Thoughts on Snowe
Former House Speaker Edwin Snowe has been on a downward slide in the media in the last few weeks, with his ouster from the Speakership, and his questioning in the embezzlement scandal at the national petroleum company. But it's remarkable how many groups and individuals still come out to support him on an almost daily basis, paying for newspaper space, making his case in speeches, etc. It just goes to show how far the patronage networks can reach, and how hard they are to break, once established. In the West, a figure with this much mud on him would be a political untouchable by now.