In my August 21st post: "There should be no debate about debates", I lamented my IL 6th District Congressman Peter Roskam's failure to respond within a week of challenger Leslie Coolidge's August 14th request for a series of town hall style debates about the vital issues facing 6th District residents thusly:
"With no response to date, it looks like Congressman Roskam will let his millions of dollars in campaign cash do all his debating for him against another challenger with limited financial resources".
Alas, here we are a week later and still no response from Congressman Roskam, a man never shy about communicating to his constituents when it suits his political purposes. Apparently, engaging in the most critical form a communication - face to face debates with an intelligent, socially conscious, and knowledgeable opponent - doesn't meet that criteria for the incumbent.
Yet, one of the most reviled of all the 435 incumbents for his endlessly crude, inflammatory, and intemperate remarks, Joe Walsh, has seen fit to schedule 5 debates with an equally intelligent, socially conscious, and knowledgeable candidate, Tammy Duckworth in IL House District 8.
If I were grading Roskam and Walsh on the subject of debates, Joe Walsh gets a A. Roskam? He gets a D. Least you think that is better than a F for FAILURE, it's actually worse. D stands for DISRESPECT - what Congressman Roskam does to Leslie Coolidge, his 700,000 constituents and the democratic process