Republican Senator Susan Collins (ME) is having trouble escaping from under the Brett Kavanaugh cloud that follows her everywhere. Her approval rating among her constituents is in the toilet, her state went blue, she’s got what looks like a strong Democratic challenger, and now she’s getting uncomfortable questions about her rapey president.
Collins, who cast the controversial key vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after he was also accused of a decades-old sexual assault, said on Monday she didn’t know enough to comment on E. Jean Carroll’s claim Trump assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman fitting room in Manhattan in the mid-1990s.
But she said his response that he didn’t find his accuser, a columnist for Elle magazine, attractive was odd.
“I thought the president’s comment, ‘She’s not my type,’ or something along those lines was extremely bizarre,” Collins said.
That line —”the controversial key vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh”— will follow Collins to both her political grave and her actual final resting place. It will appear in her obituary. I have no doubt her vote will be the only thing Maine voters remember about Collins, and it will likely be the only entry in the history books (should we survive the current unpleasantness) under her name. Collins protestations of President Trump’s “extremely bizarre” response is an attempt —and a weak one at that— to signal to Maine voters that she’s still a moderate. But given the headwinds she’s facing, I don’t know if Maine voters are listening.
So with apologies to the Everly Brothers…
Too late, little Suzy too late!
Too late little Suzy, too late!
Donald Trump is a creep
He’s the company you keep
Your Kavanaugh vote got Mainers mad
Now you’re in trouble deep
Too late little Suzy! Too late little Suzy!
It’s time to go home.