As Olympia Snowe launches her 2008 campaign for the Senate, support for her is strong. “‘She is an extremely formidable candidate,’ said L. Sandy Maisel, a Democrat and political scientist at Colby College. ‘I can’t see Democrats really going after her and investing a great deal of resources in this race if it can’t happen,’ said Maisel, predicting the party would instead target more vulnerable Republicans such as U.S. Sens. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.”