But look at the fact pattern here:
--Collins contributes $5,000 to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) as an FBI investigation into his actions gathers steam.
--Collins doubles down with another $5,000 investment in Stevens a month before his indictment, at a time when the seriousness of the case against him is undeniable. (She's one of only three incumbents fighting for reelection to contribute to him during that period.)
--Stevens is convicted of seven felonies. As her colleagues line up to call on him to step down, Collins balks.
What on earth is going on here?