Former Arkansas Farm Bureau President Stanley Reed, the Marianna farmer and lawyer, indicated a few weeks ago that he was still considering a Republican race for U.S. Senate. A freshet of talk today indicates that talk is growing more serious. Reed doesn't take my calls -- perhaps following the example of his main financial backer, real estate developer Jim Lindsey. But two different Republican sources say to take this stepped-up buzz seriously.
Could Reed's entry clear some of the chaff from the big announced field? That's the thinking in some quarters. But I still don't know how you dope a Republican primary with a variety of regionally identifiable candidates and the scattered pockets of heavy Republican vote concentration.