When candidates like Kaleb Weis lose elections, I have a few mixed feelings. Mostly, I’m immensely relived to see kept away from power a diffident, Trumpist, over-Godding, unqualified candidate who’s afraid of speaking to the media and countenances angry and rumor-based xenophobic rhetoric. But a small part of me misses not having a bad candidate to make for some easy blogging.
So in a small way, I’m pleased to see this update to Kaleb Weis’s Facebook political page:
Even supervillain Felonious Gru has the good sense to wear a lighter top and smile a bit with his friends in a publicity photo. Kaleb Weis is still campaigning with grim photo of himself in his dark sweater, looming smilelessly, like that dark, ominous cross, over his innocent children.
Weis’s update came five days before Rep. Dan Kaiser announced he’ll stand down from the Legislative race in favor of running for sheriff. We could really go bonkers and speculate that Weis’s rebranding scared Kaiser out of the House race, but the fact that Kaiser is taking on an arguably more difficult race against a popular Republican incumbent who has gone unchallenged in his office since 1998 tells me there’s no way Rep. Kaiser would be scared off by a much weaker candidate like Weis.
Kaiser’s leaving an open seat in District 3 offers Democrats another opportunity to win back some Legislative registration. The entry of an inferior candidate like Kaleb Weis further improves Democrats’ chances of winning next November.