Sen. Collins has clearly given Rep. Allen an opening with her cowardly, hypocritical reaction to the widening financial crisis.
Admittedly, it's not clear how big the opening is. But against the backdrop of her staunchly pro-corporate record and her campaign's heavy reliance on business PACs and business-backed astroturf groups, an opportunity for Allen undoubtedly exists.
The question is whether Allen and his allies will capitalize on it.
Will the Allen campaign and third-party groups draw sharp contrasts that show the yawning gap between the two candidates on the economy?
Will they connect the dots between Sen. Collins eager support from Wall Street and the votes she's cast over the years?