On one side, you've got Dick Cheney, for whom the Klamath Basin decision was all about using his bureaucratic powers to curb agency regulation of corporate activities in general. On the other, you've got Karl Rove, for whom the overriding concern was the electoral math for 2002, 2004, and beyond.
And somewhere in the middle is Oregon's junior Senator who, as LO shows, seems to be almost prescient in his ability to politically surf the waves Cheney was creating (as well as being ready to seize any local advantage Rove's political calculus would create for him).
We're finally there. I've been waiting for weeks to say it:
What did Gordon Smith know, and when did he know it?