In today's Oregonian, letter-writer Bob Schlesinger reacts to the Oregonian's ridiculous thumb-sucking profile of Senator Gordon Smith last week:
If I see one more article in The Oregonian that lavishes praise upon Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., for being a moderate, I am going to hurl. Smith is no moderate. As even Jeff Kosseff's article ("Smith stands for beliefs on middle ground," Aug. 22) points out, Smith voted with right-wing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist 80 percent of the time.
Smith voted with GOP conservatives 92 percent, 89 percent and 82 percent of the time in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively (according to Congressional Quarterly). Also, the Christian Coalition gave Smith a high 83 percent rating for 2003 and 2004. The National Right to Life Committee gave him a 91 for the same years. These are not middle-of-the-road organizations.
Smith's record on health care? He voted against the Patient's Bill of Rights. He voted against extending the deadline for the confusing Medicare prescription drug plan that penalizes mostly poor seniors with a financial penalty.
Smith's "middle ground" masquerade fools no one except perhaps The Oregonian.