Voters should let the political spinmasters handle all that, but here is the crucial point: Parker is exactly right that immediate and full disclosure is needed to provide “critical information the state's voters need to decide in November,” in part to give them context for the issues Coats is speaking about.
Coats has a tricky path to tread for the election as the ultimate insider trying to sound like an outsider in this anti-incumbent climate of complete distrust of Washington.
The former senator profoundly misunderstands the mood of the electorate if he thinks its anger is just about issues or philosophical positions. It goes much deeper, aimed at a perceived culture in the nation's capital that works for the connected and neglects the ordinary citizen.
A representative of Coats' office says things are taking so long because the lobbying list is being double-checked for accuracy and that disclosure will happen soon. Good – it can't be soon enough; in fact, it should have happened before the primary election.
When Coats and Democrat candidate Brad Ellsworth go head to head on the issues, we expect to agree with Coats far more than with Ellsworth, for the simple reason that he is the more conservative. And his mere tenure in Washington isn't that worrisome, either. It's what people have done with their time there that matters, and if there's the amount of turnover expected in November, a little experience will be a good thing for Republicans.
But the time for the usual political games is over; the voters are fed up and simply won't stand for it anymore. This is the year of the real deal. Anybody who offers any less than that is just wasting everybody's time.