Senatorial Collins

By Doc Wallace | Dec 12, 2019

Maine is indeed fortunate to have Susan Collins representing us in the U.S. Senate. As the senior senator from the Pine Tree State, her legislative record and calm, deliberative manner embody the very term, senatorial. Webster’s Dictionary defines the term as “acting with dignity and solemnity.” Colleagues on both sides of the political aisle admire Collins for her senatorial temperament. Perhaps there could be no better testament in this respect than for her to have been ranked for the last six years by Georgetown University and the Lugar Center as the most bipartisan member of the U.S. Senate!

It is unfortunate that in today’s tribal, political wars, some people view bipartisanship with disdain. Even a politician’s own party members may see this quality as not being “pure” enough in upholding a partisan principle, and being too willing to compromise. It is for this reason that some in the GOP camp have called her a RINO (Republican in name only).

Curiously, under the heading of “no good deed shall go unpunished” is it not ironic that she gains little or no respect from Democrats for her bipartisanship?

Clearly “senatorial” is achieved at a cost.

Let us now return to the qualities of dignity and solemnity. In these respects, Senator Collins displayed remarkable deliberation and shrewd insight in her courageous support of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court nomination. Although not an attorney, Collins gave a masterful and lawyerly defense of her Kavanaugh vote in a 45-minute speech on the Senate floor which riveted the attention of her colleagues and millions of citizen viewers. She had done her homework. Unequivocally, she argued no person in our country must ever be found guilty without proof. Those who opposed Kavanaugh did so without primary evidence - as determined by multiple F.B.I. investigations. Not a single witness could be found to support the accusations of Kavanaugh’s accusers. Instead we were treated to withering analyses of his high school and college journals which revealed an interest in beer, sports and social activities that defined contemporary collegiate life. In fact, many in the media commented that, if Kavanaugh’s so-called youthful indiscretions became the litmus test for judicial appointments, there would be a dearth of candidates.

It must therefore be said here that it seems incredible that, based upon Collins’ excruciating research, deliberation and her ultimate vote, she has been excoriated by the left on the eminently-unfair premise of not being supportive of women’s issues. Absolutely galling is the fact that she and some of her staff have received death threats and taunting of unspeakable behavior. Here again, her senatorial demeanor wins the day. Standing firm and unwavering in her determination to do what is right, she continues to conduct the legislative business that is essential to her Maine constituents.

And the list of legislative activity on behalf of Maine’s citizens is impressive. She has played an active role in strengthening Medicare for Maine beneficiaries: protecting home health from regulatory cuts and expanding services to more beneficiaries, ending arbitrary limits on physical and occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services, and banning pharmacy gag clauses in both Medicare and commercial insurance coverage.

These achievements stand in stark contrast to the negative, dark-money ad buys currently painting Republicans for “cutting Medicare.” There is a monumental hypocrisy in these ads inasmuch as they falsely impugn Republicans for activity that, factually, was done by the Democrats’ ACA that actually DID cut Medicare.

Further, the dark-ads conveniently omit the facts that the administration’s proposals reduce the increase in budgeted cost, and that Sen. Collins supports the bipartisan Prescription Drug Reduction Act which would save taxpayers more than $100 billion dollars!

Senatorial? You bet. This woman from northern Maine has a calm dignity that belies a proven U.S. Senate record that reveals a laser focus on legislation that is in the best interests of her fellow Mainers. Thank you, Senator Collins.

Another View is a Maine Press Association award-winning column written by Midcoast conservative citizens/writers Jan Dolcater, Ken Frederic, Paul Ackerman, Doc Wallace and Dale Landrith Sr.


Comments (7)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Dec 17, 2019 10:20

Yes you're correct Ron it will depend on what Mitch tells her to do and of course her donors demands will count.  What will NOT count is what you or I think about any of this.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Dec 16, 2019 06:51

Easy call, Harold.  She'll test the political winds here in Maine first and then cast her vote where it will do the least good.  If the Republicans have more votes than they need for acquital but polls in Maine show that voters are for impeachment she'll vote for impeachment since her vote will do no good.   She will only vote her true loyalty if it comes down to the wire and McConnell demands it.  Afterward she'll have a hundred excuses.

Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Dec 16, 2019 04:56

It will be interesting to see how she handles the impeachment.  Will she vote to convict or not?  Will she go for only one count?  Will she vote the party line, as she has been doing recently, or surprise us?


Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Dec 14, 2019 10:06

Good copy, Steve. Collins lost my vote by supporting Kavanaugh. Too bad to lose the leverage she might have in Washington, but the time for her to go has come. Politics should never be a vocation. We should pay these congressmen minimum wage and put them up in a barracks. Maybe we would get some honest people instead of these money grubbing rich people.

Posted by: Ronald Horvath | Dec 13, 2019 14:11

Don't let those fancy and extremely expensive political ads showing up on the TV every fifteen minutes fool you.  There's a lot more "out of state" -dark and otherwise-  money behind Susan Collin's bid for reelection than ever before.  That kind of advertising bombardment doesn't come cheap.  After all, if the billionaires don't want to lose their power than they have to pony up to see Collins keep her's.

"Judicial Crisis Network, a so-called dark money group that supported Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, spent at least $100,000 to thank Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) for voting yes on President Trump’s second nominee to the high court, according to The Washington Post...  The ad ends with a phone number for Collins’ Washington office."


"Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the most senior Republican woman in the Senate, raised roughly $1.5 million in campaign donations last quarter the vast majority of which came from out of state...  Plenty of candidates, especially ones with a national profile like Collins, raise a significant amount of out-of-state money. But Collins’ willingness to accept these funds has shifted since she first ran for Senate in 1996."


"At Senate Appropriations Committee meeting Thursday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) voted against an amendment to stop Donald Trump from raiding funds meant for the military and military families across the world in order to fund his border wall.

"AARP continually monitors the misuse of its name or logo in any political advertising,” the statement continued. AARP does not endorse candidates and does not make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.”


"Unlike Senator Susan Collins, who took pages upon pages of text on national television to tell us something we already knew, I will cut right to the chase: I am out of the Republican Party.”

"Small things sometimes matter, and Collins is among the smallest of things in the political world. And yet, she helped me finally to accept what I had been denying. Her speech on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh convinced me that the Republican Party now exists for one reason, and one reason only: for the exercise of raw political power, and not even for ends I would otherwise applaud or even support.”
-Tom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and author of The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Dec 13, 2019 10:03

I must respectfully disagree with Mr. Wallace reguarding many points he elaborated on in his fine campaign speech for Susan Collins.  Fist what some call "bipartisan " others may call "collusion".  A friend once said "never let facts interfere with a good story" and that seems to be in full swing here.  If you left the house ( I assume you live in Maine) you would find many here in the state would not call Susans defense of Bret Kavanaugh "courageous".  As long as Mitch McConnell has been in office one of his goals has been to stack the Supreme court with "pro-life" judges  and he has done quite well.  It was more a back room deal or more likely a promise of money and support that led Mss. Collins to her "courageous" decision.  Pandering to her big donors and ignoring the Maine people she is charged to represent will eventually be her undoing.  With the upcoming election just months away,  the wolves are gathering for the kill.  If I were Susan Collins I wouldn't be repainting the office right now.



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Dec 12, 2019 13:45

right on Susan!

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