From liberal rag "The Nation"
McCain? Hagel? No, Gordon Smith Emerges As GOP Maverick
If you are looking for a maverick Republican in the Senate, consider Oregon Senator Gordon Smith.
Republicans were furious with the senator. Democrats were delighted on one hand – it is always good to have a member of the president's party unleash on the White House – but frustrated on another, since Smith poke at the president made it harder dismiss him as "just another Republican" going into the 2008 election season.
When the Senate voted on a plan advanced by Senate Democratic leaders to try and begin a troop withdrawal from Iraq within 120 days in Iraq – with a goal of getting all U.S. troops out by March 2008 – Smith was the sole Republican to cast an anti-war vote.
It's always bad when the folks who defend communist spies are trumpeting for a Republican senator. It should be embarrassing for the Oregon GOP, though not quite as embarrassing as when we had Packwood, to have Gordon Smith being the liberal darling.