Wichita is Onionized

We hope we don’t ruin the fun by typing about parody here on a stuffy government blog, but we couldn’t resist the chance to chatter about The Onion’s election coverage — complete with a Wichita dateline.

Using the tone of some of the stories chronicling President-elect Barack Obama’s win, the satirical periodical reports that Alan Klemke won the District 4 City Council seat in the Nov. 4 election. (Of course, being a serious news source, we feel compelled to note that Wichita’s city council elections are in April and District 4 isn’t up for election in 2009.)

Here’s a taste of The Onion’s story: “Klemke delivered a rousing victory address in front of his now-famous campaign headquarters, located in a vacant storefront within the Westway Shopping Center. There Klemke thanked his staff for their hard work throughout a historic campaign that captured the hearts and minds of an entire district, including all neighborhoods south of Douglas Avenue and west of the Arkansas River.”

(Yes, there is — or at least was — a Westway Shopping Center in Wichita. It’s on South Seneca. As for Klemke, there’s no sign of him in recent voter registration databases.)