Snowe, R-Maine, ends her re-election bid, will retire

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, Republican of Maine, has just dropped a bombshell: She will not be running for re-election later this year.

From her announcement:

“As I have long said, what motivates me is producing results for those who have entrusted me to be their voice and their champion, and I am filled with that same sense of responsibility today as I was on my first day in the Maine House of Representatives. I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.

“With my Spartan ancestry I am a fighter at heart; and I am well prepared for the electoral battle, so that is not the issue. However, what I have had to consider is how productive an additional term would be. Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. 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.

“As I enter a new chapter, I see a vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us. It is time for change in the way we govern, and I believe there are unique opportunities to build support for that change from outside the United States Senate. I intend to help give voice to my fellow citizens who believe, as I do, that we must return to an era of civility in government driven by a common purpose to fulfill the promise that is unique to America.”

Her announcement is certain to set off another round of partisan sniping about which side is more to blame for creating all the partisan sniping.

In terms of raw politics, though, the decision has to be seen as an advantage for the Democrats. They had little shot at unseating Snowe as an incumbent; an open seat becomes a lot more vulnerable.

As Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight just tweeted, “We had estimated GOP’s chances of holding Maine senate at 85% before. Maybe 20-30% now after Snowe retirement.”

– Jay Bookman

357 comments Add your comment

saywhat?

February 28th, 2012
5:27 pm

jewcowboy

February 28th, 2012
5:27 pm

Bosch will be crushed.

saywhat?

February 28th, 2012
5:27 pm

Any early indications of who might replace her?

saywhat?

February 28th, 2012
5:29 pm

jewcowboy

February 28th, 2012
5:27 pm
“Bosch will be crushed.”
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Thats o.k. He can be first on the next thread.

jewcowboy

February 28th, 2012
5:32 pm

saywhat?,

“Thats o.k. He can be first on the next thread.”

I think he will get over that. He’ll be crushed because he seems to have a heart on for the Bipartisan Ice Senators from Maine…Snowe and Collins.

mona Lawrence

February 28th, 2012
5:38 pm

Wow!! One of the few sane republican voices in the Senate. Maine has a crazed govenor and legislature. It will be interesting to see how this plays out!!!!!

Ernest T. Bass

February 28th, 2012
5:39 pm

Always thought McCain should have picked her instead of Palin in 08.

Snowe at least is respectable and wouldn’t have been winking at the camera during the debates.

jewcowboy

February 28th, 2012
5:42 pm

Ernest T. Bass,

“Always thought McCain should have picked her instead of Palin in 08″

We all know the reason why Ms. Palin was chosen, and it has absolutely nothing to do with respectability.

Jay

February 28th, 2012
5:45 pm

She’s going to finish out the rest of her term, which ends in January, so there won’t be an immediate replacement. The surprise announcement has to be seen as an advantage for the Democrats, though. They had little shot at unseating Snowe as an incumbent; an open seat becomes a lot more attainable. A lot will depend on who enters the race. I’m sure the phone lines are abuzzing in Maine.

jewcowboy

February 28th, 2012
5:46 pm

“I’m sure the phone lines are abuzzing in Maine.”

They have phones up there?

Common Sense isn't very Common - Papist Independent

February 28th, 2012
5:46 pm

Maybe she should just change to independent :-)

yuzeyurbrane

February 28th, 2012
5:47 pm

No doubt that political forces continue their realignment in this election cycle. I think there are more Snowe type voters than conventional wisdom allows for. But I believe the GOP must purge itself before it realizes this. And that transformation might kill the patient because it would require the nomination of Santorum and a crushing defeat. On the other hand, it could cause it to rise from the ashes and grab the traditional middle. If it continues down the path of Tea Party radicalism and ignores the massive demographic and cultural changes that are occurring and will continue to occur then the GOP will simply become the next Whig Party.

Ernest T. Bass

February 28th, 2012
5:47 pm

Maybe Stephen King could run.

Pretty sure he is one of us.

Jay

February 28th, 2012
5:50 pm

Obama carried Maine by 17 points; on the other hand, a Tea Party candidate was elected governor in 2010.

Jay

February 28th, 2012
5:52 pm

You have to crank them, Jewcowboy.

And they’re party lines, remember those?

Paul

February 28th, 2012
5:54 pm

More conservatives than we can count have listed Sen Snowe as a RINO.

Added testimony to her words regarding polarization and the need for a viable political center.

Now, let us all pause and give thanks to her efforts to resist the ideologues and reach consensus on legislation. And let us observe a moment of silence for our fellow (but absent) blogger, Bosch, who just staggered, clutched his chest and gasped “I feel a disturbance in the Force…a goddess has left us…”

Pagan memorial service to be held at the next full moon -

Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
5:55 pm

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

Harry Reid is partisan? Say it aint so. So did the Senate finally pass a budget after about 1000 days of not doing so under this kook. Does Harry Reid still admire Obama for not speaking in that dreaded “Negro dialect”?

SoGaVet

February 28th, 2012
5:57 pm

No room for compromisers in the current version of the GOP. Let’s hope the “progressive” side of the democrats don’t take them down that path, too.

Midori

February 28th, 2012
5:59 pm

maybe Obama can ease her pain by sending her some Food Stamps.

And have Harry deliver them personally, all the while speaking jive.

that should do it.

Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
6:01 pm

That works. After all Obama is the food stamp president.

Midori

February 28th, 2012
6:03 pm

and Bush was the mammy president.

it really does all work out.

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

February 28th, 2012
6:04 pm

Being that she apparently was a “RINO”, her insight in the future may be interesting and much of what is currently happening.

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:04 pm

There goes another voice of reason…

Paul

February 28th, 2012
6:05 pm

“Her announcement is certain to set off another round of partisan sniping about which side is more to blame for creating all the partisan sniping.”

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You fulfilled the prediction before the end of the first page, Thulsa (5:55).

Midori

February 28th, 2012
6:05 pm

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:06 pm

midori

You’re in rare form tonight! And that’s a good thing… :-)

Midori

February 28th, 2012
6:06 pm

Let's not count our chickens, K?

February 28th, 2012
6:06 pm

Olympia Snowe’s retirement is a blow to us all, not just the Grand Old Regressive Party. She is one of the few sane, reasonable elephants still left in the room.

Jay

February 28th, 2012
6:07 pm

Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight puts it this way in a tweet:

“We had estimated GOP’s chances of holding Maine senate at 85% before. Maybe 20-30% now after Snowe retirement.”

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

February 28th, 2012
6:08 pm

I’m confused… are we counting elephants, chickens or something else? And who took off their shoes to do the count?

Midori

February 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

Kamchak

February 28th, 2012
6:10 pm

“You had me at hello.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Midori

February 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

actually, I don’t blame Snowe.

and I hop this doesn’t get me in trouble with Bosch :)

But fighting and trying to hold off her lunatic colleagues must be enormously tiring.

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:11 pm

I just don’t get it…what’s wrong with Food Stamps? One of the most sensible and practical programs out there…

Also, noticed Bruno last p.m. taking on the Section 8 lady renting a $250,000 home and receiving $1600 rent subsidy…who’s getting that $1600? Duh, the private sector…

Who’s reaping the shekel benefits of the Food Stamp program? The supermarket chains. Duh, the private sector.

YOUR party SUCKS! But MINE is GRRRRRREAT! (formerly That Black Guy)

February 28th, 2012
6:13 pm

Paul

February 28th, 2012
5:54 pm
More conservatives than we can count have listed Sen Snowe as a RINO.

Paul, I would say it was republicians that labeled her a rino, not so much conservatives.

I’m a conservative and I like her and Collins.

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Ernest T. Bass

February 28th, 2012
5:47 pm
Maybe Stephen King could run.

Pretty sure he is one of us. – What? American?

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

FORMAL BLACK GUY

I’m not sure King is even homo sapiens… that child just ain’t right :-)

Paul

February 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

Hi Midori!!!

Your Party

Good point. But it seems you’re out of step with True Republicans, eh?

Orange12

February 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

There goes a good RINO. Who will the Dems replace her with?

YOUR party SUCKS! But MINE is GRRRRRREAT! (formerly That Black Guy)

February 28th, 2012
6:15 pm

“that an atmosphere of polarization ”
“I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. ”

Isn’t what’s going on in this very blog an example of why she’s retiring?
Wouldn’t you with the BS coming from the Left and the Right?

F. Sinkwich

February 28th, 2012
6:17 pm

So what?

She was just another lib ilk voting for every euro-socialist piece of legislation that came up.

Good riddance.

YOUR party SUCKS! But MINE is GRRRRRREAT! (formerly That Black Guy)

February 28th, 2012
6:21 pm

Paul

February 28th, 2012
6:15 pm
Hi Midori!!!

Your Party

Good point. But it seems you’re out of step with True Republicans, eh

I guess that’s why I’m not a repub. Or a dem for that matter.

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:21 pm

Well, here’s ole Sinkwich with lib ilk and euro-socialist…in these times of uncertainty, it’s good to know some things can still be depended on as consistencies…

Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
6:23 pm

“Who’s reaping the shekel benefits of the Food Stamp program? The supermarket chains. Duh, the private sector.”

josef,

There’s nothing wrong with going on food stamps short term or even longer term for a family desperately in need. That’s what its for and even many of us cons support a safety net. I know I do. The abuse of the system is what upsets me. My observation is that Obama has presided over an economy that has put more people on food stamps than ever before. So my criticism is of the economy he has presided over and not necessarily that people are on food stamps.

Also not that it matters but food stamps are a transfer payment- not an economic stimulator as Nancy Pelosi would have us believe. If transfer payments were simply great tools of economic stimulus then we could just send transfer payments back and forth to stimulate the economy. Now I know people on here believe people like Miss Pelosi but any economist who posits the idea that food stamps and other transfer payments are great economic tools of stimulus needs to have his head examined.

Joe The Plumber Too

February 28th, 2012
6:23 pm

Man I just saw where urkle is going to be on Dancing With The Stars. Maybe I was wrong about that little fellow, he can sing like Al Green, make up new lies for every set of eyes, dance on TV and ruin (oops I meant run) the country as pretender in chief. Guess all that snob education did him some good.

F. Sinkwich

February 28th, 2012
6:24 pm

Truth hurts, eh, Josef?

You’re backing a Marxist as president of the US. You should be ashamed…

GT

February 28th, 2012
6:24 pm

Bush was heard telling Obama as they toured the White House for Is first time “it is your own party you need to watch out for. I think there are some real thugs in Congress. That was not the case 20 years ago.

Jay

February 28th, 2012
6:25 pm

Josef, you will no doubt be shocked to read this, but Bruno’s story about HUD requiring separate bedrooms for each child in Section 8 housing is totally false, which calls into question the rest of his anecdote as well.

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:26 pm

THULSA

It’s taxpayer shekels funneled into the private sector economy…wealth redistribution if you will…

Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
6:27 pm

Also, noticed Bruno last p.m. taking on the Section 8 lady renting a $250,000 home and receiving $1600 rent subsidy…who’s getting that $1600? Duh, the private sector…

josef,

It was me who wrote that with the input from the office manager of a Doctor’s office that I do business with. The doctor owns the house and rents it to the lady who works in his office and who gets the subsidy. So in effect we are making a transfer payment to her that goes directly to an established doctor who already gets paid good money. Subsidizing the wealthy.

F. Sinkwich

February 28th, 2012
6:28 pm

josef wants the whole nation on food stamps.

In lib ilk world, the more people on food stamps the better. They want the whole country on them.

They worship O’bozo because he’s gonna get us there.

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

February 28th, 2012
6:29 pm

Doom: My observation is that Obama has presided over an economy that has put more people on food stamps than ever before

Well your “observations” are Newt’s and they have been previously disproven. You may want to try to, ummm, how did you say it, oh…have [your] head examined

getalife

February 28th, 2012
6:29 pm

That is good news.

They should all retire.

Serve and go back to your regular job was the original idea.

Orange12

February 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

Unrelated, but still a good read.

It’s a slow day in Mamou, Louisiana. The sun is beating down, and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a traveling Shreveport salesman is driving through town. He stops at the Hotel Cazan and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one in which to spend the night. As soon as the man walks upstairs, Bosco, the owner, grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to Boudreaux the butcher. Boudreaux takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to Trosclair the pig farmer. Trosclair takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill at T-Boy’s Farmers Co-op, the local supplier of feed and fuel. T-Boy, at the Farmer’s Co-op, takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, Clarise, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her “services” on credit. Clarise rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with Bosco, the hotel owner. Bosco then places the $100 back on the counter so the travelling salesman will not suspect anything. At that moment the salesman comes down the stairs, picks up the $100 bill, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town. No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with a lot more optimism. And that, my friend, is how the United States Government is conducting business today.

Jay

February 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

Then I apologize to Bruno and redirect it to Thulsa:

That story’s a bunch of baloney. HUD allows up to 2 occupants per bedroom under Section 8.

Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

josef,

Yes. Its just wealth redistribution. But its not stimulus and it certainly has nothing to do with the efficient allocation of resources that a healthy economy thrives on. As a matter of fact it could be viewed as a transfer from an efficient allocator of resources to an inefficient allocator if we really wanted to be technical. But alas Doomy has had enough today. Doomy out.

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

Sinkwich

Me “backing” Bush Lite the Kenyan Marxist Fierce Advocate? That will certainly come as a surprise to some here abouts!

JAY
That was one of my first thoughts, too. Over here in prestigeous Buckhead a lot of those new mid-rises that went up and couldn’t rent are taking in Section 8’s and (and NOW I’m about to catch it!) some of the families we’ve registered couldn’t find a McMansion, that had enough bedrooms for each of them…

Kamchak

February 28th, 2012
6:30 pm

My girlfriend’s hairdresser’s husband has an uncle who used to work with a guy that knew someone that rents a house and gets a Section 8 subsidy.

Kamchak

February 28th, 2012
6:32 pm

Unrelated, but still a good read.

I see that chain email is making it’s rounds again.

F. Sinkwich

February 28th, 2012
6:33 pm

Bush !!!

Boo!

Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
6:33 pm

Jay,

Then I will take it up with the office manager next time I see her. I was a little bit suspicious of that myself and found it difficult to believe but nothing about govt regulations surprises me. But she seemed pretty convinced that she knew the rules and regs of section 8. Also the rules could be different possibly because the woman had taken custody of the kids directly from her daughter who abandoned them. Not sure though.

Logical Dude

February 28th, 2012
6:33 pm

(not sure if anyone has said it yet)

Snowe for VP!!!!

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:34 pm

Sorry about that false attribution to Bruno…my bad, oops.. :-)

AmVet

February 28th, 2012
6:34 pm

I always found her very interesting, reasoned and reasonable and a class act. A true outlier in the hyper-dysfunctional, post-Nixon GOP.

A tough old gal with more spine then virtually all of her male Republican colleagues. And one who has endured her share of tragedies.

And with her retirement we are reaching the sad end of an era; an era when the Republicans had moderates in their midst.

God help them now as they flail around hopelessly in the shallow end of the rabid political pool.

And up until that 6:17, for the most part there have been adult comments about her …

Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
6:35 pm

Kamchak,

Too bad she didn’t have personal knowledge and speak directly to the person making the claims. Big difference ma’am.

F. Sinkwich

February 28th, 2012
6:36 pm

Lib ilks like to take money from some people then give it to other people.

It makes them feel soooooo good.

They are really unbalanced.

They should seek help.

Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
6:37 pm

I wondered how long my internet stalker keep up could stay away. Not long it seems. The obsession continues…

jconservative

February 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

Snowe realized one fact: with 60 votes necessary in the Senate, nothing one wants to accomplish can be accomplished without bi-partisan support.

And that is why we are trapped in a bubble that will not burst, both sides are trapped by their own ideology.

See the history of 1835 – 1861. Ideology resulted in a war and 600,000 dead Americans.

Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
6:38 pm

There are more Americans on food stamps now than ever before?

True or False?

Jm

February 28th, 2012
6:40 pm

Yeah not good for building a republican senate

Both sides are to blame for the intransigence

But Reid has built an awful atmosphere in the senate

F. Sinkwich

February 28th, 2012
6:41 pm

True.

I win !!!

Kamchak

February 28th, 2012
6:41 pm

…both sides are trapped by their own ideology.

There are more than two “sides.”

I believe it is important not to be trapped by a binary mindset.

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:41 pm

THULSA

True. There are more Americans than ever before. Stands to reason.

Jm

February 28th, 2012
6:42 pm

Doom 6:38 true! :)

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

February 28th, 2012
6:43 pm

Help… I am being stalked by someone who has no personal responsibilty for posting falsehoods….. check the goal posts over there…. oh wait, they are over there now…

AmVet

February 28th, 2012
6:43 pm

Tonight I choose not to engage the blog children about food stamps or Dancing with the Morons or HUD or whatever. (Though if you do want accurate information about Section 8 housing in DeKalb county, I know about it, as I’ve owned rental property and had S8 tenants.)

I am going to write about Senator Snowe and her soon to be gone role as the last of a dying breed of politician. One who put her constituents and the republic before the now shameful Republican Party.

To wit, vis a vis Clinton’s impeachment proceedings, she and fellow Maine Senator Susan Collins sponsored a motion that would have allowed the Senate to vote separately on the charges and the remedy — a “finding of fact” resolution. When the motion failed, Snowe and Collins voted to acquit, arguing that Clinton’s perjury did not warrant his removal from office.

Smart, practical, ethical.

I’m not sure she can be replaced. From either party…

Midori

February 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

so Sinkwich — how many food stamps do you receive?

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

February 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

Josef, you will no doubt be shocked to read this, but Bruno’s story about HUD requiring separate bedrooms for each child in Section 8 housing is totally false, which calls into question the rest of his anecdote as well.

Well, you done ruint my night. If anybody on here was right as rain all the time, it was Bruno. Next thing I know you’ll start pointing out the nursery where all the nuns keep the kids they give birth to. The only time Bruno goes a little astray is, he sometimes don’t know how to keep a certain Part of his body in his pants when he’s around women. Heck, he’s been known to go after women he don’t even know right here on this blog.

Anyhow, got the fried pork skins and a case of PBR. I sure am looking forward to watching Mr. Mormon Underpants get his comeuppance tonight. All them librul Democrats voting for Sanatarium will sure raise a powerful ruckus. Have a good night everybody.

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

February 28th, 2012
6:44 pm

josef… there may be more than ever before….but the key word was PUT by Obama which is not true.

Janet

February 28th, 2012
6:45 pm

Thanks for your service Ms. Snowe. Now let’s get a real American, with compassion, a Democrat, elected to her seat.

Jm

February 28th, 2012
6:45 pm

Sinkwich

Democrats are running full speed at implicit nationalization of everything

Health care. Food. Banking. The nationalized the auto industry.

It’s a mess.

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:45 pm

True story. I’ve got a bud recently unemployed who gets food stamps. $16 a month…with folks scamming the system like that…what’s this country coming to! You might have seen him at Whole Foods with that t-bone…seriously, he goes and buys steak with it…and why not he says…ain’t that what I ’sposed to do? :-)

Jm

February 28th, 2012
6:46 pm

How many liberals does it take to screw up America?

Answer: one. Obama. :)

saywhat?

February 28th, 2012
6:48 pm

Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
6:38 pm
There are more Americans on food stamps now than ever before?

True or False?
—————————————————————–
….And the events and circumstances that eventually led to them ending up on foodstamps occurred before January 2008. True or false?

TaxPayer

February 28th, 2012
6:48 pm

And they’re party lines, remember those?

You mean they have Republican and Democrat phones in Maine! Are they Red and Blue.

stands for decibels

February 28th, 2012
6:48 pm

Shame about Snowe? Nah, it was time for her and for a lot of rational peeps to stop pretending there is any way to fix the FUBAR GOP.

Beyond that…Food stamps. Boogah boogah!

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:49 pm

KEEP UP

This is the post to which I responded…nothing in it about PUT there…

“Thulsa Doom

February 28th, 2012
6:38 pm
There are more Americans on food stamps now than ever before?

True or False?”

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

February 28th, 2012
6:50 pm

josef, I stood in line behind him today. I think he got the cavier appetizer to go with that steak!

saywhat?

February 28th, 2012
6:51 pm

Jm @ 6:46- How many Conservatives does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
None. Conservatives don’t screw in lightbulbs. Conservatives screw in men’s public restrooms.

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

February 28th, 2012
6:51 pm

josef. I agree that is what Doom moved the goal posts too. He was suckering you in after posting a false claim. Don’t hold your breath for that apology! ;)

Kamchak

February 28th, 2012
6:52 pm

“Food stamps are like Frank’s Hot Sauce to cons — they put that sh*t on everything.”
– Thomas Jefferson

AmVet

February 28th, 2012
6:52 pm

The only welfare I’m enraged about is the hundreds of billions of dollars worth every year for the corporations and the wealthy.

In April 2006, Snowe was selected by Time as one of “America’s 10 Best Senators.” She was the only woman so recognized. Time praised Snowe for her sensitivity to her constituents, also noting that: “Because of her centrist views and eagerness to get beyond partisan point scoring, Maine Republican Olympia Snowe is in the center of every policy debate in Washington.”

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

February 28th, 2012
6:52 pm

They BOTH suck

February 28th, 2012
6:53 pm

josef

I think I say him at the Whole Foods on Ponce…… He left, got into a 7 series BMW and drove to his Sec 8 subsidized 750k pad in Morningside……… Bet he pays $16.00 or so a month for it and gets most of it back via some sort of tax credit…………… Government probably pays for his IPAD, IPOD and IPHONE as well

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:54 pm

ZamVet

Sooooo….you’re a Jew Slum Lord? Sooth’s got your number… zionist hoodlum na zi Jew banker, you! It’s a conspiracy, I tell you… :-)

Brosephus™

February 28th, 2012
6:54 pm

Damn, I hate to see Sen. Snowe make that announcement. Well, I guess that Congress will lose more of it’s common sense balance.

My observation is that Obama has presided over an economy that has put more people on food stamps than ever before. So my criticism is of the economy he has presided over and not necessarily that people are on food stamps.

And would Republicans call McCain the “foodstamp president” had he won? He would be presiding over the same economy, or is it just one of those Democrat = free giveaway = food stamps type things?

AmVet

February 28th, 2012
6:56 pm

Snowe did not miss any of the 657 votes on the Senate floor during the 110th Congress from 2007 to 2009. She was one of only eight senators who did not miss any votes during that session.

It will be interesting to see who the Republicans come up with to try and replace here. New England is the very last bastion of centrists and moderates in the entire party.

But I would not be remotely surprised if they try their damnedest to find and trot out some rabid Bushbot, who sill take his marching orders from the party machinery like a good little neo-con…

josef

February 28th, 2012
6:57 pm

saywhat
@ 6:51

I don’t care who you are, thass funny :-)

KEEP UP BOTH SUCK

That’s him…boy gets around…

Keep Up--Te gusta losing woofinpoofs?

February 28th, 2012
6:57 pm

josef… my apology. I typed too fast. That should have read “Don’t hold your breath for Doom’s apology”. You do have mine if it appeared I was directing the import of that comment to imply you were wrong.

F. Sinkwich

February 28th, 2012
6:58 pm

“And with her retirement we are reaching the sad end of an era; an era when the Republicans had moderates in their midst.”

All together now:

Kum-by-ahhh, etc.

There is no surrender to those who desire to throw America into the ash-heap of history.

O’bozo called our constitution a negative document. He worshiped for 20 years at a church which wants America damned. He is best friends with domestic terrorists. He wants to cripple our economy with sky-rocketing energy prices. He wants to control every aspect of our healthcare.

That’s just for starters.

No surrender.

They BOTH suck

February 28th, 2012
6:58 pm

Bro

“And would Republicans call McCain the “foodstamp president” had he won? He would be presiding over the same economy, or is it just one of those Democrat = free giveaway = food stamps type things?”

Let’s be sensible here. If McCain were President, everyone’s tax income rates would have been cut by 30%, capital gains by 50% and corporate rates by 75%.

The budget would be balanced. Unemployment would be a figment of one’s imagination. GDP would be at 15% and the stock market would have hit 20k……. last yr

Get with it man