RINO Senator Susan Collins' performance on CNN's "State of the Union" this past Sunday gets two thumbs up, if not for true acting chops, then for pure political theatrics.
Speaking with the openly Republican-hostile network, Collins comforted benighted abortion enthusiasts everywhere when she assured them that she would reject President Trump's SCOTUS nominee if they express "hostility" to the constitutionally incoherent Roe v. Wade.
"I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law," Collins said. "I emphasized that I wanted a nominee who would respect precedent, a fundamental tenet of our judicial system."
You hear that, Republicans? Unless you nominate another Justice Kennedy or O'Connor, you can rest assured that Sen. Collins will be there to stand in the way. Judge Barrett and others like her will just have to wait. The lone senator from Maine has spoken: no nominee who does not respect "established law" will be getting behind that firewall, even if that "established law" so happens to be in good company with some of the worst decisions ever enacted by SCOTUS.
The Left has now hailed Collins as their only hope, the lone voice speaking truth to power. "Republican women Collins and Murkowski could determine the fate of Trump's Supreme Court pick," exclaimed CNBC. "Save us, Sens. Collins and Murkowski," cried the Charlotte Observer.
Is there an Oscar for political showmanship? To paraphrase Sally Field: "They like you, Susan. They really like you."
Since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, the fight over Trump's potential replacement has become a farce. The Left has no hand in their deck, and the Democratic leadership knows it. They shot their last vestige of ammunition on Gorsuch and have now resorted to spitballs as their last defense. There's something almost pathetic about seeing Sen. Chuck Schumer warning Mitch McConnell from the Senate floor to delay the SCOTUS nomination until the mid-terms or else face progressive wrath. Watch closely, you can almost see the tongue firmly implanted in his cheek.
As Susan Collins stated, she will not support a nominee hostile to Roe v. Wade; she's playing the feminists like a fiddle made of coat hangers. No nominee will express hostility to Roe v. Wade (Judge Bork gamely took one for the team there), just like no nominee will say they don't respect precedent or "established law." Since it is wholly unconstitutional for the senators to set a religious litmus test and will only spark significant backlash if they do, Collins and the few Dems on loan from red states will have no hard reason to oppose Trump's pick. Without a smoking gun or hand-written confession, it's all conjecture, and Schumer will not risk losing a few Senate seats based on conjecture, nor will Collins break party lines.
So long as Trump's nominee states, as Gorsuch and Alito and Roberts did, that "Roe is very important precedent and established law," Susan Collins can showboat her way across all the Sunday shows for all I care. Like her sad moral philosophy, it is "but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets upon the stage, and then is heard no more."