The People Have Spoken and Now They Must Be Punished

 

You may be wondering whether your good friend Illiniguy was re-elected to the Illinois General Assembly last Tuesday. Well, I won by eight points against a guy who didn’t do anything in the way of campaigning.

In what was supposed to be a red wave year, even here in the Peoples’ Republic, we managed to reduce our numbers in the House from 45 to 39 out of 118. My margin of victory tells me that there’s a lot of work to do in re-establishing our brand with the voters. After the dust settled, I sent the following message to our surviving members:

After the Bay of Pigs fiasco, John Kennedy famously noted: “Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.” The recent election has shown us, however, that failure can have just as many fathers as success.

None of what I’m about to say is spoken in a vacuum. Given the results of the election nationwide, it’s obvious that our party is still in the thrall of a personality cult that’s been hung around our necks whether we like it or not. The Democrats have been able to do with Donald Trump what we were never able to do with Mike Madigan. Nor did it help when the top of our ticket followed him around the country shamelessly begging for his endorsement. Even if we wanted to run independently of that, how much worse would it have been last Tuesday when we’d have been labeled as disloyal by the base whose support we so desperately needed?

The most obvious excuse is that we lack the resources to put our message out to the public. But more important than that is the message itself. Regardless of how much money we might have had available to us, the message of those who most loudly banged their spoons on their high chairs became the message that the Democrats used to paint us all as extremists.

When the top of the ticket described Chicago as a hellhole, when the grifters, sycophants and enablers who rammed this ticket down our throats in the primary ran on a platform of absolutism on positions that have been rejected by the overwhelming majority of voters in this state, the cake was baked. Unless we make a concerted effort to moderate our policies and our message toward the middle, where I’m convinced most of the people of Illinois reside, what happened last Tuesday doesn’t constitute the floor for us as a caucus, but the ceiling.

Those grifters, sycophants and enablers who either believed they were on a mission from God or were merely interested in lining their pockets did a great job. JB Pritzker didn’t need to use all the money he spent to get the candidate he wanted; that absolutism became the message that was used to describe us all. We did this to ourselves.

I believe in the old saying “de mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est”, but we can’t ignore what could have been done by the current Leadership but was not. (House Minority Leader) Jim Durkin was failed by his circle of trust. A lot of that had to do with his early support of the crew that was running the (Republican Governor candidate) Irvin campaign on cruise control and was more interested in milking the cash cow from its headquarters in Tennessee than actually doing the job it was hired to do. But that wasn’t all. We were failed by the organization that was set up to support our caucus. It got involved in contested primaries instead of putting that money behind uncontested Republican candidates to boost name recognition of those who were certain to be on the general election ballot in November. In a map year, when even incumbents are relatively unknown, that would have been money much better spent. What messaging that did come out of the mother ship was lame. “Such and such voted for his/her own pay raise!” and of course whenever possible “Madigan!”

Those of us who are incumbents and are returning to the General Assembly need to look in the mirror as well. If we were unopposed, did we do enough to support other candidates who needed our help when providing that support might have done some good? In the end, maybe that was too big a lift given what we saw nationwide. However, if we intend to go forward as a unified caucus, we need to think hard about that, because we’re on our own.

The most obnoxious of those grifters, having been forwarded the email intended for caucus consumption only, is already on the warpath against me. 

I hope to be able to advance my priorities, and am fortunate to have good relationships with members on the other side of the aisle, especially when it comes to the issue of child welfare. We’ll see. Stay tuned.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Illiguy, I know you don’t control the state, but your prescription is what we’ve had and it doesnt work. Maybe nothing will anymore. I don’t know, and I don’t care anymore. It’s just time to leave. So I apologize for my outburst. Good luck.

    I don’t demand that my representatives be as conservative as I am, but the only thing Republican about Adam Kinzinger was the R behind his name. If someone runs as a baby-killing, gun-grabbing, ecofreak Republican, why should I bother?

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  2. HeavyWater Reagan
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Illiguy, I know you don’t control the state, but your prescription is what we’ve had and it doesnt work. Maybe nothing will anymore. I don’t know, and I don’t care anymore. It’s just time to leave. So I apologize for my outburst. Good luck.

    It’s not quite like leaving South Vietnam after the communists took over in 1975.  But it’s very close.  Good thing you won’t need a boat.  

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  3. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Illiguy, I know you don’t control the state, but your prescription is what we’ve had and it doesnt work. Maybe nothing will anymore. I don’t know, and I don’t care anymore. It’s just time to leave. So I apologize for my outburst. Good luck.

    I don’t demand that my representatives be as conservative as I am, but the only thing Republican about Adam Kinzinger was the R behind his name. If someone runs as a baby-killing, gun-grabbing, ecofreak Republican, why should I bother?

     

    Ed, I don’t think you or anyone needs to apologize for expressing yourself.  Sometimes the only way the message makes a dent is if it is presented forcefully.  The Illinois republican party keeps presenting lousy, unserious candidates–or none at all–doesn’t support the serious ones and complains about the voters or money.  That’s how you get a Bruce Rauner.

    States lose population because of what happens at the local level, not because of national politics.  Blaming your woes on national politicians won’t do anything to fix the local problem of all the democrats who run unopposed by anyone serious, or anyone at all.

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  4. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patriot) Member
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    Illiniguy, you are an actual politician who has succeeded in being elected to office.

    Do you think that referring to the base of your own party as a “personality cult” is going to foster unity and electoral success for Republicans?

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  5. Flicker Coolidge
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Illiniguy, you are an actual politician who has succeeded in being elected to office.

    Do you think that referring to the base of your own party as a “personality cult” is going to foster unity and electoral success for Republicans?

    He never called anyone a personality cult.  He was quoting someone saying that we are called a personality cult.  It was a bit like sarcasm.

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  6. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Illiniguy, you are an actual politician who has succeeded in being elected to office.

    Do you think that referring to the base of your own party as a “personality cult” is going to foster unity and electoral success for Republicans?

    He never called anyone a personality cult. He was quoting someone saying that we are called a personality cult. It was a bit like sarcasm.

    Actually, that long quote in his post is the letter he sent to the Republican caucus wherein he said, “… it’s obvious that our party is still in the thrall of a personality cult that’s been hung around our necks whether we like it or not.”

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  7. Zafar Member
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    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Illiniguy, you are an actual politician who has succeeded in being elected to office.

    Do you think that referring to the base of your own party as a “personality cult” is going to foster unity and electoral success for Republicans?

    He never called anyone a personality cult. He was quoting someone saying that we are called a personality cult. It was a bit like sarcasm.

    Actually, that long quote in his post is the letter he sent to the Republican caucus wherein he said, “… it’s obvious that our party is still in the thrall of a personality cult that’s been hung around our necks whether we like it or not.”

    And he was elected anyway. 

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  8. jonb60173 Member
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    as a life long Illinois guy, and Illini guy,  (I’m 70 now) I can easily remember laughing about voter fraud in the ’60s.  I live in a northern suburb of  Chicago, and refuse to go into the “city” for dinner any more, I call it Chicago roulette.  Anyone could be mugged, robbed or car jacked at any time and Kim Foxx doesn’t give a hoot.  I drive Uber in the morning for fun and talk to my riders and the vast majority are seeing this debacle the same as I do.  So I wonder, does that same Daley machine that stuffed the ballot boxes in the ’60s still stuff them now?  I have no proof, just that I don’t know anyone that approves of what’s going on now and yet these people, yes Kim Foxx, get re-elected. Call me skeptical.

     

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  9. HeavyWater Reagan
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    jonb60173 (View Comment):

    as a life long Illinois guy, and Illini guy, (I’m 70 now) I can easily remember laughing about voter fraud in the ’60s. I live in a northern suburb of Chicago, and refuse to go into the “city” for dinner any more, I call it Chicago roulette. Anyone could be mugged, robbed or car jacked at any time and Kim Foxx doesn’t give a hoot. I drive Uber in the morning for fun and talk to my riders and the vast majority are seeing this debacle the same as I do. So I wonder, does that same Daley machine that stuffed the ballot boxes in the ’60s still stuff them now? I have no proof, just that I don’t know anyone that approves of what’s going on now and yet these people, yes Kim Foxx, get re-elected. Call me skeptical.

    If they have ballot stuffing in San Francisco, they didn’t do enough of it to save Chesa Boudin.  

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  10. Flicker Coolidge
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    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Illiniguy, you are an actual politician who has succeeded in being elected to office.

    Do you think that referring to the base of your own party as a “personality cult” is going to foster unity and electoral success for Republicans?

    He never called anyone a personality cult. He was quoting someone saying that we are called a personality cult. It was a bit like sarcasm.

    Actually, that long quote in his post is the letter he sent to the Republican caucus wherein he said, “… it’s obvious that our party is still in the thrall of a personality cult that’s been hung around our necks whether we like it or not.”

    It still sounds like sarcasm to me.

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  11. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):
    It still sounds like sarcasm to me.

    Yeah, we have a different sense of humor.

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  12. Flicker Coolidge
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    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):
    It still sounds like sarcasm to me.

    Yeah, we have a different sense of humor.

    I meant something akin to biting sarcasm and quoting for effect.

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  13. Ed G. Member
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    jonb60173 (View Comment):

    as a life long Illinois guy, and Illini guy, (I’m 70 now) I can easily remember laughing about voter fraud in the ’60s. I live in a northern suburb of Chicago, and refuse to go into the “city” for dinner any more, I call it Chicago roulette. Anyone could be mugged, robbed or car jacked at any time and Kim Foxx doesn’t give a hoot. I drive Uber in the morning for fun and talk to my riders and the vast majority are seeing this debacle the same as I do. So I wonder, does that same Daley machine that stuffed the ballot boxes in the ’60s still stuff them now? I have no proof, just that I don’t know anyone that approves of what’s going on now and yet these people, yes Kim Foxx, get re-elected. Call me skeptical.

     

    It’s not necessarily that they approve (although some do). It’s that they don’t know the half of what’s happening because they’re insulated,  or they know it’s just that they aren’t personally impacted enough to feel it as a reality and to prioritize it. There’s more in Illinois like one of these versions than I’d prefer.  

    Oh, and also of course the cheating never stopped. It’s institutionalized now. Just wait until there is some serious rift amongst the Dems in Chicago, who knows what will happen then.

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  14. Percival Thatcher
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    jonb60173 (View Comment):

    as a life long Illinois guy, and Illini guy, (I’m 70 now) I can easily remember laughing about voter fraud in the ’60s. I live in a northern suburb of Chicago, and refuse to go into the “city” for dinner any more, I call it Chicago roulette. Anyone could be mugged, robbed or car jacked at any time and Kim Foxx doesn’t give a hoot. I drive Uber in the morning for fun and talk to my riders and the vast majority are seeing this debacle the same as I do. So I wonder, does that same Daley machine that stuffed the ballot boxes in the ’60s still stuff them now? I have no proof, just that I don’t know anyone that approves of what’s going on now and yet these people, yes Kim Foxx, get re-elected. Call me skeptical.

     

    It’s not necessarily that they approve (although some do). It’s that they don’t know the half of what’s happening because they’re insulated, or they know it’s just that they aren’t personally impacted enough to feel it as a reality and to prioritize it. There’s more in Illinois like one of these versions than I’d prefer.

    Oh, and also of course the cheating never stopped. It’s institutionalized now. Just wait until there is some serious rift amongst the Dems in Chicago, who knows what will happen then.

    It happened already, when Jane Byrne upset Michael Bilandic in the ’79 Democratic primary. Then again, when Harold Washington beat Byrne.

    Same ol’, same ol’.

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  15. Columbo Member
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    9thDistrictNeighbor (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Illiniguy, you are an actual politician who has succeeded in being elected to office.

    Do you think that referring to the base of your own party as a “personality cult” is going to foster unity and electoral success for Republicans?

    He never called anyone a personality cult. He was quoting someone saying that we are called a personality cult. It was a bit like sarcasm.

    Actually, that long quote in his post is the letter he sent to the Republican caucus wherein he said, “… it’s obvious that our party is still in the thrall of a personality cult that’s been hung around our necks whether we like it or not.”

    And he was elected anyway.

    It’s Illinois, Zafar. Which was kind of his point. His suggested messaging wouldn’t play very long in a Red state.

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  16. Zafar Member
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    Was that his point?  I got that the messaging is less of an issue than Trumpistas and NTers insist. 

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  17. OmegaPaladin Moderator
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    HeavyWater (View Comment):

    Hey, quit sending all of your refugees to my state of Indiana. Pretty soon, whenever Republicans talk about controlling the border, they will be talking about the border between Indiana and Illinois. Geez.

    Get ready for Ed G. With all the family and such we still have in Chicago, and with MI and WI also teetering, IN in the place we need to be in order to get some sanity while being close enough for a half day drive back to my parents if needed.

    Probably somewhere north of Indy, unless any Hoosiers here have recommendations for a transplant like me.

    If you want to be close to Chicago for family or friends, Hammond is actually pretty nice.  Not extremely suburban either.

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  18. Ed G. Member
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    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    HeavyWater (View Comment):

    Hey, quit sending all of your refugees to my state of Indiana. Pretty soon, whenever Republicans talk about controlling the border, they will be talking about the border between Indiana and Illinois. Geez.

    Get ready for Ed G. With all the family and such we still have in Chicago, and with MI and WI also teetering, IN in the place we need to be in order to get some sanity while being close enough for a half day drive back to my parents if needed.

    Probably somewhere north of Indy, unless any Hoosiers here have recommendations for a transplant like me.

    If you want to be close to Chicago for family or friends, Hammond is actually pretty nice. Not extremely suburban either.

    I considered that, but NW Indiana is pretty solidly blue. If I’m going blue to blue then I might as well stay in the largest receding puddle of the region (Chicago). I’m thinking Madison, Hamilton, or Tippecanoe counties. Maybe Allen County.

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  19. The Reticulator Member
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    HeavyWater (View Comment):

    Hey, quit sending all of your refugees to my state of Indiana. Pretty soon, whenever Republicans talk about controlling the border, they will be talking about the border between Indiana and Illinois. Geez.

    Get ready for Ed G. With all the family and such we still have in Chicago, and with MI and WI also teetering, IN in the place we need to be in order to get some sanity while being close enough for a half day drive back to my parents if needed.

    Probably somewhere north of Indy, unless any Hoosiers here have recommendations for a transplant like me.

    If you want to be close to Chicago for family or friends, Hammond is actually pretty nice. Not extremely suburban either.

    I considered that, but NW Indiana is pretty solidly blue. If I’m going blue to blue then I might as well stay in the largest receding puddle of the region (Chicago). I’m thinking Madison, Hamilton, or Tippecanoe counties. Maybe Allen County.

    Those all are fairly urban. If you want sanity, why not try for LaGrange County or Steuben County? 

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  20. lowtech redneck Coolidge
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    HeavyWater (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):
    Newsflash: Chicago is a hellhole. The absolutist extremists are the ones insisting that women have penises too, that whiteness is a disease to be mitigated, that our children need more identitarian indoctrination instead of rigorous education, that taxes are too low, and that criminals are treated too harshly in our state.

    I was told by many sources that Chicago is “MAGA Country”. Did the corporate media lie to me?

    Trump got a whopping 24 percent of the vote in Cook county, which is where Chicago is located. Sounds like MAGA Country to me. If you only lose by 1.1 million votes, it’s MAGA country, right?

    It was a Jussie Smollett reference.

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  21. Columbo Member
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    lowtech redneck (View Comment):

    HeavyWater (View Comment):

    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):
    Newsflash: Chicago is a hellhole. The absolutist extremists are the ones insisting that women have penises too, that whiteness is a disease to be mitigated, that our children need more identitarian indoctrination instead of rigorous education, that taxes are too low, and that criminals are treated too harshly in our state.

    I was told by many sources that Chicago is “MAGA Country”. Did the corporate media lie to me?

    Trump got a whopping 24 percent of the vote in Cook county, which is where Chicago is located. Sounds like MAGA Country to me. If you only lose by 1.1 million votes, it’s MAGA country, right?

    It was a Jussie Smollett reference.

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