ClickBack’s questions in Monday’s editorial column generated strong statements about Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, their relationship with their party, and its future.
Do Sens. Snowe and Collins reflect the new GOP?
The Republican Party used to be more moderate, and Snowe and Collins represent that almost extinct brand, but Nixon’s Southern strategy, while politically successful at first, has ended up leaving the GOP stranded on the shoals of Southern right-wingism, out of touch with an increasingly diverse and tolerant electorate. The party needs to change!
The recent outbreak of partisan politics is just more of the same old stuff! Sen. McCain is acting every bit the “sore loser” and is being quite vocal about it. His goal now seems to be to fight everything the president even hints he might like. McCain has a lot of followers who seem willing to spoil every broth that is brewing. We owe some gratitude to Sens. Snowe and Collins for making a wish choice.
I do not believe Sens. Snowe or Collins opinions reflect the Republican Party at all. Both of them need to change their party affiliations because both of them are actually Democrats. The Republican Party needs to be looking for different people to run in their places in the next elections, people who actually value what the Re-publican Party stands for.
For Sens. Snowe and Collins, with a constituency smaller than many mid-size cities, to have absolute control of the entire government makes no sense. This quote from Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman sums up my opinion: “What do you call someone who eliminates hundreds of thousands of American jobs, de-prives millions of adequate health care and nutrition, undermines schools, but offers a $15,000 bonus to affluent people who flip their houses? A proud centrist.”
As for the obstructionist Republicans railing against “tax and spend liberals,” I would remind them that the stimulus bill doesn’t come near to costing as much as the $2 trillion Bush tax cuts for the rich or Bush’s $1 trillion dollar stupid and illegal war.
Sens. Snowe and Collins have not reflected their constituents’ opinions or beliefs as far as I can see; instead, they have followed a progressive party line exemplified by the Obama administration. The values represented by the GOP still exist, and those of us who have voted for our Republican senators are taken aback by their failure to listen to the opinions of their supporters.
As a gargantuan and inflated stimulus bill was rushed through both houses without time for members to actually read it, and little time for the people of this nation to understand what was being foisted on us, Sens. Snowe and Collins failed to respond to a groundswell of e-mails and phone calls with anything but political blather, as if our opinions had no meaning and they had no responsibility to their constituents. In a time of great confusion and political fear-mongering, they failed not only the state of Maine, but the entire nation.
As a lifelong Republican I can confidently say Sens. Collins and Snowe reflect neither my political views nor the views of the base of the Republican Party. I vote for Republicans to go to Washington to do the things that we Republicans believe in, not to go along and cave in to the Democrats.
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