The concessions Joe Lieberman wanted in exchange for his vote for health reform sounded basically similar to the ones Olympia Snowe wanted. Which left me wondering yesterday what, if anything, was left in the bill that she objected to. Well now we know:
Senator Olympia J. Snowe, a Maine Republican who had been considered a possible Democratic ally, said she would oppose the measure because it was being rushed. “It is a take-it-or-leave-it package,” she said.
There’s obviously a certain “take-it-or-leave-it” quality to any proposed piece of legislation. You can’t say “I vote 72 percent yes.” But beyond that, she’s had an enormous amount of time to have input and win concessions. As for “rushed,” as Steve Benen says “Snowe has been complaining about the speed of the legislative process since July, but therein lies the point: how could this possible get slower?”