During times when loonies from the far reaches of the Democratic caucus in the Senate are threatening to filibuster health reform because it includes or does not include a public option, we'll take any sign of strong, moderate candidates we can get.
Senator Olympia Snowe, the moderate Republican from Maine, may be set to switch parties on the heels of a poll that shows her losing her Republican primary to a generic conservative candidate. It seems that the Republican Party no longer accepts moderates. There is plenty of room under the Democratic tent for a nuanced and reasonable leader like Ms. Snowe.
If Snowe made the move, which her colleague Arlen Specter made earlier this year, she would become the 61st vote in the Democratic caucus and allow the Party to retain a supermajority even if outliers like Lieberman should join the GOP in stonewalling health reform legislation.