Today at his blog, Oregonian reporter Jeff Mapes takes a swipe at the DSCC for poking fun at Gordon Smith's uber expensive golf clubs:
Once again, the Democrats are accusing Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., of being wealthy.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has put out a new web video making fun of Smith's oft-reported purchase of four rare golf clubs in 1994 that set him back $1.25 million.
Smith's tastes may be a little unusual, but it is his money. It may even be that his antique clubs are as good an investment as a Picasso.
The larger question, I suppose, is whether wealthy people should be allowed in the Senate. And the voters seem to overwhelmingly think that is okay, given that the average senator has over $10 million in assets.
But back in March, Mapes himself made note of the clubs:
Smith has always been a true golf fanatic. He once paid $1.25 million for four really vintage golf clubs - including a putter owned by King James IV in 1504 - and can speak at passionate length about golfing in Scotland, having done so several times.
The March post by Mapes goes on to quote a Golf Digest piece about how lots of GOP senators aren't talking about their golf game because of the Abramoff scandal--and luxury golf junkets to Scotland.
First of all, whether or not Smith has the right to spend a crapton of money on golf clubs isn't in question. The question is whether or not Smith is inherently out-of-touch with the problems and issues for Oregonians...and if the ownership of those kind of luxury items is a symbol of that.
Which Mapes knows, or he wouldn't have been writing about them in March.