Instead, these Made-for-Cable-TV dramas have given veteran character actors their moment in the haze. It has indeed been the hour(s) of a Ned, rather than Warren, Beatty. And in 2009, no not-quite star shone as dimly as that of the senior senator from Montana, who reliably portrayed a man fighting the popular will in order to serve the many private interests who support him. For uniquely embodying the Democratic Party's dilemmas, Max Baucus is the Brooklyn Rail's 2009 Player of the Year.
Max Baucus Named Brooklyn's Player Of The Year