I was expecting headlines like "Snowe drifts toward public option" or "Snowe driven to make health care work."
Maybe that's why I don't write headlines any more.
One of the editorials in today's Buffalo News Opinion section lauds Olympia Snowe, the much-headlined senator from Maine, for her willingness to seek a reasonable solution to the nation's health care dilemma rather than stick to the anti-Obama, anti-reform, ideologically driven position of most other congressional Republicans.
- Health reform in the Senate
That’s as mature a response to high-profile legislation as we’ve heard in a long time from Republicans—or Democrats, for that matter. Too often, such decisions are based on party-line dogma or disdain for the opposition—in this case, President Obama—rather than the actual needs of Americans. This New Englander would rather think things through, press for changes, then act accordingly.
The chin-strokers at The Toledo Blade [I love those Ohio newspaper names], in an eddie headlined Reproach to ideologues, were moved to compare Snowe to no less than the great British political thinker Edmund Burke, who said:
"All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter."
That, apparently, 'sno surprise to long-time political watchers Down East. [Key stat: Snowe was re-elected last time with 74 percent of the vote.]
- The centrist of the storm doing it her way - Bill Nemitz /The Portland (Maine) Press-Herald
Her fellow senators, at the mere mention of her name, speak glowingly of her class, her intelligence, her independent mind, her fidelity to the art of legislating.
Welcome to Sen. Olympia Snowe's world.
Nemitz is also featured on this MSNBC clip [with the appropriate kicker: "The More You Snowe"]: