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U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, smiles before the Committee passed the Democratic healthcare reform bill with a 14-9 vote, October 13, 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington.The Democratic-controlled committee delivered President Barack Obama a major victory on his top domestic priority, gaining the support of an influential Republican and approving his healthcare reform bill.  REUTERS/Jason Reed  (UNITED STATES POLITICS HEALTH) - RTXPLRP
Seeya, Max. We're happy, too
Politico, relying on unnamed sources, reports that Democratic Sen. Max Baucus expects to be nominated by Barack Obama as the country's next ambassador to China. Baucus long ago said he wouldn't seek re-election next year, but if he resigns, that would give Gov. Steve Bullock, also a Democrat, the chance to appoint a temporary replacement who would serve through 2014.

According to the Washington Post, Bullock will tap his lieutenant governor, John Walsh, who is already running for Senate. That would give Walsh a year of incumbency to add to his resume, but it could also make campaigning harder, especially since Walsh is in the midst of a primary battle with his predecessor, ex-Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger. (The winner will face GOP Rep. Steve Daines in November.) And maybe time spent in Washington isn't necessarily a positive on the campaign trail, though presumably Montana Democrats have poll-tested this every which way.

Of course, this is all assuming Baucus' appointment actually goes forward, and that he's confirmed in a timely manner. But in this post-filibuster world, he's probably good to go. That means Montana will soon get a new senator—and China will have to endure the stupid things that come out of Baucus' mouth instead of us.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 02:34 PM PST.

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