Why Max Baucus' 'No' Vote on the Climate Bill May Really Help Its Passage
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Rest assured, Sen. Baucus is no Michael Huffington. Baucus is much more effective, much less obvious. But Huffington is a cartoonish illustration of the fact that many legislators are not just what they seem: they're often also the opposite. By appearing to oppose the climate bill, Baucus may be staging its passage. And he's been almost forthcoming about that, which has some pundits downright stumped:
I don't really think anyone quite knows what to make of this, but Max Baucus is seeming surprisingly bullish on the prospects of climate legislation: "There's no doubt that this Congress is going to pass climate change legislation. I don't know if it's going to be this year. Probably next year." I would have thought that one major reason to be skeptical about a climate bill's prospects is that it doesn't seem like the kind of thing that key senators like Max Baucus would be enthusiastic about. But there you have it.