Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Modest Proposal For South Dakota Democratic Voters: Leave The Attorney General Line Empty

One need not be named Cassandra, Sybil, Tiresias, or Edgar Cayce to have visions of South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley rummaging through Lowe's or Menards in search of a measuring tape to size the windows in the governor's office for new drapes in January 2019. He is going to be re-elected as attorney general. The only open question is whether setting the over/under at 87.49% is too low.

Democrats have turned incredibly average politicians like John Thune and Kristi Noem into juggernauts by not opposing them or running weak candidates against them.  They run the same risk with Jackley. They fielded no candidate to oppose him in this election, and his pseudo-Libertarian opponent Chad Haber may be the least qualified candidate in South Dakota history to seek the attorney general's office.

I, therefore, offer Democrats the following modest proposal: leave the attorney general line blank. Jackley will use his 75% or 85% or 93% of the vote number as a reason to support him in 2018. If, however, he earns tens of thousands fewer votes than other Republican, Democrats will have a small wedge to counter the fact they didn't oppose him for attorney general during this election cycle.

The emphasis should be on the word "small" or perhaps "minuscule." If, however, one has no wedge, obtaining even a tiny wedge is good first step.

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