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Oregon Senate: Fishing For a Candidate

Senate Democrats have made clear they believe Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith (R) is one of the most vulnerable members up for re-election in 2008.

But, they have yet to find a top-tier recruit willing to take on the two-term incumbent.

A new poll conducted by Grove Insight for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee could change that. The survey shows a fertile overall political environment for a Democratic pickup and includes a hypothetical head to head matchup in which Rep. Peter DeFazio leads Smith.

"Gordon Smith has spent the last few months trying to clean up his record before the campaign begins, but the fact that he's already trailing shows he is in extremely bad shape," said DSCC spokesman Matt Miller. "This will be a high priority race next year, and Gordon Smith is in trouble."

A few key nuggets from the poll:

* Just 27 percent of the 600 likely voters polled said the country was headed in the right direction as compared to 61 percent who said it was off on the wrong track.

* Smith remains relatively well-liked by the state's voters. Fifty-six percent felt either very or somewhat favorably toward him, while 25 percent felt somewhat or very unfavorably. DeFazio had similar numbers with 53 percent pf the sample feeling favorably disposed toward him and 19 percent unfavorably inclined.

* DeFazio led Smith 42 percent to 38 percent in a general election matchup, a lead within the poll's four percent margin of error.

The problem for Democrats is that DeFazio doesn't seem keen on running. He has said as much publicly for the last few months and on Tuesday his campaign manager reiterated DeFazio's lack of interest. "Congressman DeFazio has not changed his mind about running for the Senate," said Jen Gilbreath.

So, why put out a poll like this one? The purpose is two-fold: First, to ensure that local elected officials and other supporters of DeFazio will put increased pressure on him to consider the possibility of running. Second, to make sure DeFazio knows that he would have an even-money shot at the Senate if he was willing to take the plunge.

It's candidate recruitment 101. Many potential candidates -- especially those who already hold an elected position -- are skeptical about risking it all for a run at higher office. In 2006, Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wavered for months before eventually deciding to run. Both won election to the Senate.

Put simply: Things change. And a "no" today may wind up turning into a "yes" down the road.

Click here to see where Oregon ranked on the last Friday Senate Line.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 27, 2007; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Posted by: yl7pw2wlg3 | April 8, 2007 2:28 AM | Report abuse

1967 Middle East war? I still prefer 1967 six day arse drubbing myself.

Posted by: GKB | March 29, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps you can be forgiven for not understanding God's chosen place on the earth...or, as we call it, Oregon. But, the population of the entire state is less than 3 million people and just about everybody knows everybody. Oregonian's are highly independent and watch their politican's more carefully than you can possibly imagine. I can just about guarrantee you that virtually every voter in the state knows, not just who Peter Defazio is, but also knows every single other Congressman elected from other districts. Most will even know the County Commissioners and mayors within 100 miles of where they live.

Posted by: MikeB | March 28, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

So, I'm supposed to believe that a 2-term U.S. Senator has virtually the same statewide name identification that a congressman who represents 1/5th of the state has? Seems like a stretch.

Posted by: K. Igawa | March 28, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Really. Krugman is a succesful and well-respected economist. I don't think 'blind hatred' very well describes him. He's quite disapassionate.

How can you talk about 'blind hatred' without looking at the way Dick Cheney's mouth twists into a crooked snarl every time he crticizes the 'democrat' party? Do you not think he hates every one of us? I do.

Posted by: drindl | March 28, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

JD -- what has Paul Krugman written that constitutes "blind hatred" of George Bush? I understand if you disagree with him, but there's not way you can compare him to Rush, Sean, or Coulter. He's obviously progressive -- and therefore disagrees strongly with Bush's policies -- but that's what democracy is all about. If you're going to compare him to someone, I'd suggest George Will. I almost never agree with him, but his arguments are logical expressions of conservative ideology.

Posted by: Colin | March 28, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

(Bloomberg) U.S. industrial production rose a full 1% in February, the most since November 2005, the Federal Reserve reported. The gain in production at factories, mines, and utilities followed a 0.3 per cent decline in January. The share of industrial capacity in use rose to a five-month high of 82%, from 81.4% a month earlier. The increase was well above the economists' forecasts of a 0.3% gain, Bloomberg reported.

Posted by: tarheel | March 28, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

"Judge: Looking back about the "Hate and Fear" factor. The pols will create one or more of these, for they must have, at least, a perceived enemy."

No question, lylepink. I think this is a human condition, BTW, that many of us suffer from regardless of persuasion. That covers your point, JD, now that I scroll down to it. I don't know anyone that hates Bush but I guess I don't hang around any "lefty extremists" whoever those people are. Seems like we now have "righty extremists" who don't like him either. Disagreeing with Bush does not equal hatred of him.

As far as "blind hatred" of Bush it does exist but you'll encounter a lot more blind hatred of all things Democratic during a 24 hour news cycle of Fox News (anyone familiar with my posts knows I'm resisting the powerful urge to type "Faux News" here). By your standards, are all regular Fox News viewers mentally ill? And Blarg mentioned Ann Coulter who is clearly headed for the nuthouse but has a wide readership.

Without going into a tit-for-tat about which media demonstrates greater hatred for whom, I defer back to my original point: humans have a nature tendency to find and label enemies. Obviously a product of evolutionary biology.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | March 28, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm just asking, JD--look at what you wrote. Are you too warped to understand? Too deep in the koolaid?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

And to those of you who responded anonymously, I'm taking KOZ's path of ignoring you.

Sign your name or initials if you want to post, coward.

Posted by: JD | March 28, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Every day, rush and sean bash dems relentlessly. relentlessy. especially hillary clinton.

but of course the tone is not shrill or mean spirited. they simply think someone should assasinate her.

can ann coulter 'joke' about murdering judges and democratic congresspeople and then be feted by the right?

do you understand how delusional you are?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Blarg and Colin, OK maybe you two don't blindly hate him. But it seems like, everywhere I turn, there's someone else screaming that he's evil, or the portray him as a monkey, or some b-lister like olberman or daly are going on some rant or another.

As for the policies, absolutely, disagree if you want and talk about it. The shrill tone, however, comes at least as much from the left as the right. I thought I'd mention it after seeing the Sean and Rush-bashing exercise earlier in this blog.

I don't know if you read Kos, Alterman, or some of the NYT haters like Krugman (I do, kind of like looking at the other teams' playbook). The dialog is shrill, mean spirited, and does nothing to solve problems or advance the debate.

Where is the line drawn? Is it ok for Ward Churchill to say the 9/11 victims had it coming? Can Michael Moore launch into any charges he wants in his films, then be feted by the left?

Posted by: JD | March 28, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

'I personally believe that maybe 20% of the country absolutely hates this guy, and it goes all the way back to the close 2000 election.

No matter what policy he would come up with, the lefty extremists would hammer him regardless. Even stuff they should like, like his amnesty/immigration bill, No Child Left Behind, and Medicare part D, are all liberal laws for the most part.

The right looks at this blind hatred and considers it a form of mental illness.'

God you are hilarious. Mental illness? You mean like the way you hate Bill and Hillary Clinton? Now there's mental illness for you. And 20% -- I would bet that more like 75% percent of the country hates bush. And with very good reason -- he is destroying this country and tearing it apart.

Liberal laws? You really are a resident of the back wards. In what way is are all these gigantic corporate giveaways of taxpayer's money 'liberal'? What planet are you on?

Oh hey, are you one of those folks who thought allowing government bureacrats to paw through your underwear drawer was a good idea?

'Yesterday, FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to grovel for forgiveness. Over the past several years, the FBI has used thousands of National Security Letters to improperly obtain private information on citizens. The reasons, according to Mueller: "mistakes, carelessness, confusion, lack of training, lack of guidance and lack of adequate oversight."

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"The right looks at this blind hatred and considers it a form of mental illness."

Of course they do. Because that's part of the right's general demonizing of their opponents. Liberals don't dislike the president for good reasons. They blindly hate him! Because they're clinically insane! There's no way to reason with them or to find a compromise; they're crazy and should be ignored or maybe even institutionalized. That's right out of the Ann Coulter playbook.

Posted by: Blarg | March 28, 2007 10:41 AM | Report abuse

JD -- Not sure what you consider "extremist liberals," but there are plenty of reasons for people of all political stripes to dislike GWB AS A POLITICAL FIGURE that have nothing to do with progressive ideology. Moreover, hating certain political positions does not equal personal hatred of a human being. That kind of argument is really just an attempt to change the subject from the mess that GWB has made as President.

First, a clear majority of the country thinks that Bush made a huge mistake in leading us into Iraq. You can debate the substance of that opinion if you want, but that's a widely held position today. Independent voters dislike Bush b/c of Iraq in almost equal numbers as Democrats. Are you arguing that a majority of the country is essentially irrational?

Second, I think EVERYONE is fed up with the administration's reckless spending. I'm a progressive Democrat, but like most of the country I don't think it's acceptable for the government to run up huge deficits. That's a mainstream Democratic position today JD, and certainly one that's shared by folks all along the political spectrum. Are you arguing it's illogical or the result of blind hatred to blame Bush for wasting tax dollars?

Third, Bush has been generally incompetent in dealing with everything from Katrina to Iraq to running the Justice Department. Again, that's not an ideological criticism. George Bush Sr., whatever else, was a competent president. His son...not so much. Again, that kind of criticism has nothing to do with "blind hatred" of Bush as a human being. I imagine he's a decent guy. He's just a really bad president.

Posted by: Colin | March 28, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

onsidering limiting the ability of federal wildlife protection agencies to intervene on behalf of endangered species that may be harmed by federal actions.

The Endangered Species Act has long been attacked by property-rights groups, cattlemen, timber interests, developers, and mining and drilling companies, mostly in the West.

Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne proposed legislation amending the act when he was a senator from Idaho, and more drastic changes were proposed in the last Congress in an unsuccessful bill.

Among the proposed changes is one that could affect litigation over the Bonneville Power Administration's operation of a system of dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, where there has been a sharp drop in salmon populations. A federal district judge two years ago rejected a federal claim that, under the terms of the Endangered Species Act, the existing dams would be considered an "immutable" part of the environmental landscape.

The working draft gives agencies like the Bonneville Power Administration the unilateral right to make that kind of determination, and to decide whether their actions will cause harm.'

omigod, ROFLOL - just leave it to the fox to decide whether its actions harm the chickens ... in fact, just give him the keys to the coop.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

JCC, do you believe the opposite is true as well? That is, the extremist left (many of which post on this board) have their reality warped by a blinding hatred of George Bush? I personally believe that maybe 20% of the country absolutely hates this guy, and it goes all the way back to the close 2000 election.

No matter what policy he would come up with, the lefty extremists would hammer him regardless. Even stuff they should like, like his amnesty/immigration bill, No Child Left Behind, and Medicare part D, are all liberal laws for the most part.

The right looks at this blind hatred and considers it a form of mental illness.

Posted by: JD | March 28, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Kansas City infoZine - 4 hours ago
By Michael Famiglietti - FBI Director Robert S. Mueller accepted blame Tuesday for the misuse of national security letters, which authorized the FBI to gather personal information on about 40000 to 60000 Americans from 2003 to 2005.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Judge: Looking back about the "Hate and Fear" factor. The pols will create one or more of these, for they must have, at least, a perceived enemy.

Posted by: lylepink | March 28, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Leaders from Arab states have opened a key summit in Riyadh aimed at reviving a five-year-old plan for peace with Israel, as part of a diplomatic offensive by Saudi Arabia to resolve the Middle East conflict.

But the opening of the meeting was marked by a strident attack by Saudi King Abdullah against the presence of its close US ally in Iraq as an"illegitimate foreign occupation," and a warning of civil war.

Several of the great and the good of world diplomacy - including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana - have gathered at today's opening session, in which leaders will discuss the Saudi-brokered initiative at the centre of the summit.

The plan, which was first brought up at a 2002 Arab summit, would offer Israel recognition and permanent peace with all Arab countries, in return for Israeli withdrawal from lands captured in the 1967 Middle East war.'

Posted by: hmmm... | March 28, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

March 28 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. durable-goods orders excluding transportation unexpectedly fell for a second month in February, jeopardizing the Federal Reserve's forecast for a recovery in investment.

The 0.1 percent drop followed a 4.0 percent slide a month earlier, the Commerce Department said in Washington today. None of the 35 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News predicted the decline. Orders for all durable goods -- those made to last several years -- rose 2.5 percent, less than analysts anticipated.

Companies are reluctant to buy new machinery and equipment until inventories are reduced, suggesting the economy may slow further, economists said.

``This raises a major warning flag for the economy,'' said Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto. ``It casts some serious doubt on what had been a leader for the economy in the last year or two.''

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

'McCain, appearing on NBC's "Today" show today from Orlando, said the war "was badly mismanaged. But there are signs of progress everywhere. ... I am confident that given the opportunity, we can have success. The consequences of failure are catastrophic because if we come home, bin Laden and Zarqawi, they are going to follow us."

Senate Republicans tried Tuesday to strip out the withdrawal language but failed in a 50-48 vote.

Sen. Chuck Hagel delivered the deciding vote by joining anti-war Republican Gordon Smith of Oregon in breaking ranks and voting with Democrats to put a nonbinding end date on the war.

"We have misunderstood, misread, misplanned and mismanaged our honorable intentions in Iraq with an arrogant self-delusion reminiscent of Vietnam," said Hagel, R-Neb.'

Two vietnam vets -- one sane, one firmly planted in lala land.

If we leave Iraq, bin ladin will follow us home. Earth calling Mccain -- bin ladin is not in iraq, dear. bin ladin is in Pakistan. bin ladin came here on 9/11 and we weren't in iraq, were we?

what we do in iraq has no bearing on bin ladin. what we do in afhanistan and pakistan is another matter... because that would actually affect him. if we were to crack down on the actuall terror5ist camps that actually exist there [and not in iraq] it might put a cramp in his style. but what does he care about iraq? answer: he doesn't. except for how much our continued occuption helps hiim in recruiting angry young men.

mccain is a lost soul and he gets further behind rudy every day.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 10:03 AM | Report abuse

You've seen from posters like zouk, the poster child for Wingnuttia citizenship, that the further they get from reality, and the more desperate to maintain their delusions, the louder and more shrill they become... like a cornered animal.

But there is hope. I have two republican neighbors who came back from the edge and voted for democrats last november...

Posted by: drindl | March 28, 2007 9:45 AM | Report abuse

AGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Shiite policemen are blamed for a wave of killings Wednesday in Tal Afar that authorities are characterizing as reprisals for two truck bombs that left at least 50 dead a day earlier.

Casualty figures in Wednesday's bloodshed were not immediately available, but authorities said dozens of Sunnis were believed killed or wounded.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Drindl: Wingnuttia is real enough but one of its hallmarks is that the inhabitants don't realize how totally isolated they are from reality. Or from the majority of America. They think that persistent complications like what constitutes the rule of law can be wished away by a piddling argument that targets one small part of a larger issue. Limbaugh provides an emotional template for this mental illness in which annoying reality is swept away by fantasy and bang, America is a 1950's-Leave-It-To-Beaver land where conservation hasn't been invented, politicians are honest, resources are limitless and Democrats are simply misguided. The flip side of that sunny optimism shades over to amorality pretty quickly when you try to dislodge them from Wingnuttia but what do you expect when you challenge someone's infantile delusions?

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | March 28, 2007 9:33 AM | Report abuse

'President Bush enjoys hosting formal state dinners about as much as having a root canal. Or proposing tax increases. So his decision to schedule a mid-April White House gala for Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah signified the president's high regard for an Arab monarch who is also a Bush family friend.

Now the White House ponders what Abdullah's sudden and sparsely explained cancellation of the dinner signifies. Nothing good -- especially for Condoleezza Rice's most important Middle East initiatives -- is the clearest available answer.

Abdullah's bowing out of the April 17 event is, '

Aah, I see now. April 17. Guess Hoagland hasn't read about the propsed attack. It's all over the russian and european press--

'In Davos, Switzerland, the meeting of the World Economic Forum, a conference where economic globalism issues are discussed, opened January 24 with a discussion of Bush's planned attack on Iran. The Secretary General of the League of Arab States and bankers and businessmen from such US allies as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates all warned of the coming attack and its catastrophic consequences for the Middle East and the world.

Writing for Global Research, General Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the Academy on Geopolitical Affairs and former Joint Chief of Staff of the Russian Armies, forecasted an American nuclear attack on Iran by the end of April. General Ivashov presented the neoconservative reasoning that is the basis for the attack and concluded that the world's protests cannot stop the US attack on Iran.'

'KUWAIT CITY: Washington will launch a military strike on Iran before April 2007, say sources. The attack will be launched from the sea and Patriot missiles will guard all oil-producing countries in the region, they add. Recent statements emanating from the United States indicate the Bush administration's new strategy for Iraq doesn't include any proposal to make a compromise or negotiate with Syria or Iran. A reliable source said President Bush recently held a meeting with Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Dr Condoleezza Rice and other assistants in the White House where they discussed the plan to attack Iran in minute detail.

According to the source, Vice President Dick Cheney highlighted the threat posed by Iran to not only Saudi Arabia but the whole region. "Tehran is not playing politics. Iranian leaders are using their country's religious influence to support the aggressive regime's ambition to expand," the source quoted Dick Cheney as saying. Indicating participants of the meeting agreed to impose restrictions on the ambitions of Iranian regime before April 2007 without exposing other countries in the region to any danger, the source said "they have chosen April as British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said it will be the last month in office for him. The United States has to take action against Iran and Syria in April 2007."

Interesting that cheney says the point of attacking Iran is not to protect Israel -- but Saudi Arabia. Our REAL friends... interesting also the bit about tony blair -- and the fact that the iranians are now holidng 15 brits for incursion into their sea space... certainly grounds for attack, hmm?

wonder how the fact that the saudis and syrians have reconciled will affect things? a witch's brew, my friends, stay tuned.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 9:20 AM | Report abuse

CC - How about a post on results of latest Harris interactive poll that shows.... fifty percent of U.S. adults would not vote for Hillary for president.

Over half of both men (56%) and married women (52%) hold this view.

So, while she may be able to get the Dem nomination, she would likely lose in the general if respondents reflect attitudes of likely voters.

As a winner, Hillary is not a "safe" bet for the Dems.

For more:

http://www.harrisinteractive.com/harris_poll/index.asp?PID=744

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth Hunter | March 28, 2007 9:18 AM | Report abuse

'WP columnist Jim Hoagland wonders why Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah said no when the White House invited him to a gala in his honor. It's a story that has received scant attention in the papers but an official flew to Washington last week to explain the cancellation as a scheduling conflict. No one is buying that. Hoagland says it's "one more warning sign that the Bush administration's downward spiral at home is undermining its ability to achieve its policy objectives abroad." And Saudi Arabia's king is not alone. Jordan's King Abdullah, who has never been shy about visiting Bush, said he won't be able to make a state visit that was being discussed for September.'

Wonder what this is all about? bushbot has never been shy about making out with King Abdullah before -- he was kissing him and holding hands with him in public just after 9/11, after all, knowing full well that it was Saudi citizens who perpetrated 9/11.

Maybe it has something to do with the annuncment from the Arab Summit yesterday -- that Abdullah and the saudi kingdom had made a peace pact with the Syrians. Is Iran next?

Will the upcoming middle east war [the big one] the one that's slated to start on April 17,[ or at least the Russian government says so] when the US launches airstrikes on Iran -- will it be everyone else in the world againnst us, alone and alienated from sanity?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Btw, Sean Hannity is selling Rudy hard. He was a supporter before, but since rudy's been advertising he's been really banging the drum. Yesterday he had Curtis Siiwa [or was we say in NY, Curtis Sleazebag] this guy who's well-known here for starting some vigilante org, forget what it's called, something to do with berets, no really.] Anyway so he goes on about how he understands how religious people feel and all about rRudy's background, but he, Curtis, well he could understand -- he's a regular guy like curtis, that's all.

Because Curtis is on his third marriage. He's a 'serial marrier' he says.Just like rudy. He was in 'love' every time, but his wives you see they get tired of him traveling around the country, and angry, and somehow he just meets someone else and he falls in 'love' again -- just like rudy. Just something that happens to some guys, you know. No big deal.

It's truly jawdropping the lengths to which the inhabitants of Wingnuttia will go to justify their increasingly selfish, irrational and deranged behavior.

Posted by: drindl | March 28, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I have a theory about the repubs for 08. McCain, Mitt, and Rudy are only front men and none of them will be nominated. Someone not in the race will appear and be hailed as the only true believer by the Christen extreme groups. This will work in the primary, for this is where these folks have the power.

Posted by: lylepink | March 28, 2007 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Hey, thanks Judge for referencing that... today's must read. I think it's becoming clear to a lot of people that Wingnuttia is very real, at least in the minds of those who inhabit it - but that it bears increasingly little resemblance to what most of us know as objective reality, and it drifts further out every day.

Posted by: drindl | March 28, 2007 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Meyerson does a great job of summarizing the current situation: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/27/AR2007032701722.html

I think he's been reading this blog.

"There are, I think, four possible, partial explanations. The first is Rudy-ex-machina-- the hope that the party will nominate somebody who is not perceived to be part of their current mess and who will sweep them back into power no matter how big a hole they may now be digging for him. The second is a strategy to make it impossible for the Democrats to pass any legislation, and then run against the do-nothing Democrats.

The third is that the alternative reality conveyed by the Republican media -- Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and their ilk -- has created a Republican activist base that is genuinely not reality-based, and from which the current generation of Republican pols is disproportionately drawn. And the fourth, pertaining specifically to the inability of the administration to stop politicizing government, is that good government is just not in their DNA. Bush and Rove are no more inclined to create a government based on such impartial values as law and science than they are to set up collective farms."

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | March 28, 2007 8:34 AM | Report abuse

And what do you suppose this is really all about? Silencing voices of dissent, perhaps? Daily Kos, Slate, Huffington Post? Anytime you read something like this, you have to wonder. Because you know what the real enemy of this administration is --and that is sunlight:

'WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military is quietly expanding capabilities to attack terrorists' computer networks, including websites that glorify insurgent attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq, military officials and experts say.

The move comes as al-Qaeda and other groups fighting in Iraq and elsewhere have expanded their activities on the Internet and increased the sophistication and volume of their videos and messages. Much of the material is designed to raise money and recruit fighters for Iraq.

"You should not let them operate uncontested" on the Internet and elsewhere in cyberspace, said Marine Brig. Gen. John Davis, who heads a military command located at the National Security Agency. The command was established to develop ways to attack computer networks.

Davis and other officials declined to say whether the military has actually attacked any networks, which would require presidential authorization. The techniques are highly classified.

Pentagon contract documents show the military asks companies to develop a "full spectrum ... of computer network attack techniques." Run by the Air Force Research Laboratory, this program aims to spend $40 million over four years, documents show.

The growth in offensive capabilities signals a shift in military thinking from just monitoring terrorists' websites for intelligence to attacking those sites.'

Posted by: Anonymous | March 28, 2007 8:01 AM | Report abuse

If DeFazio does not run, here are some other potentials. Ex-Governors John Kitzhaber and Barbara Roberts have both declined. Ex-Portland Mayor & Oregon House Speaker Vera Katz would be one of the few I could name that probably has the fundraising muscle. She's sort of a Clinton Democrat. State Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown would be a strong candidate. She's smart & popular even with people who disagree with her. On the GOP side, I would love to see Bill Sizemore or better yet John Minnis, Kevin Mannix, or Lon Mabon challenge Smith in the primary. Theyre a pack of power-crazy jihadis. It would do their party good to let the open-primary GOP voters sort these things out.

Posted by: Scott in PacNW | March 28, 2007 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Out of curiosity, whatever happened to former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts?

Posted by: Conan The Librarian | March 28, 2007 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Accept my apologies. That candidate you want would be Peter Defazio, but he is sort of wishy-washy about illegals. For him, as it has been for most of us you, too, I imagine) it is also a moral issue. These illegals, many of them, are desparately poor people who came here because the alternative is starvation. Now, as much as we sympathize with the plight of these people, we see millions of American's who have suffered as a consequence of this - high medical insurance becasue these people don't have money and the doctors and hospitals pass the unpaid debt onto us, higher taxes for schools and special programs and social services, lower wages because employers pit the illegals against Amercian workers to win salary and benefit concessions, a ruthless construction industry that pays these workers under the table, and a whole host of other problems. Mr Defazio's public stand has been to punish employers for hiring ANY undocumented worker. Faced with the choice of no job and no way of making a living, the idea is they will return home. I don't think that will work and we will be forced to round them up and deport them. But I am willing to trry Mr. Defazio's solution to see if it works.....for a while. Beyond this, Mr. Defazio is gun owner and hunter, a former veteran, wants to place limits on all sorts of guest worker visa's (they cannot take jobs from nor be hired instead of, American workers). He is a pretty decent guy, lives here, and usually wins with around 75% or more of the vote. Our other U.S. Senator, Ron Wyden, is also a preetty good guy but is too influenced by big business money.

Posted by: MikeB | March 27, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton's Lawyers Seek to Halt Fraud Suit, by Fred Lucas, CNSNews.com Staff Writer, March 27, 2007

Attorneys for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) are trying to keep her out of a lawsuit that may ultimately force her to testify under oath about an alleged violation of campaign finance laws.

Peter Paul, the Hollywood businessman who is suing both Bill and Hillary Clinton, alleges that fraudulent actions by the Clintons and others cost him his multi-million dollar Internet venture.

Paul claims to have been the largest contributor to Sen. Clinton's U.S. Senate campaign, spending $1.9 million to hold a 2000 fundraising gala attended by Hollywood celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, John Travolta and Brad Pitt.

After investigating the matter, the FEC ruled that Sen. Clinton's 2000 campaign committee underreported cash it received at the fundraising event Paul sponsored and slapped the campaign committee with a $35,000 fine. The Clinton campaign committee also amended financial reports to show Paul's share of the production costs were understated by $721,000. The legal limit for an individual to contribute was $2,000 at the time.

Let's see. He could contribute $2,000 but actually contributed $1.9 million. Clinton was fined $35,000. That's a net profit of $1.865 million for Hillary. Maybe Hillary can use her knowledge of illegal campaign contributions to balance the budget!

Posted by: tarheel | March 27, 2007 8:45 PM | Report abuse

MikeB, please reread my posts. I think you'll find I agree with you on some stuff.

My question was, though, I am wondering who will run against Smith if DeFazio does not?

Also, you have been affected by outsourcing/the hiring of Asian workers to replace you and your friends.

But other Americans have been affected by illegal immigration, as their jobs have been taken by illegals, or they have been victimized by illegal criminals.

So, in addition to opposing outsourcing, you should be concerned over the border and immigration issue as well.

If there was a candidate who was pro-gun, pro-border security, anti-amnesty, and pro-states rights, I would vote for them in a heartbeat.

Posted by: William | March 27, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

KOZ, William, Chris - I don't think you all get it. The Oregon Senate campaign is NOT a local election. It is NATIONAL. Senator Gordon Smith is the poster boy for outsourcing and H1B and L1 visa's. Every engineer in the country that has lost a job to an Indian or Chinese "guest worker" or has had their job outsourced, if they are afraid that happening to them, is going to join the crusade to defeat Gordon Smith. This campaign is going to be the first in a series of referendums on the practice of big corporations, especially high tech corporations, laying off American workers, in favor of cheap foreign labor. Most of my friends are engineers and we are flat out furious at these practices. There will money and bodies pounding the pavement to make this so. Mr. Smith is going, like it or not, be an example of what will happen to a politician who puts corporate good above the good of the voters.

Posted by: MikeB | March 27, 2007 8:29 PM | Report abuse

The Senate vote today is a clear indication of the folks there are finally listening to the folks back home. About time.

Posted by: lylepink | March 27, 2007 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I burn with desire for the unsullied corpus of my conservative friend William. XOXOXOXO

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 27, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

must also add that my favorite candidate for POTUS, Hillary, may not have served in the army, but she has certainly demonstrated her ability in other ways. For example, she has gone through menopause since 1992, when she first graced my dreams with that sultry monotone and adorably simian countenance... yet have we heard one shrieky fit, followed by a good cry, from her? No. IMO, she is immune from the effects of her gender, just as a good POTUS should be. Oh, how I love to abbreviate phrases! Imo potus imo potus imo potus LOL

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zouk, knock it off, cant debate your lame points then stop impersonating other posters

Posted by: zouk knock it off | March 27, 2007 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I must also add that my favorite candidate for POTUS, Hillary, may not have served in the army, but she has certainly demonstrated her ability in other ways. For example, she has gone through menopause since 1992, when she first graced my dreams with that sultry monotone and adorably simian countenance... yet have we heard one shrieky fit, followed by a good cry, from her? No. IMO, she is immune from the effects of her gender, just as a good POTUS should be. Oh, how I love to abbreviate phrases! Imo potus imo potus imo potus LOL

Posted by: lylepink | March 27, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

actually, 1953 was the year before Brown v. Board.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

"much needed bills to get passed"

Care to mention what such much needed bills might be? Give a few examples.

Posted by: William | March 27, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

No, 1953 gave us Joe McCarthy. Pretty much any year you name, there will be a racist, classist, greedily anti-intellectual idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Senator Smith is one of the good guys as was Senator Chafee. The growing anger and disgust with GW is shown in all parts of the country. 08 looks to be a great year for the dems, and with repubs having to defend a large number of seats, the dems have a real possible shot at getting the 60 votes needed for much needed bills to get passed.

Posted by: lylepink | March 27, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

where it is still 1870 and everything is glorious"

What was glorious in 1870?

Now, in 1053 on the other hand, things were still glorious

Posted by: typo,this is what zouks wants america to go back to | March 27, 2007 7:26 PM | Report abuse

"where it is still 1970 and everything is glorious"

What was glorious in 1970?

Now, in 1953 on the other hand, things were still glorious.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

He lives in lala land... where it is still 1970 and everything is glorious.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"Were you burning American flags and soldiers in effigy"
Zouk

Is this the new myth the wingnuts are spreading? Burning American flags? Or soldiers in effigy? Where do you live, Zouk, where this goes on? Fantasy Island?

Posted by: larry | March 27, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Oops, I meant *former* Portland mayor Vera Katz.

Willamette Week recently profiled Steve Novick, who's thinking about taking Smith on. See http://www.wweek.com/editorial/3312/8503/

Posted by: Portland, OR | March 27, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

liberman once again showing his colors.
-liberman voted yea on the amendment, my apologies, see zouk i can admit a mistake can you?

Posted by: spartan | March 27, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

aside from zouks shrill ravings, this is some interest to sen smith
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070327/ap_on_go_co/us_iraq
senators hagel and smith voting with the democrats and liberman once again showing his colors.

shame its going to get vetoed by dubya. just in time for the good friday attacks.

Posted by: spartan | March 27, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

DeFazio won't run, and neither will former Gov. Kitzhaber. Portland mayor Vera Katz has health problems, and Earl Blumenauer probably doesn't want to give up his seat now that the Dems have the House. I think Smith is vulnerable, yet not many 'name brand' Dems seem willing to step up to the challenge.

On the other hand, how many in Virginia had ever heard of Jim Webb before 2006?

Posted by: Portland, OR | March 27, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I do own stock in them. I think they are doing a splendid job
-i doubt it, dow jones down 72 points, nasdaq 18 points. thats if you own stock.
and if they piss you off, I am going to buy more stock.
-well good luck to you, just curious, how much does your mc job pays so you can go out to buy your non existant stock?
If there's anything I am willing to bet on, it is that you are a fool and whatever is counter to your claims is most certainly profitable for us rational people.
-dont write checks your mouth or keyboard cant cash. you assumed i am a fool and you are rational, i think you got that backwards kid.
no one bashed america - yeah like you support the troops but just want them to lose. you are so full of excrement, you spit nonsense and circular logic every time you post.
-once again you assumed that people in here were bashing the troops, did you go out side yet zouk? please what ever drugs you are doing please stop.

Posted by: seek help zouk | March 27, 2007 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"Were you burning American flags and soldiers in effigy"

Seems to me that's one of the reasons why I served this country.

For what reasons did you serve Zouk?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 6:23 PM | Report abuse

KOZ, so you support Boeing's providing those cruise missile guidance systems to China? And, of course you support Halliburton's serving spoiled food to our our soldiers, overcharging th government, and then moving their headquarters and CEO to Dubai to avoid prosecution? Of course you do! As for Microsoft, go read some history. DOS was developed by a small computer company in Seattle and Mr Gates got it by some slightly less than honest business practices. Of course, that makes him hero for you. Oh, Microsoft Office? That is the Start System. If anyone wants to save some money, SUN has placed it in the public domain and you can download it for free. Office is almost a letter perfect copy of the Star System. Amercian Express has become one of the largest data warehousing firms and is under at least EIGHT different investigations for wrondoing They are also one of the leading proponents of outsourcing. Dell computer likewise...but they are also under scrutiny for practices such as automatically signing up customers for very expensive and unasked for software and services. Plus their customer service is the worst in the entire industry and their products are quite simply junk. SUn has moved most of it's software development to India and I wouldn't even consider them an Amercian company any longer.... So, KOZ, these are your hero's? Call me back when you sober up.

Posted by: MikeB | March 27, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

zouk's true colors always come out. he doesn't care about america or much of anything else except money, baby, hard cash.

dupont and ibm and a lot of other american companies supported the nazi regime well into the war -- ibm even built the identity system that created the numbers jews had tatooed on their arms in the camps, but hey, if there's money to be made, what the hell?

you are truly the lowest of the low.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Dubai doesn't own the ports...Bush and his treasonous ilk WANTED to give them the ports, but thankfully the Dems and the truly conservative Republicans formed an alliance and prevented the BushBots from going through with their nefarious plans.

Certified McCarthyite and BushBot hack Sean Hannity was outraged that Dubai was not able to gain control over our ports.

Posted by: William | March 27, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

i dunno if this is the real willam but you got some good points but i gotta disagree with some of them

- Anti-immigration (deport illegals, punish employers, SEAL border, limit legal immigration. agreed, or ban hb1 visas

- Strong on national security and foreign policy but slightly isolationist and non-interventionist. (Take a hard line against enemies of America, maintain nuclear deterrent, but no interventionist wars)
true, but to quote a old vulcan proverb "even nixon went to china". also cut foreign aid by half.

- Strongly pro-US sovereignty and anti-UN.
isolationism doesnt work, look at world war 2 for example, and i would rather reform the United Nations to respond to crisis better

a populist party might work. check out unity 08 hope fully it might pan out even if their canidate loses next year

Posted by: spartan | March 27, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

William blame me!

Posted by: The Easter Bunny | March 27, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse

'if all the neocons will simply pick up and move on somewhere else?''

well of course they will, william. It's called 'Dubai'. Dubai now runs -- or owns about half of america's most precious resources-- ports, transportation systems, landmark buildings --they owe Boy and Shooter and the rest of the neocons big time.

They'll get treated like royality over there.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I do own stock in them. I think they are doing a splendid job. and if they piss you off, I am going to buy more stock. If there's anything I am willing to bet on, it is that you are a fool and whatever is counter to your claims is most certainly profitable for us rational people.

no one bashed america - yeah like you support the troops but just want them to lose. you are so full of excrement, you spit nonsense and circular logic every time you post.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 27, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse


'Boeing, Halliburton, American Express, Intel, Microsoft, Sun, Dell

the companies that provide the backbone of American ingenuity and steadiness. and you find them to be evil.
why not move to India then?''

Good idea, actually. Because that's where the companies that 'provide the backbone of American ingenuity' are sending all the jobs.

Posted by: drindl | March 27, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

MikeB, just out of curiosity, since you live in OR, if DeFazio doesn't run, who do you think may run against Smith?

Posted by: William | March 27, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I love smegma for breakfast

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Halliburton is treasonous for bilking Congress and then moving overseas when they have been called out on their shennanigans.

I wonder if when our country has been gutted by outcourcing and turned into a 3rd world sh*thole by unlimited immigration, if all the neocons will simply pick up and move on somewhere else?

The companies that are outsourcing jobs just to increase their profits obviously value their money over loyalty to their country and it's citizens.

Posted by: William | March 27, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Boeing, Halliburton, American Express, Intel, Microsoft, Sun, Dell

the companies that provide the backbone of American ingenuity and steadiness. and you find them to be evil.
why not move to India then? you american loathers are just about reached a tipping point. the sensible people in this country are almost ready to put you where you deserve to be. You could start by hanging your head in shame. You have proven you are a complete nut-job with this type of rant.

umm no one bashed america there skippy. tell you what put down that bong pipe and breath ok? unless you own stocks in those companies you really dont have a dog in this fight. and why tell someone to leave? that in its self is unamerican. do your self a favor step away from fox news and go out side, its sunny where im at and baseball is about to start and enjoy life.

Posted by: seek help zouk | March 27, 2007 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I have so much to say but no ability to form thoughts

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"He is very much like John Edwrds in his support for working American men and women. He, as are *most* Oregonian's, flat out opposed to gun control laws. We hunt out this way. We also target shoot and shoot trap and skeet. For most of us, our hero is Thomas Jefferson."

It's good that y'all hunt and shoot skeet, but remember, guns are for self-defense and defending your family, too.

What is Edwards' position on the Assault Weapons Ban?

I went to his website, and he has no position listed on guns or immigration.

Also, why do you think Edwards is opposed to unlimited free trade? I hadn't heard that he will stop outsourcing.

You know what a VERY powerful political platform would be?

A platform at was:

- Anti-immigration (deport illegals, punish employers, SEAL border, limit legal immigration.

- Strong on national security and foreign policy but slightly isolationist and non-interventionist. (Take a hard line against enemies of America, maintain nuclear deterrent, but no interventionist wars)

- Support a strong, modern US military with the most cutting edge weapons, and enough of them to give us a quantitative as well as qualitative advantage.

- Protectionist w/ regard to trade (against NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT, outsourcing etc)

- Strongly pro-US sovereignty and anti-UN.

- Strongly pro-gun

- Abortion and gay marriage are states' rights issues.

- Strong support of states' rights, the FedGov and Courts should not be allowed to violate states' rights.

So basically, a socially conservative, small government, somewhat isolationist, pro-freedom, platform.

Adding economic populism would make the platform even stronger but I wouldn't support that.

I think such a platform would be VERY powerful.

If Americans continue to lose their jobs to outsourcing and free trade, and umlimited immigrants continue to take over our country, I predict the emergence of a "nativist" party with a patform similar to that above within 30 years.

Posted by: William | March 27, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

KOZ and MikeB debating each other. Now there's a match made in heaven. Move along folks, there's nothing to see here.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

yeah pretty much, i ve been lurking here from a while and i have to admit, some of the pro-bushies have this weird cult like admiration of dubya. im no means on the far left but damn people like zouk actually walk around public beliving all the tripe they spout.

off topic, i dont know much about oregon politics but if difazio opts out of running, who's gonna step up to take out smith?

Posted by: spartan | March 27, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Boeing, Halliburton, American Express, Intel, Microsoft, Sun, Dell

the companies that provide the backbone of American ingenuity and steadiness. and you find them to be evil.
why not move to India then? you american loathers are just about reached a tipping point. the sensible people in this country are almost ready to put you where you deserve to be. You could start by hanging your head in shame. You have proven you are a complete nut-job with this type of rant.

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 27, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON - Defying a veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate narrowly signaled support Tuesday for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by next March.

republican attempts to scuttle the non-binding timeline failed on a vote of 50-48, largely along party lines. The roll call marked the Senate's most forceful challenge to date of the administration's handling of a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070327/ap_on_go_co/us_iraq

Posted by: breaking news-spartan | March 27, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I demand you respond to me. bush is hitler. aren't I funny

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

spartan - This sort of dangerous nonsense is so typical of the multinational corporations that do government and military contracts. The list of these swine reads like a whose who of Bush supporters - Boeing, Halliburton, American Express, Intel, Microsoft, Sun, Dell, ... It's enough to make you ill. I suppose KOZ and his fellow knee jerk right wingnuts will have one of their inane comments about this, but it simply means supporting those that would destroy us and our countrry. Genuine patriots detest multinational corporations and want them broken up.

Posted by: MikeB | March 27, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

great post mikeb what do you think of this?

Torrential rains wiped out a quarter of the U.S.' intercontinental ballistic missile interceptor silos in Ft. Greely, Alaska last summer -- right when North Korea was preparing to carry out an advanced missile launch, according to documents obtained by the Project On Government Oversight.

"The flooding occurred during a three-week period between the end of June and early July 2006," POGO notes, in a statement. "The flooding damaged 25% of the U.S. interceptor missiles' launch capability. These silos house the interceptor missiles that would be used to attempt to intercept a missile aimed at the United States. No interceptors were in the flooded silos."

An internal assessment by Boeing, the silos' chief contractor, shows seven flooded interceptor silos, out of the 26 at Ft. Greely. Two silos have more than 62 feet of water; a third has more than 50. Estimated times of repair range from four to 14 months. Boxcar like structures called Silo Interface Vaults (SIVs), adjacent to the interceptor silos, were also flooded, "two of them by as much as 15 feet of water," POGO says. "Three SIVs must have all electronic and mechanical systems replaced. Four other SIVs have partial damage. One SIV was so damaged that it shifted vertically in the ground like a house shifting off its foundation." It's a strange turn of events, considering "an environmental impact study of the facilities at Ft. Greely notes there is 'little rainfall in the region.'"

The "water intrusion... resulted from the confluence of several unanticipated and highly unlikely events," the Missile Defense Agency said in a statement . "In particular, totally unprecedented rainfall created a rapidly rising ground water condition coincident with steps of construction when the SIVs were susceptible to damage. The Missile Defense Agency allocated resources to repair the damage and recover from the event. Furthermore, steps have been taken to prevent recurrences in the future."

http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/03/a_quarter_of_th.html

better hope north korea doesnt attack during a rainstorm

Posted by: spartan | March 27, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the reason Senator Smith is so disliked in this state is because of his stand on outsourcing jobs and guest worker visas, especially H1B visa's, and his constantly running interference with Customs to permit technology transfers. He was also the author of the bill that changed the L1 visa's from a training visa to another kind of work visa...which is why we have huge apartment blocks up in Beaverton being leased by high tech firms. ( They house tens of thousands of Indian and Chinese engineers, every one of them taking a job from an American. ) Oh, and Senator Smith is one of the chief proponents orf allowing for the collection of data on individual Americian's by private firms and for allowing them to store that data offshore. Did you know, in Oregon, your automobile insurance company can get *all* of your AND YOUR FAMILY's medical and credit records and they base the cost of your car insurance on that data, too? And, employers can comb the medcial records for you and your family and determine to lay you off based on how exepnsive your medical claims are? All of this curosy of Senator Gordon Smith. This is, of course, insane and very dangerous. Just today, may I point out, another high tech company was caught shipping off defense technology to China. ITT sent devices and plans for our military's night vision goggles. Let's see. Along with the B2 bomber, the stealth technology for the F117 Nighthawk, our latest high speed oscilloscope used for nuclear weapons programs, the guidance system for our cruise missiles (Boeing), the anticavitation technology for our quiet submarines, our latest shoulder fired battlefield missile, IC fabrication technology so advanced that no plant for it even exists in the U.S. (Intel), and who knows what else, I think Senator Smith and the other "free traitors" have done quite enough damage. I can't quite figure out why anyone would support this disaster of a politician, but Chris, count on it, he is history come November. Oregon Dem's are going to just bury him in the crap he has done.

Posted by: MikeB | March 27, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Watch how I can make every post for over an hour, all by myself

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I am so smart, why won't anyone talk to me

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Born: April 13, 1743 in Albemarle County, Virginia

Died: July 4, 1826 in Monticello in Virginia
kinda hard to burn flags when your dead zouk

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

how many more repub seats might flip in 2008? depending on who's the dem/gop nominee is it could be as low as 3(hillary/rudy gah!) or 5-7 seats(my dream general election richardson/romney).
note to anyone reading this, im only predicting. and i really dont belive there will be a clinton/rudy ticket.

Posted by: spartan | March 27, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Were you burning American flags and soldiers in effigy last weekend Mr Jefferson?

Posted by: kingofzouk | March 27, 2007 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Noiw pay attenion East Coast types. Oregon is my state and, in fact, Peter Defazio is my Congressman. He is very much like John Edwrds in his support for working American men and women. He, as are *most* Oregonian's, flat out opposed to gun control laws. We hunt out this way. We also target shoot and shoot trap and skeet. For most of us, our hero is Thomas Jefferson.

Posted by: MikeB | March 27, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

http://nwrepublican.blogspot.com/2007/03/sen-gordon-smith-potential-challenge.html
It should be no big surprise that the rank and file Republicans are not happy with Sen. Gordon Smith. Recently in a BrainstormNW editorial Smith was taken to task for not taking Social Security reform very serious (sorry I could not find the link) and the Gordon Smith team went utterly ballistic on the authors and even tried to drive one of them out of the party.

At the Dorchester Conference this year Smith was met with a pretty cold reception. A source has told me that the Smith folks are concerned about a challenge in the primary. You know something like George H.W. Bush's wrestling match with Pat Buchanan in, when was that, 1992?
However there is a major hurdle to any Republican that might want to challenge Sen. Smith. First and foremost is money. Smith has a couple of million dollars on hand and any challenger would need a couple of million dollars just to gain the requisite name ID. However a challenger with high name ID and conservative street cred may (I say may) be able to jump that hurdle somewhat.

Secondly anyone within the Republican establishment would really be frowned upon for taking on a sitting Republican. Just remember what happened to Larry George when he took on then sitting state Sen. Charles Starr. So any challenger would probably have to come from outside the establishment.

Enter an old name on a new mission?
Well an old name seems to have quietly appeared on the Coyote's radar screen. An old name that is, consequently a Republican with very high name ID and very high favorable numbers with the Republican party rank and file. AND is not really beholden to the "certified smart" people in the establishment.

So I did the deed. I asked Bill Sizemore if running for the US Senate, in the Republican primary is a possibility. He said, "That's not far fetched."

thats right gop, start that circluar firing squad.

Posted by: spartan | March 27, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Just 27 percent of the 600 likely voters polled said the country was headed in the right direction as compared to 61 percent who said it was off on the wrong track.'

--The population of Wingnuttia is shrinking! People are coming to their senses at last... they see the failed policies, they can smell the brimstone.

Hallelujah.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 27, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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