Do it for America, Susan!

Susan Collins, the august, thoughtful, nice and charming and wonderful and Good-At-Scrabble GOP senator from Maine, isn't she just the best? (Go with us here, we're making a point.) Collins has a nice long history of being a maverick! And she's not up for re-election until 2020, the year we send Donald Trump packin', assuming he hasn't been impeached or died of stairs by then. Let's remember also that Sen. Collins is VERY popular! We hear she gives the best advice, makes a mean casserole, and always is there when you need a friend and boy oh boy, when they give the next award for Republican Lady Senator From Maine Of The Year, we're going to nominate her, yes we are!


Here's why:

Republican Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she's not surprised that people turned out to protest President Donald Trump's executive order in droves over the weekend. [...]

"There should never, never be a religious test for refugee status and people practicing a particular religion should not be subject to a higher burden of proof than those who adhere to another religion," she said. "And I believe it's likely unconstitutional."

Sounds just right to us! She even knows that the Muslim Syrian refugees trying to come here are victims of Radical Islamic Terrorism, also too!

And there's more:

In addition to Trump's refugee order, Collins says what she's most upset about is his decision to restructure the principals committee of the National Security Council, the senior intra agency group that considers policies affecting national security. [...]

"[Steve] Bannon...does not have the expertise that the director of National Intelligence or the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have and this is entirely inappropriate," Collins said.

And Bannon is an avowed Leninist who wants to literally destroy America, so there's that. And we all know he's the one really calling the shots in the White House anyway. Well, him and Vladimir Putin. It's not like "President" Trump is anything but thin-skinned and in over his head.

According to Maine Public Radio, Collins plans to respond to the President Bannon issue by ... writing an opinion column with Joe Lieberman. Which is ...


Well ...

OK, that's nice, but ...

Sen. Collins, Wonkette has A Idea. WE THINK you could do way more to fight these things than just sitting down with that maundering asshole Joe Lieberman and playing Mad Libs. Why, you're the senior senator from Maine, and you are a member of the president's own party! And you HATE Trump. We feel like, instead of writing columns and meekly criticizing whatever the regime says, you could instead pal around with Joe Lieberman's buddies in the Senate, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, and the three of you could become WARRIORS and go down in history as the Three Republicans Who Voted With The Democrats During The Trump Disaster And Thus Saved America! You would be superheroes with AARP cards and little children would dress up as you for Halloween! (In a good way, like you are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, not a bad way, like you are a witch.)

Look, none of you have anything to lose. As we noted, you are not up for re-election until 2020, and what is Maine going to do, primary you from the right? Pffffft fuck that. Sen. McCain was just re-elected and is not running again, due to how he is so old his Werther's Originals smell like moth balls. Lindsey Graham these days is pretty much LONG HAIR DON'T CARE, NOW HOLD MY WHISKEY SOUR when it comes to "President" Trump.

And, Sen. Collins, when you get old (you are only 64, you spring chicken!), you can tell all your friends at the Old Lady Senators' Home about how the only reason America still exists is because YOU WERE BORN and decided to do the right thing when your country called on you.

So get up, Susan Collins, put your fightin' pants on, and go beat some ass, OK? You're already doing good -- nice job criticizing the White House's Holocaust statement! -- and Wonkette will be here with you every step of the way, WE PROMISE.

(Until you do something dumb, at which point we make saucy jokes about you and call you a dick, but come on, we're trying here.)

[Maine Public Radio]

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Arkansas Republican Senator and evil Pinocchio turned into a real live boy Tom Cotton appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" to discuss the attacks on oil tankers on the Gulf of Oman. And while the world is still trying to confirm IF Iran perpetrated the attacks due to conflicting accounts (the US says it was Iran with mines; the Japanese shipping operator says it was a “flying object"), that hasn't stopped GOP politicians like Cotton from trying to turn this into the justification they've been looking for, for great good glorious WAR.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You have long been defined as a hawk on Iran. You see these recent attacks, these are commercial vessels not military installations. What kind of response is warranted?

: Well Iran for 40 years has engaged in this kind of attacks going back to the 1980s. In fact Ronald Reagan had to reflag a lot of vessels going through the Persian Gulf and ultimately take military action against Iran in 1988. These unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike.

: Are you- you're comparing the tanker war in the '80s to now and saying that that's the kind of military response you want to see?

COTTON: We can make a military wreck- response in a time and in a manner of our choosing. But yes, unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The goddamn “Tanker Wars"?! Oh ... you mean when, during the Iraq-Iran War, we waited until Kuwait formally asked for our assistance to escort Saddam Hussein's oil? When Reagan, without approval from Congress, reflagged Kuwaiti vessels? When Reagan got us involved in the Iraq-Iran War leading to a daylong naval battle between Iran and the US, known as Operation Praying Mantis? The conflict we jumped into that led to our mistaking an Iran Air commercial jetliner for an Iranian F-14, shooting it down and killing all 290 people onboard, including 66 children? That's what you want to repeat, Tom Cotton?! Also, whatever happened to our ally, Saddam Hussein?

They say that those who don't learn from history repeat it. Tom Cotton is here to prove Republicans never learn. Watch the video below for yourself:

Cotton says "unprovoked attacks to oil profits" from Iran "warrant a retaliatory military strike"

While Tom Cotton was justifying a war with Iran on CBS, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was having a surprisingly harder time on “Fox News Sunday" than he did on CBS when he transparently insinuated what the Trump administration really cares about with Iran ( "Texas Tea").

Pompeo: Trump doesn't war with Iran but will "defend American OIL interests"

Seems Pompeo was upset that his “beating the drums of war" shtick was being interrupted to have to answer about Trump admitting (more like bragging) it was okay to take foreign assistance (and then walking it back when all the killjoys said it was illegal). After playing the ABC News clip, Chris Wallace asked a very pointed yet direct question. Pompeo's answer, however, was far from both:

WALLACE: Is accepting oppo research from a foreign government right or wrong?

POMPEO: Chris, you know you asked me not to call any of your questions today ridiculous ... You came really close right there. (awkward giggle) President Trump has been very clear. He ... he clarified his remarks later. He ... he made it very clear. Even in his first comment. He said "I'd do both." He said he'd call the FBI ...

WALLACE: He said "Maybe I'd do both."

POMPEO: President Trump has been very clear. That he will always make sure that he gets it right for the American people and I'm confident he'll do that here as well.

It was at this moment Pompeo thought he was golden because he's on Fox News and they never follow up! But clearly he forgot Chris Wallace doesn't play like that.

WALLACE: At the risk of getting your ire, the President told "Fox and Friends" on Friday, and I agree, he kind of walked it back...

POMPEO: He didn't walk it back.

: Yes, he did. Because he said "maybe" on Thursday. And then on Friday, on "Fox and Friends," he said "he'd listen first AND then if the information was bad that he would take it to the FBI or the Attorney General." But he also made it clear to George Stephanopolous that he did not see this as "foreign interference." And I want to play a clip of the President's own words ...

Then Wallace played ANOTHER clip of Trump's idiotic words back to Pompeo. Then he asks Pompeo one more time:

WALLACE: He says "it's not interference, it's information." The country, sir, and I don't need to tell you, has a long history dating back to George Washington in saying that foreign interference in our elections is unacceptable. POMPEO: Chris, President Trump believes that too. I have nothing further to add. I came on to talk about foreign policy and I think that's the third time you've asked me about a Washington ... piece of ... silliness. That's just, that's just a story that's inconsistent with what I've seen from President Trump do every single day.

After an awkward pause and visible anger in Pompeo's face (really, do watch), Chris Wallace calls it a day ... but remembers to remind Pompeo he's a thin-skinned baby:

WALLACE: I will leave it there. I think I only asked you twice but that's alright Mr. Secretary. Thank you. Thanks for your time and Happy Father's Day, sir.

Watch the video below for yourself.

And that's all for this week in Trump's collusion and "wag the dog"/Saudi oil interest war chants. So let's end with a couple of pictures of my new puppy, Harley Quinn!

Might as well have one last nice thing before our next war or stolen election. Have a week!

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