[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/10/15/snowe.backlash/art.olympiasnowevote.gi.jpg caption=" Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe on Tuesday."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - There is candid frustration Thursday coming from rank and file congressional Democrats about the influence of Maine's Republican senator in the health care reform debate.
The way Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe sees it, she's just using the power any senator has: the power of one.
"The brilliance of our Founding Fathers was this: that they gave power equally to every member of the United States Senate, whether you represented a large state or a small state, and exercising that authority in a positive way," she said.
But the challenge now for Democrats is that Snowe opposes what most of them support: a government-sponsored health care option.