Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told me that she is fine with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) offer of 15 amendments--10 for Republicans and 5 for Democrats. The only question is the time allotted to debate them...She'd be fine if Reid were to allow, say, two hours of debate (one hour for Democrats and one hour for Republicans) for each amendment.Got that? So 120 minutes per amendment--not 60 minutes, not 90 minutes--is the magic dividing line between respect for the minority and abuse of process.
Collins told me that the time issue is important to her because she is "trying to make sure the rights of the minority are protected."
Yes, it looks increasingly like the junior senator is looking for a way to avoid voting for a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."