MattW has posted a diary over at MLN speculating about possible candidates to challenge Chris Shays in 2008. He offers a lengthy list of possible candidates and a mini-analysis of potential strengths and weaknesses. A few of us have added our own suggestions in the comments section.
Can Shays be defeated next time around? And more important, is it worth putting funds and energy into another battle?
With the right candidate I think Democrats can run a third competitive challenge. As Genghis pointed out when he mapped the 4th Diane Farrell came within 3% of Shays, closer than her 5% loss in 2004. Farrell shouldn't run again, but looking over Matt's list I think there's hope for an '08 challenge to succeed.
What are your thoughts?