More Politically Craven Republicans
“When you have senior, well-respected Republican senators like Dick Lugar, John Warner and Pete Domenici all calling upon the administration to pursue a new strategy, it is significant,” said Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican also up for re-election next year.Like Aravosis said, "Collins loves to be second. If there's a trail to blaze, Collins will sit back quietly, quaking in her boots, until other more courageous, "real" moderates like Olympia Snowe stick their necks out first." The phrase "Susan Collins" might be the very opposite of "leadership."
She said her talks with voters convinced her that the war remained the top issue. And she joined Mr. Domenici in saying the patience of many Republicans with the Iraqi government was virtually exhausted. “It is very troubling to many of us that the Iraq government appears to be making little or no progress toward political reconciliation,” she said.
But I have another question for Collins. She said a week and a half ago that Iraq was not the top priority for Mainers. Then in yesterday's New York Times, she said, "her talks with voters convinced her that the war remained the top issue." OK, so these conversations with voters that convinced her that Iraq was the top issue must have occurred in the last week-and-a-half, between the June 27 Sun Journal article and the July 5 New York Times article. So, Susan, where were these conversations? At what events did you speak with these voters? I'm really curious. When during the week did the conversion all of a sudden occur?