Susan Collins is up to her tricks again and it could cost her big time in 2020. Collins is under the assumption she can have it both ways, but this election will be unlike any she has ever seen.
Trump inspires fierce loyalty among his supporters because we see what in the hell the establishment has done to him for the crime of wanting to throw the average American a bone. They wouldn’t fight back so hard if they knew what he was doing would stop their grifting.
His methods have not been perfect and his record is not 100% but we know he is at least fighting for us and that is rare today.
But Trump haters are equally fired up – for them it is mostly they hate his personal style – so for Collins to try to placate both sides is a fool’s errand she will only piss off everyone.
This is not good for her – if she screws with Trump on impeachment she may lose Trump supporters and that will doom her faster than her current strategy of trying to keep both sides happy.
From Bangor Daily News:
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told reporters on Friday that she is working with a “fairly small group” of fellow Republican senators toward a goal of ensuring witnesses can be called in the chamber’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump…
…The Maine senator has said she’s open to calling witnesses during the trial, while other Republicans have questioned the need for them amid Democratic pressure to allow them. She has also criticized McConnell — who has pledged “total cooperation” with the White House on the trial — and top Democrats for prejudging the trial’s outcome, saying her role is one of a juror.
Speaking to reporters on Friday at the end of a visit to the Fruit Street School in Bangor, Collins said she had been working all week with a “fairly small group” of Republican senators and party leaders to ensure trial rules would allow House impeachment managers and Trump’s lawyers to call witnesses.
Collins declined to say how large the group was, but she said “we should be completely open to calling witnesses.”
“I am hopeful that we can reach an agreement on how to proceed with the trial that will allow the opportunity for both the House and the president’s counsel if they choose to do so,” she said.