Reacting to Sen. Olympia Snowe's, R-Maine, decision not to seek reelection, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said his colleague "will be missed" in the Senate. But Snowe's retirement also means Hatch will be missing one of the arguments he's been making on the campaign trail for his own reelection bid. The Salt Lake Tribune:
But the argument may lose whatever resonance it once had without the threat of Snowe taking over. None of the other Republicans on the committee can be painted with the same moderate brush.
For his part, Hatch's main challenger from the right, state Sen. Dan Liljenquist is already using the Snowe news to his advantage.
"I think Olympia Snowe recognizes we need a new generation of leaders in this country," Liljenquist said. "The United States Senate is and always has been larger than one person."