Republican Senator from Maine
With a broad bipartisan compromise in the Senate on life support, the Democrats' best hope is to pick off symbolic Republican backing which means, per usual, cue the gentle lady from the Pine Tree State. Snowe is under more pressure at home in Maine to make a deal than to stand up to the Big Government Democrats. And with a record of working with the other party and voting for President Obama's agenda, she is target numero uno for liberal interest groups and a White House seeking the label "bipartisan" for a final product that is increasingly unlikely to draw more than a few if any GOP votes in the House. Aware of how big a catch she would be, she's using that power to influence the final bill that emerges from the Senate, focusing on a deal that includes cost controls and fosters competition.
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