There's been word among the chattering classes for a couple of days that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Portland), who is up for re-election this year, might draw something more than the token fringe opponents who are often the only ones willing to challenge a well-entrenched incumbent.
Today the NW Republican blog produced a name
for that mythical potential opponent: Lewis & Clark Law School Professor Jim Huffman
(although there was no comment from Huffman as to whether he'll run). Huffman frequently contributes op-eds to The Oregonian
and has an impressive scholarly resume. In a Scott Brown year, that may be enough to at least partially compensate for Huffman's lack of name recognition and Wyden's $3 million and growing war chest.
If Huffman gets into the race, there's little doubt that Wyden would still be an overwhelming favorite but at least Oregonians would have more choice than usual.
Huffman, who joined the Lewis & Clark faculty in 1973 and was dean from 1993 through 2006, was not immediately available for comment.
Updated at 5:12 pm: Here's what Huffman said in response to a question about his plans:
"I can't comment at the moment, but will have a public announcement of
any plans in a few weeks and will welcome the opportunity to talk with