One of the pivotal people in the vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh is Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). Democrats had concentrated a lot on trying to sway her, with everything from bribes to threats, sending her 3000 coat hangers and even a cut-out of a giant penis. Reportedly her office has received a lot of threats, including sexually harassing threats.
She was regarded as a possible swing vote on the nomination, to begin with. And she had seemed satisfied with Kavanaugh’s assurances that he regarded Roe v. Wade as precedent.
She was infuriated that liberals had raised over a million dollars to give to her opponent if she voted for Kavanaugh and that they would not take the donations if she voted against Kavanaugh. Collins said she viewed that as an attempt to bribe her.
So her reaction to the allegations against Kavanaugh would be incredibly important.
But when the New York Times inquired what she thought in the wake of the allegations, she was disturbed at what she saw as the Democratic machinations behind them.
However, reached by The New York Times about the allegations, she seemed to be wary of the politicization of it all, with The Times noting that Collins said “Democrats had done a disservice to both Ms. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh with their handling of the accusations.
“What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge,” Collins told the paper.
“If they believed Professor Ford, why didn’t they surface this information earlier so that he could be questioned about it? And if they didn’t believe her and chose to withhold the information, why did they decide at the 11th hour to release it?
“It is really not fair to either of them the way it is was handled.”
Exactly. In other words, she sees the Democrats using the allegations for political purposes.
And now add to that that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) refused to help set up calls with the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. And then that Ford herself refused to talk with committee staffers or testify publicly or privately, demanding an FBI investigation first.
It wasn’t “rushed” or “too soon” to tell her story in the letter to Feinstein, to the Washington Post, even to Ronan Farrow.
But now she’s reluctant to tell the committee under oath?
The reaction from those who had been willing to hear from her, who have said let’s delay the vote to do so, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), is now if she doesn’t want to testify, let’s move ahead with the vote.
One has to imagine that will have some further impact on Collins as well.