The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Exit Baucus, Enter Schweitzer?


Senator Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat who declared Obamacare a “train wreck” and voted against the Toomey-Manchin background-check proposal, will retire instead of running for reelection in 2014.

I suppose some Democrats will insist Baucus did this because he feared the consequences of opposing gun control and standing with the NRA . . . in Montana.

I’m hearing some GOP pessimism, as they fear Governor Brian Schweitzer will run instead. But Schweitzer will face the same questions as any red-state Democrat: Does he think Obamacare is a “train wreck”? Would he have opposed Toomey-Manchin?

And Schweitzer’s colorful personality may create other complications, with past comments like, “I am not goofy enough to be in the House, and I’m not senile enough to be in the Senate.”

“Schweitzer for Senate 2014: Because senility has finally kicked in.”

Two Republicans have already announced Senate bids: state representative Richard Champion “Champ” Edmunds Jr. and former state senator Corey C. Stapleton.

Tags: Max Baucus , Brian Schweitzer , Champ Edmunds , Corey Stapleton


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