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How Max Baucus, the Next Ambassador to China, Killed Progressive Health Care Reform
The Huffington Post

Let’s concede that President Barack Obama’s decision to appoint Senator Max Baucus as his ambassador to China is a clever political ploy. Baucus had already announced he wasn’t going to seek re-election next year, but if he leaves the Senate now, Montana’s Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock can appoint a replacement who can run next year as the incumbent, increasing the odds that the Democrats will hold onto that seat.