I read almost every day the discussion over whether Sen. Susan Collins is still a moderate.

Yes, she has cast more votes against the Republican majority than most other senators in her party, but please look at the times when she did so. She votes that way only when she has permission from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, when he doesn’t need her vote to push his one-sided agenda. She then gets to cast herself as a moderate with his blessing.

Please look at the times when it really mattered and judge whether she deserves the mantle of “most moderate.”

Joe Bates

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