Political candidacy is not ‘I’ve Got a Secret’
One becomes a candidate for political office because a) you want to be somebody or b) you want do DO some thing. Either way, you got to sing for your supper. It’s like when they hooked up the wires on Cliffie on Cheers: “Dance, mailman!”
You got to give voters a reason to go your way. Marshall-area supervisor Jeff Weigand is one of only a couple identifiable conservatives serving on the Dane County Board. He faces a strong liberal challenger in next Tuesday’s 04-05-22 election.
His race in District 20 is featured in today’s WI State Journal coverage. The format is candidate friendly. The newspaper grants X number of words to spew your own message in your own words. Weigand’s response? “No response.” NO RESPONSE? (The Werkes three-exclamation point outrage: !!!) You get a softball question like “Why are you the best candidate for this office” and Weigand’s response is “No response.” If he can’t defend his record, voters will conclude he’s ashamed of it.
Politics is more “Tell the Truth’ than “I’ve Got a Secret.”
Flying under the radar appears to be a strategy of conservative candidates this cycle and it is more self-destructive than Dr. Krevorkian’s medicine bag. Weigand’s non-response is a Will Smith slap in the face. So you’re paranoid that the mainstream news media will twist your words. But the State Journal prints your blibber blabber verbatim! Free advertising! Same with the League of [Liberal] Women Voters survey. Weigand did not respond; neither did Amanda Noles in Madison District 20, Carlos Umpierre in Waunakee #25, Bill Brosius in Cross Plains #28, Jerry O’Brien in Belleville #30, Herb Taylor in McFarland #34, and Andrew McKinney in Cottage Grove #36. All face opponents.
Blaska is spending zilch in his quixotic bid as a write-in candidate to unseat Madison school board president Ali Muldrow for Seat #4. But his message is getting out, thanks to “earned news media” and the Werkes. (Blaska responds to the WSJ’s Q & A here.)
Place your bets!
Speaking of which, we should have had such easy graders during our indifferent academic career. The first 19 sooth sayers have entered their guesses on the percentage Blaska will get when the votes are all counted. All have been granted the rights and privileges of Platinum Subscriber status, which includes 100 extra pixels in each blogge. (Leave it to Gotchberg to predict to the seventh decimal place.) So far, the Real Unclear average of predictions is 28% (never mind the decimal points). Considering that Blaska got 30% three years ago when he was on the ballot and spent $20,000 to get out his message, that’s very generous.
|Average of all Guesses||28%|
Blaska may not win but got to think Madison is a little bit smarter today for our candidacy.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: A political candidate without a message is a waste of time. Blaska is all about stand and deliver. Weigand couldn’t be bothered to issue an I.O.U. He deserves to lose as he most certainly will.