Writings and observations

Smith’s middling status

Oregon Senator Gordon Smith shouldn’t be understimated as a political force; he’s no pushover. But the recent spate of passes on a Senate race against him by so many of the state’s leading Democrats shouldn’t turn him into a tougher target than he is.

With that in mind, consider the just-out Survey USA numbers on Smith (and other senators): Now at 48% approve, 39% disapprove. That’s down from late 2006 numbers giving him approval in the upper 50s.

Democrat Ron Wyden stands at 60% approve, 28% disapprove.

Just a matter of perspective.

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