Marc Ambinder says he’s never seen an ad like it but is it really that surprising? Gordon Smith’s famously anti-war and the only Republican currently holding statewide office in Oregon. (Yes, Ted Kulongoski, also mentioned in the ad, is a Democrat too.) A blue tide in Congress this year is a given, Obama won the state primary by 18 points over Hillary, and he’s already up three against McCain in the latest Survey USA poll. If you’re going to bet, this is the way to go. And even if he bets wrong and Maverick pulls an upset, what’s the GOP going to do, ostracize him? They need every congressional vote they can get.

I could have done without the Green-Party-ish logo, though. Oof.

Update: Does this mean Obama’s endorsing Smith for senate? Nope.