Snowe: Obama fails at lawmaker outreach

posted at 1:55 pm on March 27, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It must be nice to be an outgoing senator. Suddenly, your opinion about everyone and everything is relevant! If you’re retiring because the atmosphere in the Senate has grown too bitter and partisan, you have a special credibility; you can comment on members of both parties.

At least, that seems to be true in Olympia Snowe’s case. Why else would it be news that she gives the president a failing grade at lawmaker outreach? She doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know. The president keeps so much to himself that even members of his own party have complained about his lack of accessibility.

Still, it’s instructive to recall that the president has little interest in working with accountable, elected representatives. He has his boys’ club of inside advisers and his constitutionally questionable czars. Why work with Congress?

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) hasn’t met with President Obama in two years, she said in an interview on Tuesday.

“I think it was during the healthcare debate,” the centrist senator told ABC News. “There was a meeting on energy, a meeting in the spring of 2010.”

Asked to give Obama a grade on his outreach to legislators, she said it would be “close to failing.”

“A president should be reaching out to many on the opposite side of the aisle. You know, to many Republicans, on a bipartisan basis,” the three-term senator said.

The reporter also asked Snowe who the president does make an effort to contact. “Good question,” she quipped.

For more relevant Olympia Snowe post-resignation-announcement opining, don’t miss her praise of Scott Brown’s bipartisanship. It’s a bit odd to me that Brown is turning to Snowe for help with women voters, but, apparently, in Massachusetts, plenty of women care more for free contraception than religious liberty. Talk about sacrificing something precious for a cheap treat!


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Change the faces, but move Progressivism along…..

buh bye Snowe………NEXT!!!!

PappyD61 on March 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Meh.

Door, slam, posterior, etc.

Bruno Strozek on March 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM

How about Obama just fails.

rbj on March 27, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Maybe she can explain how the United States of America is going to pay back +$16 Trillion dollars in debt on her way to her life time pension and health care…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Breitbart Is Here

FlatFoot on March 27, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Dictators don’t reach out.

Talk about sacrificing something precious for a cheap treat!

Uh, it’s obvious that sex without the risk of ‘negative’ consequences is the main ‘precious’ thing to lots of people. “Religion?, who needs it?”.

yhxqqsn on March 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

He fails because sellout Quisling statists like you enable him.

Go eat some yellow Snowe.

Rixon on March 27, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Why should bho do this snowe “A president should be reaching out to many on the opposite side of the aisle.” when you vote with him in most cases? Too bad collins isn’t going with you snowe!
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letget on March 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Hey Olympia, Barry used you to vote the health care reform bill out of committee. He got what he wanted. You thought he would call the next day or any day thereafter for that matter?

DaveDief on March 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Little Bammie doesn’t meet with members of Congress because he is afraid that they will see through him and realize that he is an idiot.

It must be terrible to live with that fear. This is the legacy of A/A.

slickwillie2001 on March 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

He got what he wanted from you, Snowe. Then treated you like the Useful Idiot you were.

LtGenRob on March 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Obama is toast.

rubberneck on March 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

“A president should be reaching out to many on the opposite side of the aisle. You know, to many Republicans, on a bipartisan basis,” the three-term senator said.

translation:

“The president should be reaching around on me, I’m the easiest RINO to turn, but not a thing. I quit!” the three-term senator said.

JusDreamin on March 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

but but but….the BIG TENT! We need her! /

search4truth on March 27, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Specter redux

22044 on March 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Snowe evidently didn’t comprehend the phrase “I WON!”

GarandFan on March 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Hey Olympia, Barry used you to vote the health care reform bill out of committee. He got what he wanted. You thought he would call the next day or any day thereafter for that matter?

DaveDief on March 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Did he at least leave some money on the dresser?

kjl291 on March 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Hey Olympia, Barry used you to vote the health care reform bill out of committee. He got what he wanted. You thought he would call the next day or any day thereafter for that matter?

DaveDief on March 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM

You know, I had forgotten about that. Just wish there was a good conservative in Maine to replace her.

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Maine,47% on some form of welfare.Thanks Olympia,now go back to Greece and fix their problems.

celtic warrior on March 27, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Baracka says Snow failed at constant fellation of the pResident.

He expected 100%. She only provided 75%

LegendHasIt on March 27, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Obama talks to Putin… and anyone else?

faraway on March 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Finding out that one was being used is a hard thing to accept…

d1carter on March 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

But when she announced her retirement the media seized on some phantom narrative about how she was retiring because the tea party was so insufferable.

Bensonofben on March 27, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Well, we know what she does when History calls. What does she do when the Exit Sign calls?

EMD on March 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Maybe she could look up Arlen

Bensonofben on March 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Miss Congeniality.

kozmo on March 27, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Snowe’s feeling here is shared by more people than most people realize … and many of them with a D after their names.

After the next election Obama will indeed have more “flexibility.” Private citizens always do.

MaxMBJ on March 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Having Snowe in our trenches when we were fighting ObamaCare and the stimulus probably felt the same as our troops now feel when they are on patrol alongside Afghan troops.

Bensonofben on March 27, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Little Bammie doesn’t meet with members of Congress because he is afraid that they will see through him and realize that he is an idiot.

THIS.

He’d have a meltdown.

CorporatePiggy on March 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

How’s that lawsuit going with her husband? One reason I believe that she “retired” is that a Senator when they retire gets to keep their campaign war chest. So all that money in her campaign fund is hers to keep. And they probably need it right now due to the legal problems her husband is (or was fairly recently) involved in.

Last I saw, she had $3.4 million bucks in her campaign chest.

crosspatch on March 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Asked to give Obama a grade on his outreach to legislators, she said it would be “close to failing.”

Fixed that for Olympia.

William Teach on March 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM

This isn’t the President of the many, this is the President of the few, and divided.

Speakup on March 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM

O didn’t realize the R by your name meant absolutely nothing to you Olympia or he would have given you more attention. So glad you are leaving ;)

BobScuba on March 27, 2012 at 2:25 PM

This isn’t the President of the many, this is the President of the few, and divided.

Speakup on March 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Hey, if he had a son it would have looked like Trayvon – not like you, whitey.

Best post-racial president ever.

CorporatePiggy on March 27, 2012 at 2:28 PM

If you’re retiring because the atmosphere in the Senate has grown too bitter and partisan

Point of order- Snowe is not retiring because the Senate has grown bitter and partisan (it has been that way for years). Snowe is retiring because she was about to have to fight for the nomination.

Happy Nomad on March 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

O didn’t realize the R by your name meant absolutely nothing to you Olympia or he would have given you more attention. So glad you are leaving ;)

Ditto that! If you aren’t in lock-step in agreeing with Obeyme’s dicatates, you are nothing. He considers the Senate and CONgress nothing anyway, only useful for show and distraction. Obeyme’s always ready with pen in hand to sign yet another EO if and when he has to when Capitol Hill fails to do his bidding.

hawkeye54 on March 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

You’re going to have a lot of crossover Dems voting for Mitt.

Paul-Cincy on March 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The president keeps so much to himself that even members of his own party have complained about his lack of accessibility.

It’s the “Dave” scenario again.

J_Crater on March 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

This is clearly the rankest far right-wing propaganda.

The One was going to have the most ethical and transparent administration evah…and be totally post-partisan.

krome on March 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Hey Olympia, Barry used you to vote the health care reform bill out of committee. He got what he wanted. You thought he would call the next day or any day thereafter for that matter?

DaveDief on March 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM
Did he at least leave some money on the dresser?

kjl291 on March 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

WINNER!!

The only thing I want to hear from Olympia Snowe is the “uggh” sound she’ll make when the door hits her posterior on the way out…

Get back up to Maine and fix your own problems up there… you’ve caused us too many “challenges” in the other 49 states… Obamacare (and your vote to get it out of Committee)…

And, you are NOT WELCOME for your service… Please go away…

Khun Joe on March 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Hey Olympia, Barry used you to vote the health care reform bill out of committee. He got what he wanted. You thought he would call the next day or any day thereafter for that matter?

DaveDief on March 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM
Did he at least leave some money on the dresser?

kjl291 on March 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

…and JugEars…hasn’t talked to her since health care? Doesn’t she golf?
Hope Rush doesn’t say anything about her feeling like a cheap slut or something!

KOOLAID2 on March 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Obama doesn’t even reach out to the RINOs.

Wigglesworth on March 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

This isn’t the President of the many, this is the President of the few, and divided.

Speakup on March 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM

True, but the bleeders would say the same thing during the Bush presidency from their standpoint. Why not just say this President is a bleeding heart, Commie lovin’ Marxist philosophical freak!

yubley on March 27, 2012 at 2:55 PM

He got what he wanted from you, Snowe. Then treated you like the Useful Idiot you were.

LtGenRob on March 27, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Heh.

Hey Olympia, why are you still here? Did he kiss you and promise to call again? Just go. Retire now, so you can be replaced by a newly incumbent. Does anyone know if governors appoint Senate replacement or does it go to a vote?

AH_C on March 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Does anyone know if governors appoint Senate replacement or does it go to a vote?

AH_C on March 27, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Depends on the state. Don’t know what Maine’s law is on that.

Bitter Clinger on March 27, 2012 at 3:06 PM

so glad I will not see her name on ballot anymore.
collins should take the hint too.

dmacleo on March 27, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Point of order- Snowe is not retiring because the Senate has grown bitter and partisan (it has been that way for years). Snowe is retiring because she was about to have to fight for the nomination.

Happy Nomad on March 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

THIS !!!

dmacleo on March 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

No Kiss,
Not even a cigarette!

Now she knows how the unwashed felt after that abboration was DEEMED!

Tenwheeler on March 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

For more relevant Olympia Snowe post-resignation-announcement opining, don’t miss her praise of Scott Brown’s bipartisanship. It’s a bit odd to me that Brown is turning to Snowe for help with women voters, but, apparently, in Massachusetts, plenty of women care more for free contraception than religious liberty. Talk about sacrificing something precious for a cheap treat!

Scott came out strongly against the HHS mandate (one of the reasons he retains my support), a story which even Hot Air covered. Presumably, Snowe is doing it of her own volition and Scott didn’t feel the need to turn anybody down. Keeping the Senate seat away from that nut Warren is our top priority. Maine used to be part of Massachusetts, ya know!

BKennedy on March 27, 2012 at 3:35 PM

No outreach to legislators.
Plenty of outreach to donors.

shick on March 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Outreach to legislators: D-

Outreach to donors: A+

shick on March 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Snowe is just another mindless obama-drone PROGRESSIVE – the GOP and America are well rid of her.

Pork-Chop on March 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) hasn’t met with President Obama in two years, she said in an interview on Tuesday.

I think it was during the healthcare debate,” the centrist senator told ABC News.

Olympia, Surprise, you were Obama’s useful idiot!!! You pushed Obamacare out of committee for him and the Democrats, now they have little need or use for you.

RJL on March 27, 2012 at 4:13 PM

It’s a bit odd to me that Brown is turning to Snowe for help with women voters, but, apparently, in Massachusetts, plenty of women care more for free contraception than religious liberty. Talk about sacrificing something precious for a cheap treat!

If we just didn’t give women the right to vote….. ;)

ScottG on March 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

When Snowe give you an F, you must be a dummy.

Schadenfreude on March 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

As a former resident of the once great state of Maine I take pleasure in saying. “Don’t let the door hit ya were the good lord split ya” as she walks out the door.

Bambi and Snowe uggg.

TheGarbone on March 27, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Snowe’s a well-known squish, probably no better than 50 on the ACU scale, but she may be missed after the election, which is liable to see her replaced by a leftist Democrat.

Adjoran on March 28, 2012 at 6:12 AM