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GOP's Snowe Is Retiring From Senate
WSJ ^ | February 28, 2012 | Naftali Bendavid

Posted on 02/28/2012 7:19:43 PM PST by prairiebreeze

Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, who for 33 years in Congress has personified an increasingly unfashionable Republican centrism, said she won't seek re-election, taking a final shot at the Senate's partisanship.

"I do find it frustrating...that an atmosphere of polarization and 'my way or the highway' ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions," she said Tuesday.

The decision, which took members of both parties by surprise, transforms this year's battle for the Senate. Democrats hold a 53-47 advantage in the chamber. But because they have to defend 23 seats to the Republicans' 10, most analysts have said the GOP has a good shot at retaking the Senate.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: maine; senator; snowe
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1 posted on 02/28/2012 7:19:48 PM PST by prairiebreeze
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To: prairiebreeze

Olympia Snowe in NOT retiring ... she’s MELTING! :)


2 posted on 02/28/2012 7:22:26 PM PST by taxcutisapayraise (Making Statism Unpopular)
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To: prairiebreeze

Related from last week?

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/02/22/politics/snowe-primary-challenger-unenrolls-from-maine-gop-after-caucus/


3 posted on 02/28/2012 7:22:58 PM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: prairiebreeze

Rats and Tommy Daschle are deeply saddened.


4 posted on 02/28/2012 7:24:01 PM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: prairiebreeze
"an atmosphere of polarization"

Could the old bag tell us which DEMOCRAT EVER VOTED against their Party's wishes on MAJOR Legislation, like SHE ALWAYS DID?

5 posted on 02/28/2012 7:25:54 PM PST 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: prairiebreeze

She finally thinks she’s destroyed enough.

Thank you suckers! :P


6 posted on 02/28/2012 7:26:18 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: onyx; STARWISE; maggief; Liz; maine-iac7; MinuteGal; b9

FYI

Who is available to run?


7 posted on 02/28/2012 7:26:28 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God and Sarah, the Gipper and Newt will be standing next to you.)
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To: prairiebreeze

This b*tch did her damage by voting on Obamacare. I hope the worst for her..


8 posted on 02/28/2012 7:30:59 PM PST by max americana (Buttcrack Obama is an idiot)
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To: prairiebreeze
I do find it frustrating...that an atmosphere of polarization and 'my way or the highway' ideologies has become pervasive

Yeah, but at least you are cooperating. Highway it is. Happy retirement.
9 posted on 02/28/2012 7:31:49 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: prairiebreeze

Shove it up your Obama, Snowe.


10 posted on 02/28/2012 7:32:25 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: prairiebreeze

Now Maine can vote for one of their true Dem hacks rather than a subterfuge RINO like Snowe. TERM LIMITS!


11 posted on 02/28/2012 7:33:25 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Olympia Snowe in NOT retiring ... she’s MELTING! :)/

Someone finally threw water on the old RINO. :)


12 posted on 02/28/2012 7:33:25 PM PST by mardi59 (I'm not looking for MTV, I'm looking for MVP. Newt 2012!)
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To: treetopsandroofs

Interesting about the $3.4 million....

Andrew Ian Dodge.....what a strange looking senator he’d make. LOL!

Although considering Al Franken....


13 posted on 02/28/2012 7:34:03 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Who are you and what have you done with Ann Coulter?!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; mainerforglobalwarming; ...

This came out of nowhere. It’s too soon to say who will be running to succeed her. It’s highly unlikely that Governor Paul LePage will run.


14 posted on 02/28/2012 7:34:33 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Da Coyote

WELL THANK GOD FOR SMALL FAVORS!!!!!


15 posted on 02/28/2012 7:35:02 PM PST by Kit cat (OBummer must go)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Savage is right, the only way she would retire is she knows she is going down to defeat.


16 posted on 02/28/2012 7:35:49 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: prairiebreeze
Snowe may be a RINO but she was our RINO

17 posted on 02/28/2012 7:40:15 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: Peter from Rutland

Hmm...I don’t see her losing if she did run. I would say Democrats have a high chance of winning this seat. (R’s have a shot too). But R’s have a great chance of winning the Senate, so she’s doing everything possible to give this seat to the D’s.


18 posted on 02/28/2012 7:43:51 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: taxcutisapayraise

She’s a Republican? When did she switch?


19 posted on 02/28/2012 7:46:21 PM PST by Mark (Don't argue with my posts. I typed while under sniper fire..)
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To: taxcutisapayraise

Guess the American people won’t get anymore SNOW JOBS from her anymore.

Maine will be a better state when she leaves politics. So will America.

She could have been a contender, but ended up a total loser.


20 posted on 02/28/2012 7:46:31 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Clintonfatigued; All

LePage would be a kick-ass Senator...I wonder if he’ll go for it? Probably not.


21 posted on 02/28/2012 7:46:33 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment)
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To: taxcutisapayraise
Olympia Snowe in NOT retiring ... she’s MELTING! :)

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22 posted on 02/28/2012 7:46:56 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: max americana
This b*tch did her damage by voting on Obamacare. I hope the worst for her..

She ended up voting against Obamacare.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00396#top

23 posted on 02/28/2012 7:49:33 PM PST by TChad
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To: prairiebreeze

Don’t let the screen door hit ya where the good Lord split ya...


24 posted on 02/28/2012 7:50:00 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota (Which are you? A producer, a looter, or a moocher of wealth?)
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To: TChad

Only after allowing it to come up with a prior vote, as I recall...


25 posted on 02/28/2012 7:56:35 PM PST by LachlanMinnesota (Which are you? A producer, a looter, or a moocher of wealth?)
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To: scrabblehack

Quite possibly but Maine has gone GOP, surprisingly enough. There is hope.


26 posted on 02/28/2012 8:00:25 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: ari-freedom

she voted against Obamacare—all Republicans stuck together on that one. O’bummer was not able to call it bi-partisan


27 posted on 02/28/2012 8:02:13 PM PST by RightLady (Liberty above all)
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To: TChad
She ended up voting against Obamacare.

She did her damage by being the only Republican to vote Obamacare out of committee and unto the floor of the Democrat controlled Senate.

She is another on of the, "I voted for it before I voted against it" crowd.

Disgusting. And look at the damage she left behind.

28 posted on 02/28/2012 8:03:01 PM PST by JohnG45
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To: Peter from Rutland

Is that why she’s hanging it up?


29 posted on 02/28/2012 8:03:54 PM PST by daler
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To: LachlanMinnesota
Only after allowing it to come up with a prior vote, as I recall...

That's right. She could have voted to kill the Senate bill in the Finance Committee, but instead voted to move it to the Senate floor.

Still, credit where it's due.

30 posted on 02/28/2012 8:04:13 PM PST by TChad
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To: scrabblehack

Is it possible that she has some backroom deals that she doesn’t want to see the light of day? Maybe she thinks the whole house of cards is gonna come tumbling down and she wants to get out with her gold plated retirement while she can....


31 posted on 02/28/2012 8:10:40 PM PST by VikingMom (I may not know what the future holds but I know who holds the future!)
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To: Peter from Rutland

I live in Maine, and if you think Olympia Snowe was bad, if this seat goes to a RAT, that individual would be much worse.

Snowe and Collins vote with the conservatives some of the time, as does Scott Brown in Mass. A democrap from either Maine or Mass. will vote with the conservatives 0% of the time. I know Brown has been rather disappointing, but could you imagine Martha Coakley or Elizabeth Warren in the Senate? Not a pleasant thought. Snowe, Collins and Brown in the end voted against Obamacare, although Snowe voted to get the bill out of committee for a vote.

First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is the one I worry about. She has already announced her intention to run for Snowe’s seat. Chellie Pingree is so far left she makes Olympia Snowe look like Sarah Palin in comparison. Worse yet, Pingree is married to a Wall Street billionaire, so she could pulverize her opponents financially with her husband’s money. Second District congressman Mike Michaud said he’s serious considering a run for Snowe’s seat, too. Another democrat hack.

There really aren’t any well-known Republicans available to make a run for this seat. We have a TEA Party conservative, Paul LePage, as our governor, but I would be surprised if he throws his hat in the ring.


32 posted on 02/28/2012 8:24:24 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (I'm NOT smitten' with Mittens)
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To: TChad
Still, credit where it's due.

When she participated with the Democrats to get it out of committee, the damage was done.

Once on the floor of the Democrat controlled Senate she could afford to vote "nay" to cover her rear end at home.

Are you that naive?

33 posted on 02/28/2012 8:29:02 PM PST by JohnG45
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To: max americana
This b*tch did her damage by voting on Obamacare. I hope the worst for her..

sorry - she voted against it

34 posted on 02/28/2012 8:42:18 PM PST by maine-iac7 (.)
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To: maine-iac7
But she is the one that allowed it to come to a vote in the first place. Her dubious place in history is sealed.
35 posted on 02/28/2012 8:55:14 PM PST by Major Matt Mason (The Chicago Way isn't the American Way.)
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To: GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; randita; mainerforglobalwarming; maine-iac7

LePage has only held his current office for 13 months and is controversial (thought I think he’ll regain his popularity by 2014).

Here is a list of potential candiates:

http://news.yahoo.com/olympia-snowe-not-run-reelection-171707026.html


36 posted on 02/28/2012 9:03:16 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: hoosiermama

“Who is available to run?”

Check Posting #36.


37 posted on 02/28/2012 9:07:57 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: prairiebreeze; kristinn; Jim Robinson; 2ndDivisionVet; decimon; LucyT; neverdem
Good news *PING*

Thanks, prairiebreeze.

38 posted on 02/28/2012 9:13:35 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: prairiebreeze

_tupid _itch!


39 posted on 02/28/2012 9:15:11 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: max americana

She thought about switching parties but got mad when someone asked her if she was going to become a Republican.


40 posted on 02/28/2012 9:22:53 PM PST by BOBWADE (RINOs suck)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Mitt is popular back east. Perhaps he can move there and band up with his RINO buddies McCain and Graham in the senate.
All joking aside, now at least the Democrats will have to run a campaign in that state now that they lost a vote in the senate.


41 posted on 02/28/2012 9:26:48 PM PST by BOBWADE (RINOs suck)
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To: JohnG45
Are you that naive?

I'll spell it out for you.

Max americana clearly implied that Snowe had voted for Obamacare.

I responded that she "ended up" voting against Obamacare. The "ended up" was there because of her Finance Committee vote.

I did not approve of her vote in the Senate Finance Committee.

I did approve of her (less significant) vote against Obamacare, and think it should be acknowledged as a fact, however inconvenient that may be.

OK?

42 posted on 02/28/2012 9:36:59 PM PST by TChad
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
Look for a host of liberals ‘ from away ‘ to run for that seat.

Seems every liberal that moves to Maine gets their ass involved in politics at some level. But then again - they are only doing so because they know whats best for us.

LePage himself is a heavy duty Tea Party man as are most of the new Republicans that recently won. Would not be surprised if a real Republican won that seat. Seems Paul is becoming popular with many people who did not vote for the man to begin with. Maybe, just maybe, his endorsement of a candidate will help tip the balance in our favor.

43 posted on 02/28/2012 9:50:15 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: ari-freedom

It wouldn’t be that hard to properly crop the photo.


44 posted on 02/28/2012 9:59:28 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: prairiebreeze

My Prediction: Only to be replaced by, either, another RINO, or a Democrat. When is “RINO Republicanism” going to, actually, end in the northeastern states and then, really, be replaced by conservative Republicanism, if ever?


45 posted on 02/28/2012 11:21:16 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: TChad
I did approve of her (less significant) vote against Obamacare, and think it should be acknowledged as a fact, however inconvenient that may be.

OK?

NO!!

I'll spell it out for you.

Senate vote on Obamacare with Olympia Snowe voting against Obamacare: YEA - 60, NAY - 39 Obamacare passes.

Senate vote on Obamacare if Olympia Snowe had voted for Obamacare: YEA - 61, NAY - 38 Obamacare passes.

Her vote on the Senate floor was meaningless to the outcome of the Senate vote since the Democrats controlled the Senate.

I ask again. Are you that naive?

46 posted on 02/29/2012 2:46:15 AM PST by JohnG45
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To: TChad; JohnG45; LachlanMinnesota; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Clintonfatigued; RygelXVI

“She could have voted to kill the Senate bill in the Finance Committee, but instead voted to move it to the Senate floor.”


Given that the RATs had a substantial majority on the Finance Committee, and all Democrats on the committee supported moving it to the floor, the bill would have moved to the floor irrespective of how Snowe voted. Talk about a “tradition” that at least one minority vote was needed to move a bill to the floor was just that: talk.

She was a horrible RINO, a traitor to her party on numerous votes, but you can’t pin Obamacare on her.


47 posted on 02/29/2012 4:35:39 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: Clintonfatigued; GOPsterinMA; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; randita; mainerforglobalwarming; maine-iac7; ...

The only Republican running is Scott D’Amboise, who does not have the profile one would expect of a Senate candidate (an ophthalmic technician/small business owner who used to serve as a Town Selectman) but appears to be solid on the issues without being offensive to Downeaster sensibilities. http://www.damboiseforsenate.com/ More impressively, he had raised over $470,000 for the race as of December 31, which is almost 5 times the amount raise by the five declared Democrat candidates combined. http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G12/ME#S1

D’Amboise claims that no one else will be able to meet the filing requirements by March 15, irrespective of how much money they spend; I am skeptical, since if D’Amboise and five Democrats (some of whom are nobodies) were able to gather enough signatures, someone with high name ID and some money should be able to do it quickly. I think you’ll see some more prominent Republicans making a run.

On the RAT side, I would not be surprised if both congressmen decided that they couldn’t pass up a once-in-a-generation open-seat Senate race in Maine. That will open up both House seats, and we should be competitive in both (and could be favored in the ME-02 if Raye stays in that race instead of switching to the Senate race).

With the current field of candidates, the ME Senate race is a toss-up; we’ll have to wait to find out who runs before we can handicap the race for real.


48 posted on 02/29/2012 5:09:09 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
She was a horrible RINO, a traitor to her party on numerous votes, but you can’t pin Obamacare on her.

I will gladly stand corrected, but why was such a big issue made of her Finance Committee vote at that time?

49 posted on 02/29/2012 5:13:08 AM PST by JohnG45
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To: traditional1
Could the old bag tell us which DEMOCRAT EVER VOTED against their Party's wishes on MAJOR Legislation, like SHE ALWAYS DID?

Whoa! Not a fair question for a female RINO. The accession of this bimbo leaves the entire question of female suffrage on the table. "Avoid controversy." "Make Nice." "Share." "No Fighting." "Let's all work together."

"Vote for Olympia. She's really nice and you will get everything the Democrats promise, but we're just nicer." That is what the Republican Party has become. Had women voted in 1860, we would still have slavery, but the slaves would be "nicely" dressed and belong to "nice" people, who treated them "nicely."

WTF is "nice" all about? Wait, I'll ask that nice Muslim gentleman over there. The one with the bomb.

50 posted on 02/29/2012 7:23:01 AM PST by Kenny Bunk ((So, you're telling me Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out this eligibility stuff?))
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