We are in the heart of the August congressional recess, and there have still been no debates between Senator Daschle and John Thune. As John Thune states in the Argus Leader today, he and Daschle should have met several times by now. Tomorrow morning, Daschle and Thune are scheduled to meet for a forum at Dakotafest to discuss only agricultural issues.
Thune has accepted all seven invitations to forums and debates during the month of August. Daschle has only accepted the one narrowly scoped forum to be held tomorrow. When Thune attends the other forums Daschle refuses to attend, Daschle instead sends a staffer with videocamera to record his every move.
Senator Daschle has been doing nothing but attending fundraisers in the Hamptons and Mississippi and attending rigidly choreographed campaign events in South Dakota during the congressional recess. The congressional recess will end September 7th with lots of footage of John Thune attending forums with an unoccupied stool beside him.