Susan Collins joined John Lewis in Selma for the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Lisa Murkowski is the only Republican who voted to bring the John Lewis Voting Rights Act to a vote last fall. And Mitt Romney voted to convict Trump in the first impeachment trial.— Robert Reich (@RBReich) January 11, 2022
Worth a try.
President Biden is still afraid of the reaction from the "defeated president" if he dare to utter the name "Donald Trump." But he continually called Republicans when in Georgia he remarked
The Vice President and I have supported voting rights bills since day one of this administration. But each and every time, Senate Republicans have blocked the way. Republicans oppose even debating the issue. You hear me?...
Not a single Republican has displayed the courage to stand up to a defeated president to protect America’s right to vote. Not one. Not one....
The filibuster is not used by Republicans to bring the Senate together but to pull it further apart.
Maybe there is nothing to lose by trying to court Republicans, although it's unlikely to bear fruit. Susan Collins' photo-op in Selma for the 59th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and Mitt Romney's vote to convict Donald Trump in one of two impeachment trials should give no encouragement.
Susan Collins marched in Selma to demonstrate her "disappointment" because she's always "concerned," though rarely enough to deviate from the Trump Party line. And Mitt Romney marched in a Black Lives Matter protest so he can be seen at a time when anyone who is anyone was on the black lives matter train (now, not so much). There is little to show for that concern while Romney remains dead set against reforming the filibuster.
"You will recognize them by their fruits," Jesus Christ reportedly warned. Mitt Romney and, especially, Susan Collins put on an act. They're there for the photo-ops and the quotes of little substance. (Lisa Murkowski is more low-key.) But they are, like 48 of their GOP colleagues, aware that their party will gain a majority, and power in Congress and the White House, only if individuals are discouraged from voting.