Snowe Partisanship Analysis

February 29, 2012 - 6:46 PM
FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2012 file photo, 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. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)