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Hunting Baucus

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.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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