Donate

Susan Collins Pretends To Be Stupid, Again

Culture

Susan Collins, the Republican senator from Maine, was the last, best hope for keeping Brett Kavanaugh's pasty ass off the Supreme Court. The Republicans have a razor-thin majority, and if Two-Cluck Chuck Schumer prevented any Democrat defections (a tough battle with red state Dems wavering), all we'd need was one so-called "pro-choice Republican" to prevent a known anti-choice judge from helping overturn Roe v. Wade.

Unlike Lisa Murkowski, who represents the land of moose and dangerous catches, Collins is from Maine. Voting "no" on Federalist Society poster boy Kavanaugh isn't a tough sell to her constituents. Although Collins never came out and said she'd oppose Kavanaugh, she did claim on national TV and all that she couldn't support a nominee who was "hostile to abortion rights," which sapient individuals would conclude Kavanaugh is because of words he's said with other people around. (I often boast that I'm a "love machine" but only in the privacy of my shower so that won't hold up in court.) Also, Trump promised to nominate pro-forced-birth judges. He's a liar, sure, but it's safe to take him at his word on this one.

So, Sue is on our side, right? Wrong. If you believe that, you're as naive and gullible as Collins only pretends to be so she can keep getting elected in a blue state.


Look closely and you'll see the "Yes for Brett!" T-shirt she's wearing underneath her blazer. That's how bad things look for us. If you had trouble following Collins with all the backpedaling she was doing, she's basically staking American women's reproductive freedom on Kavanaugh's clever invocation of Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts described Roe at his own confirmation hearings as "settled law," but Dylan Scott wrote a piece back in July about "pro-choice crusader" Roberts that Collins might want to read before buying Kavanaugh's free-range magic beans.

Though all justices try to give a politically palatable version of their answer, Roberts was remarkably difficult to pin down on abortion rights during his Senate confirmation hearings. "There's nothing in my personal views based on faith or other sources that would prevent me from applying the precedents of the Court faithfully," he told the senators back in 2005.

To understand what he thinks, we have to look back further: As a federal attorney in Republican administrations, Roberts helped craft briefs that said Roe had been wrongly decided and should be overturned. While the chief justice is widely said to be deferential to existing precedents — that was the crux of his statements on Roe before the Senate — he has also in his opinions helped to roll back existing case law.

Lastly, Roberts is said to be mindful of the Court's institutional reputation. That may be one reason for the chief justice to avoid overturning Roe all at once. But he should have plenty of opportunities to chip away at abortion rights until there is little left, a playbook that he's very recently deployed on other high-stakes issues.

The guy who helped gut the Voting Rights Act, which arguably is in large part why we have President Yam Treason, will probably be down with reducing Roe to a shell of its former self. Collins does understand that Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh hopes to replace, was the Supreme Court's "swing vote" -- not reliably conservative Roberts? So, it's an obvious concern that Kavanaugh doesn't reference Kennedy when discussing abortion rights. Does Collins think we're going to go in with her on Kavanaugh's exciting "magic bean" investment opportunity?

A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday showed that 49 percent of Maine did not think Collins should vote to confirm Kavanaugh, and it's 53 percent if Kavanaugh helps overturn Roe. I imagine that Tuesday's meeting with Kavanaugh was designed to give Collins cover: She listened to her constituents and asked the tough questions of Kavanaugh and is now "assured" that he's not going to touch Roe. That's all BS, but Collins isn't defending her seat until 2020, so she's got some time to improve her current 35 percent approval rating. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn't Schumer, and the Supreme Court isn't the skinny health care repeal. He'll cut Collins off at her ankles if she doesn't fall in line behind Kavanaugh. She could face a primary challenge and see her campaign contributions dry up. She's afraid, and she's hoping we'll her off the hook.

There have been 1,193 restrictions to abortion in the 45 years since Roe became law, and anti-choice group Americans United For Unborn Life has in just the past seven years worked to help pass a third of them. Like Collins, they were also reassured by Kavanaugh's jive, but they actually have reason to be.

There's still time to call Collins and push for her to vote "no" on Kavanaugh. Even if you don't live in Maine, which is a pity especially this time of year, pick up the phone, shoot an email, and most importantly, don't forget what happens when 2020 comes around.

Follow SER on Twitter

There's a new tip jar in town! Hit it below, to support the ad-free Wonkette experience, or click this link to make it monthly!

Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Seattle. However, he's more reliable for food and drink recommendations in Portland, where he spends a lot of time for theatre work.

$
Donate with CC

We know a few things about Donald Trump for 100% certain.

One is that his brain is broken. There are a million examples, but here's one, from this afternoon:

MICHAEL. FLYNN. PLEADED. GUILTY. TO. LYING. TO. THE. FBI!

A judge is not "looking into that situation," you fucking moron!

OK let us not get distracted, as that is not the point of this post.

Another thing we know about Donald Trump is that he sniffs A LOT. During all the debates, he sniffed. During lots of his Hitler rally speeches, he sniffs. When he's on foreign soil, he sniffs. When he's hunkered athwart his golden toilet Makin' Twitters, we assume he sniffs.

Keep reading... Show less
$
Donate with CC
My idiot brother used to get that face during rants

Kentucky's Extra-Crispy wingnut governor Matt Bevin sure knows how to pick a fight. A few years back, during his failed bid to primary Mitch "Top Turtle" McConnell, Bevin explained how "chicken boxing" was a benign pastime that even the founding fathers enjoyed, and also a great big states' rights issue. Once in office, he was, predictably, a reliable supporter of stupid ideas, like spending a lot of money to ramp up a "work requirements" bureaucracy to make sure fewer people received Medicaid, thus spending more but claiming he'd "saved" money. He also claimed this year that striking teachers probably caused an invisible wave of child rape and death, because kids weren't in school. No, of course there wasn't any such result, but hey, it's OK, Bevin eventually not-pologized.

Bevin's other specialty is trying to drum up a good culture-war panic, like that time in 2016 when he predicted there'd be bloodshed if Hillary Clinton were elected, because sane governors predict civil war all the time. That desire to warn of impending calamity seems to be behind Bevin's latest idiocy, a Twitter rant yesterday in response to national investigative nonprofit ProPublica's decision to partner with the Louisville Courier-Journal for coverage of state government. So it only makes sense Bevin would lose his shit over the fact that one of the many sources of funding for ProPublica is George Soros's Open Society Foundation. How dare those monsters bring their radical leftist "reporting" to the Commonwealth of Kentucky!

Keep reading... Show less
$
Donate with CC
Donate

How often would you like to donate?

Select an amount (USD)

Newsletter

©2018 by Commie Girl Industries, Inc