The profile on Susan Collins in Down East this month paints her as a rising star and a vital moderate in Washington. But even this love poem hints at some of the real problems with her tenure.
she has agreed with the [Republican] party on issues ranging from the new bankruptcy bill to drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, for example
I was afraid that her vote (I believe Republicans call that a flip-flop) for drilling in ANWR might have passed under the radar. I'm glad to see it hasn't.
In other news, Scott Fish is still mad that he lost his job.
More importantly from Fish's point of view, Collins isn't helping the Republican Party. "Look at the number of [registered] Maine Republicans since moderates like Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe have been in control," he argues. "We're third, after Independents and Democrats. If the moderates are the wave of the future, why hasn't the party thrived?
"What Susan and Olympia have done is cast votes that attract support from across the political spectrum," Fish says, which he admits makes sense in a state that favors political moderation in its U.S. senators, no matter what letter comes after their names. He predicts that strategy could backfire, though, because "I think the future of the Republican base is increasingly conservative, both nationally and in Maine."
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