"As I look back it was a waste of time dealing with [Snowe]," Reid is quoted as saying about the White House in a forthcoming New York Times Magazine piece, "because she had no intention of ever working anything out."
I really wonder if Harry Reid actually knows how politics work. Arlen Specter would have been a great indicator. He sided with the Democrats on the stimulus and the Republicans decided to make an example out of him, basically forcing him out of the party. I guarantee this was in the mind of Snowe during the health care debate. She knew that if she backed the plan then the Republicans would start forcing her out of the party and might even try to get someone to primary her.
Sadly, in Washington, they are so drowned in politics that they don’t realize every decision is based upon politics. That politics isn’t the politics for the future, but rather the politics for personal gain and viability. To those of us watching at home, it is painfully obvious.