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October 20, 2008

Oregonian Invokes 60

Even some more liberal papers are worried about Democrats attaining a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate. Though Oregon Republican Gordon Smith "holds conservative Republican views on many topics," he earned the backing of his state's largest newspaper, which is concerned over Democrats' growing power.

Faced with a choice between two candidates they see as qualified, The Oregonian chose Smith over State House Speaker Jeff Merkley in a Sunday editorial headlined "A senator from Oregon, or vote No. 60?"

"The generic nature of [national Democrats'] efforts in support of Merkley suggest they are more interested in getting their 60 votes than they are in the welfare of the citizens of Oregon," the paper opines, citing the millions of dollars the DSCC has invested in the race. "We think Oregonians deserve more than just being the 60th Democratic vote."

A few weeks ago we noted an unusually harsh editorial by the Oregonian labeling a vote for a Republican challenger "a serious mistake," but they like their junior senator out West.