Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine speaks to media outside her office on Capitol Hill in Washington. The surprising retirement of moderate Snowe moves congressional centrists a step closer to extinction, and illustrates the great paradox of American politics. Voters say they want bipartisan solutions to the nation's problems. But they vote in ways that assure partisan warfare, driving the GOP farther right and the Democratic Party farther left.
Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine speaks to media outside her office on Capitol Hill in Washington. The surprising retirement of moderate Snowe moves congressional centrists a step closer to extinction, and illustrates the great paradox of American politics. Voters say they want bipartisan solutions to the nation's problems. But they vote in ways that assure partisan warfare, driving the GOP farther right and the Democratic Party farther left.
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published Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
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WASHINGTON — In many ways, Thursday encapsulated why the Senate is failing to live up to its aspiration to be the world’s “greatest deliberative body” and why Maine Republican Olympia Snowe is bailing out of the institution in the prime of her career.

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