Now that the Judiciary Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh have come to an end protesters have put others in their sight. Senator Susan Collins of Maine is one of those many others that have now caught the attention of people who are trying to protest against Judge Brett Kavanaugh becoming the next addition to the United States Supreme Court. It is understood that if she casts her vote in favor of Judge Brett Kavanaugh then more than likely he will be confirmed to the Supreme Court. For protesters and Democrats to have a chance at keeping Judge Brett Kavanaugh off of the Supreme Court they would need to find a way to convince Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to vote no when it comes time to cast their votes. What makes accomplishing such a feat so challenging is the fact that both of these women are Republicans.
Despite her political loyalties being to the Republicans Senator Susan Collins has not committed herself one way or the other on where her vote stands when it comes to confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. While she has not committed her vote one way or the other when it comes to Judge Brett Kavanaugh there are some who feel that she released a hint which way she’ll vote when she sent signals that he cleared a hurdle with her by stating that in his eyes Roe vs Wade establishing abortion rights is settled law.
A spokesperson representing the Republican Senator of Maine does not feel that a recently released email that shows Kavanaugh disputed whether or not all legal scholars see Roe vs Wade as settled law was not a contradiction to anything that he said during the recent hearing that took place last week. The reason it is not a contradiction in the eyes of Senator Susan Collins is because she does not feel that this statement in anyway represents his own personal views where the issue of Roe vs Wade is concerned.
While Democrats are trying to convince the rest of America that President Trump personally chose Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court, because he believes that Kavanaugh will bring an end to Roe vs Wade and overturn the decision that was made back in 1973, protesters have placed Maine’s Republican Senator Susan Collins under intense pressure. As liberal groups have paid for commercials to be shown on tv strongly encouraging Senator Susan Collins to reject the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, private citizens have mailed her 3,000 hangers. The hangers are symbolic of the days when back alley abortions were necessary for women who did not wish to accept responsibility for their decision to be sexually active before Roe vs Wade became the law of the land in 1973.
As if the hangers are not enough pressure Senator Susan Collins has also found her political career threatened by activists who wish to protest against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. These same activists have pledged to spend a large amount of money to fund the campaign of her political opponent in the upcoming 2020 election. One should hope that Senator Susan Collins keeps in mind that voting no against Judge Brett Kavanaugh does not mean these same activists will in turn vote for her during her re-election campaign and even if she were to break to the pressure that these people put on her then her political career could still come to an end.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press Senator Susan Collins said, “I always wait until after the hearings are complete before making a decision, and I’ll do so in this case as well.”
In the past Senator Susan Collins has shown that she has the ability to be impartial and unbiased despite her own political views when she voted for Justice Sotomayor and Justice Alito. It is true that throughout her career she has never voted against a Supreme Court nomination, however she has committed herself to voting against any nominee who does not support Roe vs Wade. To the disappointment of both those who wish to pressure her into voting against Kavanaugh and those who wish to see Judge Brett Kavanaugh become the newest addition to the Supreme Court Senator Susan Collins has remained neutral even under the weight of pressure and insisted that she is still deciding for herself which way her vote will go.