Susan Rice has tweeted that she’s interested in challenging Maine senator and Kavanaugh enabler Susan Collins in 2020.
That is a horrible idea.
Don’t get me wrong — I think Susan Rice would be a fine senator, and certainly better than Collins. I think Susan Rice did a fine job in her roles as UN Ambassador and National Security Advisor. When people tell me they’re surprised what an asshole Lindsey Graham turned out to be, I tell them that his (and McCain’s) ridiculously unfair treatment of Susan Rice over her Benghazi interviews should have made it clear to any idiot that he was an asshole.
But that’s exactly why she shouldn’t run. She was made a symbol of evil by Graham, McCain, Limbaugh, Hannity, and the Fox News network in general. Next to HRC, she’s probably been treated more unfairly than any other prominent woman politician in recent memory. It’s a damn shame that that shit works, but clearly, it does. We hoped that people weren’t so fucking stupid that the Trump and Fox News propaganda against Hillary would work, but clearly, it did. There are literally millions of people who would not have voted for Trump if it had been, say, Biden running against him. They say that they didn’t like much about Trump, but that anybody was better than Hillary.
It doesn’t help to observe that those people are idiots. They still vote, and in large numbers. They still get their information from Fox News, bolstered by the MSM’s largely stenographic reporting of Trump speeches and rallies. They will vote against Susan Rice for the same reason they voted against Hillary, i.e. because Hannity and Carlson and Fox and Friends have told them that she is evil.
Susan Collins won in a landslide in 2014. She’s probably not vulnerable, even after her despicable decision on Kavanaugh, so it probably doesn’t matter who the Dems put up against her.
Unless it’s Susan Rice. Susan Rice will energize the Republican base more than anybody else I can think of who might oppose Collins. She might even energize them enough to affect the Presidential election in Maine, since Trump lost Maine by only 22,000 votes. She might even energize enough people outside of Maine to affect the Presidential election in other states, because you know she will be demonized by Fox News every night for months before the election.
Again, it’s too bad that crap works, but again, if we learned one thing from the last election, it’s that idiocy is invincible.
Please, Susan, don’t do it.