The assertion that Collins has been anything but a leader on oversight issues related to Iraq and federal contracting is absolutely false. Collins' leadership in exposing waste, fraud and abuse in federal contracting and in asking tough questions is well known.Psst: Hey, Jen. The war in Iraq started in, um, two thousand and three.
For example, in August 2006, she chaired a hearing to examine waste and fraud in Iraq reconstruction contracts.
Is this really the best gloss that Collins' in-house spinmeisters can put on her performance? That it took her more than three years to get around to anything resembling Iraq oversight?
Even though oversight of government contracting was at the core of her job as chair of the Government Affairs Committee?
Look. This is not funny. Billions of dollars, and perhaps even lives, could have been saved if the junior senator had focused on the administration's corrupt, often chaotic contracting procedures in 2003, 2004 or 2005.
But Collins sat on her hands for more than three years.
And let's be blunt about why: She did it in deference to her pal President George W. Bush.
Burita can try to dress up the junior senator's feckless cowardice however she wants. But the truth is as ugly as it is clear: When her country needed her to be a leader, Collins chose to be a Republican "team player."