Editorializing here is mostly unnecessary, because a lot of what’s posted tends to speak for itself.
However, all of us here in the newsroom have been feeling more than a little uneasy lately, because the Moran/Tiahrt race seems ready to turn the corner from simply negative to downright sleazy.
Case in point: Last week the Moran campaign issued an ad that asserted Moran, unlike Tiahrt, actually lives in Kansas. This led to a response from the Tiahrt camp that brought the Tiahrt’s dead son into the fray, saying that the Moran ad insults the Tiahrt family for trying to stay together. The Moran campaign never mentioned the son. Then, this weekend, Tiahrt District Director Robert Noland tweeted that Moran had made his wife into a “single mom” – which was quickly re-tweeted by Vicki Tiahrt.
And, in the meantime, actual issues that deserve attention seem to be suffocating because the personal jabs are sucking all the oxygen out of the room.
Can we maybe take a time-out here? I hate to phrase things like I’m talking to a roomful of preschoolers, but that’s where were at it seems. This has been a race to the bottom, and neither campaign have really been 100 percent issue-based. Sometimes they aren’t even 100 percent reality-based. We’d like that to change, if that’s at all possible. If the past weekend is any indication of future tone, then this is going to be a long five weeks. We’ll keep covering the race, but we’d like to cover something other than campaign “he said, she said.”
There are real issues out there. Please find them. Otherwise, someone is going to have to stay after school.