Reap the whirlwind
Of course it’s no surprise that Susan Collins is going to vote to confirm Bart Kavanaugh. Collins is auditioning for the role of the chief of the Aunt Lydias. She doesn’t care about women, or the ACA, or anything she trots out to show she’s an “independent” and “moderate”. Today she eschewed any such protestations. She was nothing but a rabid Republican who will vote to undo the one bit of good she’s done in the Senate when she voted to defeat Trumpcare.
But it doesn’t matter. It was a longshot that Kavanaugh would be denied the seat. That was evident by the sham FBI investigation which the GOP allowed.
What does matter is this:
Now, I’m not speaking of Ambassador Rice specifically, although if she does run against Collins I will break my bank to donate to her. No. I speak about what she represents.
What Susan Collins did today was put the nail in the GOP’s coffin. This isn’t 1991, when more people believed Clarence Thomas over Anita Hill. We’re in a different country now. This “victory” will be as ash in the mouths of Republicans. They will rue the day when they didn’t just cut bait and turn to another nominee who was equally ideological but without the slight baggage of rape and prevarication. Bart was the hill on which they wanted to die. And it will be the hill upon which will die.
The cratering of GOP support among women before this afternoon’s performance will be nothing compared to what will happen now. Sure, the Lydias whom Collins preens for, the women who are fine with being grabbed by the pussy, are unreachable. But the majority of women—white, black, Latinx, Asian—now know which side their bread is buttered on. The GOP has shown itself to be absolutely disinterested in their issues. The party, in fact, is outright hostile to the idea of women being independent actors. Of course, it has been thus for decades; but never has it been so blatant.
Allow them to conduct their “victory” lap in a complete lack of self-awareness. The whirlwind is coming, and it will spare none of them.
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