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Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Politics | 11 comments

The Tea Party Bags Another Rino

One of the few remaining sane Republicans in the Senate has had it.  Another case of the party left her I would guess.

Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe will not seek reelection in 2012, she announced Tuesday.

In announcing her plans, Snowe, 65, emphasized that she is in good health and was prepared for the campaign ahead. But she said she was swayed by the increasing polarization in Washington.

“Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term,” Snowe said in a statement. “So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail.”

This is a blow to the Republicans’ hope to take back the Senate.  Like in many parts of the country the Maine Republican party has been taken over by tea party wingnuts.

Snowe’s retirement represents a major setback for the GOP’s efforts to regain a majority in the Senate. As a moderate Republican, she may be the party’s only hope to hold a seat in the strongly blue state.

Perhaps they can get Christine O’Donnell to move to Maine.  The lunatics are taking over the asylum and the sane people are running to the exits.  Can Dick Lugar be far behind?

Cross posted at Newshoggers

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  • zephyr

    Good question Ron – about Lugar. As one of the few reasonable R’s left I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s close to having had enough of the GOP/TP bizarro world. If Maine’s next senator is a democrat there will be no mystery as to the why.

  • SteveK

    As Senator Snowe had just “hired Justin Brasell, a renowned Republican operative, to manage her campaign” and setup future fundraisers one shouldn’t be surprised if, in the next few days, we find out that the Republican Party Leadership [sic] got her behind closed doors and tried to tell her what she was going to do and very publicly she turned around and told them just what they could do.

  • desert moderate

    For polarization: it takes two.

    If Snowe had sufficient moderate Senators, from either party, with which to band together in a power cabal, then Snowe could have stayed in the Senate and weilded some meaningful power.

    To me, the story behind the story is that the nature of many issues is making it difficult to be moderate. Many issues, by their nature, do not lend themselves to rationals for moderation, and therefore require choosing a side.

  • PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor

    Ben Nelson didn’t find things too inviting either.

  • I agree with desert moderate: “For polarization: it takes two.”

    Yet some prefer to ‘guess’ at people’s motives in order to pander a partisan narrative rather than listen to the explanation given by Sen. Snowe.

    “The most moderate Democrat in the Senate — Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) — is also retiring.”

    Odd. This fact seemed to escape Mr. Beasly’s partisan scrutiny.

  • zephyr

    “For polarization: it takes two.”

    That has a simplistic appeal, but it’s not true. While it takes two to make progress, one is enough to create polarization.

  • SteveK

    While it takes two to make progress, one is enough to create polarization.

    And obstruction. (see 112th Congress)

  • ShannonLeee

    “While it takes two to make progress, one is enough to create polarization.”

    very nicely said…

  • “For polarization: it takes two” is very much true.

    To state “one is enough to create polarization” is simply illogical.

    You might as well propose a one ended stick.

  • slamfu

    If we were literally talking about making two magnetically polar opposites in a field yes, but since we are using it as a metaphor for political interaction it does make sense.

  • Rcoutme

    It only “takes two” in the same sense as it “takes two” to have a fight. If one country is brutally attacked and its people put to the sword (or killed in whatever other violent nature), does it really take that ‘side’ to be a ‘participant’? They certainly didn’t sign up for the treatment. In the same sense, ideological purity requirements do not take two ‘sides’ to cause someone to be ousted. Snowe was called a RINO.

    RINO stands for Republican in Name Only. Says Who??!!! Neither party has the right to exclude ANYBODY–by law! There were politicians (back in the 40’s) who joined the Republican Party just because the Democrats held such a majority in the 30’s. They wanted some sort of discourse rather than party leaders unilaterally deciding policy. That worked. Ideological purity…hmm…how’s that working out for you?

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