Susan Collins on CNN this morning: “I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant. I do believe that she was assaulted. I don’t know by whom, and I’m not certain when, but I do not believe he was the assailant”
— andrew kaczynski🧐 (@KFILE) October 7, 2018
Courtesy of Vox:
Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, an important swing vote on Kavanaugh who ultimately supported him, said in an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union aired on Sunday that she found Ford’s testimony to be “heart-wrenching, painful, compelling.” adding, “I believe that she believes what she testified to.”
Collins, however, did not.
“But we also had a case where Judge Kavanaugh came forward and said ‘I’m 100 percent certain that this did not happen,’” Collins told CNN’s Dana Bash. “So here you have two people, who are each 100 percent certain of what they’re saying, under pain of perjury, so then I had to look at the other evidence, and was there corroborating evidence, and that’s why I pushed hard for the FBI to do a supplemental background investigation.”
When asked directly by Bash whether it’s possible Kavanaugh had assaulted Ford, Collins was more direct. “I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant,” she said. “I do believe she was assaulted. I don’t know by whom. And I’m not certain when.”
And that my friends is what it looks like to commit political suicide.
Keep in mind that the White House made damn sure that Ford’s testimony was not corroborated, now any other woman’s accusation taken into account, by limiting the scope of the investigation.
That obstruction allowed Collins to feel that she can get away with a statement like the one above.
But she can’t.
Courtesy of The Cut:
Back in August activist Ady Barkan, the Maine People’s Alliance, and the Mainers for Accountable Leadership launched a crowdsourcing page on the website Crowdpac.com. The purpose of the page, called “Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent,” was to encourage Collins to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation — if she did, people who pledged money to the campaign would not be charged; if she didn’t, the money would all go to whoever ran as her Democratic opponent in 2020. The recommended pledge is $20.20.
(In a statement to Newsmax shortly after the page launched, Collins said the action was the equivalent of a bribe. A spokesperson for Crowdpac told Vox the site had been thoroughly vetted and approved by the Federal Elections Commission.)
The page raised over a million dollars in a month, receiving support from celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Alyssa Milano, and Debra Messing, but it was so overwhelmed with traffic during Collins’s speech on Friday that the whole site crashed. In a statement, Crowdpac CEO Gisel Kordestani wrote that their site received 90 times the average amount of traffic they see hourly, and that it overwhelmed their servers. The site was back up a couple of hours later.
As of Friday afternoon, the campaign has received over $2 million in donations from over 700,000 people.
So let’s see what happens in 202.
My money says that whoever challenges Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski never even mentions Brett Kavanaugh, but that the Democrat who beats Susan Collins peppers his name throughout their political advertisements.