John Brummett points out the twist in logic — blatant hypocrisy is a better description — in Sen. Gilbert Baker’s criticism of Rep. John Boozman’s love of federal earmarks when he’s feasted on state level pork and even called for federal earmarks for a Conway project. Brummett notes that both are conservative enough to be a solid third vote with Oklahoma, home to the nuttiest senatorial duo in the land.

That, of course, is the larger issue at work in the Senate election this year. On the Republican side, the candidates range from so far right  they are barely detectable on the visible political spectrum to from-Pluto right. Will the Republican nominee smell bad enough to push disaffected voters into Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s column, herself an Everett Dirksen Republican?