by Max Brantley
John Brummett's formula for a successor to retiring U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder:
Actually, his departure might offer the Democrats a mildly improved chance to hold the seat. That’s because they can pursue it with someone fresh and distanced from the heavy health reform burden.
But they’ll need the right candidate. By that I mean a mushy, mealy-mouthed centrist with favorite-son support in one of those suburban counties who could get some conservative neighborhood votes while holding Pulaski County Democrats — not by a liberalism that would impose a burden elsewhere, but simply on account of not being Tim Griffin, the Karl Rove disciple the Republicans likely will run.
I’m thinking of some eager youngster out of a growing suburban place like Conway or Bryant and with a cute name like Robbie or Shane.
House Speaker Robbie Wills is mulling. Term-limited Sen. Shane Broadway would like to run for lt. gov. if Bill Halter tries to move up.