From Dahlia Lithwick at SLATE:
Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski Think Donald Trump Is No Longer a Danger
On Wednesday, the Senate [voted] to acquit President Donald Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress following a marathon few days of speeches, half of which came from Republican senators justifying their votes to acquit. Having listened through the hodgepodge of whataboutism, process complaints, and occasional outright fascism, one hesitates to focus on Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins because their reputations as GOP “moderates” have always been more a stylist’s branding choice than reality, and because holding Republican women in power to a higher standard than men has never redounded to the benefit of anyone, including women. But when powerful women who should see through the gaslighting instead pick up the proffered gaslighting torch and set small brushfires, it’s worth taking note.
Certainly, the Susan Collins who persuaded herself that Christine Blasey Ford was confused and that Brett Kavanaugh would vote to uphold Roe was never going to get it right about Donald Trump, even before she announced her vote to acquit him. And certainly the Lisa Murkowski who was willing to vote against Kavanaugh was likely destined to capitulate when it came to impeachment. One could nevertheless wish for coherent constitutional arguments. Instead, there were vague and conclusory feelings.
Murkowski wants you to know that she is sad. We know she is sad because it is the word she used to describe that feeling she gets when the branch of government charged with checking the other branch of government wholly abdicates its responsibility to do so. And she emphatically wants you to know that Congress, which has failed to check the executive, is to blame for this failure […] Having excoriated Congress for its failure to check the runaway executive branch, she then announced her vote to refuse to check the runaway executive branch.
You really should read the whole piece at the link above. To summarize the rest: Lisa is having a sad, but none of it is her fault. It’s the fault of the House, all the other senators and the media. It’s everyone’s fault except Sad Lisa’s. The piece also points out that Sad Lisa said it is really up to the voters:
“The president’s name is on ballots that have already been cast,” she announced. “The voters will pronounce a verdict in nine months, and we must trust their judgment.” It is important not to “disenfranchise nearly 63 million Americans and remove him from the ballot,” she said.
What Sad Lisa leaves out is that the GOP in five states cancelled their primaries. Those states are South Carolina, Nevada, Kansas, Arizona and Sad Lisa’s Alaska. They say it’s because it’s not worth the expense, but we know it’s really to appease the orange man baby who can’t stand being challenged by anyone. So, if you know anyone who is going to a town hall meeting with their Rethuglican senator or representative, tell them to ask this question:
If you are so concerned with disenfranchising voters, how do you explain taking away the right of GOP voters in five states to declare their preference for whom they wish to be the Rethuglican nominee for president?