Kevin Woster thinks Democrats can’t beat John Thune in 2016. Kevin Woster is wrong.
But Kevin Woster does suggest a pretty good candidate to lead the Democratic charge for U.S. Senate next year: former Scotland legislator Frank Kloucek, a Democrat who was so good at winning elections (eleven of them) in deep Republican territory that his enemies in the SDGOP finally had to gerrymander him out of the Capitol.
Kloucek has never been a particularly sophisticated politician. But he always understood his constituents and their issues, and connected well in a way that always seemed sincere, was often kinda wacky and turned out to be pretty effective in piling up wins in a Republican-dominated state.
He’s not afraid of a political fistfight, either, or the probability — OK, near certainty — that he’d lose the race.
Somebody’s got to do it, for the Democrats. And my guess is Kloucek would, if given enough resources to get a message out, tangle with Thune on stage a time or two and make the powerful senator do a real campaign dance, instead of that stroll he had in 2010.
So, Why not Frank in 2016? [Kevin Woster, “Thune vs. Kloucek and Kolaches in 2016? Why Not?” KELO-TV, 2015.08.17]
The SDGOP spin machine would have us take Woster’s suggestion that Dems are so hopeless that Kloucek should run for Senate as a kick in the teeth. But Kloucek has a better election record than most Democrats in South Dakota. Kloucek has value to offer South Dakota Democrats as a Senate candidate, or at least a consultant to our eventual Senate candidate.