By Alex Thorne

Yesterday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Emken sent an email to her supporters calling out Dianne Feinstein for not publicly debating an opponent  in 12 years.  In the email, Emken suggests that the candidates take part in a “series of regional debates” focused on issues important to each area of the state that would be moderated by local reporters. Today, The Los Angeles Times also put pressure on Feinstein to debate Emken, making the case that Emken has earned the right to debate the Senator and that California’s voters deserve a public hearing on the issues.

Emken’s email points out that a lot has changed since Feinstein engaged in a public debate:

Let’s step into the Way Back Machine and see how much the world has changed since then. In October 2000:

  • Bill Clinton was President
  • Gray Davis was governor of California
  • Saddam Hussain was running Iraq
  • Most Americans had never heard of Osama bin Laden
  • Most Americans had never heard of Barack Obama, either
  • The World Trade Center towers dominated the Manhattan skyline
  • No one had ever seen a Harry Potter movie
  • No one had ever followed or friended anyone on Twitter or Facebook
  • No one had ever used an iPod, iPhone or iPad
  • Unemployment was…only 3.9%
  • The federal debt was…only $5.7 trillion
  • Gas was…only $1.79 a gallon

The world has changed. Dianne Feinstein hasn’t. It’s time for a fresh look at who should be our United States Senator. Let’s start with a debate.

In The Los Angeles Times Opinion page, editors put pressure on Feinstein to debate Emken in an article  titled, “Face your rival, Sen. Feinstein.” Here are some choice excepts:

More to the point, as the only alternative to Feinstein, she (Emken) has earned the right to challenge the incumbent on the issues — and to be challenged in return. It would be a disservice to the voters — and perhaps self-defeating — for Feinstein to remain aloof from any give and take with her opponent.

And the L.A. Times editorial makes a persuasive case by wrapping up with this statement:

But the risk for any long-serving official is the perception that she (Feinstein) is taking her public trust for granted. Nothing screams “entrenched incumbent” more than a refusal to debate an opponent.

It is a tremendous victory for Elizabeth Emken’s campaign to have The Los Angeles Times essentially endorse its position on the importance of having a public debate between Emken and Feinstein.  At this point, you have to give credit where credit is due, Emken is winning the tactical war by aggressively making political points that persuaded even The Los Angeles Times’ editorial board to run an article supporting Emken campaign’s call for debates.

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