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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Jerry, will it make a difference if they triple dog dare you?

What exactly do Tim Kaine and Russ Potts have to do to get a rise out of Jerry Kilgore? Kilgore, having refused again and again to participate in a debate that includes Potts, must either: (1) possess the inner strength and peace of Mahatma Gandhi; (2) have an enormous ace up his sleeve for Sunday's debate or; (3) be precisely the gutless, spineless wimp Potts has outright said he is and Kaine has sortakinda said he is.

Potts doesn't mince words. He's called Kilgore a "coward," "pathetic" and "Casper the Ghost." If this were California, I guess "girly man" wouldn't be far behind. I suppose Kilgore can take the high road and ignore an arguably fringe candidate but the man he is neck and neck with — Kaine — hasn't been much kinder, only subtler in his choice of words.

Now, Kilgore is possibly threatening to pull out of Sunday's debate unless he gets an agreement that no portion of the debate will be used in TV and radio ads. I guess that means he's pretty sure he won't be saying anything so great he'd like people to hear it over and over. And of course he must be terrified that people will actually burst into laughter again at some of his answers as happened at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate with Kaine. If that happens, you can be sure Kaine's campaign will just play the statement and the laughter in every ad from now til Nov. 8.

What exactly is Kilgore's problem? Really, why won't he debate with Potts? The excuse that Potts has no chance to win and therefore shouldn't be heard is the lamest thing I've ever heard. At what point does a man — even a gentleman — stand and fight? Hasn't he been called enough names? Should they triple dog dare him? Call him yeller? Replace the duck suit with a chicken?

If this were real life, a person who refused to stand up for himself again and again would be laughed right off the playground or soccer field or out of the corner bar. But this isn't real life, it's politics — where a person who refuses to stand up for himself again and again just might end up governor.


At Tue Oct 04, 08:45:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it isn't unusual for candidates not to want to debate someone who has less than 15 percent. while russ potts is an interesting candidate who is bringing up important issues, he's really not a viable candidate. i mean honestly if you let potts in where do you draw the line?
and yes, kilgore does seem to be doing a big aunt bee here but as we have learned from the bush v kerry debates - you can trounce your opponent in the debates and still come up a few votes short.

At Wed Oct 05, 10:43:00 AM EDT, Blogger Janet Giampietro said...

yes, it's not unusual but it sure is weeney. but i also don't buy your argument about if you let potts in where do you draw the line? he's not lyndon larouche for gosh sakes. he's a state senator who represents a very real split in the virginia GOP. i think the republicans ignore him at their peril because that rift is not going away anytime soon.

At Wed Oct 05, 03:05:00 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, he's a state senator but you have to set some criteria for these debates or legally you open the door to anyone who declares himself a candidate for governor -
i think the republicans are split - they sold the soul of their party to the religious right and oddly enough, the religious right doesn't want to give it up. i think the only way the republicans can manage them is to basically take the same position the democrats have with minorities - the sense of "where else are you going to go?"

At Wed Oct 05, 07:13:00 PM EDT, Blogger Janet Giampietro said...

it's so crazy it just might work! no, you're exactly right. i've wondered myself for a long time why they don't take stance.


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