Left turns vicious on Sen. Susan Collins

Clay Curtis
October 9, 2018

"This vote is a complete betrayal of ME voters, of the women who have called her offices, and written letters, and organized phone banks, and attended rallies, and told their very deeply painful stories to her and her staff".

On the subject of Kavanaugh, she told reporters the supplemental Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that she pushed for, along with GOP Sens.

Crowdpac tweeted that it's secured pledges for more than $3 million for Collins' future opponent.

Senator Collins delivered a almost hour-long speech during which she carefully and logically dissected the charges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh made by Christine Blasey Ford and others. Kavanaugh showed himself to be a severe partisan, and Collins, in effect, endorsed that partisanship when she voted to put him on the Supreme Court. Lisa Murkowski, an Alaska Republican who sits in the chamber next to Ms. Collins, joined the Democrats, saying Justice Kavanaugh wasn't the right person for the high court.

Today's vote for Kavanaugh was 50-48.

Then Ms. Collins took to the Senate floor Friday afternoon, in the most anticipated floor speech in years.

Democrats read the tea leaves and saw a justice committed to overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established a national right to abortion.

Donald Trump: Sex assault claims against Brett Kavanaugh 'a hoax'
Trump had originally called Ford's testimony credible but later changed his tune and mocked her for forgetting certain details. When the vote was over, hundreds of protesters massed on the Supreme Court steps, chanting, "We believe survivors".

In reply to Dickerson's question why the fact that Fold told her husband and her therapist about the assault long ago did not amount to corroboration, Collins cited Ford's failure to avail herself of the opportunity to have further interviews with bipartisan staff investigators of the Judiciary Committee. "If she had demonstrated the same commitment to the truth and came up with a different conclusion, I would still support her based on her efforts". "I mean, that is a devastating allegation", said Collins.

In the end, Collins said she found Ford's allegation of sexual assault "sincere, painful and compelling" but said that absent any corroborating evidence she could not allow that to be the basis for voting against a nominee she thought was otherwise qualified. But Republicans are aware that her position could make her vulnerable.

Before Collins announced her decision on Kavanaugh, a spokesperson told The Washington Post: "Anybody who thinks these tactics would work on Senator Collins obviously doesn't know her. Threats or other attempts to bully her will not play a factor in her decision making whatsoever".

"I do believe that she was assaulted".

As the senators voted, protesters in the Senate gallery screamed, "I do not consent", and, "shame", forcing Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the chamber, to repeatedly call for order.

Now, Halsted said, Collins' constituents are "ready to support a senator from Maine who is going to stand up for Mainers and do what's right for the country, regardless of political party-and I think people realize Susan Collins is not that senator".

Rice, however, said her "ties to ME are long and deep". "That's what I did in this case", she said. She called it "the most hard in the 22 years that I've been honored to represent the state of Maine in the Senate".

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