Let’s see how she feels after the 2020 election.
Courtesy of NYT:
Politics in Maine are complicated, which means Ms. Collins faces criticism no matter what she does. Independent voters — “unenrolled,” in the Maine lexicon — account for the largest percentage of the electorate; these are the voters she must win. Democratic registration is growing, a problem for Ms. Collins. Just as problematic are the Trump Republicans who do not care much for their senior senator.
“She stabbed the Republican Party in the back,” growled Arthur L. Carter, 86, a retired Army major wearing a “proud American” T-shirt. “She hasn’t really supported our president.”
Amy Fried, a professor of political science at the University of Maine, noted the changing landscape: “I’m looking at CNN exit polls from 2014 — 37 percent of liberals voted for Collins and it has 39 percent of Democrats voting for Collins,” she said. “It’s hard to imagine that that’s going to happen again.”
More than anything else, Ms. Collins’s vote to confirm Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court shifted that dynamic. Abortion rights advocates had demanded that she vote no. Then Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor, accused the nominee of sexual assault, during hearings that riveted the nation.
The senator’s “yes” vote may prove one of the most consequential of her career.
“I do not regret my vote in the least,” she said, noting Justice Kavanaugh’s record on abortion — he voted to uphold a restrictive Louisiana abortion law but not to take up a case that posed a threat to Roe v. Wade.
Abandoned by both the Trump supporting Republicans and the Democrats, Collins may find her fight for reelection to be an uphill battle.
She also has a very strong challenger in Democrat Sara Gideon, which may help to explain why Collins has not yet confirmed that she is even running.
Personally, I would love to see her run and then fail miserably while exit polls identify her vote for Brett Kavanaugh as the deciding factor.
Because that would be awesome.