I’m not one of those conservatives who tag as “RINO” some moderate Republicans elected from Democratic-leaning states.Â The only Republicans who I would so label are those like former Nebraska Senator Hagel and former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee as well as former Republican Lowell Weicker (he left the GOP after Joe Lieberman beat him in 1988) who regularly badmouth their party and belittle its policies
While some Republicans,including Maine’s two senators don’t always toe the party line, neither do they bash their party to curry favor with the MSM and the Washington establishment as did those three individuals.Â It is a question of tone.Â When they’re at odds with their party, they may take issue with the GOP leadership, but on the level of ideas.
I have always had a soft spot for Susan Collins, Maine’s junior Senator.Â Maybe it’s that she holds, with ease, a seat in a state that hasn’t voted Republican for president since eight years before her first election.Â Or maybe it’s that she’s shown a commitment to the GOP in rhetoric if not (entirely) in record.
Today, via Allahpundit, who offers some gratuitous attacks on her (calling her RINO), we see her explaining her vote against the confirmation of Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary. I know there was a reason I liked this lady!
This good woman just doesn’t mince her words. Kudos, Senator.
Oh, and, if you hadn’t known Andrea Mitchell worked for a “news” network, you’d think she was a flack for the Obama Administration.
UPDATE:Â McCain was not among the 10 Republicans voting to confirm Geithner. So far doesn’t look like McCain is caving to Obama to curry favor with the media, as some conservatives predicted he would.Â Had the Republicans united against him, he would have been confirmed with only 50 votes.