We are saddened and, frankly, a bit surprised to hear that Pinch pal Steve Novick apparently won't be advancing in Oregon's Senate race to face Republican Gordon Smith. There is little question that Novick gave fits to national Democratic party bore, Jeff Merkley, on his way to grabbing 41% of the vote in the primary. Merkley couldn't seem to decide what he stood for, but I'm guessing folks outside of Multnomah county were likely a bit baffled by Novick's whip-smart, say-it-like-it-is approach to Oregon politics. We look forward to tipping a Left Hook Lager with Steve as soon as the dust settles. Oregonian columnist Steve Duin provides a fitting campaign postmortem.
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