America Ready To Shower Susan Collins' Challenger With Millions Of Dollars!


Susan Collins had a chance to be a hero this week. She had a chance to save millions of Americans from having to look up at the Supreme Court and see the face of an entitled, ragey, credibly accused sexual assailant and from feeling like they've been told to "fuck off" every time they do. She had a chance to save our reproductive rights, our health care, and our country. She had a chance to do a lot of things.

Instead, she got up in front of the Senate yesterday and spent 45 minutes explaining why she wasn't going to be a hero, why she was going to go along with her party and vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. If you haven't listened to it, you can click on this link right here and do so, but unless you have a lot of free time and an extremely high tolerance for bullshit, I wouldn't bother.

Now, clearly -- Collins did this because she thinks it's the best political move for her. She sacrificed her reputation as "the reasonable one" and the lives and well-being of a pretty huge portion of this country, as well as our trust in the Supreme Court, because she thought it would help her.

But it may not turn out that way, and let's hope it doesn't. As you may know, a few weeks ago some Mainers started raising money for whoever ends up being Collins' opponent in 2020, should she refuse to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Via CrowdPac:

Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership are joining dying father, Ady Barkan, to beg Senator Collins to vote "no" on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In the next 2 weeks, right after Labor Day - the Senate will hold a confirmation vote that will define the Supreme Court's ideology for decades. It will be one of the most pivotal votes of Susan Collin's career.
"We, the People of Maine are joining Ady Barkan and thousands of others to demand that Senator Collins votes "no" on Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh" - Marie Follayttar, Co-Director of MFAL said, "We're excited to once again join with Ady to promote and amplify Maine voices."
There are two scenarios:
1. Senator Collins votes NO on Kavanaugh and you will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent.
2. Senator Collins votes YES on Kavanaugh and your pledge will go to her opponent's campaign, once that opponent has been identified.

Yesterday they were up to two million dollars. Today, they are up to three -- and counting. That is a lot of money in a short period of time! There are already a few people -- including former Obama administration National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon -- considering tossing their hats in the ring.

Yes, Susan Collins, you have made things suck for us. But we're gonna make them suck for you now, too. Hope you liked being a Senator, because you've got about a year left of that.

The one thing I will say is that I hope that those in charge of the money are also willing to give it to a left-leaning, Independent, Angus King-type candidate if that candidate has a better chance of beating Collins than the Democratic candidate does, which -- given that it is Maine we are talking about here -- could very well be the case. They are very into that there.


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The producers of your favorite live-action Jack Chick pamphlet, "God's Not Dead" -- you know, the one where the Hercules dude plays an evil philosophy professor who tells all of his students on the first day that they are no longer allowed to believe in god? As all secular professors do? -- have come out with a thrilling new movie, all about how abortion is bad or whatever.

The movie tells the "true" story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic worker turned professional anti-choicer. Johnson has been a darling of the forced birth circuit ever since she made up ridiculous and provably false reasons for quitting the Planned Parenthood that was about to fire her for being bad at her job.

Basically, she claims that Planned Parenthood was pushing her to make more abortions happen so they could reel in more dough, and also that she witnessed (for the first time ever!) an ultrasound-guided abortion and saw the baby move from the light and then immediately realized that what she was doing was wrong.

The thing is, however -- no ultrasound-guided abortions were performed on the day she said it happened, and the only reason there was an uptick in abortions at her clinic was because they started offering the abortion pill on a daily basis (and had previously only been performing surgical abortions every other Saturday).

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Ever since Ruth Bader Ginsburg successfully underwent surgery for lung cancer, conservative sites and message boards have been trafficking in a ridiculous theory that she is actually dead and that there is some kind of Weekend at Bernie's-esque conspiracy to pretend she is still alive.

Now, one would think that her recent public appearance at a concert held in her honor would have put this to rest. Alas, it did not. Rather, the "researchers" (as they hilariously call themselves) determined that the concert was actually her funeral.

No. Really. That was a thing.

I admit that I gave this a lot more thought than I should have. Like, how did they think this would go? How long did they imagine this would go on for? Why would they risk having a full on funeral concert, open to the press? Wouldn't they just have not bothered to have a funeral at all? And what did these people think was going to happen when it was announced that she died for real? Or did they think that we were going to pretend that she is immortal and thus never announce her death? It's so confusing!

Being very up to date on the "RBG is secretly dead!" nonsense, I was very curious about which way the "anons" would go with this when they announced her return to work on Friday. They did not disappoint!

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