Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe Says Goodbye
Olympia Snowe used her final address on the floor of the U.S. Senate to again call on colleagues to turn away from the dysfunction and polarization that’s come to define politics and governing in the nation’s capitol.
“The Senate, Snowe says, is broken – held hostage by excessive political polarization, unable to solve the problems that threaten the nation’s financial stability….But sadly, Snowe noted, the Senate has strayed far from [past] cooperation. The founding fathers, she said, warned against too much allegiance to political parties. Snowe went on to cite a recent study by three political scientists, who’ve concluded that the Senate is more polarized now than at any time since the end of reconstruction. Senators, she says, take an oath to defend the Constitution, and have a responsibility to defend the chamber’s mission as a deliberative body. “And that requires the ability to listen before judging, to judge before advocating and to advocate without polarizing.”