Posted by: Rick | Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Bird in the Hand: The Political Calculus of Max Baucus

“The insurance companies reward me handsomely for following my conscience and seeing things their way.  They are my true friends.  Who else can I count on in these troubled times?  And the voters are such children.  They’re lucky to have me to look out for them.

“I don’t have a crystal ball, but I know one thing for sure — whatever health care bill we pass, it will take years before we know if it’s working.  My career can’t wait on such pie-in-the-sky nonsense.  My lobbyist friends are taking care of me now!  And they know a hell of a more about their business than I do.

“Besides, my other true friends — the ones in the media — love bipartisanship.  If Grassley and I can slip something past Barack and those dumb-ass liberals, I’ll be a hero in this town.  And my insurance will still be great!

“I could care less what the plan does.  I’ll spin it the way I want to.  By the time anyone notices that it doesn’t work, I’ll be long gone.

“It’s good to be me.”

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