I refer, of course, to Dennis Kuchinich; a man who has managed to spend the last fourteen years and two Presidential elections as a household name and respected* figure in American politics, despite the fact that by any objective standard he is a dead ringer for a Keebler Elf having a midlife crisis.
Unfortunately for him, he’s a Democrat with the bad luck to be in a currently Republican-controlled state that’s on the verge of losing two Congressional Districts. The map Newsweek provided is missing a couple of important details, so here’s one of the 2010 Ohio results:
Newsweek is trying to shade scenarios involving the lost seats in ways that might impact Republicans, but honestly this is not going to be difficult. Marcia Fudge in the 11th District has a majority-minority district: she’s perfectly safe. So the Ohio legislature combines Nancy Kaptur’s 9th with Kuchinich’s 10th, and Betty Sutton’s 13th with Tim Ryan’s 17th, then trim off the excess and throw it to either Bob Latta’s 5th and/or Steve LaTourette’s 14th. Smooth out the rest, and lo! – problem solved, and there’s the added bonus of watching four liberal Democrats slice each other up for two seats.
Mind you, there’s probably five good reasons why the above scenario won’t work. Still: something to look forward to, right?
*For given values of “respected,” of course. Still, he was able to go into Presidential debates and not be immediately accosted and shaken down for baked goods, so clearly he’s got that.