Olympia Snowe retiring, basically penning a letter saying she is sick of all the crap:
In announcing her plans, Snowe, 65, emphasized that she is in good health and was prepared for the campaign ahead. But she said she was swayed by the increasing polarization in Washington.
“Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term,” Snowe said in a statement. “So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail.”
Snowe’s retirement represents a major setback for the GOP’s efforts to regain a majority in the Senate. As a moderate Republican, she may be the party’s only hope to hold a seat in the strongly blue state.
By retiring, she is actually doing the GOP a favor. If she had run again, there is no doubt in my mind that she would have been driven out by some teahadist lunatic in the primary who would then go on to get decimated in the general election ala Sharron Angle or the other idiot who had to inform us she was not a witch (I can never remember that clown’s name). Now, at least, there is a sliver of a chance the GOP may find someone to run against her who does not have her unpopular record as a “moderate” and will stand a better chance in the general. But had she stayed in and run, the anger from the fringe right would have created a backlash, and you can bet the house some crazy tea partier would have run against her and won.
And I say sliver of a chance, because I’d bet the GOP base will still nominate some fire-breathing monster anyway. I’d also bet it is a matter of when, not if, Dick Lugar retires. Indiana being Indiana, they probably will elect some wingnut to take his place.