Senator Collins was interviewed by Maine's Kennebec Journal. The paper's report of their conversation about Palin was:
As we [The Kennebec Journal and Senator Collins] discussed the election returns, Collins was critical of Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for backing Tea Party losers in Nevada and Delaware. By taking that action, “they cost us two seats we could have won,” she said.Senator Collins echoed Representative Bachus' recent comment about Sarah Palin's role in the recent midterm election:
Collins said Palin will be weakened if Sen. Lisa Murkowski wins her write-in campaign for re-election in Alaska. Election officials say enough write-in votes were cast that Murkowski could be the winner.
Palin — who has a long family grudge against Murkowski — supported Tea Party candidate Joe Miller, who won the Republican primary.
Collins does not expect Palin to run for president.
“I think she likes being a celebrity commentator for Fox and a speaker and being able to provide for her family,” Collins said. “I think that life appeals to her. It’s a lot easier to charge people up than to actually govern.”
“The Senate would be Republican today except for states (in which Palin endorsed candidates) like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware,” Bachus said. “Sarah Palin cost us control of the Senate.”It looks as though Republican knives are out for Sarah Palin.