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Comments for: Olympia Snowe quits Senate race

  • Washington County

    Wow, she will be missed

  • Anonymous

    She will be missed alot, she is a great person and does a lot for state of Maine.  You will be missed Olympia

    • Anonymous

      Do you think this has anything to do with Governor Paul coming home from Washington early?  Could Ms. Snowe have clued her supporter, the Governor into her plans while he was down there?

      Do you think Mr. LePage wanted a head start on gathering support for his own candidacy for senate?

      Is it possible that Ms. Snowe chose this odd moment to announce because Mr. LePage was making calls and she new the press was going to get wind of it soon?

      • Anonymous

        Please, please, please let Paul LePlague be your nominee.

        • Anonymous

          “Please, please, please let Paul LePlague be your nominee”

          Or Charlie Webster. Tweedle-Dum or Tweedle-Dumber?

          Now that would be a fun primary to watch.

          • Didn’t you see.  Charlie already declared himself the winner.  No need to wait for the votes like in the caucus.

      • Nope.  If that was the case, she would have run, won, then stepped down.  Then LePage could have appointed himself to be the fill-in.

        There is something going on here, and it will all come out soon enough, though.

      • Anonymous

        hard to say, but there sure is more going on here than meets the eye….

    • StillRelaxin

      Wow, guess she and Jock have finally accumulated enough money to retire from public service.  Hope they don’t have to struggle with cuts to their government pensions?  Poor things.  Is there some place we can send donations for their continued care?

      • jimbobhol

        Yawn!!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        you damn well better be joking!

        • StillRelaxin

          Ya think?

      •  Do you feel that way about Baldacci and Mitchell?  Didn’t think so.  You know what that makes you.

        • StillRelaxin

          Are they rolling in Mega Millions like Snowe and Jock? Nope!!! Other than aggressively antisocial (A conservative trait for sure) guess what that makes you?

          • Anonymous

            Mitchell is quite rich, Baldacci is broke. He managed to run his family’s successful business and the State of Maine into the ground all in the same eight years.  So what if she and her husband have money, I am sure they have have other ventures besides their public service.

          • StillRelaxin

            You’re joking right?  “Quite rich” (Assuming you’re talking about George rather than Libby)doesn’t approach the MEGA Rich we’re talking about with Snowe and Jock.  Then one must consider HOW that wealth (Really only in the last 10 years) was accumulated.  Insider trading coupled with SWEEEET lobbying deals.  It must have been a conservative’s dream come true for them during that time.  Now if only they can stay out of the courts.    I of course was only joking about their wealth from public service…no one rises into the upper echelons of the 1% from the chump change paid via public service. 

          •  Baldacci has a nice comfy pension that pays him $100,000 or so annually plus health insurance for he and his family.  He may not have much saved up, but who needs it when you are on the the federal pension machine.

          • Anonymous

            Donald Sussman, Donald Sussman, Donald Sussman. Wake up, people!

          • George Mitchell is worth mega millions and had absolutely nothing until he got appointed to Congress by Brennan.  He got his wealth from being in Washington DC.  Imagine that, a democrat that sucked the system for all it was worth.  Guess what that makes you?  Begins with B.

          • Anonymous

            A broke nation?

          • Anonymous

            Paloma Brothers, Sussman’s firm, got $200 million from the bailout. 

        • Anonymous

          I feel that way about every last one of them….they are all a joke on us by us.

          • Anonymous

            Yes, every last one of them have ties to finance capital and the debt slavers who hold us in bondage to the Federal Reserve.

          • Anonymous

            I wondered what you were talking about.  Unbelievable. I googled it and had to go to damn pingree site (http://www.asmainegoes.com/chellie-pingree-report).  Talk about getting out of hand.   I won’t have kids, and/or subject them to what is to come.  Thanks Olympia, and the rest of ya’.  Thank-you SOB, I didn’t know that until your post. 

          • Anonymous

            God bless, you.

          • Anonymous

            Agreed. 

        • Anonymous

          Yes, I do feel the same way about Baldacci and Mitchell, they’re even worse.

      • Anonymous

        Find me any present or former Congressperson who isn’t loaded(except Kucinich and maybe Sanders)Those greasy little worms like Newt,Rick,etc. are all set.Why else would you spend hundreds of millions for a job that pays $190K?

        • Anonymous

          That’s the best post of this string. 

          • Anonymous

            Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        Ditto, damn the RHINO’s.  Collins is next. 

    • She had the ability to think for herself,
       
      Something that is not an attribute to the current conservatives!

      • Anonymous

        She surrendered her independence soon after she got the Recovery Act watered down and then voted for it.  From that point on, she voted in lockstep with every other Republican Senator in her party on almost every bill and every filibuster.

      • Anonymous

        I wonder if Charlie Webster has checked with Grover Norquist to see if their is a viabel replacement candidate? Olympia at least had the strength to not sign the Norquist pledge.

      • Anonymous

        Everyone posting here is missing that at least, with Snowe, Maine had a seasoned senator who had access to important committees. As a rural and poor state, that was something. Now, we are rural, poor, and our voice in Washington just got that much more drowned out by the crowd.
         
        Don’t blame her for leaving–probably the greatest testament to her sanity and ability is that she is throwing in the towel on a Congress that subscribes to ideoglogy rather than reason.

  • Anonymous

    Time for the Tea Party to choose Andrew Ian Dodge to take her place…Please oh please…that would make for some entertainment…please….

    • Anonymous

      You want to see some entertainment, vote for Cindy Dill as the challenger.

      HaHaHaHa……..I can’t help myself!

      • Or perhaps your girl…Naran. LOL

      • Anonymous

         “Ha Ha Ha Ha….. I can’t help myself!”  What else is new?

        • Anonymous

          That’s usually the movie sound by the crazy man in the haunted house.Seems appropriate.

    • Anonymous

      I would love to see Andrew Ian Dodge take her place.

      • Anonymous

        Why not Paul LePlague?

    • Seriously? No one the Tea Party puts up will win a senate seat in Maine. The idea of getting a “real conservative” to take Snowe’s seat is a pipe dream that is in bad need of a plumber.

  • Anonymous

     One small for Snowe, one gaint step towards getting a real conserative!!!!!!!  

    • Guest

      The only reason she held the seat for the Republicans for as long as she did was because she was a moderate. Her seat will likely go to a Democrat unless the Neo-con Republicans mellow out. Remember that 67% of Mainers did not vote for Lepage.

      • Anonymous

        61% rejected LePlague.

        • Anonymous

           over 60% rejected Baldacci as well.

          • Anonymous

            Actually it was 62 % that rejected Baldacci, but who’s counting.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah well, the third and fourth party candidates were Merrill and LaMarche, so your argument is specious, if you know what that means.

          • Anonymous

            How do you come to that conclusion?

          • Anonymous

            Well, if the object is to achieve a plurality, you have to consider how people would vote in a runoff.  Supporters of Merrill and LaMarche would likely vote for Baldacci, reinforcing his victory.  In the case of LaPage, supporters of Mitchell would have likely voted for Cutler, denying the big guy the governorship.  Of course, we’ll never know unless we enact INSTANT RUNOFF BALLOTING, which we need to keep farces like LaPage out of office.

          • Anonymous

            I’d might agree with you if LePage hadn’t succeeded Baldi as Gov… Herman Munster would have been an improvement in that case.

          • Anonymous

            Wow.Talk about digging up moldy names out of the dirt.They’re just as memorable as the Herminator.

          • Anonymous

            If Baldacci had gone head to head with Chandler Woodcock in 06 he’d have beaten him soundly and you know it.  Woodcock only got 30%.  The progressive to moderate vote was split with Barbara Merrill and Pat Lamarche in that race.  In 2010, Cutler and Mitchell again split the progressive/moderate vote thus throwing it to LeBuffoon in that circumstance.  In both cases the progressive to moderate majority in Maine rejected the GOPer overwhelmingly.

        • Guest

          I guess that 61% against is still a vast majority

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          chenard wrote, in response to pastdowneast:
          61% rejected LePlague.
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          • Anonymous

            Agreed.

        • Anonymous

          65% rejected Angus King’s election  in 1994 and Baldacci’s re-election  in 2006 infact Baldacci never got 50% either time (47% in 2002).  What is the point. Liberals thought both of these guys were the greatest that they walked on water.

          • Anonymous

            Your logic is silly.  With multiple candidates, you have to look at ideology and not individuals to see where the electorate really was.  In all these recent gubernatorial races, the progressive/moderate majority “won”, even in 2010 with LeBuffoon who got 38%.  That is because Cutler and Mitchell split the 61% progressive/moderate majority that rejected LeBuffoon.  If Maine had a run-off law, Baldacci would have handily beaten  Chandler Woodcock head to head in 06, and Cutler would have handily beaten LeBuffoon in 2010.  And you know it.

          • Anonymous

            Actually, liberals voted for the Democrat or Green candidate when King ran and for an independent or Green candidate  when Baldacci ran.

        • Anonymous

          Uh won by the same margain as baldy with a smaller field. 61% is a childish point

          • Anonymous

            Tinserblic’s posts explain the point for you.  Read them  slowly, several times, and then tell me how many of Libby Mitchell’s supporters would have voted for LePlague in a run-off?  I can  tell you with near certainty: that number is almost zero.

          • Anonymous

            Hmmm. Does that mean Perot handed that election to Clinton?

            How ironic in that Ol’ Ross won Maine that year.

          • Anonymous

            To paraphrase Santayana, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to invent it.  
              Perot didn’t win Maine in 92 or 96.  Clinton won both years in both congressional districts.  Perot took second in the second congressional district in 92.  Don’t invent facts to make up for your failing memory.  Exit polls in 92 and 96 show that Clinton would have won a two way race.  Perot voters would have split slightly in his favor.

          • Anonymous

            Should he run, Michaud would have Baldi for lunch in any primary.
             
            Mike has earned a wonderful reputation for looking after our Military and particularly Veterans; while Baldi’s reputation was being a loyal puppet for Severin.
             
            Baldi would have a LOT of ‘splaining to do over his pimping the Rape of Juniper Ridge with Casella’s filling up Maine with MASS trash.
             
            I sat with Mike for two years, and grew up with Prince John in Bangor.
             
            Sorry, they’re not in the same league.

          • Anonymous

            I never endorsed Baldacci and agree that Mike Michaud is far superior to John.
              By your silence, Tom, I take it you agree that Perot never won Maine or either of its districts.

          • Anonymous

            Hey professor,

            Here’s one link I found on the topic of Perot’s finish in Maine: “Maine, 4 electoral votes: In 1988, Bush won Maine by 55% to 44%. In 1992,
            Clinton won 39% to 30%, with Perot taking fully 30% of the vote. By 1996, Maine
            was solidly in Clintonís camp, but Perot provided a gateway for traditional
            Republican voters to shift to Democrats. There is a chance that without Perot in
            1992, a good number of these voters might not have been ready to shift to
            Clinton over Bush.”

            Somewhat of a different take on that election than yours…

            Secondly, some of us have more important things to do with our days than sit at the keyboard and post one “I’m smarter than you” comment after comment.

            NEVER take someone’s “silence” as agreement with you. The vast majority don’t keep coming back over and over to see what has been said about them.

          • Anonymous

            You begin by claiming Ross won Maine in 92 and conclude by agreeing that Clinton won in both years (and in both districts).  Thank you for agreeing with me. 

      • Anonymous

        But he had the majority of all the candidates.  Maybe you should start a petition to have a runoff elsection to get make it so we only have 2 people to choose from.

        • Guest

          I think you must have missed my point. I did not say he didn’t fairly win the election, I said he won with a minority vote. The vast majority of Mainers voted against him. That’s all nothing more. Please don’t read anything else into my statement. 

      • Remember that was 67 % of those who actually “Voted”!

        • Guest

          Of coarse I am talking about only the ones who voted. How could we possibly know who the others would have voted for ?

    • Anonymous

      Hope you find one who can spell!

    • Anonymous

       With all the buyer’s remorse 1-termPaul has generated since he accidentally became governor, good luck with that.

    • Anonymous

      The Republican party is a clown show, fighting itself and falling apart.

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure your voting for Rosa Scarcelli, the Democrats Choice for honest government.

      • Anonymous

        Please don’t denigrate clowns!!
        <):o)

      • Anonymous

        And the democrats are liberals and socialist, and making things worse. If the Repupublicans are a clown  fight, I can not imagine what the Democrats are lol

        • Anonymous

          Like the Republican socialists who not only are deeply in love with the tons of “socialist” services and programs they enjoy every day but also their extremely socialist tax subsidies to corporations and their extremely socialist no bid corporate contracts and their extremely socialist devotion to the military industrial complex and endless global military expansion.  No organization is more socialist than the military.  Yes, Republicans are extreme socialists, and always have been.  Not to mention pure hypocrites on every single issue there is.

          •    Dont forget that the Constitution that they ramble on so much about gave the government the “means of production” for Post Offices and Postal Roads!

          • Anonymous

            That is weird, you just expounded on  what a Democrat is.

      • Anonymous

        And Liberals such as Bill Clinton, John Edwards, John P. Murtha, Rod Blagojevich and on on on are sooooo upstanding and ethical!  Politicians are 1/2 Used Car Salesman 1/2 Entertainer…. We the people need to start looking through their facades and elect better people from all parties.

        • Anonymous

          don’t forget about the lawyers among those stellar souls.

    • Anonymous

      What a brilliant satire of how limited the conservative intellect is!!!!  
        You have managed to misspell giant and conservative, left out the word “step” between “small” and “for” and botched the allusion to Armstrong’s words, which were “giant leap.”   
        Four glaring errors in a single sentence is a breathtaking parody of conservative “thought.”   Some of your readers may not realize you are making fun of conservatives, however.
        Keep up the parody!!

      • Anonymous

        Tsk, tsk, time for them to haul out their favorite word now…”elitist.”  Nobody could ever correctly accuse them of being intelligent, chenard. 

        • Anonymous

            They disprove the theory of evolution, however.  Conservatives have been devolving for years. 

          • Anonymous

            They really are out of touch!

            I suspect they also make up most of the 51% of our neighbors who still actually pay income taxes.

            How foolish of them!

          • Anonymous

            Statistically, you are wrong.  There is a very slight correlation between income and party affiliation.  Exit polls from the 2006 off-year elections showed that those who earned less than $10o,000 voted 55-43 Democratic and those who earned more than $100,000 voted 47-52 Democratic.  Well over half of those earning less than $100,000 pay income taxes (and a host of other taxes which almost all citizens pay, such as sales, excise, FICA and property taxes) and the 52% of those earning over $100,000 who voted Republican definitely include independents and non-Tea Party Republicans.  Conservative Republicans likely account for no more than 25-30% of those who pay income taxes.
              The more pronounced correlation is between education level and party affiliation.  Those with graduate degrees of any kind are the most likely to vote Democratic.  Those who didn’t get more than a year or two of college are the most likely to vote Republican.  

          • Anonymous

            That explains why Rick is so afraid of smart college educated people.His base is those that failed in life.And yes I know Rick has degrees-wonder if he got some handy student loans,etc?Hmmm?

    • Anonymous

      Don’t count on it.  There are Tea Baggers, and there are moderate republicans, after the 2010 elections put tea baggers in the govenors mansion and the Senate and House, real Mainers cannot accept anymore of these damn fools.

      • Anonymous

        Too bad the Republicans havd allowed the parasite Tea Party to take over control of the host body.

    • Anonymous

      Keep them in NH so they can ruin your state too.Then when you wake up to pavement and starvation enjoy your win.

    • Anonymous

      What’s a “conserative?”

  • Anonymous

    Time to return this seat to the people, not the Jock Olympia money making machine.

    Game on!

  • Anonymous

    Good riddance.

  • April Rainfrette

    Thank you for your service to our country.

    • Anonymous

      Ditto

    • Anonymous

       Thank you  for your moderate representation of the people of Maine.  Now it’s time for us to find your (Democratic) successor.

      • Anonymous

        hopefully not Chellie Pingree.

        • Anonymous

          My comments about Sussman making more in one week than we do in a year were deleted. So much for a “free press.” I also stated that Chellie and Donald dine on caviar and shrimp while the children of Maine eat mac and cheese, and beans and franks. What’s the matter, Moderator? My comment wasn’t kosher? Who really controls the press in Maine? 

          • Anonymous

            It is NOT deleted-way down in the thread.Fantasize about conspiracies much?You’re less important than you think.

          • Anonymous

            Well, GPBand it appears that I have had several comments critical about Dirty Donald deleted.

          • Anonymous

            Must be because Sussman now owns the paper?

      • Anonymous

        Most articles I saw in the national media said it would be nearly impossible to keep the seat from the D’s.Smart Mainers will make that happen.Crush the TPers once and for all.

        • Anonymous

          cold day in hell

        • Anonymous

          For months now we have  heard from the radical right tea party crowd  how Olympia needed to be defeated. We kept hearing that it was time for the RINO to go. She just didn’t measure up to their tea party desires. She was a practical lock for re-election, but having the seat in Republican control just wasn’t enough. With the tea party crowd you are either all in or else you are a “commie”, “traitor”, “socialist” or what ever other vile name they happen to be slinging around. There is no such thing as a slice of pie with this bunch. Either they get the entire pie or else they do not want any pie at all. Pretty much like a two year old. It is all or nothing. Well now the tea party crowd has gotten their wish. No more RINO no siree. Olympia will be gone and taking her place in a seat long held by Republicans will more then likely be a Democrat. 

          • Anonymous

            Good points all.As long as we get a good D,not a conservative.We need someone with ideas.

          • Anonymous

            If you consider the Tea Party to be radical right you are nuts or you are radical left. Many TPers didn’t want Snowe in office because she wasn’t getting the job done for Maine or America. To me
            the best qualified candidate who will truly represent Maine and America needs to win. I am freakin sick and tired of these career politicians jumping in to continue the status quo.

            Personnally I believe that Cynthia Dill would be the perfect candidate for the Senate. I have no use for Baldacci, Pingree, Michaud, Charlie Summers and other “Plastic politicians”.

            We need change or this country is finished. The Choice here is political fantasy or reality.

            Go Cynthia Dill!!!! 

      • ? How does Senator Baldacci sound?

        • Anonymous

          Barf

        • Anonymous

          Could the worst Governer in recent Maine history become the (worst) US Senator in Maine history? Hope not!

          • Anonymous

            While he may not have been the greatest Govenor, he was a GREAT legislator.  He represented the 2d district with honor and would make a GREAT Senator.

          • Anonymous

            Disagree

          • Anonymous

            Baldacci is part of the political establishment. You expect things to change with another plastic politician…I don’t think so …get rid of them all.

          • Anonymous

            You boys thinking of running LePage are you Tom?

        • Anonymous

          aweful

        • Anonymous

          Puke

      • honey777

        Let’s hope that LePage decides to run.  ;)

        • Anonymous

          Yes, please run, LePage…run to Canada, run to Mexico, just run.  Trust me, we can live without you.

          • Anonymous

            He’d fit better in MX.It’s already run by criminals.

        • Anonymous

          Yes…Hopefully…back to Canada! Anywhere but here!

    • Anonymous

      She displayed appalling lack of courage when it came to the initial consideration of DADT.

      • Anonymous

        Ditto

    • honey777

      I hope that, during her remaining time in office, she will vote her conscience and not succumb to GOP extremists as she has occasionally done in the past.  Maybe we will see her make a Declaration of Conscience speech and condemn the corporate control of Congress.

      • Anonymous

        more than ‘occasionally’

    • Anonymous

      Yes, thanks for spending this country into so much debt that we will be paying China back for decades to come. Then running away with your millions!

      • Anonymous

        Ditto

      • Anonymous

        Gee I didn’t know OBAMA is to blame for all the problem in this country LaPage isn’t doing to well either

        • Anonymous

          Try reading, for once I blamed the repblicans.

  • Anonymous

    This is bad news. One thing is for sure, we have to make d****ed sure that Matt Dunlap is never elected to this office. Otherwise every illegal immigrant in the country will be that much closer to obtaining driver’s licenses and robbing banks! 

    • Anonymous

      Right, the borders will be overflowing with people from New Brunswick taking all the money in our Maine banks away from us…and all thanks to Matt. Hey Fanny, you need to add another layer of tinfoil around your head, you must be getting tremendous interference at the moment.

    • Anonymous

      Do you need a drivers license to rob banks?

      • Anonymous

         No, but you do need a driver’s license to buy a gun.  Fanny is referencing the armed robbery of the Hogan Road branch of Bank of America.  The robber was an Irishman with no ties to Maine who nonetheless was able to obtain a Maine driver’s license with some assistance from Robert O’Connell who was Dunlap’s Director of Licensing Services.  Ethics, anyone?

        • Anonymous

          Humor anyone?

          • Anonymous

             No thanks but nice of you to offer ;-)  I realize your reply was a wisecrack.  I just think people should have longer memories about our wannabe politicians, ergo my reply to yours.  Humor next time.  Promise.

          • Anonymous

            Honestly, I really do carry a fair bit of institutional memory, but sometimes (particularly in most recent times) it seems that sometimes we all have to just loosen up a bit!

            Cheers~~
            Enjoy the evening

      • Anonymous

        You do to rent the car and buy the weapon that you use to carry out the robbery, which is what Niall Clark from Ireland did. Bob O’Connell from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles helped him apply for the license, and helped him obtain the temporary address during the waiting period. All legal. During the waiting period Clark’s tourist visa expired, but he got his license, which is fine and dandy in Maine. He then used the license to rent a car, buy a rifle at a hunting outfitter, and rob the BOA at the Bangor Mall. Too bad we have such short memories in this state.

        • Anonymous

          uhmmm….did you read the posts above?  I think that if you did, you’d see you were a bit late coming to the party.  

          Too bad we have such myopic posters on this forum.

          • Anonymous

            Sorry about that. I read your response to my post in my e-mail, and the link took me directly to your post, where I typed my response without realizing there was a thread. You literally took the words out of my mouth!

        • Anonymous

          What does this drivel have to do with Snowe?You really need help.

      • Anonymous

         I heard that you can just call a cab…

  • Guest

    Wow.

  • Anonymous

    Expect a republican circus…and a democrat victory !

    • Anonymous

      don’t hold your breath

    • Anonymous

      The circus is already in Washington, just look at the ringleader.

  • About time she takes the hint and gets lost. Her and I hope a lot more Republicans do the same. Getting paid for doing nothing. Then blaming all the workers and small business owners for the mess.

    • Anonymous

      Pendulum swings both ways, we’d all like to see it come from a multitude of people from both sides me thinks.

      • Harry H Snyder III

        The pendulum has not swung to the left side of the clock since before the twentieth century.  The pendulum swings from middle to right, and when it is in the middle the right wing fringe scream like they were being flayed. 

        • Anonymous

          Are you serious, how many high up democrats were right along side republicans when they “forget to pay some taxes”, or when banks that shouldn’t of gotten TARP funds did at the urging of a politician, how about trying to sell a senate seat.  They are just as crooked, it’s on both sides.  The majority of politicians have their hands in the cookie jar more often they don’t.

          • Harry H Snyder III

            In my world “left” and “right” are not partisan brands.  Francis Sargent republican governor of Massachusetts closed the Commonwealth’s reform school system and put in place a human approach to juvenile delinquency which dropped the adult crime rate for a generation.  Bill Clinton signed the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. George Bush (41) had proposed this, but never got it passed.  Obama is pointed out as “left” but he removed more of our constitutional rights than George Bush (43)

  • Anonymous

    She has proven to be a truly moderate voice in the Senate, and I respect that.  Now I cannot wait to see what kind of idiots the extreme right and left throw up there for November. 

    • Anonymous

      Hopefully whoever wins will take her place in the fight to retain womens rights.

      • Anonymous

        There is nothing under continuous assault now as women’s rights.Thanks for pointing that out.Some of the craziness nobody saw coming because they were SO far out there.At least that we can thank Ricky Bobby for-to show us how rotten to the core these Christian conservatives really are.

    • Anonymous

      Snowe’s moderate rhetorical tone gave cover to her not so moderate voting record. I will always think of her as something of a wolf in sheep’s clothing. She lent respectability to a political party that went off the deep end some years ago.

      • Harry H Snyder III

        Sort of like Obama’s Mr. Rogers tone and his hidden unparallelled violence.

  • Anonymous

    As usual, she screws the GOP by waiting this long. Time for someone to step up.

  • wooohoooo.  Now if we can only get Charlie Webster to come to his senses and quit as well.  

    • Anonymous

       Nooo, we’ll probably see Chillie run now.

      • Anonymous

        BARF.

        • Anonymous

          i second that.

        • Anonymous

          B-A-R-F?

          (Bring Another Republican Floozie?)

        • Anonymous

          Double Barf.

  • Anonymous

    I am not one that cares for politics or politicians but Olympia Snowe is one of the very few I truly respected. 

  • Anonymous

    Steve Abbott – it’s now your time!

    • Guest

      We don’t need another earmark RINO.

      • Anonymous

        Ask Paul LePlague to run.

        • Anonymous

          you have posted that to many comments. WHY do you want lepage to run for senate?

          • Anonymous

            For the comedy value alone.  

          • Guest

            Don’t quit your day job. 

          • Anonymous

            LePlague is the comedian, not I.  He’s been a laugh a day event for Mainers.

          • Anonymous

            Were he to resign to run a losing campaign for the Senate it would be a win/win for the State.

      •  Better a RINO than a clueless panderer like Chellie !  This is from an ole democrat insider. 

    • Anonymous

      He cannot win a game at Maine, how will he win the senators seat?

    • kennyh

       Yes Steve, concede to Dunlap.

  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry that she is not running again. What a big loss for Maine, even though I often disagreed with her votes.

  • This truly is a red letter day for America!!!!  Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, the RINO is marching off.

    • Anonymous

      Can you say Senator Pingree?

      • Anonymous

        That is even scarier!

      • Anonymous

        Can you say “where are the applications for Canadian citizenship?”

        • Anonymous

          America: love it or leave it.

      • Anonymous

        And Governor Snowe?

        •  H*ll Nooooooooooo

        • Anonymous

          It will be Lobbyist Snowe and Governor Michaud.

      •  Nope

  • Anonymous

    Best news Ive heard in a while. time for a non-rino to get in

    • Anonymous

       yes, a Democrat

      • Anonymous

        if the right democrat came along, yes i would vote for them.

      •  Truly sad to see people still believing in the false dichotomy that is our political system.

        Republicrats and Demopublicans are all the same.  Olympia Snowe is a PERFECT example of this undeniable fact.

    • Anonymous

      Let’s encourage Paul LePlague to run for the open seat.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      You think a pro-life /bank loving / theocrat / in other-words a Southern style Republican can win a State wide race in Maine?  Before you answer remember 3/4 of the State population is south of Augusta.

      I wonder if Cutler will run for this seat?

      • Anonymous

        uphill battle-no doubt

      • Anonymous

        “remember 3/4 of the State population is south of Augusta.”

        another good reason to give southern maine back to massachusetts

      •  Bingo – too bad for Maine and the country.  Not what we need, another prep school lib (like me)

        If he wins, I hope I’m wrong, but I’d rather have an error prone moderate-conservative who would learn than a Clinton type elitist .. … … ..

        •  Who is too old to learn.

        • Harry H Snyder III

          Gee I think we agree on something.  I don’t want anyone with Clinton stink on them

      • Anonymous

        Let’s start a “Theocrats for Charlie Webster” campaign.  If he were to get the Republican nomination he would finish at least fourth in a three way race in the general election. 

      • Anonymous

        Your right and they vote like they are still in Massachusetts.

      • Anonymous

        Remember the anti choicers have unlimited $$ and are among the slimiest operatives anywhere.The lies they will start(and the sheep that will eat them up)can do a LOT of damage.

  • Anonymous

    As an independent I am sorry to see her go but looking on the bright side… one less GOP senate seat

    • Anonymous

      Not sounding very independent, Davey

      • Anonymous

        Trust me, considering the current state of the GOP in Washington;   there will not only be independents but moderate Republicans voting on the Democratic ticket this fall.  I sincerely hope conservatives regain some sanity for 2016.    It was only a matter of time before social issues started killing the conservative movement.   Santorum is only expediting the process… 

  • Guest

    Best news I have heard in a long time. Let’s find a strong, credible Republican candidate. The D candidates are pretty light weight.

    • Anonymous

       where will you find a strong, credible Republican candidate? Any suggestions?

      • Guest

        Senator Richard Rosen leaps to mind, ex Sen. Carol Weston, Charlie Summers..there are many…

        • Anonymous

          id vote for summers. not my first chioce, but could be worse

      • Anonymous

        Credible Republican is an oxymoron.

    • Anonymous

      Ask Paul LePlague to run.  Please.

      • Anonymous

        he would never last

        • Anonymous

          Begin practicing this two word phrase: “Senator Pingree.”  You should have it mastered by January of next year.

    • Anonymous

      You want some one to vote along party lines thats all,, weather its right or wrong.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, could Governor LePage cut his term short and run for her seat???

    • Anonymous

      We want Paul LePlague to run!!

  • yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

  • Anonymous

    Well, well, well.  Interesting.  I’ll have to start paying attention to this race now.  Kind of a shock, but quite the statement on the Republican party being hijacked by extremists.  

    I once ran into Susan Collins at the grocery store – about six months ago.  I asked her how she could call herself a Republican when her party had been hijacked by Teapartiers.  She countered with “Moveon. org”.  Uh….not the same thing.  Moveon. org doesn’t get the chance to vote in the Senate and the House.

    Quite a statement, Senator Snowe, on reality in Washington. Bail before the Theocrats take over.

    • Guest

      Oh please..the moveon moonbats have plenty of folks elected…look at Pingree and Dill.

      • Anonymous

        The ‘moonbats’ are just like every other lobbying group.  But they don’t vote.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      Class act.  The woman can’t even go shopping without being harassed.  I suggest that if you see a politician at a grocery store, they are one of the better ones.  George Bush #41 didn’t even know what a scanner was.  Bet Susan does.

      • Anonymous

        She’s my Senator.  I had every right to ask her a question.  I was polite and she was polite.  I told her I disagreed and that I thought her party has  become extremist.  Which it has.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed.  Harry hasn’t read that part of the First Amendment about  the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

        • Harry H Snyder III

          Sure you have “the right” to. but is it right?  

          Try seeing her at her office.  Does your boss interrupt your time off with insignificant questions about work?

        • Anonymous

          I’m sure she would rather have the question than to be ignored.That terrifies all politicians  and celebs to think that they might disappear someday.

      • Anonymous

        “George Bush #41 didn’t even know what a scanner was.”

        He took office in ’89, that technology was still being implemented in alot of stores.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, but he also said he thought a gallon of milk was $1, and a loaf of bread was .89 cents….scanner aside that is.

    • Anonymous

      better a theocrat than a rinocrat

    • Anonymous

      It’s only the republican party that’s being hijacked by extremists?  Riiiiight….   As a moderate, I am sad that Sen. Snowe is stepping down.  The thought of either a “tea partier” or an extremist liberal taking her seat is quite disturbing.

      • Anonymous

        The Republican party has moved to the far right extreme. Just look at the primaries.

    • Anonymous

      The theocrats will only take over if good people let them.We need to stop these people at all costs and drive them back under the rocks they love.Read “American Taliban”.SCARY!

      • Anonymous

        I don’t have to read “American Taliban”. All one has to do is listen to Rick Santorum. And every time I do I want to throw up.

        • Anonymous

          Just like he did while spitting on the memory af an assassinated President.That shows class.

        • Anonymous

          Still recommended.Know your enemy.

  • Anonymous

    So will it be D’Ambroise…?

    • WW

       **** crickets *****

  • Anonymous

    I saw Sen Snowe in a DC store and addressed her by name. She asked how I knew who she was and when I said I had lived in ME for 10 years, she thanked me for supporting her. I told here I was a Dem and had spend a lot of money and energy trying to defeat her. She smiled graciously, laughed and said she thanked me anyway. Her stepping down is a loss to ME and to our country.

  • Sue

    That’s too bad. I actually respected her and voted for her every time. 

    On the good side, the Tea Partiers will throw up a candidate along the likes of the current GOP presidential hopefuls, and we’ll get another Democrat back in the Senate. This is very good. 

    And for those that think the opposite will happen, and you’ll get a Tea Party friendly senator, think again. Or rather just look to the recent results in a heavily republican local senate district in the vote to fill Sen. Trahan’s vacated seat.
    http://bangordailynews.com/2012/02/14/news/augusta/democrat-wins-lincoln-county-senate-seat/ 

    :PpPpPpPp

    Friends don’t let friends vote republican!

    • Anonymous

      I might switch registration to vote for the most extreme Know Nothing Republican in the primary: a Paul LePlague or a Charlie Webster.  We need to make this as easy a pick-up for the Democrats as possible

  • Anonymous

    She has been one of the few Republicans I respect enough to vote for. Bring on Eliot Cutler!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Sen. Snowe . Thank you for your many years of service to the citizens of Maine. Her decision, however, should not be that surprising given the disastrous decisions that her Republican Party has made in recent years — to become the the “Welcoming Party” for members of the Tea Party and other “right wing zealots.” As several of my Republican friends have recently acknowledged, ” No longer is there a place for moderates in the Maine Republican Party.” Thanks to Paul Lepage, Charlie Webster, Charlie Summers, and the Maine Heritage Policy Center, — you have created a political and social environment in Maine that DOES NOT truly reflect the views of most Maine people. Thank you for making it much easier for Democrats to be elected in 2012.

    • And thank you for helping us get rid of another republican even if she was a moderate there are too many of em and their getting weirder by the election! Cannot say I blame her and now I respect her foresight. She got it right regarding red state republicans and has removed herself before the up coming embarrassment coming  soon for the current field of GOP candidtates which used to be MONTY PYTHON if I am not mistaken.

      • Anonymous

        That means we’ll be paying for the Ministry Of Silly Walks.These idiots can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

  • Anonymous

    Translation:  I’m as sick as everyone else is of all the petty bickering and party-line voting that’s going on down here.  I can’t take it any more and I’m leaving.

  • Anonymous

    She’s a nice woman, I wished she hadn’t allowed the Obamacare vote to go ahead, because my children’s children will curse the fact the SHE was the one reason we are saddled with this permanent financial albatross. At least barak likes her for it. Good Luck, Mrs Snowe.

    • Anonymous

      Your children’s children will bless Sen. Snowe for her vote and wonder what all the hullaballo was all about back in the early 21st century when Americans decided to take care of all Americans (“life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”).

      • Anonymous

        yes, as all Americans realize someone else is going to take care of them no one will work, all will have a hand out. It won’t take long, Olympia will be alive long enough to see the destruction this brings. You libs come up with great ideas then ask ME to pay for them. Layabouts.

        • Anonymous

          How Democracies Tax Themselves to Death

          by Alexander Tyler, 18th Century Scottish Economist and
          Historian

          A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist
          until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public
          treasury. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidate
          promising the most from the public treasury with the results that a democracy
          always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by dictatorship.

          The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200
          years.
          From bondage to spiritual faith
          From spiritual faith to
          great courage,
          From courage to liberty,
          From liberty to
          abundance,
          From abundance to selfishness,
          From selfishness to
          complacency,
          From complacency to apathy,
          From apathy to
          dependency,
          From dependency back again into bondage.

          It’s only a matter of time before this happens to the United StatesFrom dependency back again into bondage.

          • Harry H Snyder III

            I agree except the partisan part.  bondage is the Patriot act. rendition, torture of US citizens, allowing the military to arrest and detain without warrant or court appearance…. all thanks to the Dempublicans.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks for your response. I’ll let slide the wild generalization (“all Americans”) and the name-calling (“You libs”; “Layabouts”). What really stands out in this comment is the “ME”. What happened to community, to the notion that we are our brother’s and sister’s keepers? As citizens we each take on responsibility for all kinds of things that “ME” alone cannot possibly afford–national defense; roadways and bridges; clean water; safe food; public education. Why not health care? No man/woman is an island. . . .

          • Anonymous

            You shouldn’t be surprised.People like that are the most selfish and greedy of all,grasping for what D’s give them and getting the R tax breaks.America’s decline is a result of TPers and conservative Christians.Nobody else.Find me a TPer who gives back their SS/Medicare b/c they care about the deficit.HA!

      • Harry H Snyder III

        “pursuit”  Not handed to you.

    • Anonymous

      This is the demise of Republican party. What exactly will they do without moderates or centrists?

      • Anonymous

        They’ll get a quick lesson in math and then blame it all on the evil press. 

    • Anonymous

       ‘Obamacare’ is the GOP health care plan from the Clinton era.

      • Guest

        Note:  The GOP health plan went nowhere.   Someone back then had brains enough to understand how bad it would turn out.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      You mention the health care costs being passed on, I agree… BUT don’t forget our bill for being the world’s policeman, our endless wars on drugs and terror, the bill for sending our jobs off shore, and the bill for allowing 20 million illegals to land here and stay.

    • Anonymous

      You mean your children that are already covered now thanks to ObamaCare?Call me when they get sick and tell me how much your insurance co. cares.

  • Anonymous

    I saw Sen Snowe in a DC store and said hello. She asked how I knew who she was and I said I hadmover here from ME. She thanked me for supporting her. When I told her I was a Dem and had spent a lot of money and energy trying to defeat her, she smiled graciously and said she still thanked me. Her stepping down is a loss to ME and the nation. I only hope ME democrats can rally behind an effective replacement so the nation can move forward at solving the problems we face.

  • Anonymous

    Damn.  Now we have to train and pay for another one.

  • Anonymous

    I’m from away and never had the opportunity to vote for Sen. Snowe. It’s the nation’s loss that such a reasonable and dedicated public servant is stepping away from Congress. That Maine should have not one, but two such distinguished and nationally recognized senators is a credit to the voters of Maine.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      It is a credit to Margaret Chase Smith and her legacy….which the younger generation seems to be letting go.

    • Anonymous

      I’m afraid we’re seeing the last of politicians with both class and intelligence.  Maine has, through the years, had several (on both sides) who conducted themselves with honor and integrity.

  • Anonymous

    Sad day for Maine, but a great day for Olympia. She is a true centrist who cared more for our country than her party. Our loss is her gain. Susan Collins will be next. Our country doesn’t deerve such fine representation.

    • Jonathan Smith

       Centrist is political doublespeak for spineless politician. Don’t go to the right or left of the fence when you can sit on top and be a RINO

      • Anonymous

        Your comments are exactly why I am glad she retired. If people neither are not thinking in your way you see them as spineless. She had more courage than most on either side to stand up to others mean spirited rhetoric. Sorry that moderate has turned into a dirty word.

      • Anonymous

        Extremest is political doublespeak for mindless follower. RINO could stand for really intilegent not obedient.

      • Harry H Snyder III

        Absolutely, we all want extremists like Timmy McVeigh, or Kathy Wilkerson running the country… Jeeze!

        • Anonymous

          Wilkerson??

          • Harry H Snyder III

            Left wing member of Weather-underground who blew up her father’s Greenwich Village town house while making bombs to kill service people at Fort Dix.

          • Anonymous

            Long time ago.Still a wrong approach.I found her under Cathy,which is why my first search failed.
            To your other reply about rendition,etc.-all excellent points,thanks.I have worked against the military industrial complex under all admins and agree 100% Obama has failed as well as Bush in that regard.Same can be said for the last 30 years.NO President,admin or Congress flourishes under more daylight.

  • Hoody Hoo! Looks like an easy pickup seat for the Democrats in the senate. That filibuster proof 60 seats is looking better every day.

    • Anonymous

      Hopefully the D’s can flip back the House as well.Then Obama’s second term will be a huge victory for the American people and the world much like FDR’s was.EVERY D & I needs to work to crush the TP’ers and save the republic.Donate,call,knock on doors-do ANYTHING!

  • Anonymous

    sad day for the citizens of Maine…thank you Olympia for your many years of service to our country and the State of Maine…you and your thoughtful input will be missed.

  • Anonymous

    One less moderate, rational senator, one more reason to amend the Constitution and try a unicameral congress for a while, one whose rules actually allow an parliamentary majority to have its way. But we shouldn’t hold our breath for that. The ossification in that body will continue as will the people’s fantastic belief  that somehow it is the “world’s greatest deliberative body.” Good Lord!

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you. I have to say that seldom does one encounter the word “ossification” in an average day. I had a hunch what it meant, but decided to get a clear definition from Dictionary.com  I am going to look up “unicameral” next. Thank  you for helping build my vocabulary.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      Since 3/4 of the congress would have to vote to remove 435 congressmen, it won’t happen in our lifetimes…. even if we are 2!

    • Anonymous

      Not with the lowest approval ratings in history The only ones who think Congress is doing a good job are those getting paid by their puppet Congresspeople.

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear, the tea pot they bought at Walmart has started making a  bitter brew. I think the Teatanic has struck an iceberg.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Olympia,  you are appreciated by all of us!   Have some fun now!

  • this is a good move on her part….

  • kennyh

    Hmmm.. Senator Dunlap… sounds good to me!

    • Harry H Snyder III

      Oh Gawd you ruined my day!

  • Anonymous

    Must have been LePages endorsement?

    • Anonymous

      She’s not stupid she knows the damage LePage did  is leaving town quick like we all should do  

      • Anonymous

        Why should we leave?Fix the problem.Indict Paulie and all his sticky fingered cohorts.Let’s see how jail benches hold his fat butt.

  • Anonymous

    Incredible woman. It’s too bad her party has mutated into this.

  • Anonymous

    Attention Job Seekers: One job just opened up in the state of Maine. Excellent salary with medical benefits included. Must be willing to travel between Maine and D.C. The successful candidate will be notified immediately after the next election.

  • Anonymous

    Bye bye. Since you voted with the liberal whack jobs most of the time, you will not be missed. 

    • Anonymous

      You’re going to get an even more liberal Democrat taking her place.

  • Anonymous

    snowe for governor?

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.  Look for her to run.  She all but announced it.

  • Anonymous

    Hope all you haters are happy  now you can kiss BIW an portsmouth good by

  • Anonymous

    Wow!  There is hope yet.  She did nothing for Maine.  Really, nothing. 

  • Anonymous

    Maybe she is planing to run for Vice President with Newt or Mitt,, or maybe she wants to jump over the to the other side and run as a Democrat for Senator of Maine! Good Luck Senator Snow !

  • Anonymous

    Enjoy you’re million dollar home  and have a wonderful retirement. 

  • Mary Stubbs

    Pingree wants to know how she can best serve the people of Maine? She can get off the government payroll and get a job in the private sector, or just live off her rich husband.

  • Makes me sad. She/her office has helped us so much since we enlisted to help us get things done that no one else in the state would help us with. She has been so good to us and other vets in my family. Thanks Snowe for everything you have done.

    • Anonymous

      Hear Hear!From what I’ve heard her office staff has been great!

  • Anonymous

    Thank You So very much.  Many of us have been waiting for this day.

  • Jonathan Smith

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. No great loss for the Maine GOP. Maybe we can get someone in there who has actually worked a real job.

  • Anonymous

    She’s retirement age…. why are people surprised?  Everyone’s glory has to end at some point… she 65 years old!

  • Anonymous

    Sincere thanks to Olympia for her dignified service and willingness to work with both sides of the aisle over all these years.  It is a shame that this country will likely lose other people like her in the years to come who have better uses for their time and talents then spending their time in the poisonous  snake pit our congress has become.

  • Anonymous

    Having had many opportunities to work with her on small business issues, she was not only chair of the senate entrepreneurship committee, she was a tireless champion for their causes. Tbough I disagreed with her positions on most issues, she was always principled.

    Thank you for your service to Maine and the country.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry to see her go but understand the lack or partisanship in DC is out of control.

  • Anonymous

    Part of me wants to thank Olympia for her decades of service to Maine and the nation.  However, another side is thinking she made her millions while she was serving us.  It is a good time to move on or over.  Maybe Big Paulie will run.  He seems to like the more southern climes.  

    • Anonymous

      Like Guantanamo where he belongs.

  • Anonymous

    Look for her to run for the Governorship.  She all but announced it.  LePage for Senate?  He wouldn’t even win the primary.

  • Anonymous

     I
    think it is terribly telling of the mess our Congress is when one of
    the most powerful moderates in the Senate realizes that the infantile
    and and destructive divisiveness that exists is bad enough to make her
    step away and find another route for public service. People with real
    intelligence and with a moderate and cooperative stance on issues are
    leaving while blithering, drooling idiots who fight like animals for
    their own benefit and to the detriment of the country stay behind.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Senator Snow for putting Maine and America before partisianship. Your service has been substantial and valuable. You will be missed. Don’t screw it up by running for VP.

  • Anonymous

    A sad day perhaps for the millionaires of Maine but a good one for the rest of us ordinary citizens, the people this woman didn’t even pretend to represent in recent years. Whatever shred of respect for her went down the toilet when she chose to vote in lockstep with those dedicated to providing welfare for the rich.

    Sadly out of touch, she went as far as making up her own “facts,” supposing Mainers to be so stupid as to believe her. Example: her comments that 4 out of 5 small business owners would be hurt if millionaires were required to pay their fair share of taxes. (Actually, 99% of small business owners earn less than 1 million dollars.) This lie cost middle-class Americans a tax cut simply  to line the pockets of her millionaire cronies.

    Good riddance.

  • Anonymous

    Many consider Snowe’s votes to be judicious when she voted for AIDS
    health care funding and to rescind Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Yet, she and her husband, former
    Maine Gov John McKernan, avoided outright support of equal rights for
    the LGBT community when they could have done so – at no political cost
    to them. If this decision frees her from toeing the party line – at long
    last – she can ensure a lasting legacy of leadership by doing the right thing in stating publicly that she supports
    passage of the same sex marriage referendum in Maine this November.

  • Anonymous

    maybe now we can get a real conservative in her spot…no room for a RINO party :)

    • Harry H Snyder III

      That’s right Maine is going to elect a frothing at the mouth pro life, anti contraception, religious zealot. 

      Do you live here or in Mississippi.

      • Anonymous

        Even MS voted against personhood.The only thing we can hope  for is women will WAKE up to the wholesale destruction of their rights and vote in only pro choice candidates.

        • Harry H Snyder III

          Why should women be any different from voters in general who seem to support our current president who has reauthorized the Patriot act, continued rendition, torture, and prison without trial?

          Obama also signed off on a “repeal the Fifth amendment” policy which allows the military to arrest and detain (indefinitely) US citizens without representation or a trial.  Additionally he has also allowed the military to fly drones over the US to target and kill SUSPECTED terrorists on US soil.

          If George Bush had dome ANY of these things the left would have had billboards erected that announced it.  Strange they are so silent about removal of rights when a black Democrat is doing the removing.

      • Anonymous

        Let the lemmings of the far right continue running towards the cliff of their party’s destruction.  I think we should encourage this behavior.  After all, don’t these lemmings of the far right celebrate capitalism’s talent for “creative  destruction?”

  • Anonymous

    probably the smartest decision you’ve made for years other than ripping off millions
    with your hubby through the Dept of Education.And we can also thank you for voting  for
    Obama care..good riddance

  • Lord Whiteman

    This is so sudden. No one seemed to know this was coming.   Makes you wonder what happened to bring this on so late in the election cycle. The Republicans are going to have to scramble in order to field a serious candidate before Mar 15th.

  • Hussar

    Just a couple of observations.  

    First, note that when speaking of cooperation between parties it is always falls on “moderate” Republicans to make compromises with the Democrats to have legislation go forward.  How come you never hear about the dearth of moderate and conservative Democrats willing to compromise?  That is because the logjam in DC was created when the Democratic Party purged itself of anyone remotely moderate or conservative.

    Second, if Raye or Michaud or any other vulture wants to enter the race this late, they have to get their 2K signatures to Augusta by 15 March. 

    Third,  does anyone really believe that lame reason Snowe gave–sounds like another Snowe Job?  I believe that Snowe knew she was going to lose the primary and the idea of her winning the election with 60%  is absurd.  From my experience at the GOP  Caucuses most the participants were not going to vote for her in the Primary and if, by some miracle she won the primary they wouldn’t vote for her in the fall election.   I am sure polling showed her losing  in Maine and that is why she quit.  The only other explanation is that her opponent has some good dirt on her or her husband.   Just my thoughts on this issue.  

    Senator Snowe will be missed by the Democrats in Maine.

    • Anonymous

      If you refuse to admit that there are moderate Democrats and Democrats who make major concessions (like our President) then you’re not even operating in reality. 

      • Anonymous

        Horse Hockey

        • Anonymous

          What a substantiated comment, lol

          • Anonymous

            Much as you who states Obama makes major concessions–this is delusional the man has finally come off vacations to seek four more years of vacations and toes the party line in cement.

    • Jonathan Smith

       I haven’t voted for Olympia Snow in years. She went from lesser of two evils to pile of liberal poo rather quickly.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      For your information; The following is a partial list of conservative Democrats currently serving in congress:Sen.
      Bob Casey (PA), Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (PA), Rep. Jerry Costello (IL),
      Rep. Joe Donnelly (IN), Rep. Brad Ellsworth (IN), Rep. Paul Kanjorski
      (PA), Rep. Dale Kildee (MI) Rep. Alan Mollohan (WV), Sen. Ben Nelson
      (NE), Rep. Jim Oberstar (MN), Rep. Nick Rahall (WV), Rep. Bart Stupak
      (MI) and Rep. Charlie Wilson (OH)Tester, Jon

      – (D – MT)

      Webb, Jim

      – (D – VA)
      Most of them are pro life, all are pro second amendment, and all are opposed to raising the debt limit.  How conservative do you want?

      • Anonymous

        Thank God at least Nelson is retiring.He was the worst of that bad bunch.Now time to work on throwing out the rest of that list so their constituents get real representation.

    • Anonymous

      What planet are you from?

      President Obama has tried compromising with Republicans to 
      the point that his base has turned against him.

      Don’t let the facts get in the way of your rant.

    • Anonymous

      They are called Blue Dog Democrats and they have compromised with the republicans many times over the years.

      Between them and what our right wing crazies on here call RINOs they are the only reason Washington D.C. even functions at all….

  • Anonymous

    I predict Susan Collins will have a hard time retaining her seat next time she comes up for reelection, now that her godmother has retired.

    • Harry H Snyder III

      If you believe what you posted / and / it’s not just another cheap shot, you haven’t been reading or listening.  Susan Collins is from the Bill Cohen school of Republicanism, and Olympia didn’t even like him.  Susan will do just fine without Olympia.

  • Anonymous

    She couldn’t handle the crazy.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your service to our country.  It is unfortunate that we can no longer have people who will work for the good of the country, rather partisan politics in our national legislative body.  What a sad state of politics.

  • Anonymous

    Olympia has accomplished her goal , she has made enough friends in the special interest groups backscratching arena so she dont have to work ever again in her life ! 

  • Anonymous

    Any chance we can get Collins to step down?  That would be cause for real celebration!

  • Anonymous

    She made her millions of dollars so now she will have plenty of time to spend some of it. Let us not forget her government pension which is really chump change to her. Maybe she can donate the pension to  HEAP and keep some Mainers warm.

  • Anonymous

    I hope to God that Michaud doesn’t get that seat, I can’t stand that man, he’s number than a pounded thumb, and I can’t imagine what I’d do if he were on t.v. more than he already is.

  • Anonymous

    Well, the Senate is losing a moderate politician, and the Republicans are losing a seat. Bummer, but I don’t blame her a bit.

  • Anonymous

    Senator Snowe – thank you for your tireless advocacy for the citizens of the State of Maine.  Your hard work on the Hill will be missed by so many!

  • Anonymous

    Her statement:
    “As I have long said, what motivates me is producing results for those who have entrusted me to be their voice and their champion, and I am filled with that same sense of responsibility today as I was on my first day in the Maine House of Representatives. I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.”
    seems to be a clear slap in the face of our oaf of a governor.

    Nice shot, Senator!!

  • Lord Whiteman

     This is so sudden. No one seemed to know this was coming.   Makes you wonder what happened to bring this on so late in the election cycle. The Republicans are going to have to scramble in order to field a serious candidate before Mar 15th.
    Flag

  • Dumbb All Over

    Time for Collins to go as well. There should be some term limits imposed. These two are way past their best before dates.

  •  Thank you for retiring, now take your gold parachute which was stolen from the masses and get out of our fine state. Dubai is where your peers are. Thanks for nothing.  I recommend some training  around threading camels through sewing needles as opposed to Tebowing in the Capital.

  • Anonymous

    As wealthy,heartless,vain, arrogant , condescending, on vacation and handsome as I am (needless to say, a consevative), stopping her rep on my doorstep a couple weeks ago was fun. I suggested to him I was not “enthusiastic” about her and never had been.
    Must have sealed the deal.

  • Anonymous

    Now would be a good time to push for term limits and pay reduction to min. wage, pay your own medical, 401k retirement plan with a State pay out topped at 6% of pay.

  • Anonymous

    Well she is worth like 20 million, so good time to boogie, after she milked the system to the max,oh and ps the fact that Barwreck is gonna miss her is good reason why she should leave,the first repub. he ever missed.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Senator Snowe for putting Maine ahead of politics. You will be missed.

  • Anonymous

    Dont let the door hit ya on the way out. JK thanks from a grateful State

  • Anonymous

    Already bitten.  Lepaige is in office.

  • Anonymous

    What a coincidence! Just now when the time is ripe for Senator Chellie Sussman to run! With unlimited money and a seat on the Portland Press Herald editorial board, how could she lose? 

    • Guest

      Very interesting set of coincidences.  

      Move on folks….   Nothing to see here….

      • Anonymous

        Sussman makes in one week what we will make in a lifetime. A rough estimate of his earnings from interest is about $2 million per week. He will have no problem buying the election. So they can dine on shrimp and caviar aboard their yacht on Casco Bay, while the children of Maine will have mac and cheese, beans and franks.

      • Anonymous

        Sussman makes in one week what we will make in a lifetime. A rough estimate of his earnings from interest is about $2 million per week. He will have no problem buying the election. So they can dine on shrimp and caviar aboard their yacht on Casco Bay, while the children of Maine will have mac and cheese, beans and franks.

  • Anonymous

    I am very sad to hear that Olympia is now going to retire.  She has been a good Senator and role model for  women.  I am not a registered republican, but I always have voted for her as I have alot of respect for her.  I think she has worked very hard in her career.  Now, she will get to enjoy some quality time with her husband and not be a part of the stupid bickering that goes on.  I think it’s absolutely ridiculous for either party to think that they can have it all or nothing.  That is not what life is about, life is about compromises.  It’s like marriage, some days the scales tip more one way than the other, the next day they may be in the middle, and then they may tip in the opposite direction for a few days, but they somehow find their way back in the middle.  There is not one negative opinion here that is going to change the way I feel about Olympia Snowe. 

  • Anonymous

    Its all about Snowe.  Rather than retire with respect, she whines about gridlock.  Well, since she can never be relied on for her support of fellow republicans, she dug her own hole.  Hasta!

    • Anonymous

      You can always move to England if you want party line voting….here in America we think our members of congress should think for themselves….

  • Anonymous

    I love Charlie’s quote about “somebody… legitimate will step forward””Then he disses four candidates in both parties in the next instant.Hope your feet are clean before you put them in your mouth AGAIN.

  • Anonymous

    i guess I have to grudgingly give her credit for all she’s done for the people of Maine: like that time she… umm, for example like when she… uh… well, like that time she stood up for all of us by, uh… well I think we can all agree she has been excellent at self-perpetuation: like a virus. Congratulations.

  • Anonymous

    Raye be happy with where you are today because you have reached your political peak!

  • Anonymous

    They finally wore down the old warhorse.

  • And I always thought she was Democrat.

  • Anonymous

    It is definitely time for the Republicans to band together and find a strong viable candidate to replace Snowe and some of the names I heard this morning were crazy.  Charlie Webster is a definite LOSER for the R’s, the Republican’s need a strong candidate who can go against Pingree, Michaud or Baldacci.  Les Otten, Scarcelli, Raye, Tardy, Abbot, Vigue one of the big players and then lets get someone like Cary Weston to run for the House.

    • Anonymous

      Sure and hell will not vote for someone like weston

      • Anonymous

        LePlague is your only choice.

        • Anonymous

          He would be so soundly beaten that it would end his political career. Even he is not stupid enough to try for the seat. Of course, I may have underestimated his stupidity. But , who knows, maybe his ego is bigger than his brain.
          Oops!! No “maybe” needed in that last sentence.

          • Anonymous

            LePlague’s resigning his governorship to get trounced this November would be a win/win for Maine voters 

        • Anonymous

          he is not my only choice, and did not get my vote last time

    • Anonymous

      The Republican party 1st need a Republican not A RINO, this includes your other rep Collins as well.

      • Anonymous

        So you’re not even from Maine and you’re spamming the comment sections here regardless? In case you’re unaware, Snowe and Collins are about as conservative as you’re gonna get from us. Don’t like it? Too bad, vote in your own state’s elections. You get your  Senators, not ours too.

        • Anonymous

          Born and raised in Maine, sorry  buck wheat, seen snow and collins vote with the dems to many times, just like the one MA got in Brown, I’m neither a rep or a dem, so im not blinded by party lines like yourself.

      • Anonymous

        I love how people call moderate Republicans RINOs, that is just too funny….

        It is “my way or the highway” politicians that have destroyed this country….and there are plenty of democrats that fail to understand compromise as well…

        • Anonymous

          plenty of democrats that fail to understand compromise as well… AGREE

    • Anonymous

      “Strong”. “Viable”. ??? I doubt if the republicans can come up with anyone that fits the bill.

  • Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out !!! One less Republican is ALWAYS great news !!!

  • Anonymous

    We haven’t heard the last of Olympia, I’m sure there is a lobbying job waiting in the wings.

    • Guest

       She can go to work for Cohen.  Or just start her own business on K street….

  • Anonymous

    One Olympia is worth 100 other GOP’s…….
    Including LePlague, the draft dodger……….

  • Anonymous

    RINOs are becoming more and more endangered.  Collins must be getting a little nervous too.

  • Anonymous

    John Kerry does not reach across the aisle—ever.

  •  I can’t say I blame her. If I saw the stupidity of most politicians on a day-to-day basis, I’d probably want out too.

    • Anonymous

       You mean the people in the green shirts:)

  • Anonymous

    Her departure is an extreme loss to the people of Maine, and the nation. 
    Thank you for your service, Senator Snowe.

  • Anonymous

    Senator Snowe has indeed had a long and distinguished career however since 2008 it has been distinguished by her lockstep with republican obstructionism.   I take her at her word that she is tired of the partisan baloney.   She has contributed to much of it herself.   It was clear to anyone watching her these last years that what was most important to her was her power.  In my opinion it is right for her to go now.  It is really too bad that she did not have the integrity to challenge the republican far right wing agenda these last years rather than flailing around and blaming anyone in sight.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent work Sentator Snowe. You have made Maine, women and Bangorians very proud. Your work with the Bush family will always be remembered.

    All the best to you and John.

  • Anonymous

    My prediction: Michaud takes Senate Seat and Raye succeeds Michaud in House.

    We’ll see soon enough…

  • Anonymous

    Well Tea Party goons…you asked for it and you got it…only not how you thought…of course you really won’t be happy with what happens next.

    • Anonymous

      Hope and change at the gas pump, how u liking ur vote now?

  • HowdyNeighbor

    Seems she’s always just pretended to be a Republican anyway.

    • Anonymous

       Your kidding right:)

      • HowdyNeighbor

        Not kidding at all. Look at her voting record.

  • Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Democratic in sheep’s clothing.

    • Anonymous

       Your kidding right:)

  • Anonymous

    Ugh…there goes the last politician who cared about compromise and getting things done.  I would venture a guess that most naysayers will be longing to have the Snowe days back after Michaud plunks his behind in that Senate seat.  

    Hats off to Senator Snowe for bowing out gracefully.  If I were in her shoes and at retirement age I couldn’t bear the thought of another 6 years of this mess either.  

  • Anonymous

    One down and one to go in the Senate. Two to go in the House.

  • Anonymous

    David Dreier (R-CA-House) is retiring also.The ship sinks despite the ballast overboard.Swim for your lives!SWIM!

  • Personaly, I am glad to see her finally go, She is the blue print for the “Good ol Boy” mentality in Washington which must go!.

  • Guest

    I cant say I like the good Senators decision to leave office during this unsettling time, but I wish her well and hope she enjoys her retirement.

    Whoever wins the seat will not be able to be as an effective representative, nor have the power in DC as Olympia did.

    Senator Snowe’s power came from many years in DC and no matter who replaces her it will be many years “if” they become as powerful.

     

  •  What a great pity. One of the few rational members of the GOP in Washington has finally had enough of the bickering, partisanship and irrationality. This should be a HUGH RED FLAG to current politicians. From an independent voter: Thank you Ms Snowe for you past public service and your common sense and civility in public service. Best Wishes for your future endeavors.

  • Anonymous

    I suspect Snowe will be using the few remaining years of her all to short life to reflect upon her contract with the Universe and how she wound up becoming a war criminal.
    As Global Warming and Climate Change kicks in with full blown rage and tens of thousand of people die from its fury Snowe and Jock, in their best ‘ I found it at Mardens” smile will understand how Olympia Snowe became the metaphor  for all the politicians who pimped themselves for the oil industry and did nothing about Global Warming so we are now past the point of no return.
    As I type these sentences I remind myself you can only be as high as the politicians you elect. They can only take you to where their consciousness is, eh? That is why I want to share this video with you
    taken at a Ron Paul rally last night with Ron giving the best political speech I have heard in this political wasteland since J Edgard Hoover started calling himself Mary.. 
    http://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/news-alerts/item/6686-ron-paul-dazzles-america-after-michigan-and-arizona-primaries

    Wednesday, 29 February 2012 05:14
    Ron Paul dazzles America after Michigan and Arizona Primaries

  • Anonymous

    votethecockroachesout.com .   It’s working. 

  • Anonymous

    look up the definition of conservative, not a bad trait. 

  • Anonymous

    “It was the first such presidential statement by Obama for a retiring Republican, according to veteran NBC reporter Chuck Todd.”
     
    Right, He knows a RINO when he sees one.
     
     If Collins ever pulls the pin He’ll probably throw a state dinner for her. She’s more than a RINO She’s an outrignt flaming left wing liberal.
     
    Everybody knows what you get with Corporate and Lobbyist funded do nothing Bill and Shellie’s Cause Pingree, now with Speculator Sussman, one of the major players making the price of oil and gas go up. Any one who votes to put either one in the Senate will get what they’re asking for, already know what they got and deserve it.

  • Anonymous

    OOOPS!!!!!! DO NOTHING MIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Anonymous

    Senator Snowe is leaving politics because of the same abrasive, confrontational behavior that characterizes our let’s-punch-him-in-the-nose governor. We and all states and the congress need leaders who are drawn to productive compromises, not endless confrontation.

  • Anonymous

    I say Jesse Ventura would be a great replacement. You see he was a Navy Seal, a pro wrestler, a governor and actor in Hollywood. 

  • Anonymous

    Everything is a complete surprise to Collins.

  • Anonymous

    This is one incumbant that won’t be reelected.  Now we have to vote all the other incumbants out for the next several years & replace them with statesmen that will consider the wishes of the American citizens instead of enriching themselves, their party or the corporations that pay them off.

  • Anonymous

    she spent this country into destruction with the bail-outs now she’s a bail-out…what a phony she was, she stood for nothing…she’s just an empty shell…just like Collins…

  • I love it !! This oughta give Republicans a good idea what the actual PUBLIC thinks of them as the seat is promptly filled by a Democrat. Paul LePage has damaged the party’s already tarnished reputation and only a miracle can keep this seat for the GOP…1 down…2 to go….

  • Anonymous

    Snow for President? 2012?

  • Anonymous

    And now, Bob Kerrey has officially entered the Senate race in Nebraska. It just gets better and better !

  • Anonymous

    Happy days are here again.

  • Anonymous

    The 2 biggest surprises of 2012, Snowe will not run again and Collins is getting married, to a man. 

  • I don’t understand why they call her a moderate. 

    She voted for massive expansions in the size of the government; she supported the radical debt financed invasions of Iraq to support a “global democratic revolution”; she supported Clinton’s allying with Al Qeada in Kosovo to bomb Orthodox Christians in Serbia; she voted to increase the debt ceiling time and time again.  She funded all sorts of radical cultural causes.

    This is called a moderate in Washington Speak I guess–which means consistent supporter of War and Welfare.

  • Thank you for voting for the NDAA and Obamacare……next!

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