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.
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.
You should definitely give some money to Susan Collins' challenger, BUT -- if you've got some left over, please donate to Wonkette also!
Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse