Last week she once again was praised as a "moderate" for criticizing President Trump's refugee ban, adding that it was "likely constitutional."
And yet . . .
The very man whose soon-to-be department is now seeking to overturn the court order freezing the ban -- and who has supported its concept -- is new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
That's the same Sessions who was opposed by civil-rights and other progressive groups, partly because of his draconian stands on immigration.
And that's the same Sessions for whom Collins helped lead a vigorous fight to get him approved for the Cabinet post.
It's pretty routine for Collins, who has criticized Trump before -- but has uttered hardly a whisper against Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who, if anything, is more toxic than Trump.
And for what it's worth he. like Trump, also failed to receive a majority of votes in his two elections.
It's the same story in Collins' opposition to Betsy DeVos for the Department of Education post -- as outlandish as DeVos sounds, she's no worse than LePage.
When she's playing to the Washington press, she's a courageous moderate.
Back home, however, Collins stays quiet about Trump's partner in lunacy.