The Republicans have sadly lost another moderate, Olympia Snowe of Maine.
The loss is particularly stinging for the GOP, as Republicans are trying hard to take over the Senate in the upcoming election. Snowe is very popular and was considered pretty much a shoo-in for a fourth term. But what must really hurt is why she is quitting — she doesn’t like 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.
With the most moderate Democrat in the Senate (Ben Nelson of Nebraska) also retiring, one has to wonder if there is any place for moderates in national politics. I find it sad.