The First Draft: Let it Snowe, Let it Snowe, Let it Snowe
Republican Senator Olympia Snowe is having her day in the sun.
“I have to focus on what I think is right. My constituents expect that in Maine, they want me to do what I think is right for the country, for the state,” she said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“And so I decided to set aside my own differences and try to see what was right for the country and moving forward.”
After becoming the first (and only) Republican to vote for healthcare reform, siding with the Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee bill Tuesday, everyone is imagining all sorts of intrigue.
Will she get a stern talking-to by Republican leaders (plenty of hidden backrooms in the warren of Capitol Hill)? Will they try to lure her back to toe the line with promises of a top seat on a top committee? Will Republicans outright shun her, make her stand in a corner, wear a big red letter???
With all the Republican pressure, will she melt?
Snowe for her part appeared quite relaxed and at ease, not really the demeanor of someone who turned her back on her party’s determination to show Democrat President Barack Obama that he isn’t the boss of them.
“I think it’s a question of working through this issue to make it happen and incorporating the good ideas, and Republicans have good ideas, and hopefully the Democrats will incorporate those good ideas,” she said on NBC’s “Today” show.
Reuters/Michaela Rehle (woman walking through snow fall in Germany), Reuters/Jason Reed (Snowe after Senate Finance Committee healthcare vote)