The Associated Press doesn’t do much to hide their view of what a GOP “Maverick” is:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Forget Sarah Palin. The female maverick of the Republican Party is Sen. Olympia Snowe.

The 62-year-old, moderate Maine lawmaker voted on Tuesday for a Democratic health care bill, breaking with her party and giving a major boost to President Barack Obama’s drive to expand coverage to millions of Americans.

Would this A.P. writer call a Democrat who voted for a controversial Republican proposal a “maverick”? I don’t recall anybody in the press referring to Democrat Zell Miller as a “maverick” for crossing over and endorsing George W. Bush in 2003.

And this quote from Snowe about her health care vote doesn’t sound mavericky to me — it sounds weasely:

Snowe said: “My vote today is my vote today, it doesn’t forecast what my vote will be tomorrow.”

This is “I was for it before I was against it” in its developmental stages. Kerry has a copyright on that, Ms. Snowe, so tread lightly.

Nah, Sarah Palin is still the real maverick of the party — Snowe’s just a tool of the left who hopefully will be voted out of office.

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