Ladies and gentlemen, the Blunt Amendment could get a Senate vote this week. You remember the Blunt Amendment? The one that would let your boss refuse to pay for any health care coverage that conflicts with his "religious beliefs or moral convictions"? Because that's what religious freedom is all about, right -- the freedom to impose your religious beliefs on other people, to the point that they don't actually have any religious freedom of their own? And never mind that America is full of people whose ancestors fled real religious persecution; the rich simply must have the right to run roughshod over other people's religious beliefs, because by golly if we don't convert everyone to the most rigid and hateful version of Christianity imaginable, God will send us all to hell! Please, good peoples, pimp-slap the Blunt amendment before it's too late.
Meanwhile, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) abruptly announced yesterday that she would not be seeking re-election in 2012. The filing deadline is only two weeks away, so I suspect Mrs. Snowe screwed the Republicans hard and good, and it's not like they didn't have it coming. But I don't mourn her exit, because she's voted pretty much in lockstep with the Republican leadership during Mr. Obama's term, usually only "bucking the party" after weakening bills as the price for her support. Even if frustration with that stratagem led to her retirement, she'd have done better to trash it and actually be a moderate, in an age that defines "conservative" and "liberal" solely in terms of whatever right-wing rageheads are mad about today. But Margaret Chase Smith she's not.