Cue the bit about the turkey farmer. But it turns you can have too much of a good thing:

For when the eccentrics begin to outnumber the respectables, it’s hard for a newspaperman to maintain interest. It’s like watching a play with nothing but slapstick comics; you start looking not for comic relief but, please, just one serious, sober, even dull candidate. Just for the novelty of the thing. But in recent years there have been so many quite respectable—indeed, plodding—political candidates even in once colorful Arkansas that we’ve almost slept through some of the campaigns.

But then we took a long look at the congested field of candidates in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate. And realized where all the jokers, ideologues, loudmouths, know-nothings and ideological obsessives had been hiding. In this race they stood out like a red Holtmobile [ed.—Jim Holt is one of the insurgent conservatives running against Boozman in the GOP primary] with all lights flashing and horn honking. Which is what makes good old, dull old John Boozman so appealing a candidate this year.

THIS YEAR, the plain, reliable, and quite predictable congressman from the Third District stands out like a proper Rotarian in that little car at circuses which drives up packed with clowns in full make-up. What a relief to see a solid citizen in this nut-rich mix. Sure enough, even in this unruly crowd, there’s a doctor in the house. The congressman’s picture could be used to illustrate the entry Conservative, Moderate in any field guide to American politicians. He’s got all the characteristics of the dull gray species.

Boozman 2010: Plain, reliable, and quite predictable. Catch the fever!

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Greg Marx is an associate editor at CJR. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.