Collins slams Obama administration on EunuchBomber handling

posted at 11:15 am on January 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Normally, most conservatives would groan at hearing that the Republican response to Barack Obama’s weekly presidential address would be coming from Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). In this case, though, it’s a smart move. If Jim DeMint or Mike Pence had delivered the speech you’ll watch below, it still would have been a fine speech — but we already know where conservatives stand on counterterrorism. However, when a moderate like Collins calls the handling of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab “irresponsible,” “dangerous,” and “inconceivable,” that has a broader political impact. When Collins says that “Foreign terrorists are enemy combatants and they must be treated as such,” and calls the current Obama policies a “charade,” that will make it more difficult for people to write it off as knee-jerk, right-wing contempt for Obama instead of his policies:

Read the entire transcript here, but the closing is terrific:

President Obama recently used the phrase that ‘we are at war’ with terrorists. But unfortunately his rhetoric does not match the actions of his administration.

The Obama administration appears to have a blind spot when it comes to the War on Terrorism.

And, because of that blindness, this administration cannot see a foreign terrorist even when he stands right in front of them, fresh from an attempt to blow a plane out of the sky on Christmas Day.

There’s no other way to explain the irresponsible, indeed dangerous, decision on Abdulmutallab’s interrogation. There’s no other way to explain the inconceivable treatment of him as if he were a common criminal.

This charade must stop. Foreign terrorists are enemy combatants and they must be treated as such. The safety of the American people depends on it.


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I blame Eric Holder and BHO…

d1carter on January 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Something here really stinks, and it’s BO.

wildcat84 on January 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Less than one hour. That’s right, less than one hour.

In fact, just fifty minutes.

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Shorter than most of Obaby’s speeches.
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RalphyBoy on January 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Somebody has to go under the bus pretty soon. Will it be Holder,…or Obama? The peasants are in revolt,…quick, close the castle gates

a capella on January 30, 2010 at 11:23 AM

THANK YOU Susan Collins!

4shoes on January 30, 2010 at 11:24 AM

(willful) blindness

dont taze me bro on January 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

The eight years of leftist haranguing of Bush on these kinds of issues obviously led many Democrats, including Obama and Holder, to think that everyone agreed with their point of view on this subject. Now, after they’ve dug themselves into a hole on that basis, they’re finding out that most people agreed with Bush’s polices after all. Uh oh!

RWB on January 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Wow, impressive. Now can we say this in unison to Mr. President? We need more than a handful from the GOP to demand they be treated as combatants and not burglars, we need a clear majority.

scalleywag on January 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Good job Ms. Collins.

I do have to add though that why is it that the more liberal types whether pub or dem come of sounding like they were deprived of oxygen at an early age?

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Nothing says terrorsit recruiting tool like granting them the same rights as an American citizen.

fourdeucer on January 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM

For the first time in my adult life, I’m proud of my State. (Obviously just kidding, but this video does make me a little less disgusted with having voted for Susan and Olympia.)

joe_doufu on January 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Nothing says terrorsit recruiting tool like granting them the same rights as an American citizen.

fourdeucer on January 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Did you say United States immigration tool or recruiting tool?

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CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Next week she’ll be justifying her vote in favor of Obamacare. Surely she has to be part of history. Any history irrespective of it’s destructive effect on the republic and American lives.

csdeven on January 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM

I’m sure the libs are going to go insane over this! They’re going to scream for her head! How dare she say this? A senator! She… she… she said “CHRISTMAS”!

Good job and spot on!

behiker on January 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM

inconceivable!

clement on January 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM

“Bomber on Christmas day”. The only response to this is to eliminate Christmas day and adopt Mawlid al-Nabi day. Problem solved. Next!

Electrongod on January 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Another jaw dropping speech from a Republican. Good on you Senator Collins! Just don’t go all wobbly on us again!

BetseyRoss on January 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM

She’s exactly right, and Obama, and company had better get off their collective arses, and realize this. Remember…the White House was a target on 9/11. I don’t believe because Obama resided there now, makes it not a target to AQ.

Time to man up Obama, and realize you are the President…and the safety of yourself, all who work in D.C., your family, the rest of us, and our families are in your hands now. Like it or not, it’s your job to protect this country, not to pander to terrorists.

capejasmine on January 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Did you say United States immigration tool or recruiting tool?

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CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:29 AM

You know that brings up a point about immigration, if terrorists are granted equal protection under our constitution it is easier to grant illegal aliens the same protections.

fourdeucer on January 30, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Feh.

Can you tell it’s an election year yet? /s

The first of many ‘rehab’ jobs, on both sides of the fence, I’ll wager.

And, no doubt, accelerated by the Tea Party Movement.

CPT. Charles on January 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

However, when a moderate like Collins calls the handling of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab “irresponsible,” “dangerous,” and “inconceivable,” that has a broader political impact.

No it doesn’t. When a Republican Congressman says something moonbatish, that’s in the news cycle 24/7. When a liberal Rebublican says something that makes sense, she’s briefly accused of “caving in to pressure from right-wing extremists” and then quickly shoved under the rug.

What we need for this sort of thing is someone who is a GOOD PUBLIC SPEAKER. Is that really too much to ask? This lady (with all due respect) sounds like she’s functionally retarded.

logis on January 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Unexpected?

catmman on January 30, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Feh.

Can you tell it’s an election year yet? /s

The first of many ‘rehab’ jobs, on both sides of the fence, I’ll wager.

And, no doubt, accelerated by the Tea Party Movement.

CPT. Charles on January 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

No, Susan’s seat isn’t up for contest until 2014. If there’s a cynical political play here, it’s about making the majority remember how powerful she is. But I think this is sincere.

joe_doufu on January 30, 2010 at 11:41 AM

When you lose the RINOs…. Well you know the rest.

Turn out the lights.

kevinkristy on January 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Good words from Collins, but there is one thing still missing, from Palin to Collins and every Repub political hack in between:

No one seems willing to hold Osama Obama responsible for his America-hating, terrorist-enabling behavior.

It is past time for the Chicago Jesus to answer for what he has done and is trying to do.

When someone actually displays the courage to stand up and call Obama out for the damage he has done, for his cronyism, incompetence and disdain for the country, we can begin the healing process. Maybe.

I don’t see anyone willing to take this step, though.

MrScribbler on January 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Unprecedented!

Thank you, Mrs. Collins! I rarely get to type that, so I enjoyed typing it.

SouthernGent on January 30, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I hate to sound cynical but I think she’s up for re-election this year and all she’s doing is making a plug to her constituents that she’s strong on the war against terror. To speak out against the Obama administration is easy because his political clout is weak. But, wasn’t she one of the Rep. Senators that went along with Obama on the stimulus bill? She may be scared about what happen in Mass and NY-23 with Scosafava and because of her own weak-kneed stance on other issues. Hey, maybe I’m wrong. I hope so.

ranzofola on January 30, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Everyone seems to be against this, I wonder what the secret briefings must have revealed. Obama’s whole world view is being kicked in the groin by reality daily.

Howcome on January 30, 2010 at 11:49 AM

The other day a troll was gushing that this has been a bad week for Dems, what with O’Keefe and a ‘great’ SOTU speech. Instead, it’s two weeks so far of hits against the Dems.

And now, a report by DoJ clears Bush lawyers of misconduct over their memos regarding enhanced interrogations.

Seems like everything is unhappy in Cartoonland lately. Collins pulled few punches, which landed right where they should have. I hope the effect is telling and lasting.

Liam on January 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Make that ‘…a bad week for Republicans…’ in my previous comment

Liam on January 30, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Like many, I’m down on too many recent GOP performances, but, first, McDonnell’s SOTU response and, second, Collins’s address today are something to smile about in these dark days of Obama rule.

BuckeyeSam on January 30, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Somebody has to go under the bus pretty soon. Will it be Holder,…or Obama? The peasants are in revolt,…quick, close the castle gates

a capella on January 30, 2010 at 11:23 AM

For a Pres. in this much trouble, you’d expect at least 2 sacrificial lambs. We’ve gotten none. Bernanke was re-nominated, Geithner was protected, Holder is black, Hillary is untouchable, and Napolitano isn’t a big enough fish. Rahm?

JiangxiDad on January 30, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Obama impresses ‘educated class’ but not terrorists

–Michael Barone

Just whom are we trying to impress?

That’s a question that occurred to me when, on his second full day in the presidency, Barack Obama announced we would close the Guantanamo detainee facility within one year.

It’s a question that has kept occurring to me over the last year and nine days, even though Obama and his administration have proven unable to keep that promise.

TheBigOldDog on January 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM

…that will make it more difficult for people to write it off as knee-jerk, right-wing contempt for Obama instead of his policies:

Nah, not really more difficult. That would require a modicum of intellectual honesty, and they have none.

‘They’ loved McCain, until he was the Republican candidate – him being a ‘maverick’ and a ‘centrist’ – more favored by ‘them’ than Collins is – didn’t make it more difficult for ‘them’ to write him off as some right-wing extremist, etc.

Midas on January 30, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Way to go, Sue! Did she get a call from Sarah? The R’s seem to be getting their act together. Hope they don’t lose the big Mo.

Kissmygrits on January 30, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Good words from Collins, but there is one thing still missing, from Palin to Collins and every Repub political hack in between:

No one seems willing to hold Osama Obama responsible for his America-hating, terrorist-enabling behavior.

MrScribbler on January 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

You haven’t been paying attention to what Palin and others have been saying for, oh, a year-plus at this point, I guess.

Midas on January 30, 2010 at 12:05 PM

$$$$

artist on January 30, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Seems like everything is unhappy in Cartoonland lately. Collins pulled few punches, which landed right where they should have. I hope the effect is telling and lasting.

Liam on January 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

More Kool-aid STAT for the dhimmys – Meanwhile wonders never cease with regard to Sen. Collins- YOU go girl! Outstanding statement – seems to be inching toward the ?right?!!!

huskerdiva on January 30, 2010 at 12:08 PM

she’s functionally retarded

In deference to parents such as Sarah and Todd Palin, can you all please refrain from using the word “retarded”? Thanks.

Annietxgrl on January 30, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Can anyone explain why Holder has not been fired yet!?! …and Big Sis Napolitano?!

I mean that sincerely; no sarcasm here…these tools are making The One look bad – besides their blatant incompetence and the dangerous decisions that have cost American lives in Arkansas, Fort Hood, and nearly in Detroit, too. You’d think this admin. would have tossed them under the bus long ago.

Holder and Napolitano are both responsible, and should have been canned long ago.

DINORight on January 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Mr President,

When you’ve lost the Maine sisters, it is clear evidence that your policies are so far over the top and to the left that you are promoting exactly what you mocked the retreat about yesterday: a Bolshevik revolution. The vast majority of US citizens don’t want this, that is going to lead to the realization of the other thing you mocked the retreat with, the idea that if you lose, we win. You sir, are epic fail.

AZfederalist on January 30, 2010 at 12:13 PM

The eight years of leftist haranguing of Bush on these kinds of issues obviously led many Democrats, including Obama and Holder, to think that everyone agreed with their point of view on this subject. Now, after they’ve dug themselves into a hole on that basis, they’re finding out that most people agreed with Bush’s polices after all. Uh oh!

RWB on January 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I think it’s worse than that. I think the 8 years of hating on Bush made a lot of these leftist nutcases(including the ones elected to office) believe that it was the previous administration, and in particular the President, who were the problem. That al Queda and radical Muslims would leave us alone once Bush was gone. And having Obama in the White House would be an added bonus since he allegedly could turn back the tides and bring world peace with merely his words.

Well now reality has kicked Obama and the Dems right in the groin. Now they realize we are in fact in a war and that our enemies don’t give a rat’s you-know-what which party is in charge or what the President looks like. And playing nice with our enemies and coddling terrorists has made no difference either.

Doughboy on January 30, 2010 at 12:13 PM

But I think this is sincere.

joe_doufu on January 30, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Maybe so, but she has in the past, been an opportunist.

She now has, with Scott Browns election, an opportunity to move more towards the right. Which might get her somewhere close to the center.

I understand the exuberance of some who applaud her new found conservatism. Just don’t forget her past votes.

Political epiphanies by politicians are usually self serving.

donh525 on January 30, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Didn’t know she had it in her, so pleasantly surprised. But doesn’t change the fact that along with Graham, Snowe and McCain, she is one of the most dangerous Repubicans in the senate.

Christian Conservative on January 30, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Can anyone explain why Holder has not been fired yet!?! …and Big Sis Napolitano?!

One’s a black,radical, terrorist-lover (like Obama) and the other is a single feminist/lez. Since Obama (to his credit) isn’t some wishy-washy independent but is instead a far-left liberal ideologue, he sees no reason to remove Holder or Napolitano. Furthermore, the destruction of the US would be preferable to him than its continuation in present form.

I know that few people believe what I just wrote.

JiangxiDad on January 30, 2010 at 12:24 PM

an you tell it’s an election year yet? /s

The first of many ‘rehab’ jobs, on both sides of the fence, I’ll wager.

And, no doubt, accelerated by the Tea Party Movement.

CPT. Charles on January 30, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Except Collins just won in 2008 with 60% vote…

rightistliberal on January 30, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Didn’t know she had it in her, so pleasantly surprised. But doesn’t change the fact that along with Graham, Snowe and McCain, she is one of the most dangerous Repubicans in the senate.

Christian Conservative on January 30, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Yeah, dude. And Maine is not Utah. (And thank God for that)

rightistliberal on January 30, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I hate to sound cynical but I think she’s up for re-election this year and all she’s doing is making a plug to her constituents that she’s strong on the war against terror. To speak out against the Obama administration is easy because his political clout is weak. But, wasn’t she one of the Rep. Senators that went along with Obama on the stimulus bill? She may be scared about what happen in Mass and NY-23 with Scosafava and because of her own weak-kneed stance on other issues. Hey, maybe I’m wrong. I hope so.

ranzofola on January 30, 2010 at 11:48 AM

It would have taken you less time to google and discover she is not up for re-election till 2014!

rightistliberal on January 30, 2010 at 12:34 PM

If you can’t even persuade Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, you are truly out of your mind to the left.

I don’t give a damn at this point about prosecuting the undie bomber, when does Eric Holder’s trial start?

NoDonkey on January 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM

The eight years of leftist haranguing of Bush on these kinds of issues obviously led many Democrats, including Obama and Holder, to think that everyone agreed with their point of view on this subject. Now, after they’ve dug themselves into a hole on that basis, they’re finding out that most people agreed with Bush’s polices after all. Uh oh!

RWB on January 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

I think it is simply a case of an administration adopting an academic, Harvard Law School theory and that theory finally coming up against reality and failing.

The “educated classes” David Brooks loves to talk about think it is so important to demonstrate to the world how fabulous and fair our justice system is, even for terrorists who tried to commit mass murder on our soil. These liberals railed against what they thought was an “extralegal” military tribunal system set up by the Bush administration. They are determined to ignore the Constitution and put Americans at risk simply to prove their silly academic appraoch can work.

rockmom on January 30, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Hey Collins…you da rascist!

mountainmanbob on January 30, 2010 at 12:55 PM

While it’s laudable for Senator Collins to stand up against the liberal agenda of giving rights to terrorists, Senator Collins is pretty far from a responsible legislator. Big Government is her cash cow, and only when liberal legislation becomes untenable or unpopular will she move against it.

Rode Werk on January 30, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Ms. Collins should be the lead Republican Filibuster speaker.

BKeyser on January 30, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Rahm?

JiangxiDad on January 30, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Most likely. And the rumors about Hillary being unhappy are getting louder.

Good job by Collins. She’s certainly not an accomplished speaker, but, more importantly, she came across as sincere.

Nichevo on January 30, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I do have to add though that why is it that the more liberal types whether pub or dem come of sounding like they were deprived of oxygen at an early age?

CWforFreedom on January 30, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Ha! Well, we all know that liberalism is a mental illness. Maybe it is a side effect of brain damage, too.

Proud Texan on January 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Can anyone explain why Holder has not been fired yet!?! …and Big Sis Napolitano?!

Why bother? They both serve at the President’s pleasure, and neither acts autonomously. They would simply be replaced by someone equally awful, or worse.

Nichevo on January 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Is it just me or all the RINO assholes moving right? They seem to be a little worried about their future….

jwp1964 on January 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

JiangxiDad on January 30, 2010 at 11:58 AM

I hate to disagree with you.

But I think this administration, or Obama personally, is stuck on ‘if I just explain it better’, as he lectured to the Republicans that they mischaracterized his plan and they painted themselves into a corner.

My point being, I think you’re expectation of sacrificial lambs is for an administration that thinks they overreached. He, I think, thinks he has just failed in communication.

Spirit of 1776 on January 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Wow! what a great speaker! No, I am not being sarcastic… why would you think that? seriously, is English her first language? It seems like she is really struggling to get these words out.

I agree with you Ed on the strategery though of using this particular Senator… and the text is well constructed.

painfulTruthDisciple on January 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

I love the School Marm lecture that Collins is giving Holder and Obama, as if they are a couple of unusually dense and careless fourth-graders that need to be reminded very slowly why We Don’t Run in the Hallway With Scissors!

That’s going to leave a nasty bruise.

I believe Allah refers to my posture here as “this strange, new respect”, and so be it.

Jaibones on January 30, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Good, even the rino Maine spinsters are feeling the heat.

RJL on January 30, 2010 at 1:14 PM

I don’t believe because Obama resided there now, makes it not a target to AQ.

capejasmine on January 30, 2010 at 11:34 AM

It’s not worth their bother. They know he isn’t there often enough to make it a reliable target. He’s on the road so much nobody can keep track. Air Force One is going to need a new set of engines real soon.

Yoop on January 30, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Finally, Susan Collins actually takes a definitive stand on something!

Now if the rest of the RINO bunch would just get their collective acts together and stop placating the Democrat Dark Side, maybe we could get something done here!

pilamaye on January 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

How did we get to this point?

We elected as President a man who has been insulated from reality all his life and surrounds himself with people who think just like him.

Socratease on January 30, 2010 at 1:52 PM

I blame Eric Holder and BHO…

d1carter on January 30, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Mmmm…mmmm…mmmm

tgharris on January 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

Susan, dear, you miss the point. Giving away Constitutional rights to the worst of men devalues citizenship to worthlessness. If everyone on the planet is “entitled”, there is no particular advantage to being an American citizen rather than a citizen of the world… and that’s an idea Obama readily promotes.

This isn’t a blind spot, it’s a focal point.

T J Green on January 30, 2010 at 2:24 PM

That was great. She sounded like a patient 3rd grade teacher lecturing an idiot kid not to eat glue.

Little Boomer on January 30, 2010 at 2:25 PM

What we don’t want in our Party are “Liberal” Republicans like Bloomberg, Lincoln Chaffee, Snarlin’ Arlen, et.al. But Moderate Republicans are fully welcomed! They are decent on fiscal policy, and usually strong on defense and pro-military.

Perhaps now all you hard-line conservatives will stop bashing Collins and Snowe.

We libertarian Republicans appreciate them.

ericdondero on January 30, 2010 at 2:42 PM

Does that mean she is voting for BarryCare? Give a little, take a little.

bayview on January 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Good job Sen. Collins….You tell this Boob to pull his head out of the back side of his party symbol.

hawkman on January 30, 2010 at 3:18 PM

You did good Ms. Collins—keep it up.

jeanie on January 30, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Kick em when they’re down, Susan. Actually, that’s the best time to kick em.

Extrafishy on January 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Sounds a lot like a Sarah Palin Facebook note…

Hmmmm…

takeamericabackin10 on January 30, 2010 at 4:02 PM

She needs to be told Star Fleet rules: “Red shirts die”

ya2daup on January 30, 2010 at 4:11 PM

You guys are just too damn stupid to see how magnificent the strategy from the smarterest president in the history f the world.

jukin on January 30, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Wow. Who’s this woman again?

LtE126 on January 30, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Even Collins gets it. This vid needs to go viral. Visit it on Youtube and reco.

paul1149 on January 30, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Is it just me or all the RINO assholes moving right? They seem to be a little worried about their future….

jwp1964 on January 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Oh, but we just won a seat in MS. Ultimately, all you “true conservatives” had to rely on a New England republican.

Why don’t you ask De Mint to stop Obamacare with 30 votes?

And anyways, you guys lose to democrats even in states like Arkansas so STFU.

rightistliberal on January 30, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Susan Collins? I think an alien has taken over her body. That is not the Susan Collins I know!

patrick neid on January 30, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Fourdeucer @ 11:35
Isn’t that exactly where this was heading all along?

elclynn on January 30, 2010 at 6:20 PM

One thing keeps going through my mind, the interview with Stephanapoulas, “some people question my Muslim faith” and the Meuzzin call to prayers, “one of the most beautiful sounds I’ve heard”.
I just think the whole madrassa and the Indonesia thing is part of his hang up when going after terrorists. No one can tell me there isn’t some empathy there.

elclynn on January 30, 2010 at 6:30 PM

This is an effective speech, well-substantiated and logical in its structure. Congratulations, Sen. Collins.

Collins and Feinstein do take their responsibilities on national security quite seriously.

Collins is also one of the senators who objected to that nominee who recently withdrew his name after she pushed for a clarification on his abuse of scouring FBI sources in his dispute with his ex-wife and her paramour.

She may be stubborn, but I think that her motivations are in the best interests of the nation and of her Maine constituents as she sees them. Someone needs to keep her on the reservation re health care that pushes for purchase across state limits since her state only allows two insurance companies to participate. I think that she could be persuaded to champion a market-friendly approach.

onlineanalyst on January 30, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Holder and Napolitano are both responsible, and should have been canned long ago.

DINORight on January 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Holder and Napolitano share ObaMao’s stance that acts of terrorism by Islamic jihadists are criminal. For them, we are not at war; we are experiencing man-made disasters.

Holder has been stonewalling Congress on a number of issues. Issa has been pushing him to answer re the ACORN malfeasance, and the sound from Holder’s office is…silence.

onlineanalyst on January 30, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Susan Collins? I think an alien has taken over her body. That is not the Susan Collins I know!

patrick neid on January 30, 2010 at 6:07 PM

She had an epiphany right after the vote count in MA. Surely its merely correlative and not causative. /s

Geochelone on January 30, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Welcome to the world of “The Mouse That Roared Run Amok.”

parke on January 30, 2010 at 7:34 PM

The eight years of leftist haranguing of Bush on these kinds of issues obviously led many Democrats, including Obama and Holder, to think that everyone agreed with their point of view on this subject. Now, after they’ve dug themselves into a hole on that basis, they’re finding out that most people agreed with Bush’s polices after all. Uh oh!

RWB on January 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

BINGO!

SoldiersMom on January 30, 2010 at 7:50 PM

In this case, though, it’s a smart move. If Jim DeMint or Mike Pence had delivered the speech you’ll watch below, it still would have been a fine speech — but we already know where conservatives stand on counterterrorism. However, when a moderate like Collins calls the handling of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab “irresponsible,” “dangerous,” and “inconceivable,” that has a broader political impact.

Good point but still painful to hear that woman say anything. Frankly I took it to show that so-called moderates like Collins are scared to death about their future in the current political climate.

There really isn’t any good justification for the current administration to treat terrorists the way the did Abdulmutallab, which in itself is a proxy for the fight over the KSM trials.

highhopes on January 30, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Damn, but this woman has an annoying voice and diction. Sure glad I’m not married to her.

OmahaConservative on January 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

You know I’m not trying to be mean but is there something wrong with Sen. Collins? When she talks it sounds like she’s had a stroke or she’s had some kind of brain embolism. If there is something organically wrong with her brain I apologize and I’m not trying to be mean I’m just trying to figure out why she talks like that. Any help that anyone can provide would be appreciated.

Mormon Doc on January 30, 2010 at 10:02 PM

About her speaking style . . . she seems to have a bit of a lisp, but I think her talking so slowly was a combination of reading her remarks and wanting to be very clear. Perhaps she knows that most liberals need words of one syllable before they can understand anything.

francesca on January 30, 2010 at 10:46 PM

BO’s administration has to be in real terrible straits to find itself in the position of getting gored by a RINO! Next thing you know McCain will act like a true conservative after an election and not just before!

chickasaw42 on January 30, 2010 at 11:49 PM

And, because of that blindness, this administration cannot see a foreign terrorist even when he stands right in front of them, fresh from an attempt to blow a plane out of the sky on Christmas Day.

Thank you, Sen. Collins! Job one of the administration is keeping Americans safe; I have my doubts Team Obama is up to the task. Keep the pressure on, often and loudly.

TN Mom on January 31, 2010 at 3:12 AM

Susan Collins? I think an alien has taken over her body. That is not the Susan Collins I know!

patrick neid on January 30, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Its the reverse of a Pod Person – replacing someone bland with someone with some fire and spice to them. Unlike pod people the Sanity Infestation is usually short-lived in DC as it is in a hostile environment.

ajacksonian on January 31, 2010 at 7:19 AM

Collins has more cojones than Barry the Childish.

Keep kicking him, sister!

profitsbeard on January 31, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Sen. Collins and Lieberman are the leaders of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and she knows of what she speaks.

In her position I would sense that it would be her and her fellow Senators that should tell the Administration to get rid of the Politically Correct phrases Secretary of Homeland Security Nappy Napolitano uses to refer to our terrorist enemies. Referring to terrorists by such woozy labels only convey to them they have won.

MSGTAS on February 1, 2010 at 9:46 AM