Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to Retire
Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, R-Maine will not stand for re-election this fall. Snowe, one of the handful of moderates left in the Senate, is reportedly tired of the gridlock that has paralyzed Congress.
She was one of just three Republicans to support President Obama's stimulus package in 2009. Although she voted against the final health care bill in 2010, she was the only Republican Senator to vote for any version of the bill (she supported it in committee).
Her retirement is a big blow to Republican hopes of taking control of the Senate. With her seat almost certain to be picked up by a Democrat, Republicans would need to pick up a total of six seats (five if a Republican wins the White House) in order to take control of the Senate. Even in a good political year, this is a tough lift.
In a paper statement announcing her retirement Snowe said she does not "realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change."
Looks like it is even more unlikely the GOP can get control of the senate. Not that that matters much because they can still just clog it up with a zillion filibusters as they always do anyhow.