What did history tell Snowe?

Posted Oct. 19, 2009, at 4:50 p.m.

In explaining her vote for the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill, Sen. Olympia Snowe said, “When history calls, history calls.” What did she mean by this? In an interview with the BDN, the senator referenced the creation of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; is this a fair comparison? Will history judge those opposed to the Democratic reform plan in the same way as it judges those who opposed the creation of Medicare? Will Maine voters pun-ish or reward Sen. Snowe, should she run again in 2012, for her vote?