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: Ã¢â‚¬Å“My vote today is my vote today, it doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forecast what my vote will be tomorrow.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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.