02 Mar '12, 6pm

Snowe job: The Senate needs reform, not a bipartisan chorus of kumbayah

Snowe job: The Senate needs reform, not a bipartisan chorus of kumbayah

Sen. Olympia Snowe. (Photo by John D. Rockefeller IV.) On Tuesday, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) announced that after 40 years of serving in Congress, she would not seek another term. Snowe is one of the very few remaining GOP moderates in the Senate and her departure was both unexpected and seismic. There’s good reason to believe a Democrat will take her seat and that could well make the difference in which party has a majority after this year’s elections. Today, Snowe has taken the now-de rigueur step of penning a More In Sadness Than In Anger op-ed explaining her choice. You’ll recall that Indiana’s Evan Bayh did the same thing in 2010. “In my final 11 months, I will advocate for the reforms,” he said. He didn’t actually do that. He told Ezra Klein he might teach, or lead a foundation, something where he could get real good done for the world. He didn’t actually do that ...

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