Brett Kavanaugh Vote: Susan Collins Could Have Been 'Hero' But Sided With 'Old Bulls', Dan Rather Says

Senator Susan Collins of Maine had the opportunity to be a "hero" Friday, but instead opted to back Judge Brett Kavanaugh for appointment to the Supreme Court, according to legendary television anchor Dan Rather.

Rather said Collins, who turned out to be the deciding vote for Kavanaugh ahead of Saturday's final tally, opted to side with the "old bulls" in President Donald Trump and Senators Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, Orin Hatch and Lindsey Graham instead of siding with women angered by Kavanaugh's nomination and alleged actions.

"So Collins misses her moment to be a hero, and the old bulls win again. Trump, McConnell, Grassley, Hatch, Graham—the whole lot of them-- win. Again. They are laughing, congratulating one another, and at least metaphorically are popping Champagne," Rather posted to Facebook.

Rather said the country hand continued to "turn toward dark clouds" and spoke about how his wife and daughter were disappointed by Kavanaugh's expected confirmation.

"For most women and many men it's a bitter, devastating loss," Rather continued. "Which makes it all the sweeter for the old bulls, and for the forces of power, privilege and money everywhere. A sense that the nation's climate of justice has taken another turn toward dark clouds rises. The age-old question for the country of whether we prioritize power, privilege and money over justice takes on renewed importance."

But Rather also encouraged citizens to keep up their fight.

"What that requires is that women and the men who love them and hate what has happen adopt an attitude of 'we can be beaten but never defeated.' Adopt it, cling to it and live it as a credo," he said.

Collins, along with Senators Jeff Flake and Joe Manchin, all announced Friday they would be voting to confirm Kavanaugh after a highly contentious confirmation process that she said had been in decline for the three decades.

Collins bashed the overall process, which included allegations of sexual assault levied against Kavanaugh and testimony from accuser Christine Blasey Ford, and repeatedly cited Kavanaugh's experience as a judge and official with George W. Bush's administration as reasons for her decision.

"Mr. President, we've heard a lot of charges and counter charges about Judge Kavanaugh. But as those who have known him best have attested, he has been an exemplary public servant, judge, teacher, coach, husband, and father," Collins concluded before confirming she would vote for Kavanaugh.

The Senate's final vote on Kavanaugh is expected to begin Saturday afternoon.