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Dan Rather: Collins 'misses her moment to be a hero' by voting for Kavanaugh

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather argued Friday that Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsConservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns Susan Collins and the mob mentality MORE (R-Maine) missed an opportunity to be a "hero" by announcing that she would vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

In a Facebook post after Collins announced her plans to vote for Kavanaugh during a lengthy speech on the Senate floor, the veteran anchor called the nomination battle a "devastating loss" for "most women" and some men.

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"So Collins misses her moment to be a hero, and the old bulls win again," Rather wrote in the post.

"For most women and many men it’s a bitter, devastating loss. Which makes it all the sweeter for the old bulls, and for the forces of power, privilege and money everywhere," he added.

Rather wrote that his wife was "furious and deeply disappointed" by the day's news that Republicans have the votes necessary to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday.

"Fill your lungs with the determined air of action. I find myself humming that old but powerful anthem of the Civil Rights Era. 'We'll walk hand in hand!' 'We are not afraid!' 'We shall overcome!' " he wrote, invoking civil rights movement-era messages.

Collins was viewed by many as a possible pickup for Democrats amid the confirmation battle, but announced Friday afternoon that she would vote to confirm the federal judge to the Supreme Court.

Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinFive takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Blankenship endorses ex-W.Va. GOP Senate rival, calls him 'lying' drug lobbyist Conservatives bankrolled and dominated Kavanaugh confirmation media campaign MORE (W.Va.) soon after announced that he, too, would vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Rather is a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation MORE and Republicans in his retirement, and in August attacked what he called "openly racist rhetoric" from GOP officials after Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisElection Countdown: Florida Senate fight resumes after hurricane | Cruz softens ObamaCare attacks | GOP worries Trump will lose suburban women | Latest Senate polls | Rep. Dave Brat gets Trump's 'total endorsement' | Dem candidates raise record B Florida extending early voting in counties hit by hurricane Billionaire Tom Steyer donates million to Gillum in Florida governor's race MORE (R), then a U.S. representative, used a racially charged term while discussing his African-American opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D).