Friday Morning Quarterback: BMD = Bull Moose Democrats?

Item: Sen. Olympia Snowe tells CNBC's John Harwood that the Republican has changed.

QB: Snowe really does want to sign onto health care reform; like Sandra Day O'Connor's power over the Rehnquist Court, Snowe is, at times, basically the only senator who really matters. The Snowe Senate. A party one of one.

Item: Valerie Jarrett says that "there won't be a dry eye in the room" when Michelle Obama makes the case for Chicago to get the Olympics in 2016.

QB: Not sure that the IOC is that receptive to tearful approaches... does this mean that the presentation will be chock full of American dogs, ponies and babies?

Item: A law requiring Indiana voters to show a photo ID before they vote has been ruled unconstitutional by the state supreme court.

QB: This may well be the second major election law case that the Supreme Court will decide this session. But the decision was narrow enough to give the state legislature enough latitude to fix it.

Item: Mike Pence tweets: "If you're going to be at the Values Voters Summit this morning, I'd love to meet you after I speak around 9."

QB: You dog, you!

Item: Gov. Tim Pawlenty's home newspaper notices that he's "working hard to attract the attention of conservatives."

QB: Pawlenty is a conservative, but he's been tagged with a - gasp! -- media-friendly "moderate" label.  BTW: Pawlenty will soon set up a national PAC.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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