Sessions' Challengers and Smith's Vulnerability
For now, Sparks is generating the most talk on political blogs.Talk about challenging every race. Even with an exciting candidate like Sparks, this will be an uphill battle. But it will be an exciting uphill battle, with lots of upside. Imagine forcing the NRSC to spend money in Alabama (and Mississippi if Thad Cochran retires and Mike Moore gets in; and Idaho if Larry LaRocco gains traction; and so on). Every one of those dollars spent in Alabama is a dollar not spent protecting vulnerable seats in Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maine, etc. I've said it before and I'll say it again: the NRSC will be spread perilously thin in 2008, and the wider we can expand the playing field, the better it is for Democrats nationwide.
As agriculture commissioner, he has been in the news more than some of his predecessors, including promoting agricultural trade with Cuba and showing he can cross party lines to work with Republicans on pushing alternative fuels and improving child nutrition.
Sparks said he will decide in a few months whether to enter the race.
UPDATE (5:18pm): Oregon: Add The Argus Observer, Ashland Daily Tidings, and KMTR-16 to the chorus. Now go help Draft DeFazio reach its goal today!