Pero, all the way back in
2018, Collins had an exchange with CNN’s Jake Tapper that presaged exactly what happened on Friday
. Aquí lo tienes (negrita es mía):
Tapper: I don’t have to tell you this, but you’re going to get a lot of pressure from groups and individuals who support abortion rights. And one of the things that they think about you is that you get played by these judges and that, por último, if you vote to support whoever President Trump nominee — nominates, presuming that person comes from this list of 25, that one of your longest-lasting legacies is likely going to be that you voted to confirm a justice who ultimately tipped the balance of power, political power, on the court and voted to overturn Roe.
Collins: Bien, I know that’s what the left is saying.
It’s a little on the nose right? quiero decir, Tapper, quién, sí, is a colleague (obviamente), predicted exactly what was going to happen. EXACTLY. And Collins either didn’t want to or didn’t see that reality.
She didn’t just vote for Gorsuch
, ya sea. En octubre 2018, Collins was the 50th vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court
. In a long statement she delivered on the Senate floor in announcing her vote to confirm Kavanaugh
, said this on Roe
“There has also been considerable focus on the future of abortion rights based on the concern that Judge Kavanaugh would seek to overturn Roe v. Vadear. Protecting this right is important to me. To my knowledge, Judge Kavanaugh is the first Supreme Court nominee to express the view that precedent is not merely a practice and tradition, but rooted in Article III of our Constitution itself. He believes that precedent “is not just a judicial policy … it is constitutionally dictated to pay attention and pay heed to rules of precedent.” En otras palabras, precedent isn’t a goal or an aspiration; it is a constitutional tenet that has to be followed except in the most extraordinary circumstances.”
Collins voted against the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett in October
2020 — but not because of the justice’s stance on Roe. Collins said she objected to replacing a Supreme Court justice so close to an election
The simple fact here is that Collins was questioned, repetidamente, about whether just taking the nominee’s word for it was enough when it came to Roe. And she insisted that it was. She got that one wrong. Big time.