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Hunting Baucus



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In his Wall Street Journal column today, Al Hunt rips into Max Baucus, the senior Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, for going along with President Bush on Medicare. A few points about it: 1) Hunt is perhaps unduly dismissive of the difficulties of being a liberal in Montana. 2) Thomas Mann, a supposedly nonpartisan Brookings “congressional scholar,” agrees with Hunt that Baucus’s bipartisanship has been “disgraceful.” Funny, I don’t recall Mann’s ever slamming Republicans for bipartisanship. 3) In his anger at Baucus, Hunt concedes that Baucus won his re-election campaign last year because “Democrats charged the Republican candidate was a gay hairdresser”–a characterization of the campaign that the Democrats denied at the time.



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