It's possible that recently retired 3rd District Rep. Brian Baird finally feels free to speak his mind about how nobody in Washington gets it but him. What's more likely, however, is that he wants to set the tone for what may be a new future in a more conservatively matched 1st district. Either way, as he packed up his Congressional office over the weekend, he let loose a torrent of trash talk to the Olympian against his fellow Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and even his own constituents.
His venom seemed mostly directed toward his own party, saying of the Dems:
"I told people we would screw it up... You should never underestimate the power of liberals to shoot themselves in the foot."
About Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
"She (Pelosi) does not listen to other people. She only listens to people she agrees with unless she needs your vote."
The health care bill:
"It wasn't a winner politically. We needed to do it in bite-sized chunks. We needed to start small and force Republicans to vote against (barring insurance companies from refusing coverage for) pre-existing conditions."
"No one thanked me for the tax cuts in the stimulus bill... They think their taxes went up."
Besides being known to hold a mean sausage during interviews with Stephen Colbert, he also has a rep as a relatively conservative Democrat. He initially voted against new health care law, he also voted against the Medicare prescription drug coverage bill and for the Iraq War surge.
He's moving to Edmonds, where Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee is expected to run for Governor in 2012, freeing up the seat.
He's also got a princely sum of $450,000 left over in his re-election war chest, which he'll either have to give back, donate, or use in running for a new post. And since politicians are, by nature, averted to giving back money, a Baird congressional ticket in 2012 is looking likely.
We just hope that if he does run and he wins, he'll deliver his election night speech into a kielbasa.