Jerry Nadler is a lightweight and he is costing the Democrats in the worst way in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. Jerry Nadler acting every bit the imperious corrupt local official he used to be managed to insult the very people the Dems could not afford to lose.
It is no secret that a few GOP Senators could vote with the Dems on certain issues, the key for the Dems is to keep them happy so they have leverage with McConnell.
So what does Nadler do? He pisses off Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, the two votes the Dems must have to gain any leverage over Mitch McConnell.
Sen. Susan Collins was “stunned” by Rep. Jerry Nadler’s late-night diatribe this week against what he deemed a “cover-up” by Senate Republicans for President Donald Trump — so much so that she wrote a note to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. But the Maine Republican said it will not affect her votes during the Senate’s impeachment trial.
In an interview on Thursday, Collins confirmed that she had jotted down a note that eventually made its way to Roberts via Secretary for the Majority Laura Dove. Collins said she believed the back and forth between House Judiciary Chairman Nadler (D-N.Y.) and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone violated Senate rules and felt compelled to point that out, even though senators are required to stay at their desks and not speak during the trial.
“It reminded me that if we were in a normal debate in the Senate, that the rule would be invoked to strike the words of the senator for impugning another senator. So I did write a note raising the issue of whether there’d been a violation of the rules,” Collins said. “I gave that note to Laura Dove and shortly thereafter the chief justice did admonish both sides. And I was glad that he did.”
CNN first reported Collins wrote Roberts a note, though she did not previously confirm it to reporters.
Nadler has been the target of harsh Republican criticism. But Collins said the midnight exchange came when “everyone was getting very tired” and that it wouldn’t affect how she votes on whether to call witnesses next week or her overall view of the case.
“I’m going to cast my vote regardless of the congressman’s performance,” Collins said. “His negative comments about the Senate will not have any impact.”