Snowe's primary purpose in the Senate was to provide "bi-partisan" media cover to left leaning bills and ideas.
The problem is that the Dems have moved so far left that conservatives dont want to be seen as complicit in Republican compromises that usually arent for the good of conservative ideas. The conservative base of the GOP (the part that actually makes campaigns work) would rather candidates stand up for ideals than capitulate in the name of getting half of a crappy bill that they didnt want any of in the first place.
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the very blue state of maine repeatedly elected a republican to one of its two senate seats
that senator decides to abandon that elected office rather than "stand up for ideals" of the republican party, meaning place the objectives of the GOP ahead of the interests of the USA
and as a result, the republicans have lost a seat which helped them maintain a majority
nice going, GOP [/s]
A couple of points:
The objectives of the GOP are not necessarily in contention with the interests of the USA. Unless you are mostly liberal like Snowe was.
We are talking about the Senate here. The GOP do not have a majority...the Democrats do.
Now, this development will make it more difficult for the GOP to achieve their GOAL of getting the majority, but other than that, I don't see things changing much with her departure.
“I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.
Also, there are benefits to having a majority even if you don't have 60 seats...like control of committees and such.
I have no problem with her retiring. She was nothing more than a Social Conservative Democrat. Sure it will hurt the GOP's chances for the Senate. But right now the GOP has a bigger problem. Which some are trying to straighten out. That would be an identity crisis. IMO that is!