Why moderate Republicans do not exist

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Most political commentators classify two Senate Republicans as “moderate.” They Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both from Maine. Both are advocates for the environment, support abortion rights and were critics of the Bush administration’s tax policy. Both are popular within the state, however, a new poll about how Maine residents feel about health care indicates why the New England Republican is a practically extinct beast. Political Wire:

A new Democracy Corps poll in Maine finds that Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) “enjoys broad support in her home state, but she faces significant political problems if she opposes President Obama’s health insurance reform.” 

Specifically, a Snowe vote against a reform bill “results in Mainers evenly divided on whether she should be re-elected, while support for Obama’s plan produces 53% who want to re-elect Snowe compared to 38% who want someone new as U.S. Senator.”

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