Why is Gordon Smith
by Jeff Mapes
Okay, loyal Way West of the Beltway readers, it's time for you to... Play the Pundit!
This weekend, former Sen. Gordon Smith had an op-ed piece in his hometown newspaper, the East Oregonian of Pendleton, decrying the idea of breaching the Snake River dams. The hook is that U.S. District Court Judge Jim Redden of Portland is preparing to rule on a salmon recovery plan and Smith would like the judge to accept an approach that preserves the dams and has support from a wide variety of Columbia River users.
I'm told that the Oregon Republican has been back in Pendleton recently and wanted to weigh in on an issue that locals are quite worried about. That could well be the whole story.
But here's some alternative lines of thought for those who want to try your hand at punditry. They include:
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