I've been reading about Matt Yost's attempts to gain a slot on the ballot to oppose John Andreason in '08.
Reading about a Democrat guy in the paper, who's struggling to be placed on the ballot in a Giant GOP state is one thing. Meeting the guy and hearing his reasons for running and studying his legal arguments for being placed on the ballot, is another.
I met Matt Yost, believe it or not, at a recent going-away party for my long-time friend Jack Van Valkenburgh, former executive director of the ACLU - yeah, you read that correctly - I was at an ACLU gig! (And had a blast, by the way!)
Matt is a knowledgeable, articulate leader. He has worked on numerous issues, lobbying on behalf of agriculture, water, sportsmen, wildlife and tax relief for renewable energy development. He's a fresh face and a listener. He's probably more ideal in some ways (like his youth and his future-oriented ideas) for District 15 than the incumbent, long-time Senator John Andreason. (In fairness, I ran unsuccessfully against John in '06, so my comments are a bit shaded. He beat me fair and square, though.)
I argue that John Needs Matt.
Every good elected official needs to have a solid opponent. No man or woman should be allowed entrance into the Senate or into the House without opposition. Otherwise, quit calling it an election and call it by its better name: a coronation.
John Andreason has almost always been a class act. Maybe the greater question is whether his time has come and gone. After seeing him in the Senate this session - he was asking people which way he had just voted on bills and wandering around with a lost look in his eyes, I felt terribly sad for him.
All I know is that if Mr. Andreason had to stand publicly next to Mr. Yost and debate the issues, both men would be better candidates and one would be a better elected officail come November '08.