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How NOT to Pressure Maine's Senator Collins to Vote Against Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, by Desperate Gambit

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Groups Pressure Senator Susan Collins To Vote Against Brett Kavanaugh | Morning Joe | MSNBC Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is running unopposed but a group has raised close to $1M for a future opponent if she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh. The panel ...
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Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine a few days ago stated that the Political Action Committee crowdfunding set up to prevent her from voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was tantamount to a "bribe," and further made clear her warning to those individuals who had donated in the hopes of influencing her decision. Collins has no opponent in the next election, at this point.

(In an interview with the right-wing Newsmax on Monday, Collins made clear that to her, this campaign was effectively a "bribe," and that she would not permit same in any way to influence her decision.)

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After last week's highly charged political histrionics during Kavanaugh's hearings, Collins, as one of two crucial swing Senate votes, is one of the only Senators in power to stop the nominee's confirmation to the Supreme court.

In order to influence Collins' vote, political action committees Maine People's Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership have joined forces with Ady Barkan, a dying father who has advocated tirelessly for health care reform, in order to crowdfund a campaign to influence her. In their websote, they wrote:

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"The people of Maine are asking you to be a hero, Senator Collins. Your swing vote could decide whether a rubber stamp for Trump's anti-healthcare, anti-woman, anti-labor agenda gets confirmed to the Supreme Court--costing millions of Americans their healthcare, their right to choose, and their lives."

This author's opinion: In terms of both basic etiquette and basic lobbying psychology, this crowd funded PAC effort is rather bad manners, one likely to crystallize and precipitate Collins voting for Kavanaugh. This kind of approach inevitably backfires. I get the drift on the intent: we will fund your opponent if you don't vote the way we want you to. However, anyone with a rudimentary understanding of how Washington works (and how it doesn't work) will immediately recognize this approach as DOOMED TO BACKFIRE, the exact opposite result of the plan's intent! In any event, barring any unforeseen developments, most likely Kavanaugh will be approved, right down the party lines, but count on one thing for sure: there will be a mighty response against such a deal in November at the polls.

To clarify a bit: If Collins decides to vote no on Kavanaugh's confirmation, none of the 40,000 pledges will be charged to the credit or debit cards used to donate to the cause, and all of the money will be returned to the accounts who donated. If she votes yes, the money, which, on Tuesday, in excess of $1 million, will be donated to the campaign of Collins' future 2020 opponent,.whoever that may be.

"I consider this quid pro quo fundraising to be the equivalent of an attempt to bribe me to vote against Judge Kavanaugh," Collins said. "If I vote against him, the money is refunded to the donors. If I vote for him, the money is given to my opponent for the 2020 race. I think it demonstrates the new lows to which the judge's opponents have stooped."(this rather misses the point that the people who have prepared this effort are Collins' own constituents in Maine!)

Kavanaugh's nomination is fiercely opposed by liberals and pro-abortion rights activists who justifiably fear that his appointment would shift the ideological bent of the high court far enough to the right, finally allowing it to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision as both anti-abortion rights advocates and right-wing Republicans have advocated for years.

On Facebook in my political group, Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Win in 2020, after I posted an earlier version of this news, Marianne McGouirk wrote:

I think it's a stupid idea and besides that, what does it say about progressives wanting to get money out of politics?

I really don't think this is about progressives wanting to get money out of politics; it is in fact a last ditch, last minute, ill-considered and desperate-to-make a difference folks are really getting carried away with what THEY believe to be hard ball politics, using money as muscle.

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Who can blame them in this desperate era with extreme actions taking place that totally defy good manners and savvy politics as we once knew them? Still, a mistake, but maybe a forgivable~~~~like letting the other team know that we can field someone strong when we get up to bat. I don't know the particulars in Maine, right now. "Mainers" are a fiercely independent bunch~~~~look at Angus King, the other senator, also an Independent. This isn't about them or progressives in general; it is about trying to influence a vote, and this is not the way to go about it.

In Liberal Lefty Chatterbox, a Facebook group:

Bob Jones

While l appreciate (meaning 'see value') in both your opinions, l take a different tack. I like to think of Kavaungh's ascension to the top bench as a "place holder" for some futher progressive justice. I have every confidence he can and will be impeached (for perjury) and removed after the blue wave this Fall. So let him advance!

Marilyn Davis

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A little shocking, this well-intended and sincere effort, but one that seems bound to backfire. I welcome your comments. Thank you.


Of all of the questioning of Judge Kavanaugh whose episodes I watched, I was most impressed with that of Connecticut's Senator Richard Blumenthal (former Attorney General of CT), and almost as much impressed with the questions of CA's Kamala Harris, NJ's Cory Booker, and even the Republican Nebraska Senator, Ben Sasse (not that I agreed with what Senator Sasse had to say....)



Senator Richard Blumenthal Expresses Doubt On Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation | Morning Joe | MSNBC Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., discusses the child border separation policy and his thoughts on the president's latest nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett
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Susan will vote like a 'good Republican', no hope to get an honest vote out of this supposed 'moderate'.

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Do you think there will be ONE REPUBLICAN who votes against this nomination? I think no, and I think two Democrats will vote for it. Guess who?

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Unfortunately you are probably right.

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Hyoocrasy.after the thousands f influence campaigns conducted by sketchy pacs hiding their identies for yhe.exact.same.purpses agansr.demcrats wh.could possibly see.this open oposition as abribe. I supose the exax tv same thing is not going on against Clair in Missouri.opponents.put up candidates al the time because of issues. Its nutz to suggest anything wrong here unless you reverse and.change exiwtin be. Campaign law which we should... Bad manners - really? Shr shoud not vote.for K. Hes corrupt.

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From a PR standpoint, this is a bad tactic. From a strategy standpoint, this is the way politics works, and voting out or at least scaring bad politicians is the way it is supposed to work in a democratic republic. The PAC threat need not be overt, all in Congress know it is there.

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Well said. It is a done deal, but will have strong consequences in November. It is the political application of that old law of physics: F=MA.


"Cast in this way, Newton's second law provides the response of a body of mass m to a force F. Forces are things that cause changes in motion."


For example, I had never seen Kamala Harris speak before these hearings.



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