Story posted August 27, 2009
DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm spoke about Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and her role as a member of the bipartisan "Gang of Six" involved in the ongoing healthcare debate on the National Public Radio (NPR) program All Things Considered August 25, 2009.
Addressing Snowe's independence and stature as one of the most popular politicians in Maine's history, Potholm said in the segment that she's one of the few senators in the country who is "completely impervious to challenges from the right or the left."
He said casting deciding votes has earned Snowe some clout.
"When Obama turned to her during the stimulus debates, I think she discovered that there were some people on his staff that would listen to her. I think she saw a place for her moderate view of 'let's see what works.' And I think the Obama people would certainly be reaching out to her as someone for whom they could make common cause."