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Anti-Susan Collins Campaign Raises $2 Million, Crashes During Kavanaugh Speech
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=37115"><span class="small">Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone</span></a>   
Saturday, 06 October 2018 08:32

Stuart writes: "Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) extinguished any lingering hopes that she might cast the deciding vote against Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon. As she delivered her lengthy speech on the Senate floor, a crowd-funding site created to fund a Democratic challenge to Collins in 2020 crashed."

Senator Susan Collins speaks to reporters after announcing her support for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, October 5, 2018. (photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)
Senator Susan Collins speaks to reporters after announcing her support for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, October 5, 2018. (photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters)


Anti-Susan Collins Campaign Raises $2 Million, Crashes During Kavanaugh Speech

By Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone

06 October 18


Many are already throwing their hats in the ring to take the Maine senator’s job in 2020

en. Susan Collins (R-ME) extinguished any lingering hopes that she might cast the deciding vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon. As she delivered her lengthy speech on the Senate floor, a crowd-funding site created to fund a Democratic challenge to Collins in 2020 crashed.

“This entire process was up to Collins,” says Amy Halsted, co-director of Maine People’s Alliance, which launched the campaign. “And today she did the wrong thing.”

The Crowdpac campaign, which the progressive grassroots organization started with the express purpose of swaying Collins’ vote on the Kavanaugh nomination, had raised more than $2 million before Collins’ speech.

Halsted was listening to Collins on the radio while picking her children up from school. She hadn’t heard, when contacted by Rolling Stone, that the site had crashed under the weight of requests, but she says, “it doesn’t surprise me that the website is crashing because people are mad.”

“This vote is a complete betrayal of Maine voters, of the women who have called her offices, and written letters and organized phone banks and attended rallies and told their very deeply painful stories to her and her staff. I think it’s the end of whatever legacy she has worked so hard to achieve as a moderate,” Halsted ssays. “I don’t think Mainers will forget this vote.”

Collins won reelection in Maine with 67 percent of the vote in 2014, but her home state support has dropped in recent months. A Suffolk University poll in early August found that less than 50 percent of respondents had a favorable opinion of the Republican senator, and a Public Policy Polling survey conducted just this week found that more than half of Maine voters thought Kavanaugh’s nomination should be rejected, and 49 percent said they would be less likely to support Collins if she voted to confirm.

Voters, Halsted said, “are ready to support a senator from Maine who is going to stand up for Mainers and do what’s right for the country, regardless of political party — and I think people realize Susan Collins is not that senator.”

Who that senator is remains to be seen. Maine People’s Alliance doesn’t have a candidate in mind — the money will go to whomever the Democratic challenger ultimately is. On Friday, multiple names were already circulating. Among the suggestions: former Marine and current Congressional candidate Jared Golden, sitting Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, who has a house in the state. Former UN ambassador Susan Rice went ahead and threw her hat in the ring.

Collins has dismissed the crowd-funding campaign, calling it a “bribe,” and insisting she wouldn’t give in to “quid pro quo fundraising.”

To that, Halsted replies: “Her campaign takes huge corporate donations from special interest groups, so I think that tens of thousands of people pooling small donations, many of just $20, to indicate how passionately they feel about her stance on this vote that could change the course of history feels like democracy to me, not bribery.”

Kavanaugh is expected to be confirmed by the Senate on Saturday.

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+65 # wrknight 2018-10-06 09:41
"I believe in the presumption of innocence. As an American, a lawyer, and a black woman, I believe it is perhaps the most important principle in our criminal justice system — a last bulwark against the structural momentum that incentivizes convictions over justice and minimizes the value of some lives under the pretext of protecting others."

It appears that Susan Collins doesn't understand the difference between the criminal justice system and the system for selecting people for public office. The process for convicting a person of a crime is not the same as the process for elevating a person to high office. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty is totally appropriate for deciding whether to imprison or execute those accused of crimes, but it is not appropriate for selecting public officials. Nor is the the burden of proof the same for one as it is the other.

If Susan Collins is so stupid that she doesn't understand that the two different processes call for different standards, then she is not fit to represent anyone.
 
 
+30 # franpryor 2018-10-06 11:44
You are so right. Hillary Clinton has been maligned since the day she submitted a health care plan when Bill was president. She has been called a Socialist and many other things without foundation. I am still waiting to hear what her crimes were, whereas half of our Congress is just a rubber stamp to McConnell and he is only interested in self promotion. Too many of these politicians are well past the sell-by date and would starve if they had to find employment in the real world. How many of them were there to eviscerate Anita Hill who used the same tactics on Dr. Ford. They accepted a one-sided FBI report - like asking a room full of first graders "Who wants chocolate ice cream for lunch?" Nobody asked the parents.
 
 
+3 # dquandle 2018-10-07 17:47
Clinton's "healthcare" plan was an abomination whose sole purpose was to insure obscene profits for the Insurance, Pharma , and Big Med industries, and to prevent a single payer, tax funded system, where everyone gets the healthcare they need when they need it automatically, just like they have in a civilized nation, from ever arising.

Instead we got Romney/Hertiage -Foundation/Oba macare, another abomination with exactly the same modus operandi, this time supported by arch-conservati ve "justice" John Roberts, who knew damned well that more profits could be extracted by forcing people to buy horsesh!t "insurance products" than again by running the "risk" to crony, corporate, bipartisan, extortionist capitalism, of single payer. The same John Roberts whom vile, corrupt "Democratic" senators supported in droves, along with Alito, the Roberts who in return gave them Citizens United, the be all and end all of anti-democracy legislation, according to them. The same f-ing "Democrats" who somehow couldn't mobilize sufficiently beforehand, to preventive ascension of the Kavanaugh boof-and-rape court, because he was always seen as good for business, and the "Democrats" had already successfully
lived down rape allegations regarding Clinton, and had given sex-abuser Clarence Thomas, Biden's yellow brick road to the court. So they had ample "Democratic" precedent for allowing this monstrosity to occur.
 
 
+1 # GreenBee 2018-10-09 06:03
And is she stupid enough to believe BKs private comments to her when he perjured himself in the Ford hearing and previous ones? And why did the GOP leadership refuse to turn over the vast majority of documents relating to BKs previous government service? What were they trying to hide from her and the American public?
 
 
+45 # suzyskier 2018-10-06 10:03
She’s just wish washy and doesn’t stand up for anything! I’m sure she was pressured to death by McConnell, Grassley, Graham, Trump, Hatch etc but still she’s weak. She should never be re. elected! She’s a traitor!
 
 
+39 # wilhelmscream 2018-10-06 10:21
That was your last chance. Susan Rice all the way. No more Republicans EVER!!
 
 
+3 # dquandle 2018-10-07 18:00
Rice, who's claim to fame was "supporting" women by organizing
humanitarian bombing raids of their countries, shredding them and their children, orchestrated along with Samantha Power; who with Hillary pushed for bombing and drones in Libya, and the anal rape and brutal murder of Gaddafi, so that Hillary could then turn Libya over to ISIS and her joyful women-beheading pals ion Saudi Arabia.

http://archive.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/03/27/samantha_power/

"Obama's "...new wave of “humanitarian interventionist s,” such as Samantha Power, Michael Ignatieff and Susan Rice, who naively see in the U.S. military a vehicle to create a better world. They know little of the reality of war or the actual inner workings of empire. They harbor a childish belief in the innate goodness and ultimate beneficence of American power. The deaths of hundreds
of thousands of innocents, the horrendous suffering and violent terror inflicted in the name of their utopian goals in Iraq and Afghanistan, barely register on their moral calculus."

from:
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2013/06/05/white-house-shakeup-susan-rice-national-security-advisor-samantha-power-un

Rice, like Hillary, Albright, and Power is a sadistic war criminal, who only differs in trivialities of plumbing, from her equally despicable and heinous male counterparts, Bush/Cheney/Oba ma/Clinton/Kiss inger/Bolton et. etc. etc.
 
 
+36 # franpryor 2018-10-06 11:06
Huge corporations don't vote. Susan Collins is long past her prime in the Senate and should retire gracefully. These "too long at the fair" politicians begin to think of themselves as royalty. She knew all along what her vote would be, but wallowed in the attention her supposed indecision brought her. Nobody would jeopardize her career, her family and her reputation without a valid reason yet Collins skewered her story as unbelievable and chose to believe the person who has had drinking and gambling problems and only a nodding acquaintance with truth. His display of temper and expression of outright partisanship along with the deliberate misstatements and evasions should be enough to disqualify him but I guess she knows where the money comes from
 
 
+1 # randrjwr 2018-10-08 15:03
"Huge corporations don't vote."......... ..."but I guess she knows where the money comes from"

Don't we have a contradiction here? We all know where the money (most of it, anyway) comes from, and that money certainly translates to votes favorable to the sources. In my view, that means that corporations do, indeed, vote, and always against the people and for profit.
 
 
+27 # hectormaria 2018-10-06 11:23
What about that *&^%* Manchin. I prefer to lose with my head held high than help a *&^%* like him get elected so he can continue to screw the party's progressive agenda. Winning isn't everything: 'Profiles in Courage' are more important to the country than political expediency votes. Still, we will survive this rape of democracy.
 
 
+14 # franpryor 2018-10-06 14:04
Sadly, most of them value their re-election higher than doing the right thing. The Senate will not be changed one iota without his presence. We need new, young blood in our Congress. The world is changing too fast and we need people who are part of it. These people don't believe in global warming or that plastic is killing the oceans. They have the post-WWII mentality that life is all about how much money you can make.
 
 
+6 # librarian1984 2018-10-07 09:39
And Nancy Pelosi has already said she won't pursue impeachment against Kavanaugh. Seems a little early to be waving the white flag, but maybe not if you're old and tired.

Go take a nap, Nancy! Just don't do it in the House. Go home. Have a nice retirement. Go to Italy. Please.

Corrupt DINOs like Pelosi, Hoyer, Schumer, Biden -- have got to go. This is not their party anymore. It's time for a battle between progressives and the Third Way jerks without deathgripped cryptkeepers in the way.

Ocasio-Cortez + Gabbard + Bernie vs Sinsema (?) from AZ + Kamala + Booker

Btw, Pelosi gave blue dogs like Manchin extra control and money for this cycle. She gave ZERO to progressives, who won at least 43% of the primary votes. What %-age did blue gogs win? Zero.
 
 
+2 # dquandle 2018-10-07 18:06
Pelosi is not old and tired, just corrupt, greedy, sadistic, and vicious.

She has plenty of spunk when it comes to gutting social security, wrecking single payer,(cuz by god, we're capitalist), stealing $717,000,000,00 0 from American taxpayers to dump into the the John McGoon memorial eternal war maw (cuz again, by god , we're capitalist), or funding massive bombing campaigns on foreign nations filled with dirt-poor, expendable brown people.
 
 
-3 # dquandle 2018-10-07 18:36
Better put Kamala Harris and Cory Booker on your list of staggeringly corrupt "Democratic"pie ces of excrement.

"Though it is still important for Democrats to vocalize their opposition to Trump’s nominees, Kamala Harris’ indiscretions at California Attorney General have exposed an embarrassing case of corruption at the start of her career in the senate.

Coincidentally, before Harris passed on the opportunity to file action against OneWest Bank, one of its owners, prolific Democratic Party donor George Soros was pouring money into California for California Criminal Policy Initiatives."

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/25/dem-senator-received-donations-before-and-after-failing-to-prosecute-trump-nominees-bank/

she also seems to like slave labor:
"Then California attorney general Kamala Harris, now a US Senator, was behind the effort to keep the “cheap” firefighters behind bars,

Prison reform advocates have raised concerns that the state is so reliant on the cheap labor of inmate firefighters that policymakers may be slow to adopt prison reforms as a result. The concern was magnified last fall, when lawyers for state Attorney General Kamala Harris argued that extending an early prison-release program to “all minimum custody inmates at this time would severely impact fire camp participation"

and Booker, this utterly demolishes any "bona fides" that might accrue to him:

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/01/27/st-cory-booker-an-interview-with-glen-ford/
 
 
+18 # kath 2018-10-06 12:28
Susan Collins is not now and never has been a "moderate." The mantra for watching all politicians is: "Talk is cheap; votes matter" (see Flake, Jeff). Collins' talk is cheaper than most.
 
 
+26 # laborequalswealth 2018-10-06 13:46
"Collins has dismissed the crowd-funding campaign, calling it a “bribe,” and insisting she wouldn’t give in to “quid pro quo fundraising.”

Millions from the plutocracy = campaign donations.

Millions from the people = bribery

That comment alone should be enough to vote her out of office.

What contempt for "the people".
 
 
+7 # librarian1984 2018-10-07 09:43
Good comment.

And Grassley is whining about 'mob rule'.

They really don't like Democracy.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2018-10-09 19:27
But, they really love mobs, Republican mobs, that is!
 
 
+14 # BetaTheta 2018-10-06 14:26
Collins has her fingers in her ears, muttering La-la-la-la while her party sinks into the slime around her. She may fancy herself the modern incarnation of Margaret Chase Smith, but if she had an ounce of integrity, she would have years ago declared herself an independent like fellow New Englanders Bernie Sanders, Angus King and Jim Jeffords. No one can any longer pretend that the party of Lincoln or even Smith still exists.
 
 
+22 # librarian1984 2018-10-06 14:54
Susan Collins: "I believe Dr. Ford was assaulted. I do not believe it was Brett Kavanaugh who assaulted her."

Whatever helps you sleep, Senator. But the next time you start your little song & dance, pretending to be openminded, forgive me if I don't buy it for one damed second.
 
 
+17 # lfeuille 2018-10-06 18:44
I suspect she was bribed. I can't think of another reason for he to go against her own constituents. I don't think they should wait. I think she should be recalled.
 
 
+7 # Glen 2018-10-07 06:51
As it happens, the Koch brothers appear to be funding her. She has backing. That was the information I was told yesterday, so if it turns out to be the case, we might say she has her own agenda and doesn't care about citizens any more than Trump et al.
 
 
+3 # Jim Young 2018-10-07 23:45
I'd like to know if she would have voted for Merrick Garland (or found any credible excuse for not confirming him, if he had been given a hearing
 
 
+6 # dquandle 2018-10-07 18:09
She couldn't care less about her own constituents, just like the thoroughly bipartisan chorus of congress parasites couldn't are less about THEIR f-ing constituents.
 
 
+2 # dquandle 2018-10-07 18:22
Thats the same Jen Psaki twitting above, wanting us to vote for war criminal Susan Rice, Psaki who happily ushered Nazis into Ukraine, and defended their heinous coup, following instructions from Hillary and Obummer

https://www.counterpunch.org/2014/09/02/ukraine-the-ugly-truth/

The same Psaki, who again as Obummer spokes liar, lied stupendously about US involvement in coups in Venezuela and throughout South and Central America.

"Psaki then reiterated a bizarrely erroneous statement she had made during a daily press briefing just a day before: “The United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutio nal means”.

"Anyone with minimal knowlege of Latin America and world history knows Psaki’s claim is false, and calls into question the veracity of any of her prior statements. The U.S. government has backed, encouraged and supported coup d’etats in Latin America and around the world for over a century."

https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/26/us-aggression-against-venezuela/

Psaki likes coups, and likes people, like Rice, who also like coups.
What a great endorsement.