This is nice way to lead into a story that's pretty much about how a Republican senator voted against what her party wanted her to do.
But does she really deserve the moniker of "maverick" for one vote? Or should we still give it to her because she's voted against her party's wishes several times over the past few years?
When John McCain trotted out the word "maverick," I always thought it was more than occasionally voting different from the way your party expects. It's a broad word that, to me, combines hard working, unconventional and outside the norm. If there were a picture to go along with the definition, I'd have it be MacGyver. Now that guy, he was a maverick.
Olympia Snowe? Maybe not so much. Come back when you've made a health care bill out of duct tape, some old chewing gum and a paperclip.