Another Snowe Job?

Posted on October 8, 2009. Filed under: America | Tags: , , , , |

Congress: If the people of Maine want a dysfunctional health care system, that’s their business. But why must their senator insist that the rest of us have the same?

Now that Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee is gone and Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter has defected, Maine’s senior senator, Olympia Snowe, may be the least reliable Republican in the U.S. Senate. She may have been all along.

Which is why Democrats hope she’ll vote against her party once again on health care reform. Snowe is the lone Republican on the Senate Finance Committee that’s open to the Democrat-backed bill expected to move to the Senate floor.

Officially, Snowe is undecided. And even if she votes for the measure in committee, that doesn’t mean she’ll back it in the full Senate. Or so she says. But her name keeps popping up when Democrats count the noses they’ll need for a filibuster-proof 60 votes.
If Snowe goes along with the Democrats, it won’t be the first time. She has voted against the GOP on issues including tax cuts, Social Security, free trade, the war in Iraq, missile defense, cap and trade, illegal immigration, and abortion.

The National Journal had her voting more with liberals than conservatives in 2008, and Americans for Democratic Action gave her an 80 rating, higher than some Democrats, including Max Baucus, chairman of the Finance Committee. The American Conservative Union, on the other hand, rated her a lowly 12.
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