Try as they might to get Moran and Tiahrt off message and away from the bickering, the KWCH Ch. 12 staff served up a second round of last week’s Topeka Senate debate. The questions were different, the candidates’ responses shorter, but the results the same.
Tiahrt went on the attack early and often, using every opportunity possible to point out holes in Moran’s voting record and support for issues. Moran spent his time refuting the attacks and repeating his record of voting against every bailout and stimulus package.
Monday’s event gave us nothing new, except for candidate Tom Little- see post The Tom Little Show for more- and only increased the velocity and ferocity of the attacks between Moran and Tiahrt. At this point, the messages have been established, the fight mapped out and the fingers pointed. There were no new revelations Monday and even the verbage and saying have become routine. It’s a shame viewers have to continue to watch heavy-weight fighting when they believe they are tuning in for a candidate debate.
Yes we know Moran has voted against taxes more than 200 times, and Tiahrt is disappointed that Moran hasn’t joined him on more initiatives. What we don’t know is why we can’t get straight-forward responses to questions and an informative and easy-to-follow debate. The format for Monday’s debate didn’t help either. Response times were substantially shorter than last week’s debate and with Little perched between the two big dogs, the conversation between Moran and Tiahrt wasn’t fluid and didn’t stick to either side. The subject matter didn’t seem to matter, the responses were already established, it just took some finessing to segway to the point.
We have one more Senate debate to tolerate and odds are it won’t be any different. Tiahrt will throw punches, Moran will attempt to clear away the mud and Little will continue to insist we need to get rid of the immigrants. Maybe the third time will be a charm, but we’re not holding our breath.