Susan Collins Saved the Senate (for Now)
The Democrats and their choleric supporters, overwhelmed by anger and bile, may not realize it yet (or possibly ever) but Susan Collins saved the Senate, at least for now, with her superb, well-reasoned speech explaining her support for Brett Kavanaugh Friday.
Prior to her words, a good portion of the public could only nod their heads at Senator John Kennedy's description of the Kavanaugh confirmation process as "an intergalactic freak show." That apt characterization could not help but carry over to the Senate in general, an entity -- it's hard to believe now -- that was once called "the world's greatest deliberative body."
Nevertheless, Collins treated these children like adults and delivered a logical point-by-point analysis of why Kavanaugh should be confirmed. She even threw a generous bouquet to Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, saying she was sure the California senator was not responsible for the leak of Dr. Ford's letter that ignited the freak show.
I'm not sure Collins completely believed that. Who could when Feinstein has behaved throughout the process like the ultimate partisan hack -- and an unfettered one at that? Besides palming the accusation until the last possible moment in a totally despicable manner, it was Dianne who was the first to raise in cross-examination the most scurrilous and patently absurd of the several uncorroborated charges -- that high school boy Kavanaugh had participated in serial gang rapes on ten occasions. As Joseph Welch might have said to Feinstein, "Have you no shame, ma'am?"
But still I (reluctantly) applaud Collins' strategy in exonerating Feinstein while pointing the blame for the leak at a mysterious culprit no one will probably ever find. After all, it is Susan who has to live side-by-side with the execrable Dianne in that chamber (I meant to add "of horrors," but I won't).
Collins' more important goal was to right the ship, which she did admirably. She pointed out what most honest and intelligent people realized all along -- that Kavanaugh (a proven believer in stare decisis) is highly unlikely to roll back Roe v. Wade and even less likely to do anything to undermine Obergefell v. Hodges, the decision that guaranteed same-sex couples the right to marry under the 14th Amendment.
This seems to have made little impact on the Democrats, at least on the surface. They declined to applaud Collins after a more impressive speech than any single one of them, to my knowledge, has ever given. I guess they couldn't abide what she was saying toward the end, that she hoped that this hideous period of treating the rule of law like garbage was over and that Congress and the Court could learn to work together for the good of the country.