Sen. Susan Collins has fought President Trump’s administration on nearly every major issue thus far, which is bizarre given she’s a so-called Republican. Her personal, establishment hatred for our President is beyond unacceptable and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed in the good patriotic citizens of Maine for not voting her out yet.
Hopefully that day comes soon… that or she needs to join the other side. I have a feeling Collins would feel right at home with the likes of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.
Sen. Susan Collins’ (R-ME) vote might be essential to confirming President Trump’s unnamed Supreme Court nominee. On Sunday, Collins told ABC’s This Week that a Supreme Court pick who had made clear that he would overrule Roe v. Wade would be unacceptable but that she would vote for someone who shows great respect for precedent because she thinks such a justice would regard Roe as “settled law.”
Every senator’s vote will count in confirming the eventual nominee because with Sen. John McCain not voting in the Senate due to his serious cancer, Republicans hold the barest of margins in what is now consequently a 50-49 Senate.
In a full-length Sunday morning interview, Martha Raddatz asked Collins about a White House meeting she and four other moderate senators had with the president regarding his selecting a replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy. In addition to Collins, the group of two Republicans and three Democrats included Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
While not discussing many details of her private conversation with the president, Collins told Raddatz she “suggested that he broaden his search beyond the list of 25 nominees,” referring to the president’s “List of 25” from which he has pledged to pick the new justice.
Collins discussed what she was looking for in a new justice, listing various attributes, then adding, “Most importantly of all, respect for precedent.”
That was a reference to Roe, where the Court in 1973 invented a constitutional right to abortion.
“A candidate who would overturn Roe would not be acceptable,” said Collins, “because I believe that they have demonstrated a disrespect for the vital principle of stare decisis.”
Stare decisis is a Latin term referring to adhering to precedent. Once a court has decided an issue, stare decisis is the policy that the same court should abide by that precedent in future cases unless there is an extraordinary justification for overruling it.
Collins quoted Chief Justice John Roberts, who called stare decisis a “fundamental principle of our judicial system.”
Roberts also referred to Roe as “settled law,” which she took as a sign that he might not overrule Roe if given the chance.
“The president listened very intently to what Lisa Murkowski and I said,” Collins continued, saying she regarded his meeting with them as “genuine outreach” regarding the Supreme Court.
The Maine Republican added that “it would be inappropriate” to ask a judicial nominee how they are going to vote on a future case, including one challenging Roe.
Collins also said “that good judges are always unhappy with some of their decisions but they make the right call regardless of their personal views. And that’s what I want to see in this nominee.”
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