Even as the 2006 elections heat up, it's worth thinking about 2008.
Notwithstanding the Oregonian's ongoing love affair with our junior U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, it's interesting to note that in the latest Survey USA poll, Gordon Smith's net positives over negatives have fallen to just 9%, with 50% favorable and 41% unfavorable.
This is his worst showing in recent years -- perhaps ever. Click here to see the trend line.
In contrast, Wyden's viewed favorably by 59% of Oregonians and unfavorably by just 33%, for a 26% net approval.
Are voters starting to get wise to the many ways in which Senator Smith hides his right-wing voting record behind a few "moderate" votes that he plays up for the press? Or is this just part of the national trend against Bush and his allies? Or is the Survey USA poll just a crock?
Who should the Democrats be grooming to run against Smith in 2008?