Probably no senator sitting in the impeachment trial has faced a more fateful decision on both the issue of additional witnesses and on voting to convict President Trump than Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins.

By all definitions, she is in a tough race for re-election.  Maine is a very progressive state and she had been able to maintain her seat by being among the more liberal Republicans.  But the perception of her in the Pine Tree State started to change when she voted in favor of confirming Brett Kavanaugh as a justice on the Supreme Court.

That Kavanaugh hearing pushed Collins through the wringer on the abortion issue.  As a pro-choice Republican, Collins was under intense pressure to vote “no” on seating a clearly pro-life Justice.  She did so in the belief – or with the excuse – that Kavanaugh said he respected precedent when looking at cases.  That could mean he would vote to uphold Roe v. Wade.  The pro-abortion advocates were not as convinced as Collins seemed to be.

The Trump impeachment trial put Collins back into the boiling water with two votes – one to vote in favor of having more witnesses and ultimately on the vote to convict or acquit.  Even more than the Kavanaugh vote, the impeachment put Collins into an even more untenable political position.

Collins voted against Trump on the issue of witnesses, but since her vote did not change the favorable outcome for Trump, she will not suffer any retribution from Trump voters.  But neither will she gain any favor from Maine’s progressive voters.

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Collins political coup de grace may come with her vote on the issue of guilt.  Ironically, she is likely to lose support no matter which way she casts her vote.  The Democrats covet that seat.  If they cannot beat Collins, their chance of taking control of the Senate is greatly reduced.

On the other hand, Collins is not the darling of conservative Republicans and the Trump fans.  Their lack of enthusiasm will cost her some support – not from Republicans voting against her, but from those who stay home.

In short, it does not look good for Collins regardless of her impeachment votes.

So, there ‘tis.

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By Larry Horist

So, there ‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

9 thoughts on “Susan Collins … a future former U.S. Senator?”
  1. AMERICANS WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK OUR AMERICA FROM THE EVIL CRIMINAL ACTS OF DEMOCRATS………………………..TO SOLVE AMERICAS PROBLEMS MAKE THIS CHOICE WE THE PEOPLE’ HAVE THE POWER OF OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES, TO VOTE OUT THE ENTIRE LYING,CORRUPT, TREASONOUS DEMOCRAT PARTY COME NOV 2020, VOTE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN AND TO END ALL CORRUPTIONS IN WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT

  2. Politicians must vote their conscience based on truth and not on political survival. Otherwise being a politician is nothing more than a game. Collins position as a GOP Senator in a progressive State will always be tenuous.

  3. Collins should have one single horn in the middle between her eyes and forehead. She and Mitt should run a dual ticket of Reneging RINOS Will Vote.
    They are pathetic.
    I am sorry she has Parkinson’s. I am sorry she has a lisp. In that regard I have great empathy for her.
    However that does not give her the right to throw the American people under the bus every time her Monthly Emotions get involved.
    I want all RINO Progressives gone – History out they go either they are for us or against us and I see nothing but Buttheads in their respective seats

  4. She is a loser. She has the democrats knocking on her door and the Conservative Republicans call her a traitor. She made her statement for more witnesses, but that failed. Now is the time to put this all behind her and stand up like a real Republican like she with Kavanaugh and vote to acquit. She is a loser like I said, and it would be best to go down as a true American for which is right, then to sell your soul to the corrupt democrats.

  5. Susan Collins is a Fool in not voting to AQUIT PRESIDENT TRUMP . If she doesn’t AQUIT Trump she’ll find herself outside looking in !

  6. Susan Collins voted with the open border, infanticide, pedovor democrats, it’s sad this woman has no intestinal fortitude to not stand up for the unborn compromising with the swamp to stay in office she might as well run as a democrat next time. She is another worthless, Romney, and McKlaski. The women senators and representative that vote with the infanticide/vor democrats are evil and will answer for for it, no drop of water on their burning tongues forever.

  7. she voted to ACQUIT PRESIDENT TRUMP having said that as a life long Mainer she is a Democrat more then she is a republican the problem is she always wins because we never get anybody on the right to run against her

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