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Yes, new witnesses will prolong the process by weeks at a minimum, and voting for witnesses under a Cocaine Mitch-Ted Cruz plan is likely necessary to a Trump and Trump-voter-supporting Congress winning this November. On Friday, there will be a series of votes. It is now more likely than not that there will be 51 votes, including Susan Collins (Republican-Maine), Mitt Romney (Snake-Self Serving), Lamar Alexander (Retiring-Chamber of Commerce), and Lisa Murkowski (Scheming-Big Union and Oil).
Senator Collins faithfully represents her state. She is a woman of honor who will take a tough vote when needed. It is she who reportedly first floated the common-sense proposal that the Senate trial should be run on the same rules as for the President Clinton trial. There was a basic sense of turn-about as fair play in this. She prevailed; these are the rules in the current Senate trial.
Senator McConnell is reportedly maneuvering for a single basket of witnesses vote, no chance for troublemakers and RINOS to actually work with the Democrats to inflict maximum damage on the president and the Republican majority in the Senate. This will work if he also insists on the Cruz control: paired 1-for-1 witness approval. You want the ‘Stashe? You have to vote for Biden’s boy. You want Mick Mulvaney? You have to vote for Eric Ciaramella. “Do ya really wanna jump?” [officially sanctioned clip, so “R” rated]
Susan Collins likely needs to show her state’s eligible voters that she is leading the way in ensuring a fair and full trial; no “cover up,” no rocks unturned. We can count on the Democrats and their media muppets to grossly overreach, as in the Kavenaugh ordeal. When they do, Senator Collins will be there with her Pine Tree State sensibility firmly bringing the circus to an end, as in the Kavenaugh fiasco, inflicted on the judge by the disreputable Jeff Flake.
While Senator Cory Gardner, of Colorado, may not be in the Gang of Four that enables the Democrats to prolong this farce, his reelection will likely benefit from careful positioning on the matter. Indeed, properly played, he and President Trump might ride together to a Rocky Mountain high victory. Likewise, Martha McSally needs some serious help to get her first win in a state-wide election. She was beaten by a not-so-secret socialist in 2018, and appointed by a Chamber of Commerce governor without any demonstrated ability to get candidates elected. See Jon Gabriel’s postmortem of that race: “5 Reasons Why Sinema Won Arizona.”
So, Collins, Gardner, and McSally need to show both “independent judgment” and loyalty to the voters of their states who will vote for President Trump. While RealClearPolitics is not running their Senate map this early in the year, 270towin.com has the map and current assessments of the state of play. Arizona, Colorado, and Maine are all toss-ups, neither party favored, in the 2020 Senate election race. Played well, with the right combination of prudence and boldness, all three will be wins for both President Trump and the senators. How sweat would it be to actually reverse the supposedly irreversible march of the left through our states?
Postscript: People are commenting on Chief Justice John Roberts and his collusion with Democrats to continue the Eric Ciaramella -Adam Schiff scheme. Here is the thing: he loses power the moment 51 Republican Senators vote to hear that name or to compel that testimony. He is powerless in the face of a majority of Senators. Their house, their rules.