Posted: 10/19/08 22:26, Edited: 10/19/08 22:27
by Dave Mindeman
Steve Sarvi and Cong. John Kline held a direct debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters today. It was a short answer format and the challenger, Steve Sarvi, did much better in making his points.
One debate segment allowed the candidates to ask questions directly to each other and Sarvi chose to directly challenge Kline to respond to Michele Bachmann's "anti-American" charges against Senator Obama and well, the entire Democratic Congress for that matter.
Kline never responded directly. He brought up some vague references to negative dialogue on both sides....including a reference to Congressman John Lewis and his comments about the negativity of John McCain's campaign. He did not mention Michele Bachmann by name nor did he reference what she said.
I guess we are left to wonder about that. A simple repudiation would have sufficed.
Congressman Kline is always quick to pounce on what he perceives as improper conduct by his opponents or Democratic officials, but he seems to believe that his conduct can never be questioned. During this cycle, he increasingly avoids directly answering questions that don't fit into his memorized talking points.
He continues to weakly assert that his position on not requesting earmarks is a matter of principle.... although his principle on this issue continues to deprive this district of Federal dollars to help local projects. Money that we continue to contribute to in terms of gas tax dollars....while having a Congressman who refuses to fight to return some of those dollars to district projects. Items that our county commissioners and city mayors are desperately needing.
And he continues to distort the Employee Free Choice Act. Time after time he repeats the position of the business community while casting aspersions about "eliminating the secret ballot" as the union position. He knows that is not true -- unless maybe he simply regurgitates the talking points without even reading the bill. I might be inclined to believe the latter.
Kline may survive this election once again, but, quite frankly he doesn't deserve another term as our Congressman.