The expression “David vs. Goliath” took on new meaning on the floor of the Senate as David and Goliath went at it, with hundreds of eyes on them. This was the battle of words between Georgia Senator John Ossoff and curmudgeon and Maine Senator Susan Collins.
There are few people who are as infuriating as Collins. With her perpetual concern and her annoying whining, she has been a major disappointment and gives new meaning to the word “hypocrisy.”
And as the fight for the right for every American’s vote to count went on, Ossoff did something very unusual. He challenged Collins. He called her out on her hypocrisy — in front of the whole Senate. And Collins clearly did not appreciate it.
Susie has a long history of becoming annoyed when questioned. She has received many a question in the last few years as she has been a colossal failure on just about everything people care about.
Ossoff squared off with Collins, calling her out for “flip-flopping” on voting rights and challenging the “concerned” Senator on it.
Ossoff said he didn’t understand why Collins had voted for the reauthorization of the voting rights act but voted against advancing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Collins appeared irritated, annoyed, and yes — pissy at Ossoff’s daring to question her.
Then she told him he was coming close to violating a rule the Senate has, which says no Senator may engage in conduct “unworthy or unbecoming a senator.” Queen Susie was angry. This did not appear to matter to Ossoff (good trouble!) as he went on, unabashed.
Ossoff read quotes on the Senate floor of former Collins statements praising voting legislation. He also accused Collins and other Republicans of blatant hypocrisy.
“Today, only one Republican Senator will stand up for this landmark achievement of the civil rights movement.”
“Not my friend, the Senator from Maine.”
Ouch! One thing is certain. Collins may not have enjoyed the verbal sparring, but others sure did — including Senator Merkley of Oregon. He called it “substantive.” So, chalk one up for Senator Osssoff, who might be new in the Senate but is showing himself to be quite impressive. I’m sure this concerns Senator Collins deeply.