At least California has a chance to see Sen. Boxer and Ms. Fiorina face off in a live debate. We in the Congressional 6th District are still waiting for Lynn Woolsey to agree to meet and debate Jim Judd. Perhaps Rep. Woolsey feels no need to agree to a debate as long as she seems to enjoy a considerable lead. Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer are only a few percentage points apart , increasing the pressure on both to debate. Every candidate measures the perceived pros and cons of meeting their opponents on the field of verbal battle, and Lynn Woolsey probably sees little upside to giving Jim Judd a platform right now. Hopefully the situation will change. Hopefully, the Marin/Sonoma voters, as election day nears, will spend more time learning about the issues and the candidates. Hopefully voters who have, in the past, cast ballots for the incumbent almost routinely will recognize that the fragile condition of our nation begs for greatly intensified voter due diligence. And if voters do examine both major candidates, the gap between Jim Judd and Lynn Woolsey may close.
Seriously though, there is no good reason for Lynn Woolsey to duck a debate even at this point. If she is so certain she has performed well in Washington and has nothing of which she is ashamed, if she is so confident of her ability to defend her record and her goals, if she feels statistically assured she can secure another term, then she should have no need to deflect debating Jim Judd and should be unhesitant about meeting him as soon as a mutual date can be negotiated.