, 2013 8:39 PM at 8:39 PM |

      A couple of things to think about with this “war chest.” What happens in situations like that is this. Organizations who want these millions agree to “hire” Baucus on contract for say, 900,000 per year. In return, Baucus donates say $2 million of the warchest to said organization. That way, the politician gets to “keep” some of their own war chest….

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 24, 2013 8:46 PM at 8:46 PM |

        Mini will do as he’s ALWAYS done. Dole it out to his little corporate mini Minis! THAT is how he destroyed the Dem party in Montana!

  13. Baucus will give a nominal token amount to MT dems – but not $5 million. He should give it all to legislative campaigns in my opinion. But he won’t. Does anyone remember the whole “Hey everybody, I’m taking on tax reform” press releases he sent out? That was only to raise money for his own coffers. When those who wanted to be exempted from his supposed planned reforms heard about it, they sent him cash–as he intended. Now, he’s gonna find ways for that cash to be spent on him, his trophy home in Bozeman, and his third wife. It will be very difficult for MT reporters to find out who gets most of the money, and how it gets back to him. Probably they wont even try as they are afraid of him.

  14. So (at least according the article in this morning’s Missoulian) Rehberg is, in fact, considering running for Baucus’s seat. Claiming that his “phone has been ringing off the hook ever since Baucus announced his retirement”, Rehberg says that he wishes to serve the people of Montana further and is considering a run.

    Personally, I think it is all smoke and mirrors until Schweitzer announces his intentions. Rehberg may raise money (in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is already doing so) but he won’t commit until he knows whether Schweitzer is going to run. Rehberg will not risk a chance as a second defeat (especially after his embarassing defeat at the hands of Tester). Expect to here more rhetoric from Rehberg about fund raising and “selfless service to the state” before this is all over. The question will be how much money will he raise before having to make a decision and what happens to that money if he decides not to run. Follow the money – it is the key when dealing with Rehberg.

    • I agree – I think if Schweitzer runs, Rehberg bows out–as does Daines.

    • Good point about Denny is he wants to be humiliated AGAIN. It also depends how he’s living the ‘good life’ as a DC political whore and making a LOT more than a lowly five term unaccomplished House Rep. The other question is what happens to Max’s warchest, made up ironically of Big Pharma and Corporation donations which I hope can be
      put to good use for PROGESSIVE needs, not corporate agendas.

  15. Hate to say it but you guys, are talking about Rehberg as if he has the good sense to bow out…. he doesn’t . It will be a carnival car of clowns that will run for that seat on the GOP side. Stapleton, Edmunds, same thing…. their party is so divided We will be seeing the GOP coming out of the woodwork to run for this senate seat.

    And the promises made to their respective bases will sound like carnival barkers, splashed on every news site they can sell themselves on.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 26, 2013 2:27 PM at 2:27 PM |

      I agree, Norma. It’s damn HARD to wean guys like Dopey Reeburp and Marky Ratco OFF the big Kockh! These guys have been sucklin’ for so long, that they don’t know how to EAT solid food! Basically, what that means is that these two reetards have NEVER matured, nor have they EVER worked a REAL job in their lives! Neither ONE of them! Ratco right from the military to gubmint, and Dopey right from mom and dad’s to gubmint! They can’t LIVE without Kockh milk! They were RAISED on it! And that’s just real sad. But then, we’re talkin’ some pathetic sumbitches here!

      You’re quite right, though. The clown car is fillin’ up fast! They’re gonna see just how many clowns they can FIT into that car, maybe in an attempt at a record! Hell, they had SEVEN mental dwarfs runnin’ for guv, and they STILL lost! Will they find more than seven reetard teatards to run for senate? I’m guessin’ they will! For they’ll go toward that senate seat like a group of starving, un-weaned, HUNGRY wiener pigs toward that Kockh milk! And I gotta tell ya, that there’s NO sadder sight in nature than starving wiener piglets a’fightin’ for the big Kockh tit! It’s ugly!

      • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers. | April 26, 2013 4:31 PM at 4:31 PM |

        What’s that sound? Is it the fabled giant SUCKING sound? Why YES, it is! And if you listen closely, you an actually HEAR that giant PUCKERING sound too! Ratco, Reeburp, Chump the chimp Edmunds, Corky Stumblebum, and yes, perhaps even Dipshit Daines, ALL puckering at once and fighting to be first in line to get a giant suckhold on the Big Kockh! The boys need their Kochk milk to grow strong!


        • Changing the name of the snake-oil sold I see, and Now trying to make it sound like a Kiwanis business club. The New “Kochwanis Club” will be called, “Association for American Innovation??” Oh this will be quite interesting, I’m wondering how many corporations will be found out, and people stop buying from, in this new K Brothers adventure???

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