So, what's the deal?
Why won't Tanner respond?
My guess is he'll be responding to the Stolen Valor types real soon, but he could cut to the chase and just let us in on the secret:
I guess we're already seeing the contempt Tanner holds his prospective constituency in... and that really doesn't play all that well. We've got enough arrogance in Stuart and Boldt as it is.
What are Tanner's "numerous combat medals" from his Vietnam service as an Electrical Technician?
Simple question, really.
And if Tanner doesn't answer it... it's going to be an extremely long and painful campaign for him.