Why won't he answer a simple question?
The Pombo campaign is making a big deal out of McNerney's changing some answers to questons posed at Project Vote Smart. The press is having a field day with this, especially Lisa Vorderbrueggen in the Contra Costa Times. The picture is not flattering.
However, Lisa also shared the reply to this from Pete McCloskey, one time Republican Primary opponent of Richard Pombo. She says that "I thought readers would be interested in the letter, although the text probably doesn't do justice to McCloskey's subtle and clever use of sarcasm." I fully agree with her on that. However, I wish that she had given it the prominence of her orginal column. As is, stuck away in her blog and not in print as the column is, it might be missed and that would be a loss for all.
McCloskey's question is truly a very fundamental one for this election. Why does Pombo not answer the same set of questions? Doe he not have a position without asking his employers? (Just don't think that the voters in this district are his real employers. We only pay a fraction of his salary.)
This is really a pattern for our Congressman. Lisa was the moderator of a panel on the election jointly sponsored by the Contra Costa Times and the League of Women Voters. It just took place without Pombo and one of his handlers claimed that the format was "too much like a debate." When a group of his constituents visited his office and faxed a request to meet with him to get answers to some other questions, he again refused. Do you begin to see a pattern here?
He believes in the mushroom theory of voter education. Keep them in the dark and once in a while open the door and shovel in some BS. (Gee I bet Rocky would have had a ball with that opening.)