Bob Benenson brings up Sen. Collins for just two sentences in his latest column at CQ. But even in that short space, he feels the need to let us know that the junior senator has a "centrist profile."
Is he talking about her voting profile? Her political reputation? The way she would look on a coin?
But the phrase almost seems constructed to gloss over the facts and give Benenson maximum wiggle room: You sort of know what he means, and yet he hasn't really committed to anything.
Why a reporter for an important, prestigious publication would choose to indulge a myth instead of debunking it--or at least steering clear of it--is a good question. But it's a topic for another time.