Seriously, have you heard that accent?
Baxley's strategy is tailor-made to erode electoral support from a high-dollar candidate who hails from the state's old-money elite. As columnist Steve Flowers suggested last week, though, the plan's main flaw is that Riley simply doesn't come across as one of the Big Mules of yore. He's a car salesman from a family of farmers and ranchers in rural Alabama, and his voice has the down-home twang to prove it. Even for Baxley, who grew up as a farm girl in the Wiregrass, it'll be well-nigh impossible to out-country Riley.
Until the attack ads begin to fly, I'll hold out hope that this one can come down to two pretty good candidates debating the issues. We sure could use a race like that after this year's vitriolic primaries.