Like Ms. Collins, Ms. Murkowski voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act and is a supporter of the right to abortion. With her latest ruling, Ms Murkowski now risks stoking a backlash from the left, which believes Judge Barrett’s confirmation threatens those same issues.
It could be drastic. After Ms Collins backed Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation in 2018, she became the main target of Liberals across the country, who poured millions of dollars into the coffers of her Democratic opponents. Two years later, polls suggest she could lose her re-election next month thanks, in large part, to that vote.
The comparison with Ms. Collins, however, is not perfect. The brawl for Judge Kavanaugh was a bitter affair that devoured the nation in a debate over general and sexual violence after he was charged during the sexual assault proceedings. In this case, polls suggest that a majority of the public, including many Democrats, support Judge Barrett’s confirmation. Additionally, Alaska tends to be a more conservative state than Maine, and Ms. Murkowski is so well known that she won a written campaign in 2010 after losing the Republican primary.
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the group was “deeply disappointed” by Ms Murkowski’s planned vote in favor of Judge Barrett.
“Her extreme views should be disqualifying for anyone claiming to be a champion of women and families,” Ms. Hogue said.
Ms Murkowski only made informed comments on abortion rights or the affordable care law during her speech, but they suggested that she was reassured by Judge Barrett on how the two issues would be held in the future by the highest court in the country. She dodged reporters on Capitol Hill after the speech.
“It was important for me to hear and better understand her perspective on precedence and her assessment process, especially the weight she places in relying on decisions that have been in place for decades,” such as Roe v. Wade, ”she said in her remarks.