March 4th, 2012
12:53 PM ET
11 years ago

Snowe retirement a blow to Senate's 'sensible center'

Washington (CNN) - When Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine rocked the political world with her announcement that she would not seek a fourth term in the Senate, she was forthright in expressing her frustration with "an atmosphere of polarization" in politics.

But for all her transparency, it was one of Snowe's Senate colleagues who perhaps best summed up her motivation for deciding to end her decades-long tenure on Capitol Hill.

"I think she lost hope," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told CNN.


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  1. saywhat

    Rational thought and sense is exactly what is missing from our body politik. Listening to the likes of Newt,Romney. Santorum or a worrisome lot up on the Hill, Snowe " losing hope' makes sense.

    March 4, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Ed Fl

    Any comment from Senator Graham can be assumed logical until his next breath comes around. He is one of the BIG problems of the Senate for years.

    March 4, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    "I think she lost hope," Sen. Lindsey Graham
    Nearly 85 % Americans lost hope on our congress, there are so many main issues our congress or senate don’t want to touch, when they are going face the real issues and solve those problems
    Congress and senate worried about their jobs so we need a third party

    March 4, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. B

    All of the more thoughtful "Moderates" are leaving in disgust, who can blame them..

    The GOP is destroying itself mainly because of extremism and obscene amounts of money that attempts to buy even Congress.

    March 4, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Now that the republican party has been purged of all moderates, it will be much purer without women, seniors, veterans, workers, minorities, college students, minorities, poor people, the middle class, and those in need. That leaves mostly white, rich, and stupid people who want our country in another republican depression.

    March 4, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    the Republican Party made it known that their main effort was to make Barrack Obama a one term president and so far that is ALL they have tried to do. Part of the plan is to BLAME him when things go wrong but also not give him any credit when things go well. You can see their candidates following suit with this on the campaign trail right now. Sen Snowe was one of the few GOPers who would look past this and do what most Americans want to see congress do, work together on our issues not just shoot each other down and push their own ideology. The deal of party first country second is sour on the American people. Thus the 11% approval record for congress. If we had more on both sides like Sen Snowe that rating would rise. Right now the Republicans are probably waiting with fingers and toes crossed that the upcoming job numbers for Feb are not good so they can go on the attack. That is sad when we need both parties to work together to get our nation back to less than 8% unemployment not to just score political points.

    March 4, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Even an occasional republican who does not approve of their party trying to destroy America, is as disgusted as the majority of Americans..

    March 4, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Remember when the right wingnuts went after Anita Hill, Vitters' madame, Newts' wives, Herman Cain's girlfriends, Ensign's lovers, and women in general? It has to be difficult to admit to being a republican.

    March 4, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Larry L

    The Tea Party influence has made compromise unpopular with the conservative base and nothing will get accomplished until they are voted out of the Congress. Mitch McConnell should be the first to go from the Senate and Eric Cantor from th House of Representatives. They are the poster children for what's wrong with the American government.

    March 4, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. PJ/TX

    There is one sentence in this story that should make all Americans wake-up and take notice.
    Amy Kremer, head of Tea Party Express, found it necessary to put Senator Snowe on their
    "2012 target list".
    That says it all. The Tea Party is running rampant over the Republicans and the American people, and they
    are very dangerous.
    They hide behind their so-called fiscal conservative values, while in reality they are out to destroy
    our freedoms, allowing no compromise, no working together, no reason nor sense behind their rantings.
    They embrace the most radical of Senators and were allowed to plummet the House into a body that
    is unrecognizable, filling the halls with exteme right wing neanderthals.
    I do not trust, nor respect them and we had better get on the bandwagon to kick them out, or we will never
    see America again as the great "melting pot" that we have come to love, defend and be proud of.
    We have a lot of problems, but these people don't have the answers. Their need to "target" the most respected and
    reasonable members of Congress proves my point.

    March 4, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. logicnLA

    I hope there is a chance that she can be convinced to run. Moderates in both parties are needed in the Senate

    March 4, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. gt

    thats for sure.... not many in the middle from each side left.....far left wing radicals like boxer on the left and de mint on the right are ruining this country

    March 4, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. marty

    Amy Kremer and her Tea Party would be more credible if they would practice their 'fiscal responsibility' by initiating action towards reducing the expenditures of Congress. That is, reduce the wages by at least twenty-five percent. Eliminate their free health care and let members pay and choose their insurance plans as all Americans must do. Eliminate lifetime health care for former/retired government officials. No double dipping of pension plans. When matters such as the debt ceiling or a threat of a government shutdown occurs, immediately dock the pay of all in Congress until the matter is resolved with absolutely NO reimbursement afterwards. This would reduce government expenditures. Until then, the Amy Kremers are all talk and no substance.

    March 4, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Ted van Tol

    Thank you Senator for supporting your President when you thougt it was the right thing to do.

    Ted van Tol
    The Netherlands

    March 4, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. Pat , Maine

    I think her reasons are just what she said. Look in the mirror, Lindsey

    March 4, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |