Olympia Snowe: Maverick or Undercover Agent?

Posted on October 14, 2009


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Apparently, when Olympia Snowe cast her vote in the Senate Finance Committee to move the Baucus Health Care Bill from the committee to the floor, she claimed a moniker commonly used for another well known Republican. From the AP via  Breitbart:

Forget Sarah Palin. The female maverick of the Republican Party is Sen. Olympia Snowe.

The 62-year-old, moderate Maine lawmaker voted on Tuesday for a Democratic health care bill, breaking with her party and giving a major boost to President Barack Obama’s drive to expand coverage to millions of Americans.

“When history calls, history calls,” Snowe told her colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee, several hours into the debate.

Maverick, really? 

Sarah Palin earned the “maverick” title by going after corruption in her own party while still extolling her party’s values. Senator Snowe, in contrast, has chosen to agree with the opinions of the oppostion party.  She has done this so often she has earned herself the LOWEST CONSERVATIVE RANKING  of any Republican in a report from National Journal.  In their 2007 ratings (the latest posted) Senator Snowe earned just a 52.2 conservative score, lower than even Senator Arlen Specter (score 54.5) who was still in the Republican Party at that time.   Senator Specter has since switched his party affiliation and has become a Democrat.

So I ask you, is Senator Snowe really a maverick or is she acting  more an undercover agent?

It’s also interesting to note, that the other Republican senator from Maine, Susan Collins, who is reported today as signaling her agreement to sign health care reform, scores just a tad above Senator Snowe.  Senator Collins earned a 52.8 conservative score from the same set of rankings. 

And, just in case you’re interested, Barack Obama had the lowest conservative score (4.5) and the highest liberal score (95.5) of any other senator in the rankings.

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