I attempt to keep away from information about Susan Collins and abortion in the identical means I keep away from utilizing oven cleaner in an enclosed area; each are corrosive and go away me, at finest, dizzy with an disagreeable itching sensation on my arms and neck.
However this week, the Susan Collins information was just too gross to keep away from. First, the self-proclaimed pro-choice Senator introduced that she wouldn’t support a federal law upholding abortion rights, with the Republican from Maine saying the Democrats’ present proposal intrudes on state’s rights. (Collins didn’t provide a counter-proposal that didn’t, in her eyes, go too far. As an alternative, she did nothing.)
Then Collins announced she’d be endorsing certifiably insane “excessive conservative” anti-abortion zealot and all-around asshole Paul LePage in his bid to reclaim the Maine governorship after dropping it in 2018. Outdoors of Maine, LePage is finest identified for a famously bizarre racist town hall speech the place he claimed that drug sellers named “D-Cash,” “Shifty” and “Smoothie” have been driving up from huge cities to “impregnate white ladies.” (LePage later apologized, stating that he meant Maine girls, and since Maine is 95 p.c white, he ought to let his viewers extrapolate that racism to the end line.) Within Maine, he’s identified for obscene rantings, for making an attempt to veto laws that might increase girls’s well being care (he was overridden), and being a basic embarrassment.
One may glean that by lending her help to the likes of LePage, Collins is as soon as once more okay with reproductive rights being collateral injury.
“If Susan Collins is pro-choice, then I’m Baba Yaga. It’s time the political press stopped taking part in alongside along with her centrist LARPing.”
Recall, three years in the past, that Susan Collins voted to verify Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court docket, happy that the fit-throwing beer-enjoyer who had been vetted by the extremist Federalist Society thought-about abortion to be “settled legislation,” hypothesis that was reported by mainstream information retailers with a straight face. Brett Kavanaugh has confirmed that he, actually, doesn’t imagine that abortion is “settled legislation,” however all Collins has been capable of do is shrug. How could she possibly have known what everybody else knew at the time? What was she alleged to do, use Google or ask any person acquainted with Kavanaugh’s private beliefs? Who has the time!
Can we cease calling Susan Collins “pro-choice” now? Fairly please? As a result of if Susan Collins is pro-choice, then I’m Baba Yaga. It’s time the political press stopped taking part in alongside along with her centrist LARPing.
I dislike utilizing the phrase “gaslighting” now—it’s not the phrase’s fault, however its mass overuse and misuse has plundered which means from it. “Dumpster hearth,” “begs the query,” “cancel tradition,” “tyranny,” “triggering,” and the WB Yeats poem “The Second Coming” (“The middle can’t maintain…”) have additionally fallen sufferer to lazy repetition. It’s a disgrace to lose “gaslighting” to the morass, however that frees us up to make use of easier terminology: She’s mendacity.
Does Susan Collins preserve getting fooled by dangerous liars, or is Susan Collins merely a foul liar? Or are we—the royal “we”—so dedicated to not disrupting our preexisting political narratives that we’re keen to bend actuality to suit them?
The media has lengthy upheld the lie that Susan Collins helps abortion rights. However, at this level, why? It’s clearly a lie, a title she as soon as held at a job she quietly give up, however tells individuals she nonetheless has. She hasn’t lifted a finger to help abortion rights in years, past doing what it takes to idiot reporters into mischaracterizing her as an abortion rights-supporting centrist, a “reasonable.” She voted in opposition to Amy Coney Barrett’s affirmation, a vote that acquired the media off her again for lengthy sufficient that she was capable of win re-election to a different six-year-term within the Senate. Now, what does she should lose by mendacity? Her social media supervisor might need a few dangerous days on Twitter, however past that: nothing.
She’s about as invaluable to American girls as a lifeguard who retains letting individuals drown, and claims she by no means heard the splashing. Till she really does one thing significant to protect selection, Collins can drop the act.