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 CollinsSusan Collins proposes 16 debates against challenger Gideon The Hill's Campaign Report: New polls show Biden leading by landslide margins Major LGBTQ rights group endorses Collins opponent for the first time in decades 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) ManchinFormer VA staffer charged with giving seven patients fatal insulin doses Biden opens door to supporting nixing legislative filibuster Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads MORE (W.Va.) soon after announced that he, too, would vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Rather is a frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpProgressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters Ilhan Omar: GOP response to calls for police reform 'was vicious' White House considers sweeping travel ban on members, families of the Chinese Communist Party: report 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 DeSantisPence says GOP considering moving convention outdoors Listening to Trump gave Sunbelt governors a new COVID-19 headache Florida records highest one-day coronavirus death toll MORE (R), then a U.S. representative, used a racially charged term while discussing his African-American opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D).