When Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp voted "no" on ending the Kavanaugh confirmation debate in the Senate last week, she was praised for "voting her conscience," even though she's not expected to win reelection in North Dakota. Yet, Republican Senator Susan Collins was not praised for voting her conscience because she voted for Kavanaugh. The Left apparently thinks Collins' conscience is less virtuous than Heitkamp's.
Now, Senator Collins may have to deal with more political fallout than any of her Republican senate colleagues. Already, another female is floating the idea of challenging Collins for her Maine Senate seat in 2020 – former President Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice.
On Sunday, Rice said she'll wait until after the midterm elections to decide whether to run for Collins' senate seat. Rice says Collins, "has betrayed women across this country" with her "yes" vote on Kavanaugh.
Rice says she is thinking about running because of her frustration that Collins "could in a very political fashion not just decide to vote for Kavanaugh but do it in a fashion that was quite dismissive of the concerns of many Americans and many Mainers."
You may be able to accuse Senator Collins of many things, but being "dismissive" of concerns about Kavanaugh is not one of them. Rice obviously didn't listen to Collins' 44-minute speech on Friday in which she thoroughly explained her decision.
Of course, there is one small snag for Susan Rice – the fact that she isn't really from Maine and doesn't live there now.
Of course, there is one small snag for Susan Rice – the fact that she isn't really from Maine and doesn't live there now. But she assured an audience in New York on Sunday that her ties to Maine "are long and deep." As in, she visited her grandparents there every year when she was growing up. And she owns property in Maine. In other words, she's totally qualified.
Rice's other major qualification is that she works for Netflix. Earlier this year, she was named to the Netflix board of directors, which makes perfect sense, because Rice is a video expert. Her main expertise is obscure YouTube videos that have been known to provoke groups of people, even groups of terrorists, to do completely random things out of innocent anger brought on by the YouTube video. You know, things like attacking consulates and killing Americans in places like Benghazi, Libya.