Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sen Susan Collins raising money off of her Kavanaugh vote

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is up for reelection in 2020 and she is already raising money for that contest. Collins claims that her need is “immediate” which is just the start of her falsehoods. Trump is apparently contagious.

The fundraising email to conservatives is titled: Standing up for what's right:
I am proud of my decision to defend Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination and confirmation to the Supreme Court. I believe it was essential that we upheld due process, the rule of law, and stood for what was right.

Now that Justice Kavanaugh is confirmed, it has become clear that some ultra-liberal extremists will not be moving on any time soon. Their attempts to intimidate me and my Republican colleagues are becoming more common and more intense with each passing day.

The only way I can fight back and continue to be a voice of reason in Washington is with you by my side. I need your immediate support to continue serving the American people and standing up for our values in Washington.
That's right. Susan Collins is now part of the Heaven's Gate suicide cult that has gripped the Republican Party since the election of Donald Trump. Collins has stated that she doesn't believe that Kavanaugh was Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's assaulter. That is a dishonest dodge. It avoids having to accuse Dr. Ford of lying or, in the alternative, saying that Kavanaugh's conduct is irrelevant to his lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

The half-assed restricted FBI investigation was cynically designed to give Collins and others cover but the electorate knows the difference:
  • In November, 2015, Collins had an approval rating of 78% trailing only Bernie Sanders for the highest approval rating of a sitting senator.
  • In July, 2018, Collins had a 56% approval rating, with 34% disapproving according to Morning Consult.
  • According to Public Policy Polling, by August 21, following her support of Kavanaugh (more than a month before her October 6 vote), Collins' approval rating dropped to 35% with 48% disapproving.
Adding to Collins' dishonesty is the statement in the email characterizing her critics as “ultra-liberal extremists.” Furthermore, the idea that her vote afforded Kavanaugh “due process” or contributed to adherence to the “rule of law” is refried BS. Claiming that she stood up for what's right is just more self-admiring rhetoric.

The crowdfunding campaign which hinged on Collins' vote has raised more than $3 million — $3,733,391 to be precise. There  are sure as hell a great many ultra-liberal extremists.

Collins claims to be pro-choice. Maine is pro-choice. Kavanaugh is clearly anti-choice. Collins, who was once seen as a moderate independent Republican, has proven to be just another mendacious politician doing Trump's bidding.

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