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    Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

    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.”
    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.
    Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to retire in blow to GOP - The Washington Post

    Well, this is an interesting turn of events. She says it is because of increased partisan divide in the Senate, but it will put a wrench in the GOP's attempt to try and gain a majority in the Senate since Maine is a solidly blue state. However, it is safe to say this news came as a surprise.
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    Re: Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

    This make things much more difficult for the GOP to take the Senate. Now they have to defend Maine, Nevada, and Massachusetts, while also winning enough of North Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Montana, Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida and New Mexico. Even if they keep all their seats, they still four of eight. If they lose Maine and Massachusetts, which seems fairly reasonable, they then have to win six of eight.

    It's even worse now that Bob Kerry is considering running in Nebraska, although that would still seem to lean toward the Republicans.
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    She always conducted herself with honor and dignity. A true public servant who should be congratulated for her many years of wonderful service.
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    Re: Senator Olympia Snowe to retire

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    This make things much more difficult for the GOP to take the Senate. Now they have to defend Maine, Nevada, and Massachusetts, while also winning enough of North Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Montana, Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida and New Mexico. Even if they keep all their seats, they still four of eight. If they lose Maine and Massachusetts, which seems fairly reasonable, they then have to win six of eight.

    It's even worse now that Bob Kerry is considering running in Nebraska, although that would still seem to lean toward the Republicans.
    I agree. I think the GOP can kiss its majority in the Senate good bye now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    She always conducted herself with honor and dignity. A true public servant who should be congratulated for her many years of wonderful service.
    Indeed. She is one of the remaining old school Republican Senators -- someone who's willing to reach across the aisle to get the job done.

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    Good riddance.
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    Damn! Just... damn.

    She was a brilliant and ethical politician who knew the value of compromise, got things done and got along with both sides of the partisian divide. Quite frankly, I was hoping she'd throw her hat in the ring for a run at the GOP presidential nomination.

    I'm sad. It's a major loss for any hope of sanity in the senate.

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    Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to Retire

    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.
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    Yeah, I just saw this in the "Breaking News" forum. Damn shame. She was one of the few brilliant and ethical politicians in D.C., a woman who got things done through compromise, and got along with both sides of the aisle. I had serious hopes that she'd run for the GOP presidential nomination.

    This is really a loss to all Americans who yearn for a uncorrupted government of congressfolk who actually understand what it means to "serve the people".

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    Re: Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to Retire

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Yeah, I just saw this in the "Breaking News" forum. Damn shame. She was one of the few brilliant and ethical politicians in D.C., a woman who got things done through compromise, and got along with both sides of the aisle. I had serious hopes that she'd run for the GOP presidential nomination.

    This is really a loss to all Americans who yearn for a uncorrupted government of congressfolk who actually understand what it means to "serve the people".
    I respect her and think she was a decent senator. Won't catch me saying that about very many Republicans.
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