Editorial: Campaigning from the couch

Editorial: Campaigning from the couch

There are 14 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Oct 6, 2010, titled Editorial: Campaigning from the couch. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

Our view: When politicians don't have to debate before an election, it's not good for democracy.

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Frank

United States

#1 Oct 6, 2010
Herger is skipping the debate just like he's skipping representing the voters. Is it because he is afraid to debate a superior challenger, or is it because he thinks his seat is safe and that we are too dumb to notice that he doesn't even care about us enough to bother showing up? The last time Herger bothered speaking to a Chico audience it was to try to sell us on Bush's privatization scheme for Social Security.
Now they want more of the same.
Republicans want to raise the retirement age.
Cut benefits for those still working.
Privatize Medicare.
Privatize the VA.
Eliminate Unemployment insurance.
Force women to bear rapist's babies.
Start another war with Iran.

Do the right thing and dump this arrogant do-nothing insult to the voters.
Vote for the Democrat!
Reggie

United States

#2 Oct 6, 2010
I've voted for Herger in every election.

This time I think I'll leave that space blank.
Derek

Gardena, CA

#4 Oct 6, 2010
In addition to all the fine points this article makes, there is another reason Wally is avoiding this debate. One of the topics for tonight's debate is Alzheimer's disease. For some time now, it has been noted by many that Wally himself is dealing with dementia.

The last thing Wally wants to do is get in front of voters and debate a topic where we will be able to see "first hand" the affects of Alzheimer's disease.

Ask yourself, why would Wally avoid such an important topic, especially when you consider the aging population of our district? Moreover, why is he avoiding the debate in general? What is Wally trying to hide?

We as voters need to give serious thought to blindly casting votes for politians that become so comfortable they don't even bother showing up to publicly discuss issues that are on the minds of their constituants. And we certainly don't want to elect someone suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Derek

Gardena, CA

#5 Oct 6, 2010
I posted my comments from work, not Long Beach. I guess that's where my company's computer servers are located.
disappointed voter

United States

#6 Oct 6, 2010
Herger: Cocky, or cowardly?

Either Herger is so smug after 24 years that he sees no need to debate or he's afraid to debate a mentally sharp attorney.

This is the FOURTH debate Wally has declined.

Even the Shasta Tea Party offered to moderate a debate. Jim Reed has been willing to meet with the Tea Party and also attend their debate, demonstrating that he's willing to represent everyone in the district. But Wally wouldn't do that debate, either.

Sure, Wally SAYS he'll debate on the 25th. My bet is he'll back out at the 11th hour, just like he did this time.

What is Wally afraid of? He has always debated in the past. After 24 years he should be able to debate an opponent in his sleep. I guess now he's too lazy to bother.

And yes, I know that after 24 years everyone knows Wally's positions on the issues. After all, he votes with the Republican 96% of the time.

But a debate isn't just about the issues. As the article said, you can go to the candidates' web sites to see their stances. A debate is about sizing up the candidates in person for character and competence. Voters want to see how candidates respond to challenges and how they think on their feet.

Perhaps Wally can't do either any more.
Fred C

Chico, CA

#7 Oct 6, 2010
A sign the apocalypse is upon us, the ER Editorial Board actually, well lightly, criticizing Wally!

Here's hoping they will rethink their short sighted support of Prop 23, and the mindless idea that the state budget debacle can be fixed by "cutting waste".

Buster202

Since: Jun 09

San Antonio, TX

#8 Oct 6, 2010
Derek wrote:
In addition to all the fine points this article makes, there is another reason Wally is avoiding this debate. One of the topics for tonight's debate is Alzheimer's disease. For some time now, it has been noted by many that Wally himself is dealing with dementia.
Then why is he scheduled to participate in two other debates?

Yes, we just need another marxist in washington to keep spending money we don't have.

Yeah, that it will be great. Maybe a democrat can keep the gravy train on the tracks for another six months.

Yes, vote for Reed.

He's a bureaucrats best friend.

I guess he's gonna run on a platform of -

We only have one environment - you can always get another job.
disappointed voter

Chico, CA

#9 Oct 6, 2010
Buster asked:
Then why is he scheduled to participate in two other debates?

Please read the editorial again-- Herger has only agreed to ONE scheduled debate, on October 25th.

As the editorial pointed out, that debate is so close to election day that many will have turned in their absentee ballots, which is in Herger's favor.
Can you guarantee that Herger will show up on October 25th? Or will something else "more important" come along?
Yesterday you said you like the way Herger votes and accused Reed of sending jobs overseas. Please read your hero's work more carefully-- Herger voted WITH the Republicans (as he always does) to give tax breaks to corporations for sending jobs overseas to China and India. THAT is a Republican policy across the board.
It astonishes me how some people continue to vote against their own best interests.
John Taylor

Santa Rosa, CA

#10 Oct 6, 2010
What Herger can't beat is the door-door campaign Jim Reed is waging...not to mention the 100s of clubs, events and kissed babies over the last 6 months. If just a few Republicans and Decline To State let go of their political pride, Congressional District 2 will have a new and energetic representative in WashDC on Nov 2nd. Polling says Wally isn't that popular, especially with Seniors, who vote, and are scared out of their wits that Wally will put Social Security in the hands of Wall St. You know that roller-coaster ride with your money. Not to mention his vote for the TARP despite 100s of calls telling him to vote against it. What's going on Wally ? Where's Wally ?
Jan

Chico, CA

#11 Oct 6, 2010
Herger Takes Our Votes for Granted
I am greatly disillusioned by long-term congressman Wally Herger. It is obvious he takes our votes for granted. He has had the privilege to represent this district for over 20 years and states time and again how he champions the cause of American democracy. Yet, he cannot bring himself to engage in a debate with Jim Reed, a well-qualified opposition candidate. Aren’t debates at the very heart of America’s democratic electoral process? While Wally cannot bring himself to go across town for a debate, thousands of voters have taken the time go to the polls during every congressional election for over 20 years to elect him to Congress.
This year, let’s send Wally a message that no one should take our vote for granted. He has to earn our vote and part of doing so is engaging in local debates before the absentee ballots are sent out. Voters want to be able to find out about the qualifications of each candidate in person. This is the way Americans have made educated voting decisions for over 200 years. Let Herger know that he does a grave disservice to our electorate when we go out to vote, but he cannot even go across town to a local debate. Perhaps he’s been in Washington far too long.

Jan - Chico, CA
Jan

Chico, CA

#12 Oct 6, 2010
Wally Takes Our Votes for Granted

I am greatly disillusioned by long-term congressman Wally Herger. It is obvious he takes our votes for granted. He has had the privilege to represent this district for over 20 years and states time and again how he champions the cause of American democracy. Yet, he cannot bring himself to engage in a debate with Jim Reed, a well-qualified opposition candidate. Aren’t debates at the very heart of America’s democratic electoral process? While Wally cannot bring himself to go across town for a debate, thousands of voters have taken the time go to the polls during every congressional election for over 20 years to elect him to Congress.

This year, we need to send Wally a message that no one should take our vote for granted. He has to earn our vote and part of doing so is engaging in local debates before the absentee ballots are sent out. Voters want to be able to find out about the qualifications of each candidate in person. This is the way Americans have made educated voting decisions for over 200 years. Let Herger know that he does a grave disservice to our electorate when we go out to vote, but he cannot even go across town to a local debate. Perhaps he has been in Washington far too long.

Jan - Chico, CA
Wally Herger

Westminster, CA

#13 Oct 6, 2010
Why should I waste my time?
I lost Chico last time.
You people can see thought my bull$#*& like seeing through glass. You're too smart for me.
No worry, though.
Those hill folk are dumber 'n a box of rocks.
I'll win!
Reggie

Chico, CA

#14 Oct 7, 2010
I got my sample ballot today.

Herger didn't even fill out a candidate statement.

What a lamer.
bluffian

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#15 Oct 11, 2010
I've seen Mr. Herger at a number of political functions in the past few months (and Mr. Reed, too). The idea that he is not debating Reed because he is hiding a medical condition is a strange one... does this condition only manifest in Reed's presence?

Actually, strange is less appropriate than some other terms, like "slimy".

Perhaps one could ask one's opponent "when did he stop beating his wife?" Because after all, if you can't give someone a good reason to vote for you, you can at least throw out some unsubstantiated rumors about the other guy.

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