It's not just BDN. All of a sudden, even PPH has the audacity to allow criticism of Sen. Collins in its pages.
Greg Kesich unloads on the junior senator today.
Remember: Since Richard Connor's early flirtation with Collins skepticism, the Portland daily (like BDN) has handled her as a kind of sainted celebrity, keeping its pages totally free of sentiments critical of Collins.
So what to make of today's about-face? And the fact that it comes the same day that BDN is taking a break from its pro-Collins posture?
Anyway, here's Kesich:
Sen. Susan Collins wrote a column for this newspaper explaining her objections to the package that she voted against in the Senate on Christmas Eve. ("Cost control essential if health care reform is to succeed," Feb 1)It's not entirely clear, but it would appear that Collins' demagoguery about the Christmas Day bomber is what pushed Kesich over the edge. (We unpacked her disingenuous health care critique at greater length here.)
Collins said that she would not vote for the bill because it didn't do enough to control costs and listed several areas in which it could be better...
[But] voting against this health care reform package because it doesn't control costs is like voting against Social Security because it's not nice enough to old people.
Despite a few polite words now and then, partisanship is the order of the day. Collins...is right in the middle of it.
Her ongoing critique of the Obama administration's handling of terrorism does not look like someone trying to find common ground. She lambastes Obama for decisions with which she had no problem when Bush was making them. And she is so dismissive of FBI interrogators, you'd think they'd handed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab over to ACORN for a few questions last Christmas.
In any case: Bet they're having a wonderful day over at Collins HQ.