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NYTimes profiles Cantwell

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.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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