The Montana Democrat has officially announced his decision not to seek reelection:
Baucus and his wife just told reporters they had been talking about the decision to retire for months & made the decision together
— Tarini Parti (@tparti) April 23, 2013
#Baucus says “serving the people of Montana has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life” in statement released a few minutes ago.
— dennisbragg (@dennisbragg) April 23, 2013
Baucus: “I’m not turning out to pasture because there is important work left to do…I intend to spend the year and a half getting it done.”
— Daniel Strauss (@DanielStrauss4) April 23, 2013
Max Baucus’ full statement announcing his retirement: bit.ly/17UT5vZ
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 23, 2013
Liiike K Street. RT @donnacassataap: Sen. Max Baucus tells AP: “I don’t want to die here with my boots on. There is life beyond Congress,”
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) April 23, 2013
Needless to say, conservatives aren’t exactly sorry to see him go:
Baucus Retirement is a big loss for writers on the revolving-door/cronyism beat.
— Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) April 23, 2013
— Andrew A Bair (@ProLifePolitics) April 23, 2013
Senator Baucus out? Didn’t see that coming. 2014 is looking good.
— Caroline Bones (@theLovelycBones) April 23, 2013
Pretty tough to forget the instrumental role Baucus played in the passage of Obamacare:
Pelosi: let’s pass ObamaCare to find out what’s in it! Baucus: Hey, look what I found in there – my retirement!
— John Hayward (@Doc_0) April 23, 2013
— Nathan Hale (@NathanHale1775) April 23, 2013
Baucus to retire rather than seek re-election in 2014 washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-pol… He doesn’t want to hang around and take bows for ObamaCare?”
— MikeBates (@MikeBates) April 23, 2013
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) April 23, 2013
— Derek Dye (@ddye022) April 23, 2013
And as far as many progressives are concerned, Baucus has largely been a colossal disappointment:
Max Baucus, are there any more convenient votes in store for you before you leave office? #conscience
— AdelantePAC (@AdelantePAC) April 23, 2013
Why liberals, progressives, Dems and anyone who isn’t a lobbyist should celebrate the end of Sen. Baucus’s career: salon.com/2013/04/23/goo…
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) April 23, 2013
Max Baucus, good riddance. “Blue Dog” conservative Dems have done more damage to the Democratic party than Republicans.
— Cheri DelBrocco (@cdelbrocco) April 23, 2013
— JDW (@DukesintheSD) April 23, 2013
Even as a Dem, I say “Good riddance.” Baucus, Powerhouse Senate Democrat, Will Not Run Again nyti.ms/YKyiV3
— Jo Procter (@jprocter) April 23, 2013
— Doug Anderson (@TheDougAnderson) April 23, 2013
— Lefty (@LeftofLeftMA) April 23, 2013
Max Baucus is retiring from the Senate.It’s a good thing that he at least stuck around to cast terrible votes on gun control, etc though
— Chris Paul (@iamthearbiter) April 23, 2013
— Matt Richards (@mattrpgh) April 23, 2013
— Karim Walker (@honorablelordk) April 23, 2013
— Anomaly One Hundred (@Anomaly100) April 23, 2013
@edshow Baucus’ actions tragic. How many more dead can we lay at his feet. Such a coward, Time 4 MT to elect a Dem with spine & BRAINS
— Maureen Pride (@dunecelt) April 23, 2013
Good news is one of the least progressive senators Max Baucus D-MT is retiring. Bad news is a republican replacement would be much worse.
— Michel Floyd (@MichelFloyd) April 23, 2013
I don’t get the sense anyone is crying that Baucus is quitting.
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) April 23, 2013
OK, Twitter: hands up, anyone who’s going to miss Max Baucus.Wow, that few?Yeah, me either…
— Lars Olsson (@larsolsson) April 23, 2013