Does "out" not necessarily mean not out? From where we sit, we'll assume that Representative Peter DeFazio meant what he said when he said he doesn't plan to challenge Oregon Senator Gordon Smith next year.
Still, we'll admit to being hooked by this item this morning on the MyDD blog:
"I've just heard a report on the radio that the DSCC is offering Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04) support of up to $5,000,000 if he runs against Senator Gordon Smith. Although DeFazio has said before that he will not run, apparently he is still considering it. I've heard that the DSCC has given him a deadline to decide- a deadline that is approaching soon."
Certainly DeFazio would be a formidable challenger, if he ran.
We'll post when we pick up something from the DeFazio camp.