Montana Democrat Max Baucus to retire - CBS NewsSix-term Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., plans on retiring at the end of his term, he announced Tuesday."Deciding not to run for re-election was an extremely difficult decision," Baucus said in a statement. "After thinking long and hard, I decided I want to focus the next year and a half on serving Montana unconstrained by the demands of a campaign. Then, I want to come home and spend time with Mel, my son Zeno, and our family enjoying the Montana public lands we've fought hard to keep open and untarnished."
the author of obamacare, who just last week called the president's signature piece not a train wreck but a "huge train wreck," also voted to help kill manchin-toomey, the swiss-cheese-like background check bill, the death of which launched barack hussein full quack into lameduck status
6 terms, 36 years, 13 as chair of senate finance
trailing in the polls, baucus has also been fighting with reid and reid's puppet master, schumer, over comprehensive tax reform---the outgoing chair wants to eliminate loopholes and deductions in return for a broad based lowering of corporate and personal rates
Baucus to retire rather than seek reelection in 2014: Washington Post
ie, anathema to party leadership
baucus makes SIX retirees---tim johnson from dakota, lautenberg from joisey, levin from michigan, rockefeller from WV, and iowa's tom harkin
other D held seats potentially vulnerable include---alaska (begich), lousiana (landrieu), arkansas (pryor), north carolina (hagan) and on the outside virginia with mark warner