The attempt to play both sides of the field must be leaving Senator Gordon Smith exhausted. Flip-flopping can take a lot out of a guy.
You see, at the end of last year, Smith was ramping up opposition to the Iraq war, which he voted for and had supported for many years. He piqued national interest last month by giving a speech in which he called the war “absurd.” This was seen as a major Republican defection from the White House party line.
On December 23rd Smith was quoted in The Oregonian
saying he would not support Bush's proposed troop surge. "I believe it's too little and too late for that," he said.
Well, something must have happened at a New Year's party, or perhaps it was the influential words of our Commander-in-Chief at a White House meeting on Monday. Whatever the case may be, today's Eugene Register Guard
reports that Smith now believes that to not support a troop surge would be “dishonorable.”
"I don't have enough information to say I'm against the [troop] surge," Smith said.
We can only guess what may have caused Smith to change his stance on the war. He is up for re-election in 2008.