Reprinted with permission from DailyKos.
Congratulations, Sen. Susan Collins! You’ve become a national figure! Unfortunately for you, it’s as a laughingstock.
First she appeared in a Saturday Night Live skit and then in a Stephen Colbert monologue, in which he described her as “the senator who has most successfully talked herself into believing that she believes in something.”
Proving Colbert’s point, Collins went on WMTW, Portland’s ABC affiliate, to say she “did what I felt was right” in her votes in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, and that this was an even more consequential vote than the one on putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court because “removing a president from office” is “overturning an election and preventing the president from appearing in the ballot this fall.” About this fall, and if she’ll vote for Trump this time around? “You know, I’m not going to discuss presidential politics at a time like this.” A time like this being before the filing deadline for Maine’s primary. She already made her decision clear, however, in the only vote that really counts—on Trump’s impeachment.
She’s still trying to convince Mainers that she’ll vote to “curb the president’s powers.” She left out the part about needing to have Mitch McConnell’s permission to cast those votes. She also said that she would disapprove of retribution by Trump against anyone who testified. She will tell every reporter she can talk to that she is very concerned when Trump fires Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council after he testified in House impeachment hearings, or when Attorney General Bill Barr starts investigating House Democratic leadership.
She told Maine reporters after a Friday meeting of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association that she wished there had been witnesses in the Senate trial, proving that her wishes are about as effective as her hopes.