1. The Oregon House delegation strikes back:
Oregon Reps Blumenauer, DeFazio, Hooley, and Wu released a joint statement responding to Smith's latest ad, in which Oregon's Junior senator tries to claim bipartisan support from Oregon Democrats--and it ain't pretty:
After watching Gordon Smith's new television ad featuring Elizabeth Furse and Avel Gordly we feel compelled to respond and to help set the record straight: Gordon Smith was not one of the first to speak out against the war. It was only after the resounding rejection of the failed Bush agenda at the ballot box in 2006 that Gordon Smith revealed that he harbored second thoughts about the war. Any previous consternation, on his part, was concealed from his constituents and those of us that were fighting to change this disastrous policy.
2. "$1.25 million golf clubs" enters the political lexicon, next to "solid gold toilet seat" and "$70 hammer:"
Thanks to the DNCC:
3. Being Smith means always having to say you're sorry:
Following a bizarre statement by Smith on gay marriage that the editors of the Albany Democrat Herald describe, generously, as "unremarkable, even if it was a bit on the murky side," the search string "senator gordon smith apology" got three pages of hits on Google News.