Here in S Dakota, the Senate race is getting a bit bizarre. We have a Senate candidate, a sitting Senator, who suffered a terrible brain injury. As we all know, the tragedy to this man, and his family must be enormous. I am thankful he survived, my aunt wasn't so lucky with the same injury, but there comes a time where the question has to be asked, "How much is the public entitled to know about this man's injury, and how much does it affect his ability to perform his duties as Senator"? Is he entitled respect, and concern for his well being, to the point that no one except those "approved" to have access, can meet and speak with him? Are S. Dakota voters forced to blindly vote for the man without being able to make the decision on his ability to serve for themselves?
This is the real debate that should be occurring, especially since Senator Johnson will not participate in any debates with his challenger, nor will he make himself available to the public, so they can decide for themselves. How much consideration, respect and sensitivity is "enough" without being called mean and heartless?
Thankfully, reporters are now starting to ask that question too at The Rapid City Journal. That just happens to be that rabid right wing attack machine rag that is asking that question. However, I must admit, that is a legitimate, and very good question.
Yes, indeed, how much is the public entitled to know about this man's injury and how much does it affect his ability to perform his duties as Senator?
Is the public entitled to know and judge for themselves?