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After reading the bio on Susan Collins below, it becomes abundantly clear that Collins is neither a moderate Republican nor a bipartisan and centrist member of the Republican Party, rather, she’s a Libertarian Liberal.

Collins, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, John McCain et al must be great friends; RINOs one and all.

“On August 8, 2016, Collins announced that she would not be voting for Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for the 2016 election. She said that as a lifelong Republican she did not make the decision lightly but felt that he is unsuitable for office, “based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics.”

Sen. Susan Collins – The Libertarian Liberal

From Wikipedia

Susan Margaret Collins (born December 7, 1952) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Maine, a seat she was first elected to in 1996. A Republican, Collins chairs the Senate Special Committee on Aging since 2015 and previously chaired the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs from 2003 to 2007. She also is known for her long consecutive voting streak, which reached 6,000 votes in September 2015. She is the most Senior Republican woman in the Senate. She is the dean of Maine’s congressional delegation. Collins is consistently described as both the Senate’s most moderate Republican and its most bipartisan senator. However, a closer look at her voting pattern reveals that she often waits until it is clear that it will not affect the outcome before casting a vote that differs from that of most of her Republican colleagues. In this way she positions herself as a pivotal vote and as a focal point.

Born in Caribou, Maine, Collins is a graduate of St. Lawrence University. Beginning her career as a staff assistant for Senator William Cohen in 1975, Collins later became the staff director of the Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee of the Committee on Governmental Affairs (which later became the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs) in 1981.

She was then appointed as the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation by Governor John R. McKernan, Jr. in 1987. In 1992 she was appointed by President George H. W. Bush as the director of the Small Business Administration’s regional office in Boston. Staying in Massachusetts, Collins became that state’s Deputy State Treasurer in 1993.

After moving back to Maine in 1994, Collins became the Republican nominee for Governor in the 1994 general election. Becoming the first woman to become the nominee of a major party for Governor of Maine, Collins finished third in a four-way race with 23% of the vote. After her bid for Governor in 1994, Collins became the founding director of the Center for Family Business at Husson University. Collins was first elected to the Senate in 1996. She has been reelected three times, in 2002, 2008, and 2014.

One of six children, Collins was born in Caribou, Maine, where her family operates a lumber business established by her great-great-great grandfather, Samuel W. Collins, in 1844.

Her parents, Patricia M. Collins (née McGuigan) and Donald F. Collins (1925-2018), each served as mayor of Caribou. Her father, a decorated World War II vet, also served in both houses of the Maine Legislature, one term in the house and four in the senate. Her mother was born in Barrancabermeja, Colombia, to American parents. Collins has English and Irish ancestry. Her uncle, Samuel W. Collins, Jr., sat on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 1988 to 1994 and served in the Maine Senate from 1973 to 1984.

Collins attended Caribou High School, where she was president of the student council.

During her senior year of high school in 1971, Collins was chosen to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program, through which she visited Washington, D.C., for the first time and engaged in a two-hour conversation with U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME). Collins is the first program delegate elected to the Senate and currently holds the seat once held by Smith.

After graduating from Caribou High School, she continued her education at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.[9] Like her father before her, she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society and Collins graduated from St. Lawrence magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1975. (more…)

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January 24, 2018
Why does Sen. Lindsey Graham have a seat at the table on immigration? Are Jorge Ramos and Vicente Fox unavailable?

Graham’s claim to fame is: 1) having twice negotiated a voluntary surrender for the GOP on immigration; and 2) winning 0.00 percent of the vote when he ran for president two years ago.

You could run for president on the platform that we should kill babies and eat them, and you’d get more votes than Lindsey Graham. Who designated this most remote of back-benchers, thoroughly rejected by the American people, as the principal negotiator on Trump’s central campaign promise?

Graham’s thought process seems to be: We had an election, I ran for president; literally no one voted for me, so my views should prevail over the guy who won an Electoral College landslide.

How about getting Dennis Kucinich in there? Has anyone asked Martin O’Malley for help in the “DACA” negotiations?

To a rapturous media, Graham has been peddling the lie that President Trump blew up a beautiful bipartisan deal on immigration. It wasn’t “bipartisan,” except in the sense of being “angrily rejected by the voters.”

It’s the same deal that has gone down in flames at least twice before. It’s the same deal that has already destroyed the careers of Sens. John McCain, Marco Rubio, Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, Kelly Ayotte, Mark Kirk and Gov. Jeb! Bush.

It’s the same deal President Bush tried to push through Congress in 2006 — with Graham’s support! — leading directly to the Republican wipeout in the midterm elections later that year. (Innumerable polls showed that the public hated Bush’s proposed amnesty even more than it hated the Iraq War.)

It’s the same deal that voters repudiated for approximately the 87th time when they made Donald Trump president (and — again — gave Lindsey Graham zero votes).

Notwithstanding the media’s phony polls showing 98.6 percent of voters wildly enthusiastic about amnesty for “Dreamers” — or “Nightmares,” as radio host Howie Carr calls them — every time the public gets its hands on an actual ballot, it votes for: less immigration, punishing employers who hire illegals, no government services for illegals, no driver’s licenses for illegals, no amnesty ever, English-only and Donald Trump.

What the media call a “bipartisan deal” didn’t even meet the basic definition of a “deal.”

For at least a decade now, the argument for amnestying the Nightmares has been: Screw the parents. THEY SUCK! They were the lawbreakers … but don’t blame the innocent children (single typewriter key) brought-here-through-no-fault-of-their-own.

Then we get to see the big bipartisan deal, and it’s: We amnesty the kids — but also the parents! Not only is this not meeting Trump halfway, it’s also doubling the distance.

It’s like negotiating in the Kasbah:

Democrats: We demand $30!

Republicans: We’ll give you $10.

Democrats: OK, $200.

Lindsey Graham: DEAL!

How did an existential issue for the Republican Party get assigned to the single worst person to negotiate it?

It would be as if during Bush’s presidency, anti-war Republican Chuck Hagel had anointed himself spokesman for the GOP on the Iraq War. Republicans would have gone nuts! They would have been screaming at the media, the Democrats and the president: DO NOT TALK TO CHUCK HAGEL!

The fact that Senate Republicans have not done this in the case of Graham and immigration makes me think the fix is in. If we had a party that was serious, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Senate GOP would say, “That’s great that you and Jeff Flake have been having meetings, Lindsey, but you don’t speak for us.”

It’s hard to avoid the impression that other Republicans are saying, God bless Lindsey. There, but for the grace of God, go I — because this is what our paymasters want. The Business Roundtable doesn’t care what Republicans have to do to fool the base, provided: Another year goes by, the Nightmares are still here, and we haven’t sealed the border.

Either Mitch McConnell is very, very stupid or the reason he’s not pulling Graham is precisely because he keeps missing shots.

Let’s see, what’s the stupidest way we could do this? Every single day of Trump’s campaign he promised everyone a wall and mass deportations. What if we DON’T build a wall, but take the person who got zero votes, was the earliest and most vociferous in attacking Trump — and involve him centrally in the negotiations on immigration?

Recall that McConnell spent $8 million to defeat Rep. Mo Brooks in the Alabama Senate Republican primary last August, leading to Trump’s humiliating defeat in the reddest state in the Union in December. There’s nothing embarrassing about Brooks. But he’s with Trump on immigration, so he had to be stopped.

Voters get lip service on “securing the border” at the same time that Republicans are letting Graham negotiate amnesty. The complicit senators hide in their offices and practice looking shocked. No, Lindsey! That’s not what we wanted at all! … Oh well, what are you going to do? Let’s just get those illegals their permanent residence cards and move on to more tax cuts for Wall Street.

It’s said so often that it’s become a cliche: Elections have consequences. Just this once, couldn’t an election have a consequence? A wall and deportations — YES! Amnesty for the Nightmares — NO!

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Remember, you heard it here first.

Brace yourselves Bill O’Reilly fans because there is no longer any question—it’s official.

Last evening’s The O’Reilly Factor was a good example of how Bill has become Obama’s latest apologist. Another was the Obama-O’Reilly spit-swapping session preceding Super Bowl XLVIII.

Rather than revisiting this epiphany and spinning it into a spellbinding narrative, I’ll just offer up these few sound bites and suggest that you watch The O’Reilly Factor on any given weeknight in order to judge for yourselves.

Bill disqualifies statements about Obama’s sabotage of our country by claiming there is no evidence. If wars were fought on this premiss, they would always be lost.  If he were at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941, as hundreds of warplanes were inbound, would he say there is no proof the Japs were about to unleash Holy hell on our naval base? He is either a fool or busy fooling his demographic for some covert reason. I have serious doubts about it being the latter.

Bill often speaks of his football days. If I were to guess which position he played, I’d have to go with defensive lineman because he knows nothing about offense.

Which part of Obama is a traitor, a racist, is dismantling our country piece by piece, is clearly our enemy, and works with the Muslim Brotherhood does Bill not understand?

This cannot be for lack of evidence because there is a plethora of it. Bill is simply turning a blind eye to Obama’s sinister plans and actions, “Because there is no proof.”

Fair and balanced? In your dreams, Bill.

Pithy? Sure, like carving a Christmas turkey with a wet sponge.

Bill’s moneymaker now appears to be super-glued to Obama’s buttocks—metaphorically speaking.

BillOReilly

Graphic by Rodney Pike – Humorous Illustrator

Bill brown noses Obama often. When discussing Obama, Bill attempts to control, minimize, school, and verbally tongue lash even his own FOX News cohorts like Mary Katharine Ham and Monica Crowley when they speak the truth. 

He has morphed into a hubris-filled bully balloon ready for a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The question is why? What’s in it for O’Reilly? Could Barry and Bill have a future book in the works which could be aptly entitled Drilling O’Reilly?

I know what a RINO is, and I know what my definition of “is” is, but what label would one use to describe a registered Independent in name only like Bill, an IINO?

O’Reilly appears to have reached his zenith and is now descending the leeward side of his career. Playing tonsil hockey with Obama is a sure sign he has crossed over. He has become Walter Cronkite II.

Here’s your TMQ2 Factor word for the day, Bill: Bloviate.

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