Olympia Snowe retiring

She's citing hyper-partisanship as a reason for retiring. Well, she could have done a lot more on that front. She could have voted for health care reform, after having the bill come a long way towards what she wanted. She could have done more to embarrass her more reactionary GOP colleagues on climate change. She could have done more. Sorry you couldn't hack it, Senator Snowe -- particularly when you were so well-positioned to actually do something about it. Oh well, let's elect a Dem instead. - promoted by charley-on-the-mta

Christian Scientist Monitor

Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term.

There is a already a promising Democrat in the wings.

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  1. Kudos to your description of what Olympia might have done

    She might have tried to bring back the day when there were decent and honorable Republicans, when the party stood for traditional conservative values, not religious bigotry. When the party cherished fundamental American democratic (small “d’) values. When men and women such as George Romney (not Mitt!!), Dwight Eisenhower, Ed Brooke and many more (none of whom would be welcome in the Republican party today) stood for sound principles.

    Since she mainly voted along party lines (there were a few exceptions) I am not sad to see her go, but I am sad that she did not do more, as you suggest.

  2. Interesting that they always have a problem with

    hyper-partisanship in their party when they’re about to be ousted in their own primary, instead of when they could have done something significant to change that hyper-partisanship.

    RyansTake   @   Wed 29 Feb 1:54 PM
  3. I had always hoped

    that she’d just change party registration. My expectation is that, had she done that, she’d have moved much more to the left. It’s quite common for party-switchers to move farther in that direction after the switch.

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