The Snowe Retirement

…should there be a two-way race for the Senate seat (and that’s by no means a sure thing), Republicans will need a candidate who can run as a Snowe Republican. The currents of 2010 affect their ability to field such a candidate.

That’s U. of Maine political scientist Amy Fried in this post.  See also her earlier piece with Douglas Harris, “Maine’s Political Warriors: Senators Snowe and Collins, Congressional Moderates in a Partisan Era.”  Here is their graph of the changing partisan composition of New England’s congressional representatives:

See also this post by Peter Ubertaccio.  And this post by Keith Poole and this post by Simon Jackman, who writes:

Should the Democrats pick up the seat, we might expect a Senator racking up a voting history a la Levin (D-MI), Stabenow (D-MI) or Cantwell (D-WA) or Murray (D-WA), right in the middle of the Democratic pack.


One Response to The Snowe Retirement

  1. Kevin E. February 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    “It is true that being a Republican moderate sometimes feels like being a cast member of ‘Survivor’ — you are presented with multiple challenges, and you often get the distinct feeling that you’re no longer welcome in the tribe. But it is truly a dangerous signal that a Republican senator of nearly three decades no longer felt able to remain in the party.” – Olympia Snowe (R – Maine) (2009)

    That quote is from an op-ed piece that she wrote in the NY Times in 2009 when Arlen Specter switched parties. If you look at the DW-nominate scores for Snowe and Collins compared to the average for the Republican Party in the Senate, they’ve been moving away from one another.