Can there be any doubt that this U.S. Senate race is the hottest in the country? After all, it's still the only one where the ad wars are fast and furious. Maybe it's the lack of humidity in Oregon during the summer.
- According to Pollster.com's multi-poll local regression trend line, Jeff Merkley now leads Gordon Smith.
- The Washington Post's Paul Kane on the Merkley/Smith race: "Ah, the best sleeper Senate race in the country right now. I think this will be the race that is the equivalent to Tester-Burns from '06." (Though Nothstine is dead right in his critique of Kane.)
- Hide the women and children, folks. It's true: The Gropinator himself is coming to Oregon to pump up Gordon Smith. August 21st, 11:30 a.m. Portland Hilton. Be there.
- Two days before Arnold arrives, the Jeff Merkley campaign is doing a statewide house party day. Get a few friends together, throw a party, raise a few bucks, and - oh yeah - hear from Howard Dean. More info here.
On the jump, Gordon Smith's new TV spot - and a right-wing tracker trying to catch Jeff Merkley in a gaffe.
- I love this 'toon from Rob Tornoe at the PolitickerOR:
Especially since it's a fantastic counterpoint to this ridiculous new spot from Gordon Smith.
"...What matters is helping people, not who gets the credit?" Seriously? You're actually going to say that, Senator, in an ad that's desperately trying to give you credit?
"Gordon Smith is my friend, but the problem is that when it's come time to vote in the Senate he's been a much better friend of George Bush," Kerry said in a statement.
"Voting with George Bush 90 percent of the time just isn't good for the people and issues I've fought for over a lifetime," Kerry added. "It's not personal, it's about what's best for our country. The inescapable fact is that electing Jeff Merkley is the only way we can win a Senate majority that gets things done for people again."
- Looks like the tracker wars are back. Here's a video of some anti-union crazy trying to nail Jeff Merkley in a "Macaca Moment".
Unfortunately for him, Jeff is smart enough, savvy enough, and level-headed enough to keep his cool while under attack. It helps that he's correct on the issue.
Remember guys, it's not about elections and secret ballots. The majority-signup rule (a.k.a card-check) simply says that if you want to join a union, all you have to do is sign a membership form. As John Edwards said here in Portland last year, "If you can join the Republican Party by signing your name to a card, every worker in America should be able to join a union by signing their name to a card." 'Nuff said.
As always, full disclosure: I built JeffMerkley.com, but I speak only for myself.