Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Woman of the Hour


WASHINGTON - Nobody knew for sure what Senator Olympia J. Snowe would do yesterday when the Finance Committee gathered to vote on its health care bill - not even Snowe.

6 comments:

  1. I don't think many Americans even knew Maine was a state in the union until now, but Olympia Snow has made everyone take note. I can only imagine the furor she has caused within the Republican Party.

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  2. The vote was 14-9. If she had voted nay it would have been 13-10 . . . wouldn't it have gotten out of the committee for that as well? Jon Stewart made a point of that on his show Wednesday.

    My cousin Ginny is senior aide to Olympia Snow. Since Republicans are giving Sen. Snow grief lately, I think she should change party, even just to be independent. Republican Party is simply a disgraceful, narrow pit these days.

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  3. It showed she is willing to break ranks on the bill, which should prove key in the full Senate vote.

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  4. I liked one of the comments at the NY Times: "I didn't vote for Olympia Snow to run the country."

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  5. I doubt very much that any Republicans will follow her on this. She's known for being the moderate in the bunch.

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  6. There are others as well like Collins of Maine and Lugar of Indiana who could go against the Repugs on this bill, since their states went with Obama and I would think their constituents are watching this bill closely.

    Of course, there are a couple of Dems who might go against the bill like Nelson of Nebraska and Landrieu of Louisiana, which I imagine the Repugs are actively courting. Nelson is on record as being against any form of public option and the bill in general.

    Still, I think the bill will pass and the Republicans will be forced to eat this one.

    Next up the even more contentious Energy Bill.

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