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Disclaimer: The author of this site maintained the campaign weblog of John Kline's opponent in the 2006 election, which made Congressman Kline a bit testy.

As with all blogs, review the facts carefully and draw your own conclusions.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Terrorists In America!!

One week ago today, John Kline formally announced his intention to run for a third term. And in the spirit of the new campaign, his congressional website got a facelift recently. Gone is the frankly embarrassing stuff, like the link under "Top Issues" to the apparently defunct Washington Waste Watchers group, and the "Question of the Week" which was last updated in September. The "Question of the Week" has been replaced by the "Trivia Question of the Week", and it appears Kline is planning to post his weekly "Kline's Corner" newsletters. This last change is a genuine improvement. I've made several attempts to sign up for the email version of the newsletter, but after receiving only one, I never received any others. Must be some kind of gremlin in their email database.

I have frequently complained about the fact that extracting information from Kline about his views on vital issues is like screaming in a vacuum --- the silence is deafening. So when I saw the new site, I immediately searched for position papers, bullet point summaries, anything at all about his views on the issues. After all, one would expect any serious candidate for Congress to publicize their stand on the issues, and since Kline is an independent conservative, it would be wrong simply to assume he holds the same views as, say, George Bush.

But looking under Kline's "Issues and Legislation" tab, we find: no legislation, a link to a listing of awards Kline has received, and . . .

Terrorists in America!!

Okay, I just made up the last part. There aren't any exclamation points at the end. But it is remarkable that, after giving his web site a complete update and overhaul, the only issue he wants to make sure his constituents are aware of is Terrorists in America.

Not the war in Iraq. Not Social Security. Not pension reform. Not Medicare. Not education or health care or ethics reform or port security or preventing disasters like Katrina or record-breaking budget deficits or providing decent care for our veterans returning from Iraq. The number one issue Kline wants you to think about as we head into the election season is Terrorists in America.

It goes without saying that I'll be analyzing this topic in greater depth in the days to come.

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