Instead of bowing to outside interference, why not let O'Donnell and Coons hold calm and reasonable debates so Delaware's voters can decide who to pick?


With a population under a million, some 1/300 of the number of people in the nation, you would think Delaware is currently at the center of the political universe based on all the attention being lavished on Christine O’Donnell.

In defeating U.S. Rep. Mike Castle, O’Donnell instantly became the political figure being discussed pro and con across the country. Requests for interviews come to her at every hand.

But for her own reasons, she bowed out of two scheduled national TV appearances over the weekend to spend time in Delaware.

That might well have been a very wise decision.

Staying in Delaware and being available for as many appearances and interviews as possible makes sense. On Nov. 2, only Delaware residents will be able to decide between her and Chris Coons who will become the next U.S. senator from the First State.

So this suggestion comes to mind.

In the interest of as much unfiltered contact as possible, what if O’Donnell announced that she would be glad to make as many joint appearances as possible with her opponent, all in the interest of giving voters the opportunity to weigh their respective insights concerning national issues.

In addition, what if she let it be known that she would welcome interviews with local newspapers and radio stations. Because Delaware does not have a television station to call its own, she might also consent, and suggest that Coons do likewise, to appear on the nearby TV stations with Delaware viewers.

Let maximum exposure to Delaware voters during this short time before the general election be the grounds for helping voters make their choices.

In this process, concentration would be on reaching the only people who actually count — voters who live in Delaware.

Pursuing this campaign policy would disappoint the various media seeking not to inform Delaware voters but to titillate as many readers, listeners and viewers as possible with tidbits about the past lives of both O’Donnell and Coons.

A sincere first-hand emphasis on explaining why Coons and O’Donnell deserve the support of the people able to vote would be welcome. No one in the other 49 states can vote in Delaware, and their influence in one way or another should be insignificant.