By Diane Silver
This weekend The Topeka Capital-Journal gave a good example of why the mainstream media is often the subject of hoots of derision.
In a worshipful article that called Republican incumbent Jerry Moran the "avalanche man" for posting a huge victory over his Democratic opponent, the newspaper failed to note an important point: Moran's "opposition" was a no-name, no-experience, never-run-before unknown. Democrat John Doll has never even run for dog catcher before, as far as I know.
If Moran had not been able to beat Doll, that would have been news.
The fact that Moran won a sixth term with 79 percent of the vote -- even in a banner year for Democrats -- doesn't prove a thing, except that Kansas Democrats needs to recruit better candidates. Moran's district is also the most conservative in the state.
As far as I can tell, Doll's only claim to fame is posting a diary on Daily Kos. That's an interesting idea, but it doesn't have much to do with campaigning in the huge 1st District of western Kansas.