Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski are less unpopular and modestly more popular, respectively, among Democrats than they are among Republicans:
Despite appearing to have settled into his role as professional betrayer, Romney is gesturing towards a vote on President Trump’s nominee. Perhaps he intends to pull a fast one and vote “no”, finally settling the score:
Alaska is an electorally wild state. In 2016, Murkowski’s closest general election challenger was a Libertarian who endorsed Trump, something Murkowski refused to do. He got 30% of the state’s vote compared to just 11% for the Democrat. Despite being geographically far removed from the DC swamp, Murkowski embodies Uniparty sleaze. Her senatorial career began when her father appointed her to fill his seat. So she has her reasons.
Susan Collins is the trickiest to figure out. She’s favored to lose her reelection bid in November by more than 2:1 odds. Republicans have less animosity towards her than Democrats do, so her decision to turn her back on them this late in the game seems like electoral suicide. Democrats are not going to forget her eventually falling in line on Brett Kavanaugh. Politically–not to mention constitutionally–doubling down seems the way to go. But she’s managed a precarious position to stay in power for a generation now and I’m just some blowhard on the internet, so what do I know? I know I’m going to say I told you so in six weeks, that’s what!
Despite a mob outside his personal residence, the transformation of Lady G (see :19 in) into Lindsey the Lion was completed a couple of years ago: