This should surprise no one but Olympia Snowe:
I have direct knowledge of a conservative in Maine who is preparing to challenge Olympia Snowe. He has told me he is running but has asked me to keep things vague so as not to step on his announcement, which he plans to make early next year. He comes out of the tea-party movement and I have every reason to believe he’s serious about this.
As for Snowe, she had better be looking over her right shoulder. Last month, Public Policy Polling found that 63 percent of Maine Republicans would support “a more conservative alternative” to Snowe, while only 29 percent were committed to her.
This is why I just laughed the other day with the reports about Manchin switching to Republican. As a conservadem, he can hold Republicans and Democrats hostage for his vote. As a moderate or liberal Republican, he would be rewarded by being thrown out on his ass by a teahadist in the 2012 primary. The only question that remains is does Snowe become an Independent or Democrat before or after they throw her out of the party.