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Snowe, Collins call for GOP unity as tea party sacks moderates (Tea Party targeting Maine RINOs)
The Boston Herald / The Sun Journal, Lewiston, Me. ^ | 2010-09-28 | Steve Mistler

Posted on 10/02/2010 2:35:24 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

Two years ago, Barack Obama and congressional Democrats rode a wave of voter disenchantment into power. Many Republicans, even in some traditional strongholds, were swept aside.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was an exception. She didn’t defeat Democrat Tom Allen. She trounced him, 61-39 percent of the vote, a landslide victory political analysts attributed to Collins’ popularity with moderates, a standing shared by her Maine colleague, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, also a Republican.

Two years later, the same moderate image that protected Collins from the blue wave could make Snowe vulnerable to the red one advanced by the tea party. The movement has already sacked several GOP moderates, raising questions about whether voices such as Collins’ and Snowe’s still have a place in the party.

The issue was made more prominent following U.S. Rep. Mike Castle’s recent defeat in Delaware’s GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. Castle’s loss produced strong comments from Collins and Snowe, who both found the outcome troubling.

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Snowe’s reaction also came on the heels of a Public Policy Polling survey that showed the majority of responding Maine Republicans would prefer a more conservative alternative in 2012. Tom Jensen, who conducted the poll, said Snowe could be in trouble if the tea party fervor extends beyond this year.

An online reader poll conducted by the Washington Post echoed that theory, showing Snowe leading the list of senators that will be targeted by the tea party next year.

All of which has given rise to speculation about Snowe’s future. Some national pundits, such as Alan Colmes, a Democrat, have said Snowe will switch parties or run as an independent to win in 2012.

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2012; 2014; collins; cornyn; elections; gop; maine; mainewitches; olympiasnowe; rinohunt; rinohunting; rinopurge; rinos; snowe; susancollins; teaparty; teapartyrebellion; unity; witches
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To: Freddd

Let’s not forget Sherrod Brown in OH. He’s an ACORN love child. He needs to go in 2012.


51 posted on 10/02/2010 4:10:39 PM PDT by Catsrus (Have)
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To: hkp123

We’re trying!
Unfortunately, we are surrounded by moonbats.
Lots of them moved up here...
*sigh*


52 posted on 10/02/2010 4:11:52 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: rabscuttle385

You can’t get rid of us!

We’re important members of the American left!

I think it’s time to teach the peasants who’s in charge!

/sarc


53 posted on 10/02/2010 4:20:04 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: rabscuttle385

Snowe and Collins are mere pawns for the Socialists, disguised with an (R) by their names. That’s why their re-elected, and the term “moderate” is just used casually in Liberal-speak as “one of us”. They vote with the Progressives whenever they’re needed.


54 posted on 10/02/2010 4:21:48 PM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: rabscuttle385

dems are better than these rinos.


55 posted on 10/02/2010 4:29:38 PM PDT by GreyMountainReagan ("Pray for America")
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To: Freddd

Snowe is up in 12 and Collins in 14


56 posted on 10/02/2010 4:30:41 PM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio - US Senate, West FL22nd, Scott/Carroll - FL Gov/LtGov, Miller-AK US Senate)
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To: rabscuttle385

Snowe will melt.


57 posted on 10/02/2010 4:33:38 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN

If LePage can win Gov. that makes a 2012 challenge to Snowe possible.


58 posted on 10/02/2010 4:35:42 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: darkangel82

I hope he DOES win!
I’m rooting and voting for him!
The libs up here have their knickers in a knot..
LePage said he’d tell Obama to go to hell..
LOL


59 posted on 10/02/2010 4:39:59 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: rabscuttle385
Snowe, Collins call for GOP unity

It would have been nice to have had some unity back when the so-called 'Stimulus' Bill was being voted on in the Senate. As I recall, the only ones breaking GOP Unity were Collins, Snowe, and Specter.

60 posted on 10/02/2010 4:43:28 PM PDT by Hoodat ( .For the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.)
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To: rabscuttle385
That is HER seat, and the voters have no right to steal it from her.
61 posted on 10/02/2010 4:53:40 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: rabscuttle385
Hey Snowe and Collins, maybe this will be simple enough for your addled RINO brains to comprehend:

NO
more
RINOS


62 posted on 10/02/2010 5:10:53 PM PDT by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: The Comedian

Let us hope that 10 or so years from now that will be the only thing left from the RINO party.


63 posted on 10/02/2010 5:14:19 PM PDT by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Now if I had a comment suitable for mixed company on a family values oriented thread...I’d be posting it here.


64 posted on 10/02/2010 5:29:40 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: rabscuttle385
It is unlikely that Obama will do anything to rescue himself from the voters in 2012. He doesn't have it in him. Given that, voters are gonna mob the polls to vote him OUT.

Those same voters, mad at Obama, are gonna be mad at his supporters in the Senate & House, too, including Snowe.

So, I betting Snowe is history in Nov. 2012.

65 posted on 10/02/2010 5:29:49 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: mazda77
Snowe is up in 12

Her primary opponent will be Scott D'Amboise:

damboiseforsenate.com

66 posted on 10/02/2010 5:43:18 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: Zakeet

I believe what you said 100%.

Nothing ruling class elites do when their power is threatened surprises me.

This election cycle is a huge education for me.


67 posted on 10/02/2010 5:44:07 PM PDT by Eddie01 (There's just so many ignorant people, it's depressing)
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To: rabscuttle385

Payback for the Health Care vote. Its big and its ugly. Snowe and Collins are as good as gone.And this article doesn’t even mention the Snowe Collins role in the Health Care debacle.SHAME!


68 posted on 10/02/2010 5:55:06 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Thanks for the heads up. I had seen his name last week and is already on my spreadsheet.

I will investigate him more before sending my hard earned cash.


69 posted on 10/02/2010 5:55:21 PM PDT by mazda77 (Rubio - US Senate, West FL22nd, Scott/Carroll - FL Gov/LtGov, Miller-AK US Senate)
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To: Zakeet

Two RINO Witches. Get them brooms!


70 posted on 10/02/2010 5:58:36 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: rabscuttle385

Who the hell do these liberal rags think they’re fooling?


71 posted on 10/02/2010 5:58:53 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: mazda77; All
I will investigate him more before sending my hard earned cash.

I encourage it. Scott D'Amboise ran for CD2 in 06.

He ain't no RINO, and I believe he got very little support from the E-stab/insider GOPs.

72 posted on 10/02/2010 6:04:12 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
There will be another candidate opposing Snowe.
73 posted on 10/02/2010 7:00:54 PM PDT by bogeybob
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To: rabscuttle385
I predict Snowe will survive. She'll vote to the right for the next two years and the anti-Snowe vote will be split by at least 3 candidates. In the Castle, Murkowski, Inglis (runoff) primaries the race was one-on-one so the conservative vote was unified.

In Illinois, 5 candidates split 43% of the vote against Mark Kirk; none could really get strong traction.

74 posted on 10/02/2010 7:28:40 PM PDT by Crichton
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To: rabscuttle385

Hello Snow and Collins! Thank your lucky stars you aren’t up for re-election this year! Because you two would be our top targets.

Know this, we won’t be forgetting about you in the future. When your re-election comes up, you might want to consider retirement. Because you will be losing your seats.


75 posted on 10/02/2010 10:29:55 PM PDT by Danae (Analnathrach, orth' bhais's bethad, do che'l de'nmha.)
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To: texteacher

Quite true. It’s entirely up to them...just being right of center would be an improvement.


76 posted on 10/02/2010 11:34:51 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Candor7

That was just Snowe - who voted for one of the bills to get out of committee, but it didn’t go to a floor vote. Both Snowe and Collins voted to filibuster the health care bill that came to the floor. In that case having another Snowe or Collins in the Senate would have stopped the bill in its tracks...at that moment, at least, they did the right thing.


77 posted on 10/02/2010 11:39:28 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: From The Deer Stand

They won’t be. They’ll be replaced by rats if they get knocked out by the TP.

The TP needs to hone its strategy a bit.


78 posted on 10/03/2010 2:59:23 AM PDT by chilltherats (First, kill all the lawyers (now that they ARE the tyrants).......)
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To: rabscuttle385

The Maine TEA Party needs to play this smart. They need to decide the best way to take Snowe out. I am sure there will be many that want to run against her. United we stand, divided we fall. Should the best TEA party candidate run in the primary, or as an independent or even in the Democratic primary?

If Snowe sees a strong challenger, there is a chance she would switch parties (as she is really a Dem anyway).

Maybe the TEA party should also pick a strong challenger for the Dem primary to attract some unenrolleds to take the Dem ballot in the primary rather than a GOP ballot (to vote for Snowe over the TEA party challenger). Also if Snowe did switch she would have strong primary challenger already in place.

The Maine TEA party needs to start right after Nov 2nd to decide how to pick the strongest candidates and to get behind just one of them early. It will not be easy to defeat Snowe so we will need to play hard and smart.


79 posted on 10/03/2010 5:48:57 AM PDT by S.O.L.
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To: Republican Wildcat

Snowe did not do the right thing, The bill should never have left committee, and you know it.The RINOS allowed it out, and were bought and paid for to do it.Collins and Snowe got together to see who would be the last straw.

THEY ALLOWED A BILL OUT OF COMMITEE THAT NEITHER THE REPUBLCIAN CAUCUS NOR THE PUBLIC WERE ALLOWED TO READ!DO YOU GET THAT???????THATS LIBERAL FASCISM AND SNOWE SUPPORTED IT!!!!!

Both of them need turfing badly. OUT WITH THEM BOTH!


80 posted on 10/03/2010 5:50:10 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: rabscuttle385
Snowe, Collins call for GOP unity as tea party sacks moderates

ROFLMAO!

There they go again, crying for 'unity' when the People get fed up with the elitist crap and hand them their butts on a plate.

Not THIS time, you gutless political parasites. We can no longer stomach the mushy middle!

-----

RI NOS

81 posted on 10/03/2010 6:06:05 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Law of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Maybe they got the word they are being repatriated to the King.


82 posted on 10/03/2010 6:15:56 AM PDT by Mouton
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To: rabscuttle385

As much as I’d like to see both of them with giant bullseyes painted on, can everyone please just focus on this November for now?


83 posted on 10/03/2010 11:28:26 AM PDT by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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To: Candor7

That is both factually inaccurate on multiple fronts, and not a response to what I said at all.


84 posted on 10/03/2010 4:02:22 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: kevkrom

You’ll never see them do anything constructive. They could care less if the conservative candidates win or lose. They probably want us to lose in November so they have more reason to just continue to endlessly rant and rave - otherwise what would they have left to do? I advised some of them who continue to complain to this day McCain won the primary in AZ that while they may have been disappointed in that result, they had great results in House races and have very staunch conservative candidates such as Jesse Kelly they can rally behind and forget about McCain. They couldn’t care less - they would rather just fume and let everything go crashing down around them - to heck with the fact there are solid conservatives that could use their energy and time to actually help the cause of getting conservative candidates elected.


85 posted on 10/03/2010 4:08:11 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat
Its not factually inaccurate. Some Dems had not read the biull, most of the GOP were not allowed to. Why vote it out of committee when not all later voting on the bill had read it , HUH???????

Are you daft?

The bill should never have been voted out of committee. It is absolutely FASCIST that it was.Bought and paid for.Snowe and Collins should be ashamed of themselves!

They should both be strung up IMHO!

86 posted on 10/03/2010 4:52:33 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Republican Wildcat

October 13, 2009 at 1:42 pm

To the surprise of absolutely no one who has ever followed the political history of Olympia Snowe. She’s an idiot only interested in winning the approval liberals and she couldn’t stand bucking them any longer. So she, predictably, caved.

Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe says she will vote for a Democratic health care bill, breaking with her party on President Barack Obama’s top legislative priority.

The Maine senator kept virtually all of Washington guessing how she would vote until she announced it late in the Senate Finance Committee debate Tuesday. Until then, she told reporters, she had not even let Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in on her secret. She told her colleagues: “When history calls, history calls,” even though she had some criticism of the bill.
So it’s all about making history. You know what else made history? The Holocaust. Just because something will make history doesn’t make it the right thing to do. She’s a moron whose goal in life is to have the editorial page of the New York Times approve of her actions. She thinks it’s all about getting a pat on the back from George Soros and a thank you from Michael Moore. Snowe simply can’t stand to have liberals despise her for opposing their agenda. So she buckled.

http://amerpundit.com/2009/10/13/but-of-course-maine-rino-defects-on-baucuscare/


87 posted on 10/03/2010 5:24:25 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: rabscuttle385
....... have said Snowe will switch parties or run as an independent to win in 2012.

Now there is a real shocker. /s

88 posted on 10/03/2010 5:29:33 PM PDT by Kudsman (A lifetime of public service = a lifetime of getting serviced by the public.- Mark Steyn)
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To: rabscuttle385

“Tom Jensen, who conducted the poll, said Snowe could be in trouble if the tea party fervor extends beyond this year.”

Not only with the tea party fervor extend beyond this year, it will only INTENSIFY!!!!


89 posted on 10/03/2010 6:01:20 PM PDT by Postman
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