Susan Collins' vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court - and her truly unfortunate speech and rationale for the vote - many eyes in ME and around the country are turning to 2020, when Collins could next appear on the ballot. A petition to impeach the newly confirmed Kavanaugh has drawn more than 150,000 signatures.
2020 is a lifetime away in politics and there's a critical election less than a month away on November 6 that has to be everyone's focus.
Greg Gutfeld of Fox News tweeted: "Avenatti may be a Republican operative cuz no one could pull off this self-sabotage, unless it was deliberate".
There was a glimmer of hope in Collins' speech for those who believe Roe was wrongly decided.
Rice's public interest in the Senate seat was met with a combination of skepticism and curiosity among energized Maine Democrats, who have tried and failed for much of the last three decades to defeat Collins.
Pingree's daughter, Hannah, who served as the youngest woman elected state house speaker before stepping away from politics, said she's waiting until after the midterms to decide on a Collins challenge.
Collins finally put an end to the speculation on Friday, announcing in a 44-minute speech that she would be backing Kavanaugh.
"This is a classic quid-pro-quo as defined in our bribery laws", Collins said in the interview. And a watchdog group that often aligns with Republicans has asked the Justice Department to investigate the tactic.
Despite being lambasted by protesting Democrats over the weekend, Collins revealed she feels "very comfortable" with her decision following thorough review as well as her own personal consultation with the judge.
On Saturday night, Trump portrayed his successful confirmation vote on Kavanaugh as a reason voters should elect Republicans in next month's nationwide congressional elections, when the political control of Congress is at stake.
That's a big jump from the roughly 3,400 volunteers who signed up the previous Sunday, Johnson said. "I made the tweet, I later elaborated that this wasn't where my head was", she said. Both testified publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, when a fiery Kavanaugh denied the allegations from Ford and other women who accused the appellate judge of sexual misconduct. One group, CREDO Action, has gathered 157,000 signatures, urging the House to investigate and launch impeachment proceedings. Some of her most famous gems include stating that America needs to stand with its North Korean allies and declaring that gun-free zones amount to "stupid on steroids". Kavanaugh has denied all allegations. Rice is weighing whether to try to unseat Republican Sen.
"They threw something at him on a Monday; it didn't stick".
(L-R) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence pose for photographs in the US Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC.
They should have all of the classmates who've been calling into the news shows and writing letters, including the clerks who have withdrawn their support, take the mic: Make visible the testimony that the FBI ignored, & make a spectacle of their mishandling of the investigation.
As the Senate emptied Saturday, the tension of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's confirmation finally lessening, Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, called the impeachment talk "premature".
"It would be pretty awesome to have a senator from ME who was a woman of color", said the 55-year-old university policy analyst.
"I understand the anger that is out there right now". That didn't happen, Grassley said.