Friday, December 08, 2006

No, you don't look like you're up to something, but whenever you look like you're not up to ANYTHING, you're up to something.

Via Atrios I see Gordo's jumping the Iraq war ship.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In an emotional speech on the Senate floor Thursday night, Sen Gordon Smith, a moderate Republican from Oregon who has been a supporter of the war in Iraq, said the U.S. military's "tactics have failed" and he "cannot support that anymore."

Smith said he is at, "the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up the same bombs, day after day."

That is absurd," he said. "It may even be criminal."

There are few things in life that are as predictably regular as Gordon Smith's "I'm really a moderate" act he puts on every cycle he's up for re-election. Change of heart? Hardly. It's just time for a conservative politician who voted for Bush's tax cuts, the Iraq war and to convict President Clinton after his impeachment, to start pretending he represents the mainstream views held by his constituents.

Gordo: it ain't gonna work this time. Come 08 it's back to pea-farming for you, bud.


Don Snabulus said...

There's only room for one Maverick in the Senate and McCain has him beat.

Anonymous said...

Smith must know he's very lucky he wasn't up for reelection this year. If he had been he woulad have been swept out to sea with the rest of the Bush flotsam. Hopefully in 2008 Oregon voters will get tired of the discrepancy between his words and his deeds (Senate votes).

I do sort of feel sorry for him, though. He must go through cases of hairspray every week to keep his hair plastered in place. I assume its paid for by the taxpayers as part of his Senate expenses. If he loses his seat he'll have to pay for it on his own. That would be a burden on any family's budget.

Dean Wormer said...

You're right.

He'll burn through his pea fortune in months if he has to buy his own hairspray.

Poor guy.

Dean Wormer said...

There's only room for one Maverick in the Senate and McCain has him beat.

What about Joe? He's an "independent democrat."