A “Be a Hero” campaign is raising money for a future Democratic challenger to oppose Maine Senator Susan Collins in 2020 if she votes to confirm the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. (If Collins “heroically” opposes Kavanaugh, contributions to the campaign will be refunded.)
It’s a good idea except for that “hero” stuff.
If Susan Collins—and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska— vote for Kavanaugh, they can no longer claim to support women’s rights to bodily self-determination or gender equality. You can’t be pro-choice and pro-Kavanaugh too. It’s that simple.
Collins and Murkowski don’t need to be heroes. They simply need to vote consistently with what they say they believe in.
There are, of course, many other reasons to oppose the nomination of this ultra-conservative judge. Perhaps chief among them is the reason Trump chose Kavanaugh in the first place; his extreme, expansive view of executive authority. A Justice Kavanaugh would keep Trump in the two places he’s least entitled to be: the White House, and above the law.
Collins and Murkowski don’t need to be heroes. They simply need to vote consistently with what they tell us they believe in.
Finally, there’s the conduct of the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. This spectacularly unevolved group is incapable of connecting the dots between their attempt this week to impose their will on Christina Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh’s alleged behavior 35 years ago.
We need to sign petitions, send emails and call Senators. A tsunami of protest will send a clear message to Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and other Republicans… a message that you don’t need to be a hero to hear.
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