11/10/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
It is beginning to look like the GOP has declared open season on Mama Grizzlies- or at least one Mama Grizzly. Many Republicans are losing their willingness to stay silent about Sarah Palin, and the latest is Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins who has always been a moderate politically. New England’s Republicans have been reluctant to cater to the Tea Party because it is not a very strong movement in the region. Vermont’s Tea Party rallies have attracted around a hundred people, for instance.
Senator Collins feels that former Governor Palin cost the Republicans control of the Senate with her endorsements of Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle, Carly Fiorina, Ken Buck John Raese, and Joe Miller, among others.
Collins does not believe that Palin will run for President stating “I think she likes being a celebrity commentator for Fox and a speaker and being able to provide for her family. I think that life appeals to her. It’s a lot easier to charge people up than actually govern.”
She also stated about Palin and Republican Senator Jim DeMint “they cost us two seats we could have won,” referencing Delaware and Nevada.
Collins also believes that if Joe Miller fails to unseat Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, that her power will be weakened considerably. Collins is up for reelection in 2014. Senior Maine Senator Olympia Snowe is up for reelection in 2012, and may find herself in the crosshairs of the Tea Party movement the same way that Scott Brown is right now. Brown is also up for reelection in 2012.