Olympia Snowe: I’m tired of this darned partisan dysfunction

posted at 5:25 pm on February 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Stick with it at least until 5:20, when Mitchell tries to bait her into dumping on Santorum and the rest of the GOP field for their outrageously outrageous rhetoric. (Snowe declines, aside from some boilerplate about the “big tent.”) The most mystifying bit from the interview:

Snowe said that she is leaving the Senate out of frustration with the gridlock and because she feels she can better be a voice for building consensus outside of the chamber.

“I’m going to be giving my voice to what should change here in the United States Senate, and in Congress, to get things done for the American people,” she said. “People are deeply frustrated. Yes, they’re facing personal financial pains and hardship, but more about the fact that we are not getting things done here in Congress, so that they can look to their political leaders and institutions to solve the problems that they’re facing in their daily lives at this unprecedented moment in American history.”…

“I made the decision not to run for reelection in the United States Senate and to pursue other opportunities outside the Senate, where perhaps I could give voice to the frustrations that exist with the political system here in Washington, where it’s dysfunction and the political paralysis has overtaken the environment to the detriment of this country,” Snowe continued, blaming both parties for the “dysfunction.”

It’s the rare senator who remains a major player in national politics after leaving the chamber. Someone like DeMint could pull it off because he has so many admirers among passionate activists, but I can’t imagine how Snowe thinks she’ll have more influence outside the Senate than within. This is what I was getting at in that old post that I re-linked yesterday wondering whether she might leave the GOP and organize a new caucus of independents with fellow centrists like Collins, Lieberman, Brown, Nelson, Manchin, and so forth. If they all quit their parties at once and pulled a move like that, it’d be big news — not only because it would legitimize political independence in a presidential election year even at the highest levels of government but because, if they made a deal to vote as a bloc, they’d could potentially force Reid and McConnell to bend towards the center. There’s almost nothing she could do as an ex-senator that would top that, although if she has something in the works with the Americans Elect people, that might do it. I saw someone mention that possibility on Twitter yesterday; if you read their mission statement, it does sound an awful lot like her exasperated resignation announcement yesterday. Maybe there’s something in the works to pair Snowe with a centrist Democrat — Evan Bayh, maybe? — on a fusion ticket that would add some senatorial credibility to the third-party option this year. The goal wouldn’t be to win (neither Bayh nor Snowe would attract partisans from their respective sides) but to mainstream the idea of a centrist indie presidential option, possibly by even landing a spot at the debates in October. I’m skeptical it’ll happen, but stay tuned.

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ot – sorry: Al-Arabiya: US in talks to swap jihad terror Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman & 49 others for 19 Americans held in Egypt (jihadwatch)

sbvft contributor on February 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Snowe and David Brooks would make quite the team.

wte9 on February 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

This is going to be good.

Capitalist Hog on February 29, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Snowe said that she is leaving the Senate out of frustration with the gridlock and because she feels she can better be a voice for building consensus outside of the chamber.

She’s going to cash in and take a job “advising” some big lobbying firm or go to work on Wall St.

Lily on February 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Snowe said that she is leaving the Senate out of frustration with the gridlock and because she feels she can better be a voice for building consensus outside of the chamber.

So now she is going to be Democrat, right ? Right ?

burrata on February 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

She will run now as a left wing Democrat and get elected would be my best guess.

They do owe her.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

1. I read that she’s pulling out at such a late date that it leaves republicans only 15 days to find a replacement and collect 3,000 signatures to get the new person on the ballot. Is this true?

2. This is is a flakey move – and graceless if #1 is true. (and possibly a bitter and vindictive thing)

LilyBart on February 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

sbvft contributor on February 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

tips@hotair.com

Capitalist Hog on February 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM

“I’m going to be giving my voice to what should change here in the United States Senate, and in Congress, to get things done for the American people.”

A female version of ALan Simpson, IOW.

CycloneCDB on February 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

if they made a deal to vote as a bloc, they’d could potentially force Reid and McConnell to bend towards the center.

I think you mean “force McConnell even further to the left.” They would do nothing to Reid.

but to mainstream the idea of a centrist indie presidential option, possibly by even landing a spot at the debates in October.

I think I could see this happening. It would kill the Republicans’ already slim chances this year for sure. Her suddenly resigning without telling her staff is awfully strange, though. This explanation for it seems a bit of a stretch.

Doomberg on February 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Olympia – the beer is disgusting, and so is the Senator.

CycloneCDB on February 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Olympia Snowe: I’m tired of this darned partisan dysfunction.

Yeah, we’re all tired of her dysfunction too.

squint on February 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

“It’s the rare senator who remains a major player in national politics after leaving the chamber.”

http://www.examiner.com/us-senate-in-national/allen-leads-virginia-senate-race

Perhaps George Allen’s comeback fits that theme?
This seat, if Republicans win it, may help offset the possibility of losing Olympia Snowe’s Senate Seat.

Varchild on February 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

She will run now as a left wing Democrat and get elected would be my best guess.

They do owe her.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I wonder what will happen to the other hag of Maine ?
Maybe they both will convert to marxism and go home to the Dems

burrata on February 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

There is no such thing as a moderate. All this American Elect nonsense was tried before with John Anderson in 1980.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Yeah. the Senate has really solved problems in the last 50 years. In you heyday Snowe, you really helped solve a lot of problems.

the U.S. Senate has helped cause a lot of problems – the entitlement mess, the sub-prime mortgage fiasco, spending like crazy, Obamacare, and on and on. I can’t honestly recall one single problem in my lifetime that the U.S. Senate was involved in “solving”.

these people honestly have no clue. They honestly think there is some magical bean that will take care of all of the looming crisis regarding entitlement reform, etc., without having to make any hard choices. That they can simply “finesse” these problems with some silly bi-partisan song around the campfire.

Our “leaders”, both sides of the aisle, are complete idiots.

Monkeytoe on February 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

So now she is going to be Democrat, right ? Right ?

burrata on February 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

She always was.

Olympia – the beer is disgusting, and so is the Senator.

CycloneCDB on February 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM

LOL

Norwegian on February 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Olympia – the beer is disgusting, and so is the Senator.

CycloneCDB on February 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Liar. Beer flavored water was good for you, and any beer that you can drink 30 of in one sitting and not get so much as a tingle buzz has to be healthy.

Bishop on February 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Maybe there’s something in the works to pair Snowe with a centrist Democrat — Evan Bayh, maybe? — on a fusion ticket that would add some senatorial credibility to the third-party option this year.

Sounds like the nucleus of another democrat party. What would be the point of that?

DanMan on February 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM

No disrespect to AllahPundit, but James Taranto over at the WSJ has a better discussion of this.

DaydreamBeliever on February 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I guess participating in running up a +$15 Trillion dollar tab just isn’t as fun as it used to be…

… is it Olympia?

Seven Percent Solution on February 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

ot – sorry: Al-Arabiya: US in talks to swap jihad terror Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman & 49 others for 19 Americans held in Egypt (jihadwatch)

sbvft contributor on February 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

.
They probably don’t want the capitulation to be too transparent.

Hosni – Miss me yet ???

FlaMurph on February 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

What we need to worry about is her seat.

The Democrat primary is becoming a clown car primary. Apparently, current representatives Michaud and Pingree will both run. As well as the very unpopular former governor John Baldacci.

To make things funnier, former Independent governor Angus King is considering entering the race.

This means we’ll have a shot at Michaud’s seat as long as Kevin Raye stays in the race.

And that in a 3-ways race we have a shot for the Senate seat as long as our candidate is decent. And if Baldacci wins the Democrat primary, then we actually have a very good chance of winning the seat if King ends up not running.

It’d be great if Bill Cohen decided to run.

joana on February 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

“We’re not working out issues anymore, we’re working in a parallel universe.”

Yeah, Senator Snowe — those who want to spend us into oblivion, and those who don’t. It’s become the theatre of the absurd. We are all conservatives now.

Paul-Cincy on February 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

we are not getting things done here in Congress, so that they can look to their political leaders and institutions to solve the problems that they’re facing in their daily lives at this unprecedented moment in American history

Both ignorance and stupidity grow on these congressional nitwits like mold. What, precisely, does she imagine I need “political leaders and institutions to solve” for me? They have already given me socialized medicine, which I don’t want. They have already given me a blizzard of taxes, corruption and nuisance regulations that make my life immeasurably less satisfying or free.

“Dysfunction” and gridlock are the best things that have come out of Washington in 50 years. GFY you liberal twit.

Jaibones on February 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Olympia Snowe: I’m tired of this darned partisan dysfunction

Hillbillyjim: I’m tired of this darned Olympia Snowe.

hillbillyjim on February 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

It’s hilarious to see the same people who support Santorum for president and excuse his liberal record on unions and spending with the “he’s from Pennsylvania” mantra bashing Snowe.

Snowe and Santorum are two sides of the same coin: big government republicans who never met a spending bill they didn’t like. Actually Snowe may be a little more tolerable, at least she doesn’t claim to be a “true conservative”.

joana on February 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

but because, if they made a deal to vote as a bloc, they’d could potentially force Reid and McConnell to bend towards the center.

I need someone to define this mysterious “center” for me and what actual policy proposals they have ever offered that would actually accomplish anything. Where are all of these magical ideas that all of us far-right and far-left people simply ignore?

I’m pretty sick of hearing this nonsense about how wonderful people like Snowe can’t get things done b/c all of the partisans won’t listen. they don’t have any ideas except to keep proclaiming how gosh darn wonderful and moderate they themselves are.

I don’t understand how these people take themselves seriously. If there really were great middle ground solutions that would solve our problems tell us what they are.

Monkeytoe on February 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

And we’re more than tired of your malignant disfunction Snowe. You should have retired the day before you decided to run as a republican.

Now go home, and do it quietly.

Wolfmoon on February 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Same people who defend Olympia Snowe who commits traitorous acts with her vote every month of the year for 18 years are the same one’s who will attack you as a traitor for exercising your vote against their candidate.

astonerii on February 29, 2012 at 5:40 PM

centrists like Collins, Lieberman, Brown, Nelson, Manchin, and so forth. If they all quit their parties at once

Lieberman already quit his party.

Collins? Eh.

Brown needs GOP institutional support to win in Massachusetts. He can’t pull off a grassroots passion victory in a deep blue state against Warren.

Manchin is the only one who could really do it, but only because his brand carries weight in WV. He’d be more likely to switch parties and make a stink about the far-left taking over his daddy’s great party than going Indie, tho.

amerpundit on February 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Hillbillyjim: I’m tired of this darned Olympia Snowe.

hillbillyjim on February 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Homophobe.

Bishop on February 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Bye Bye Snowe!

Don’t let the left side door hit your arse on the way out!

Opposite Day on February 29, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Shovel ready

ultracon on February 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

snowe – you make me want to vomit.

crash72 on February 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

“I made the decision not to run for reelection in the United States Senate and to pursue other opportunities outside the Senate, where perhaps I could give voice to the frustrations that exist with the political system here in Washington…

Oh, she’s tossing her hat into the ring for 2012 Maine Lobster Queen, then?

SlaveDog on February 29, 2012 at 5:45 PM

She’ll join a lib think tank…

ladyingray on February 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

sbvft contributor on February 29, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I had heard early today that the travel restrictions on the 19 had been lifted this better not be why.

Cindy Munford on February 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

“…where perhaps I could give voice to the frustrations that exist with the political system here in Washington…”

Yeah, or you could give voice while in Congress and actually put your sinecure at risk for taking a stand where it might matter. Not that I necessarily want to hear your voice in that I disagree with it so often, but representing your State is your job. Respecting the Constitution helps, but ultimately you answer to your constituents. Represent their interests and you don’t have to worry about the quandary that is divided government. It’s a feature, not a bug.

Since you’ve observed the dysfunction in and outcomes from D.C., Ms. Snowe, maybe you can appreciate why We The People are so adamantly opposed to it running “smoothly.” When it does, it usually means The State has won over beaten the individual. I hope you’ll excuse my Hobbitism but I don’t want you and peers tag-teaming against me and my neighbors. Represent your constituents and let the chips fall where they may. The fact that it takes time and work means the Founding Fathers’ vision is working.

AnonymousDrivel on February 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I hope all you dumbasses dumping on Snowe are thrilled when her Dem. replacement joins Harry Reid in every frickin filibuster the dems try, if and when we ever get a Senate majority.

Would you ever like to pass any of these brilliant laws you have in mind?

BuzzCrutcher on February 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I heard Rush today say that people are all bent out of shape WE will not keep the Senate if snow leaves. Well Rush said, I don’t have the quote, snow voted with the d’s more than r’s so not much loss? A d or a r that votes d is about the same, IMO! snow has all the goodies and graft she has gotten in the many years in dc, so she will be doing very very well? Is there any way a r will run against her or will a d get the vote?
L

letget on February 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

No disrespect to AllahPundit, but James Taranto over at the WSJ has a better discussion of this.

DaydreamBeliever on February 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM

True.

Jaibones on February 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Olympia – the beer is disgusting, and so is the Senator is worse.

CycloneCDB on February 29, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Liar. Beer flavored water was good for you, and any beer that you can drink 30 of in one sitting and not get so much as a tingle buzz has to be healthy.

Bishop on February 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

You’re right. She’s a discredit to the name of the beer.

I fixed it for you.

CycloneCDB on February 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

DaydreamBeliever on February 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Thanks. Taranto nailed it…

d1carter on February 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I think this will ultimately actually be good for the Country. We need for conservative states to have very conservative Senators and liberal states have liberal Senators and then fight it out in the mushy states. this will allow the Republicans to be more clearly a conservative party and the dems to be more clearly a liberal party.

these outdated incumbents who are not really anywhere near their party’s ideology just confuse the issue and keep the parties from aligning more clearly ideologically. they are leftovers from when the parties were regional rather than ideological and have little real place in today’s politics.

The more the parties align more clearly along ideological lines, the clearer the issue become and the harder it is for candidates to run campaigns lying about where they really stand on issues.

Part of this entails getting rid of moderate incumbent GOP senators in Conservative States, like Hatch in Utah, and replacing them with solid conservatives and toppling incumbent dem senators in conservative states as well.

For too long we’ve been at the mercy of the Maine Sisters and other such Senators who are out of step with the party and derail all efforts to pursue good policy.

Monkeytoe on February 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

“I made the decision not to run for reelection in the United States Senate and to pursue other opportunities outside the Senate, where perhaps I could give voice to the frustrations that exist with the political system here in Washington, where it’s dysfunction and the political paralysis has overtaken the environment to the detriment of this country,” Snowe continued, blaming both parties for the “dysfunction.”

Sounds like she is angling for a job at MSNBC_DNC.

Fallon on February 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM

It’s hilarious to see the same people who support Santorum for president and excuse his liberal record on unions and spending with the “he’s from Pennsylvania” mantra bashing Snowe.

joana on February 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

No, what’s hilarious is you hijacking a thread about Snowe with your anti-Santorum screed.

JPeterman on February 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Nitwit Snowe’s 64 ACU rating in 2010 got her all the way up to a career ACU rating of … wait for it …

48.39

Some Republican.

Jaibones on February 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Obama offered her something really tasty, and she took it. You just wait and see.

Mr. Arkadin on February 29, 2012 at 5:50 PM

That’s Ok we’re tired of you liberalizing our party.

Speakup on February 29, 2012 at 5:52 PM

This make zero sense to me.

Cindy Munford on February 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

She’s tired of all this pesky opposition to centralized control by Washington. It just delays the inevitable. It’s so annoying.

RBMN on February 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

“We’re not working out issues anymore, we’re working in a parallel universe.”

Your face.

Weebork on February 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

If Snowe wanted to become a democrat, like all you geniuses are predicting, why didn’t she do it in 2009 or 2010? Do you really think she wanted to but was afraid she would lose this year to a “real republican”, in frickin Maine?

Yes, I know Maine has a conservative governor. He got elected with 38% of the vote, running against a dem and a liberal independent. Don’t count on that happening every year.

BuzzCrutcher on February 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I can’t honestly recall one single problem in my lifetime that the U.S. Senate was involved in “solving”.

Monkeytoe on February 29, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Haven’t they named a lot of cool federal buildings and airports and such? Making up names for stuff takes plenty of deliberation and bi-partisan unity.

kringeesmom on February 29, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Well Olympia, could it be that the two sides are irreconcilable? That one side wants socialism and the other wants freedom and the two cannot compromise.

clippermiami on February 29, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I hope all you dumbasses dumping on Snowe are thrilled when her Dem. replacement joins Harry Reid in every frickin filibuster the dems try, if and when we ever get a Senate majority.

Would you ever like to pass any of these brilliant laws you have in mind?

BuzzCrutcher on February 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

She was never going to support any of the stuff we want. She votes with R’s only on the non-controversial stuff. She rarely votes with the R’s on truly conservative stuff. And, it is highly unlikely we would have had anywhere near 60 Senate seats after the next election even with Snowe. And the chances of her voting for cloture on something like repealing Obamacare were pretty small anyway.

So, not sure you have much of a point here.

As far as the filibuster goes, I suggest that the next GOP Senate majority change the rules to require 45 votes to filibuster a nomination and 43 for legislation. It only takes a majority vote to set the rules at the start of each new session of Congress and the filibuster is only a Senate rule – not a constitutional requirement. I like the idea of the filibuster, but think it is widely abused with 40. yes, we’d be taking a chance by setting the precedent of raising the number of votes to continue a filibuster, but it would help us get some actual stuff done, perhaps even repealing Obamacare.

But, it’ll never happen.

Monkeytoe on February 29, 2012 at 5:55 PM

She was part of the Gang of Seven. Now she’s lost her stranglehold on power. When that happens, people don’t like to stay on with the folks they used to push around.

logis on February 29, 2012 at 5:55 PM

…but more about the fact that we are not getting things done here in Congress, so that they can look to their political leaders and institutions to solve the problems that they’re facing in their daily lives at this unprecedented moment in American history.

I believe this is her honest opinion about her role as a Senator. And this viewpoint is fundamentally flaws. I don’t look to my political leaders or their institutions to solve any of my problems but rather see political leaders as their institutions as the primary cause of many of my problems. I want them to leave me alone and get back to doing only the things enumerated in the Constitution.

deepdiver on February 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Nitwit Snowe’s 64 ACU rating in 2010 got her all the way up to a career ACU rating of … wait for it …

48.39

Some Republican.

Jaibones on February 29, 2012

Yeah, the 3% rating her replacement will have will be much better. BTW, would you have been happier if her 2010 rating was lower than 64%? Seems to me like she was with us more when our backs were against the wall, no?

BuzzCrutcher on February 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

RE: Monkeytoe on February 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Exactly. In the interdependent States model as opposed to the fusion States model, people have the ability to move to environs most suitable for their lifestyle. As one style of state prospers, people will move to it and its representation increases at the Federal level. “Success” breeds success while still offering the most diverse array of lifestyle choices.

When every State is subsumed by more Federal boundaries, then the options are diminished.

Dynamic polarization is a good thing. State experiments lend themselves to providing the most freedom of choice.

AnonymousDrivel on February 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

She ran out of other peoples money to spend.

FloatingRock on February 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

One of the MOST DESPICABLE, UNPRINCIPLED RINOS ever to set foot in the US Senate will soon be gone—YYYYYEEEEAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!

At least the lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists make it very clear that they hate America, they hate Christians, they want to destroy free enterprise and everything else that made America great, and they want to create a bankrupt socialist entitlement state where everybody is a slave to BIG GOVERNMENT. Because of that, I can have more respect for these d-cRAT socialists than for duplicitous, mealy-mouthed, two-faced, unprincipled closet d-cRAT-supporting RINOs like snowe.

Now, if we could also replace: AMNESTY-JOHN mccain, mccain’s mini-me Lindsay Graham, Scott Brown, Lisa murCOWski, susan collins…..with conservative Americans, America might then have a great future, instead of the current d-cRAT socialist/RINO “Road to Hell” trip into another Greece.

TeaPartyNation on February 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM

There was a lot of stuff done a few years ago and how did that work out Olympia?

Wigglesworth on February 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Seems to me like she was with us more when our backs were against the wall, no?

BuzzCrutcher on February 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Riiiight. Like when she was the lone Republican on the finance committee allowing ObamaCare to get through. Or when she voted for Obama’s Porkulus. Or when she voted against the Bush tax cuts. Etc. etc.

Norwegian on February 29, 2012 at 6:02 PM

The partisan dysfunction can be blamed entirely on the democrats. I wish she had said that. The House has passed bill after bill and Harry Reid just sits on them.

darwin on February 29, 2012 at 6:05 PM

“I’m going to be giving my voice to what should change here in the United States Senate, and in Congress, to get things done for the American people,” she said.

Many of us don’t want them to do things for us. We’ve already seen that movie.
She’s got bipartisan disease.

a capella on February 29, 2012 at 6:05 PM

She was never going to support any of the stuff we want. She votes with R’s only on the non-controversial stuff. She rarely votes with the R’s on truly conservative stuff. And, it is highly unlikely we would have had anywhere near 60 Senate seats after the next election even with Snowe. And the chances of her voting for cloture on something like repealing Obamacare were pretty small anyway.

Monkeytoe on February 29, 2012

I see, so she’s joined democrats on a bunch of their filibusters before? Which ones? Educate us.

Moderates have this little game they play, where they sometimes vote against their party on the final vote, but don’t join the other party’s filibuster that would’ve stopped it from coming to a final vote. It’s frustrating as hell when the likes of Tester, Nelson and Warner do it. It’s pretty awesome when our moderates do it.

BuzzCrutcher on February 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

She’s tired of all this pesky opposition to centralized control by Washington. It just delays the inevitable. It’s so annoying.

RBMN on February 29, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Yes….if only they had something at their disposal to stomp out the last of this rebel opposition…some kind of Death Star, perhaps.

cynccook on February 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Well, this dysfunctional partisan is pretty sick of you too Snowe Job.

You and your girlfriend Collins make RINOS look good.

LegendHasIt on February 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Riiiight. Like when she was the lone Republican on the finance committee allowing ObamaCare to get through. Or when she voted for Obama’s Porkulus. Or when she voted against the Bush tax cuts. Etc. etc.

Norwegian on February 29, 2012

I’m not confusing 64% with 100%. You, however, seem to be confusing 64% with 0%.

BuzzCrutcher on February 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM

“I made the decision not to run for reelection in the United States Senate and to pursue other opportunities outside the Senate,

What could those other opportunities be? A lobbyist position? Did Snowe get an offer she couldn’t refuse from the Obama administration? I remember how Arlen Specter got bought off so Snowe won’t go the Specter route. She watched what happened to him the TEA party made sure he was gone…..this seems all of sudden but I bet Snowe has been being wooed by the Obama administration since before the mid terms….Snowe was in full campaign mode before this abrupt about face……who believes someone didn’t make her some kind of deal thinking she was the weakest link to go after so the democrats can hold onto the leadership in the Senate?

The plot thickens indeed. There is a reason they call it poly-ticks.

Dr Evil on February 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Stick with it at least until 5:20

Are you crazy? No way.

Kensington on February 29, 2012 at 6:14 PM

another incumbent gone. good riddance. no complaints over here. incumbency is the disease. gone is the cure.

maineconservative on February 29, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Yeah, the 3% rating her replacement will have will be much better. BTW, would you have been happier if her 2010 rating was lower than 64%? Seems to me like she was with us more when our backs were against the wall, no?

BuzzCrutcher on February 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

No, not really. Her 2009 rating was under 50 — she voted more often with Crazy Aunt Nancy than with Republicans, and she nearly never voted with conservatives. Yes, 48 is better than 3, and I would rather have this twit than another northeastern fringe left liberal.

But she is wrong about nearly everything she has said and I am quite enjoying pointing this out.

Jaibones on February 29, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Now, if we could also replace: AMNESTY-JOHN mccain, mccain’s mini-me Lindsay Graham, Scott Brown, Lisa murCOWski, susan collins…..with conservative Americans, America might then have a great future…TeaPartyNation on February 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM

You can add Dick Lugar to that list – Barky’s favorite Republican. Support Richard Mourdock for IN!

indyvet on February 29, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Leave and make room for someone with a Constitutional spine, snowejob.

profitsbeard on February 29, 2012 at 6:17 PM

She’s going to cash in and take a job “advising” some big lobbying firm or go to work on Wall St.

Lily on February 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Yep Olympia mentioned opportunities outside the Senate, it wasn’t a Republican trying to get her to throw in the towel – they are trying to take back the Senate.

I bet this is Bush’s fault/

Dr Evil on February 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM

With my Spartan ancestry I am a fighter at heart

how best to type derisive howls of laughter? spartan- that’s rich. if we were actually spartans most of congress would have been left on the hillside for weakness due to lack of backbones. really, it’s best for the herd that way- thinning out the sick and weak or those who do nothing for the betterment and support of the community yet feast on the its riches for personal gain.( and i thought most of these wonks in congress were socialists…)

they’re collectively all been pigs to the trough and bombastic yet compliant lock step sheep. one really can’t tell the difference between the main portions of the parties-big government all the way. then americans, who have recently continually given congress the lowest approval ratings in the history of measuring such things, gets sick of congress’s spendthrift, irresponsible freedom killing ways and elects some people who finally say, “eh, no. i call BS and i am not going along with it.” .

then the amateur dramatics start. fiddle de de. prepare the fainting couch and the smelling salts, senator collins is about to have a moment.

the esteemed senator is flouncing- the post modern version of stamping her hoof, picking up her toys and refusing to play because now there is not, as she seems to posit, resistance from her peers but ,finally, strong resistance from the electorate. coating it as primarily dysfunction in congress is a shameful lie- she’s flouncing on the american voter, the tea party sorts in particular. because you know they will be blamed for her damsel in distress fleeing as well as the gridlock while the likes of obama will never be called out for his constitution violating imperial over reach. how about the congressional over reach in the crime of the passing of obamacare in which snowe and the other sister grim collins played such public, attention sucking roles.

she’s never been particularly in the middle-she’s been a tool of the liberal left. she makes a lot of noise and has gotten a lot of stunt queen attention for calling herself out as the civil,bipartisan one for caving largely into the left. unfortunately for the senator, it’s the left who kidnapped and abandoned the constitution and bill of rights on that spartan hill, hoping to kill them off ; hoping we wouldn’t notice in time to save them. she has to know- history is passing her by because of resistance to the will of the electorate not because of her own allegedly contrary or stubborn associates.

oh dear goddess- i think she thinks she’s…going rogue ! where have i heard that before?

mittens on February 29, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Snowe was in full campaign mode before this abrupt about face……who believes someone didn’t make her some kind of deal thinking she was the weakest link to go after so the democrats can hold onto the leadership in the Senate?

The plot thickens indeed. There is a reason they call it poly-ticks.

Dr Evil on February 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

You’re on to something. If she was concerned about the GOP ever taking back the Senate, she’d run for re-election. But she’s more interested in something else.

How about a cabinet position?

SlaveDog on February 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Olly’s right. What can’t we all just embrace the status quo? Enjoy your retirement, Senator — your very secure, very comfortable retirement. You have suffered long enough. Time to think of your own needs for a change. You deserve better than the likes of us. Godspeed.

minnesoter on February 29, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Yes, Olympia, we must march together in single-minded uniform step toward a greater, glorious Soviet..er..United States.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Another Centrist Republican, in the Brooks-Specter-Kristo Buckley mold, who is about to fly the coup for the Socialist party; which is where they all are better fits.

james23 on February 29, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Can’t be anymore partisan than a left winger and she was one.

lilium479 on February 29, 2012 at 6:31 PM

“I’m going to be giving my voice

That’s the last we’ll hear from this RINO via the MSM, unless she’s bashing conservatives, then the MSM will be front and center shoving a microphone in her face.

GarandFan on February 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM

“…but more about the fact that we are not getting things done here in Congress…”

-Olympia Snowe

I don’t find that frustrating at all. Personally, I would like Congress to STOP DOING THINGS!! Everything they “do” they manage to eff up royally. I’m all for them quiting with the trying to “do” things.

gravityman on February 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Snowe said that she is leaving the Senate out of frustration with the gridlock and because she feels she can better be a voice for building consensus outside of the chamber.

She’s going to team up with Sarah Palin?

heshtesh on February 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Snowe sure looks like a Democrat . . .

williampeck1958 on February 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

for all I care she can drive into a Snowe bank and disappear

burserker on February 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Speaking of partisan – nice of her to discuss this with the freaks on MSLSD. I’m not that smrt, but I think that could be described as ironic.

VengeanceIsMine on February 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Seems to me like she was with us more when our backs were against the wall, no?

BuzzCrutcher on February 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

No.

How many times have the Twisted Sisters allowed votes to make it to the floor when they could have put the kibosh on them by not voting for cloture?

hillbillyjim on February 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

She is really is representative of the real problem in Washington, where reaching a consensus and doing “something” is more important than actually fixing problems (or at the very least, not creating more problems).

PetecminMd on February 29, 2012 at 6:48 PM

She can’t sell out her party unless the senate brings up a bill for a vote. oh, and the polls said she was going to lose anyway.

dunce on February 29, 2012 at 6:57 PM

…but I can’t imagine how Snowe thinks she’ll have more influence outside the Senate than within…

Two thoughts:

1. Little Bammie has offered her a big job, maybe to begin before the election, maybe after. In Henry Hunstman fashion, she has accepted.

2. The proggies have schemed with the Soros-Buffett types to come up with a big job for her leading some think-tank or charitable institution.

Brilliant work if it’s either of these. The democratics are very good at this kind of stuff.

slickwillie2001 on February 29, 2012 at 6:58 PM

So…what position will she be taking in the Obama administration?

canditaylor68 on February 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Who would a Snowe/Blue Dog Democrat ticked for Americans Elect hurt more? Obama or Romney?

joana on February 29, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Snowe, like Collins, Lugar and other liberal Republicans prefer total surrender and capitulation to the Democrats rather than have any disagreement or fighting back.

bw222 on February 29, 2012 at 7:02 PM

She’s going to team up with Sarah Palin?

heshtesh on February 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Snowe spent some time with Palin in 2008 when Sarah campaigned in Maine. Perhaps Olympia is leaving the Senate to try her luck in the beauty contest circuit.

bw222 on February 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Well Olympia, this is what you get when their just isn’t any more of other people’s money to spend. Expect it to get worse for at least the next twenty years.

J_Crater on February 29, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Perhaps Olympia is leaving the Senate to try her luck in the beauty contest circuit.

bw222 on February 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I’m guessing monkeys flying forth from her exhaust pipe has better odds.

roy_batty on February 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

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