Olympia Snowe is my Senator from Southern Maine. Although I have never voted for her, I will admit that Ms. Snowe has done much good for the State of Maine over the years with the occasional party-line vote mistake like Sam Alito.
Unfortunately, doing good for your constituents has gone out of vogue with the Republican party these days. So, Ms. Snowe, instead of giving up on serving the citizens of Maine who want a public HC option overwhelmingly, just cross over the aisle (like I have wanted you to for years) and become the Democrat you always wanted to be. If not... the Teabaggers will have your head in the 2012 primaries.
They will eviscerate you and dance on the entrails. RINO is the new Liberal. You will lose your primary to some out-of-state funded Palin/Beck/Limbaugh blessed rabid conservative and the democrat will get your seat no matter who it is, so let it be you.
Don't take my word for it - Eric Kleefeld has the numbers:
"A new survey of Maine from Public Policy Polling (D) has some dire news for Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), with the moderate Republican potentially losing her 2012 Republican primary against a generic conservative challenger -- and by a landslide, no less.
The numbers: Conservative challenger 59%, Snowe 31%, with a ±4.8% margin of error. It is of course a long way from the idea of a generic conservative challenger to having an actual candidate, but the potential for success by just such an insurgent is certainly there.
Snowe's overall approval is 51%, to 36% disapproval. Democrats approve of her by 60%-29%, Republicans disapprove by 40%-46%, and independents approve by 51%-33%.
The pollster's analysis notes the importance of her vote for a health care bill in the Senate Finance Committee: "Snowe's numbers are steady with independents but down with both Democrats and Republicans compared to three weeks ago, an indication of the perilous political position she finds herself in. Republicans are mad at her for supporting any Democratic bill, while Democrats still are not completely happy with her because of her hesitance to support a public option."
So, fellow Mainer's, (and everyone else) warm up your dialing fingers and let Olympia know where you stand on Health Care Reform and a robust Public Option.
Wash. DC - Office: (202) 224-5344
Biddeford, ME - State Office: (207) 282-4144
If one is busy, dial the other. Make sure they spell your name right. Be nice!