Thursday, August 12, 2010

Snowe Watch

Somehow I missed this:

One national polling outfit believes Senator Olympia Snowe will have a hard time winning a Republican primary next year.

"If Snowe wants to be elected, she needs to run as an independent," says Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling in Raleigh, N.C., which in November found 59 percent of likely primary voters would prefer a more conservative candidate. "Maine Republicans are willing to support a Tea Party candidate."


Andrew Ian Dodge said...

Whether that feeling holds until 2012 is another matter. Needless to say tea party movement activists will see what they can do to make sure people feel the same way in 18 months time.

Bruce Bourgoine said...

The far rightward swing and extreme rhetoric of the Republican GOTP (Grand Old Tea Party) may well lead to four independents caucusing next year with the Democrats, Sanders (VT), Lieberman (CT), Crist (FL) and Snowe (ME) if they are not careful. But in truth their purity politics trumps pragmatic practicality and I doubt they really care.