On Thursday, he did bidding of President Bush and voted in favor of extending the Iraq War, without adding any timelines to the funding package. Nevermind that he said in December that he would be "looking for every opportunity ... to bring our troops home." (Yes, ladies and gents, his pants are on fire.)
On Friday, I checked in with the Senator's Portland office and found out something fascinating: Smith has no public events scheduled in Oregon until... until... until... AUGUST. Truly amazing. Seems that the Senator doesn't want to hear from the people who pay him to serve us in DC.
Thanks to John Calhoun, however, we do know how you can meet Senator Smith - if you're willing to pay for more than just his paycheck:
The answer is on June 16th you can meet the Senator and his special guest, Mitch McConnell for a summer river cruise on the Willamette. (embark at 110 SE Caruthers Street) The boat ride will only cost you $1,000, but if you want to have a picture of Smitty and you to hang in your office it will cost $2,300. Must be an impressive photographer.
But wait! There's more!
An alert reader reminded me of the news item we posted last month. According to The Politico, Senator Smith is hitting the road this week to raise money:
The Senate's endangered Republican quartet is on tour -- a nationwide, months-long fundraising road show likely to stop at a hotel conference room near you.
Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said he expects to put together as many as 30 joint fundraising events around the country for the four most vulnerable senators of 2008: Sens. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, Susan Collins of Maine, Gordon Smith of Oregon and John Sununu of New Hampshire.
[The group] heads out on a two-day stint in late May with stops in Houston, Dallas and Las Vegas, according to the NRSC.
I don't have specific event details - but I'll track down some friends in Nevada and Texas - and see if we can't find out what's happening. In any case, it's pretty clear: When it comes time to cast the tough votes, Gordon Smith does the bidding of the President... and then hits the road to raise money, instead of talking to Oregonians about his decision-making.
No wonder his poll numbers are heading back down again. Stay tuned...