The Maine View on Olympia Snowe

D.Eris from the Poli-Tea Party Blog (and you aren’t reading his blog because?) asked my opinion on Maine Senator Olympia Snowe’s comments on Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democrats. I got my scoop on the story from The Moderate Voice. Here is their piece.

from The Moderate Voice:

Maine Senator Olympia Snowe is among the last moderate Republican officeholders remaining. In the New York Times she laments the departure of her friend and fellow moderate Arlen Specter for the Democratic Party, claiming that her party has failed to appreciate the need for moderates as well as conservatives in order to win. Then she pulls out the big guns, quoting Ronald Reagan:

“We should emphasize the things that unite us and make these the only ‘litmus test’ of what constitutes a Republican: our belief in restraining government spending, pro-growth policies, tax reduction, sound national defense, and maximum individual liberty…As to the other issues that draw on the deep springs of morality and emotion, let us decide that we can disagree among ourselves as Republicans and tolerate the disagreement.”

It was Barry Goldwater who, in 1964, said, “Extremism at the defense of liberty is no vice… and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” He lost.

Reagan advocated the big tent for his party, announced that a liberal Republican senator from Pennsylvania would be his running mate if he won the GOP nomination in 1976, and when he became president in 1981, compromised with Tip O’Neill to get his agenda through Congress. Reagan won.

As a Mainer, I’d be really surprised to see Snowe and Collins jump ship. They would have more competition from Dems in the primary. That was part of the reason for Specter to move, Repub primary competition.

Maine is also not the same as the rest of New England. We have the only NE Repub senators left. If you are out of the greater Portland area, life is not easy for a Dem. Plus both Snowe and Collins have some of the highest approval ratings in the Senate.

No, the Republican ship would have to be just about underwater for them to jump in the blue dog lifeboat.

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4 Responses

  1. Cool. Thanks for the follow-up. I’ve been wondering whether Snowe and Collins could expect strong primary challengers in the upcoming years from conservatives to their right, similar to what Specter’s situation would have been. But it seems Mainers are rather satisfied with the job they’re doing.

  2. Cool. Thanks for the follow-up. I’ve been wondering whether Snowe and Collins could expect strong primary challengers in the upcoming years from conservatives to their right, similar to what Specter’s situation would have been. But it seems Mainers are rather satisfied with the job they’re doing.

  3. Since I’ve been able to vote (about 9 years) I can’t remember anyone from any party putting up a good fight for the two Senators. Collins beat her challenger, well liked US House Dem Tom Allen, by 22 percentage points. Snowe had an even more impressive showing beating her opponent by 53%.

    Every time I read something about either of these senators switching parties I have to laugh. I just shows how little people understand Maine and Mainers

  4. Since I’ve been able to vote (about 9 years) I can’t remember anyone from any party putting up a good fight for the two Senators. Collins beat her challenger, well liked US House Dem Tom Allen, by 22 percentage points. Snowe had an even more impressive showing beating her opponent by 53%.

    Every time I read something about either of these senators switching parties I have to laugh. I just shows how little people understand Maine and Mainers

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