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Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, surprised most political observers when she announced Tuesday that she will not seek re-election this year.
According to USA Today, she said “she could not face another unproductive six-year term with the polarization and partisanship that has overtaken Washington – and the Senate in particular.”
The Tea Party wing of Republicans is trying to purge the GOP of moderates such as Snowe, but Snowe’s retirement announcement should be a wakeup call that their strategy is likely to backfire.
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