Serious Moderates

Remember when self-anointed Senate "moderates" made a big show of wringing their hands about the size of Obama's stimulus package?

The political media loved it, partially because such alligator-concern offers the requisite "he-said she-said" narrative found in most reporting.

But it's mostly posturing - protest about the size of Obama's stimulus package was arbitrary - Collins would have demanded a reduction no matter the size of the proposal. How else could she inject themselves into the debate as a "serious moderate?"

So what did the moderates slash? Flu preparedness:

As The Nation's John Nichols points out, not only did Collins kill off the $900 million pandemic preparedness proposal--a budgetary execution called for by that well-regarded public health expert Karl Rove--Collins even brags on her Senate website about blocking passage of the pandemic preparedness initiative.

Of course. Of course.

Tags: Susan Collins (all tags)



Re: Serious Moderates

heckuva job, Susan

by Todd Beeton 2009-04-27 08:38AM | 0 recs
How DID she win so big 2008?

Is Maine that Republican?

I can sort of get Oly Snowe, but Collins is just beyond me...

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-27 08:45AM | 0 recs
Re: How DID she win so big 2008?

Maine is a blue state but they love "their girls", as my brother who lives there refers to his Senators. although he was not forgiving of Collins last year, who, as he put it, only challenged Bush when it didn't matter. I do think Collins could have been vulnerable against a more effective challenger. Allen was unable to get anything going for whatever reason.

by Todd Beeton 2009-04-27 09:00AM | 0 recs
Re: How DID she win so big 2008?

The political media is to blame for a big part of this: "moderation" is usually taken only at face value...the substance of what's being opposed is rarely examined. If Collins opposes some sort of spending, her position is just assumed to be responsible and 'serious.'

by Josh Orton 2009-04-27 09:10AM | 0 recs


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