Tim Egan of the New York Times profiles Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington in today's edition.
It's an overall flattering piece, characterizing her as a populist warrior against Wall Street villains.
OK, it has one unflattering jab:
"Through two terms, she has been almost an invisible senator. In person, she underwhelms, a charm deficiency that has given rise to a nickname of “Senator Cant-smile.”
It also concludes with a look at the 2012 election to which some Republicans might object: "She faces no significant opposition in her run for a third term next year."
This might cause state Sen. Mike Baumgartner, a Spokane Republican who has announced a campaign, to remark something like: "So, what am I? Chopped liver?"
Apparently in Egan's assessment, the answer would be yes.