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More than half an hour after the Senate Republican caucus meeting started in the Mansfield Room, newly defeated Sen. Gordon Smith, an Oregon Republican, is spotted walking through the Senate subway tunnel, head down, carrying his briefcase, alone.

By Dana Milbank  | November 18, 2008; 10:07 AM ET
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Gordon Smith - Don't let the door salm you in the can on theway out. LOL. Good-bye pig!

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | November 18, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

adrienne_najjar’s post illustrates the intellectual limitations of Merkley voters. Any issue more complicated than the R or D after the candidate’s name is beyond their comprehension.

Posted by: dcn1 | November 18, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

How many times did Sen. Gordon Smith fall in line with cheney/bush?
If it is over 50% then I agree with adrienne_najjar

Posted by: knjincvc | November 18, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Senator Smith is truly a thoughtful and principled man who voted his conscience not a party line. His moderating influence will most be missed on the Finance Committee where he was a true leader widely respected by both his D and R colleagues, particularly on Medicaid and Medicare issues.

President Obama could do far worse than Smith, if he truly is serious about having a bipartisan administration.

Posted by: JayCee23 | November 18, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I know nothing about Gordon Smith's record. If he is a moderate as some claim, then perhaps there is a place for him in the Obama administration.

Seriously, there are several retiring GOP Senators and a whole posse of US Reps that are looking for a job right now...

Posted by: mikeinmidland | November 19, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Though Gordon Smith may be a generally decent person, I have little sympathy for anyone who belongs to an essentially criminal organization like the Republican party. If Gordon Smith had a functioning conscience, he'd have resigned or at least spoken out against the ruinous leadership of the GOP. But he didn't, and ergo deserved to be voted out, like every single GOPer who aided and abetted Bush, Rove and Cheney cabal.

Posted by: chiefnugt | November 19, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Gordon Smith voted with George Bush more than 90% of the time. If that isn't voting the party line, I don't know what is.

When he did vote against Bush and the Republican Party, it was often times on bills that meant little, such as those that were going to fail anyway. Examples are drilling in Alaska and the war in Iraq. Smith says he is against both. He'll vote against them on bills that are going to fail anyway, but when it comes to the important votes on both of these topics, he continues to vote with Bush.

He only gets away with the "moderate" label because the news entities often use that label. The fact is he's right there with the Republicans and George Bush. And that's why Oregonians did what most thought couldn't be done - voted him out of office.

Posted by: horsetail | November 22, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Agree with horsetail. When pressed on any substantive accomplishments, he often cites support for children's healthcare. Yes, that would be the SCHIP bill that was vetoed twice by his Republican President. So his most courageous vote was a freebee. Did Mr. Smith call his President to urge a signature? No. Lobby his colleagues for an override? No.

Just one example, but very illustrative of the do-nothing go-along-with-Bush/Cheney attitude that got Smith canned by the voters.

Here and elsewhere, though, there's been nonstop posts by Republicans that somehow voters were deceived. Nonsense.

The deceptions, big and small, came from Smith, the so-called "honorable man." He single-handedly upped the ante for slimy campaigning in Oregon, even implying that he was supported by Barack Obama, Ted Kennedy and Ron Wyden.

Perhaps he is a "decent person." Oregon's Senator needs to be more than one of the many "decent persons" who stand by while our Constitution is shredded, integrity shattered and our economy reduced to a shambles. Jeff Merkley is more than just a decent person --he is a tireless fighter for working people, and he will make a great Senator.


Posted by: factota | November 23, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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