The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Thursday, December 30, 2004  

New England Republicans Ripening

M.B. Williams of Wampum today asks about the future of Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), her question sparked by a report in the New York Times about the Bush administration’s defense spending plans, specifically the Pentagon’s decision to build fewer naval destroyers at the Bath Iron Works in Maine. (See “Pentagon Said to Offer Cuts in the Billions,” by Eric Schmitt.)

Williams inquires, “So now . . . what will Olympia do? Will she remain in the Senate, in a party in which seldom refrains from using her name and RINO [Republican in Name Only] in the same sentence? Will the Democrats attempt to woo her to cross the aisle? Will she return to Maine and follow in the footsteps of her second husband, former governor John McKernan?”

Good questions; the kind of questions I would like to see directed at Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.), who said before November 2 that he wouldn’t vote for the reelection of President Play-Doh.

Sen. James Jeffords (I-Vt.) did it -- left the weird remnants of the Republican Party -- apparently with few if any regrets. Why should he be the only one?

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