My only quibble is that Nichols describes former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe -- like Collins, from Maine -- using that oxymoron of "Republican moderate."
Sorry, but Snowe was a hack who spent her last months in office attacking Obama every chance she could -- most likely in resentment because the Justice Department went after her husband's sleazy for-profit education operation.
She would also turn indignant whenever asked about her vote in favor of the invasion of Iraq.
And because of her holdout on Obamacare -- and Obama's vain, and failed, attempt to get at least one Republican on board -- the subsequent legislation was considerably weakened after Ted Kennedy's death.
Olympia Snowe is no moderate, Republican or otherwise.