There's been a lot of bluster and name-calling from Republican candidates during this year's election season -
"Lather, Rinse, Repeat!"
Well, it turns out there is a quick and efficient way to get Republicans to shut up - challenge them to stand up and actually explain their positions civilly.
- Candidate for governor Terry Goddard has challenged Jan Brewer to a series of debates all over the state, but she has refused to participate in any more than the one that she was required to participate in as a condition of accepting Clean Elections funding.
She has refused to do so, but given her thorough faceplant of a performance in the CE debate, her reluctance in understandable. Though not acceptable.
- Treasurer candidate Andrei Cherny has challenged Doug Ducey to a series of debates, but thus far, he has also declined to participate, perhaps out of fear that his financial misdeeds (here and here) would become a topic of discussion.
- Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has challenged Republican nominee Paul Gosar to some debates, but the career dentist and tea party favorite is avoiding a direct confrontation with the incumbent in CD1.
- Jon Hulburd, the Democratic nominee in CD3, has challenged Ben "Dirty Scottsdale" Quayle to some debates, but apparently, the Republican nominee is hoping Daddy's name recognition and money connections will keep him from having to mount an actual campaign.
- CD2 Congressional candidate John Thrasher reports that Republican incumbent Trent Franks has agreed to a debate. Just not to "minor" details like a place and a time...
In fact, the only R candidate who has accepted a debate challenge outside of one required by Clean Elections rules is John McCain, who will be debating Democratic challenger Rodney Glassman on September 26.
Other than that one example, however, the only sound one hears when the R candidates are challenged to put up or shut up is the sound of