Here’s an easy two-part checklist to size up a politician’s ethical standard:
· Is she applying her energies to governing (rather than just to getting elected)?
· Is she following Niebuhr’s call for temper and integrity in the fight?
I don’t know where Snowe is going to come out on subsequent votes on health care reform—neither does she. But she gets three cheers for her justification for yesterday’s yes vote in committee:
"When history calls, history calls. And I happen to think that the consequences of inaction dictate the urgency of Congress to take every opportunity to demonstrate its capacity to solve the monumental issues of our time," Snowe said after her vote Tuesday.