Senator Susan Collins Is Truly A Stooge

Collins as Stooge

(Yes, that is my own photo creation.)

Once again Maine Senator Susan Collins is proving that being inept is the only strength she possesses.  She voted to not hold Donald Trump accountable in his impeachment trial.   While many truly amazing, and even stupifying comments, were made on the floor of the Senate perhaps none was more outlandish than what came from Collins.

We are very much aware that Trump is not someone who is willing–or let me be more clear–capable–of learning about how to better conduct himself in the Oval Office.  So when Collins stated why she would not vote to punish him it underscored how delusional she continues to be about her senatorial duties.

“I believe that the president has learned from this case” is the way she framed her reasoning to a reporter before the vote, and then added to this remarkable comment on the Senate floor with “​The president has been impeached. That’s a pretty big lesson.”

Really, Senator Collins?

To add to the glibness and silliness is her comment in Maine later in the week when she put her verbal foot down stating disapproval if Trump retaliating against anyone who came forward with evidence against him.

Well, I am sure with her stern look and forceful tongue it found its way to the conscience of Trump, and like Paul in the Bible, he saw the light.  Right?

The lesson that Collins had prattled on about was never to materialize.  Just 48 hours after being acquitted by the Senate, Trump fired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his twin brother, both decorated military men.  Then Trump fired  Gordon Sondland from his post.  Both men testified before Congress during the investigation that led to Trump’s impeachment.

There is clearly a payback taking place by Trump and Co. at the White House and without a doubt, Collins is firmly pounding a fist into her other hand and saying, “bad, bad man!”

That will teach Orange Mussolini!

Democrats In Driver Seat To Stop Constitutional Crisis Caused By Trump Over Emergency Declaration

Congress will do the work of the nation in a few hours with an unprecedented effort to overturn a presidential emergency declaration. Democrats have the votes, while Republicans are working to limit defections.  Make no mistake about what this matter is all about.  This is a constitutional showdown with Donald Trump.
The Democratic-authored resolution would nullify Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Congress has never before sought to cancel a national emergency declared by the president since passage of the National Emergencies Act in 1976.
The resolution is expected to pass the House easily with unified Democratic support.  But GOP leaders were urging their members to oppose it, aiming to keep the final tally low enough to demonstrate that Congress would be unable to overturn the veto that Trump has blustered about over past days.
Democrats are in the drivers seat with the law as this is a constitutional issue since Trump used an emergency declaration to get border-wall money denied by Congress. Once the House passes it there will not be any effort made to stop in in the Senate–since that body is REQUIRED to vote on it 18 days. That is based under provisions of the National Emergencies Act.  If all Senate Democrats vote for the disapproval resolution, only four Republican votes would be needed to ensure passage, since just a simple majority vote is required.
Those fours votes will be found.  Senator Collins will be one of the four.

Does Senator Susan Collins Actually Believe What She Says?

Senator Susan Collins was interviewed a number of times this past weekend.  Her comments make me wonder how a sitting senator, who has a number of years of experience, can be so disconnected from reality?

Collins was interviewed on ABC By Martha Raddatz.

“You talked about precedent, you support abortion rights. What will you do to ensure that remains in place with the nominee?”

Collins said, “I’m going to have an in depth discussion with the nominee and I believe very much that Roe v. Wade is settled law, as it has been described by Chief Justice Roberts. It has been established as a constitutional right for 46 year — 45 years, and was reaffirmed 26 years ago.

So a nominee position, whether or not they respect precedent,will tell me a lot about whether or not they would overturn Roe v. Wade. A candidate of this import position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have. And that would indicate to me a failure to respect precedent of fundamental tenet of our judicial system.

On CNN Jake Tapper asked, “For instance, don’t you think, just as an academic matter, Neil Gorsuch, for whom you voted, don’t you think he is probably going to vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade if given the chance?”

Collins said, “I actually don’t. I had a very long discussion with Justice Gorsuch in my office, and he pointed out to me that he is a co-author of a whole book on precedent. So, someone who devotes that much time to writing a book on precedent, I think, understands how important a principle that is in our judicial system.”