It's worth stating again, as baldly as possible:
Sen. Collins thinks it's okay for a lawmaker convicted of felonies to continue serving in the United States Senate.
Even when the felonies committed involve public corruption and the abuse of official power.
It's hard to get into the mindset of someone whose moral compass leads her to such a bewildering conclusion. And it raises real questions about where Susan Collins draws her ethical bright lines.
But in any case, Collins' support for Stevens makes it clear as day that the junior senator is no reformer. She's not a truth teller or an independent thinker.
She's a partisan Republican willing to do ethical somersaults to preserve Republican power.
Don't say you weren't warned.