I hate election time. It's that horrible time when Democrats make me actually want to support Republicans I can't stand.
The NRA sent me a Gordon Smith bumper sticker yesterday and I've actually considered slapping it on my car! Any other time of year I can't stand Gordon Smith.
But when I get out of my emotional fervor where I start listing all the reasons why Smith does not deserve my vote let alone my support and I think about the election in practical terms:
Smith is our only statewide elected Republican
Smith will at least support our judges
Smith may not be an R but he does count towards which party has the majority
Smith may have voted for amnesty but he has turned around (sort of) and Merkley will vote for amnesty and then give our new guests welfare
At least Smith won't vote to take my guns
Not a ringing endorsement but just like Obama makes McCain look palatable, Merkley is making Smith look like a bargain for Oregon. After the election I can go back to disliking him for another 5 1/2 years.