Lisa Murkowski has been voting not on procedural votes regarding the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, because she objects to the nomination so close to the election, but announced yesterday that when the vote comes to the floor on Monday, she will vote Yes on the merits.

Not so Susan Collins, who announced today that she will be a No vote.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, took a veiled shot at her party’s leadership in the Senate on Sunday when she announced that she would be voting against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

“Prior to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, I stated that, should a vacancy on the Supreme Court arise, the Senate should follow the precedent set four years ago and not vote on a nominee prior to the presidential election.,” Collins said in a statement.

She added: “Because this vote is occurring prior to the election, I will vote against the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.”

Collins noted in her statement that her vote against confirming Coney Barrett to the nation’s highest court is not meant as a slight against the jurist but instead is a matter of “being fair and consistent.”

This is a reversal from the Kavanaugh nomination, where Murkowski was a No, and Collins was a Yes. Before you go all hatin’ on Collins, remember her vote is meaningless on Barrett, Republicans have the votes even without Murkowski. Remember also that Collins was the key Yes for Kavanaugh, as we reported on October 5, 2008, Sen. Susan Collins is a YES on Kavanaugh.

She’s in a tough reelection bid, may even lose because of her Kavanaugh vote. Her reelection may be the difference between Republicans holding the Senate or not. And I think she believes what she’s saying about the reason for her No vote.

So don’t go hatin’ on her, he says as he shouts into the abyss.

 

 
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