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Dare we dream?
America's most famous No Longer A Deadbeat Dad is back in the news, of sorts. Ex-congressman Joe Walsh is one of the nine or so names being considered for Illinois' new Republican Party Chairman, a spot that just opened up after previous Chair Pat Brady was ousted for having insufficient disrespect for gay people and other apparent … difficulties. Walsh joins a prestigious list of contenders, including "President of Chicago Young Republicans guy," "failed State Attorney candidate" and "brother in law of a state rep guy." Does he have the chops to take on such fearsome competition? We'll see, but we're all cheering for ya here, Walsh. Give it your no-longer-a-deadbeat best.

This, though, needs to win some sort of actual, trophy-having award:

The architect behind Brady's ousting and a GOP conservative, state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), said there is a plan and it's underway. That is, airing out the committee's nominees and suggestions and coming up with a person who can find some middle ground. […]

"I believe that a very sound process is underway," Oberweis said. And, looking forward: "We want to find a candidate who does appeal to both the conservatives and the liberals within the party and who will be a uniter who will bring those people together rather than a divider who would cause conflict."

Yes. Someone to bring together the "conservatives" and the "liberals" in the Republican Party. No—just savor it. That one is state Sen. Jim Oberweis' gift to all of us.

Originally posted to Hunter on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM PDT.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos and Daily Kos.

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  •  No Way This Will Happen (9+ / 0-)

    God doesn't love me that much.

  •  He thinks there are liberals in the GOP? (11+ / 0-)

    Classic.
    I wish Walsh luck. A choice like him will keep the state blue for years to come.

    •  Methinks he is referring to those Republicans who (0+ / 0-)

      aren't a part of the 33% who will consistantly vote for Oberweis in statewide primaries.

      PrezObama's only mistake in the sequester is that he assumed that the Republicans would be more loyal to their oath of office to serve the people than their oath to Norquist to never close tax loopholes.

      by SilentBrook on Fri May 10, 2013 at 02:31:46 PM PDT

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      •  Turns out Senator Mark Kirk is a flaming lib. (1+ / 0-)
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        a2nite

        You know, now that a thing has happened to him personally, he's all for it. Medical rehabilitation for everyone! The balls on this liberal republican. Pshaw!

        But he is one of the few who was able to win statewide so I guess they'll give him a pass for now.

        To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. Roger Ebert

        by lexalou on Fri May 10, 2013 at 02:47:06 PM PDT

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        •  Mark Kirk (4+ / 0-)
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          lexalou, flitedocnm, thomask, Illinois IRV

          only won because Alexi had family "reputation" problems. My pick for the R party chair would be Bill Brady because he's going to run again for Gov. and just barely lost to Pat Quinn last time. Joe Walsh is finished in Illinois.

          •  Alexi would have been a good senator. (2+ / 0-)
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            peglyn, thomask

            And I very much like Quinn, personally and as a governor. I'm not sure Brady would get the support cuz teh gayz. Maybe Oberweis will run again, again. Maybe Walsh will run and win the primary. One can dream...

            To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. Roger Ebert

            by lexalou on Fri May 10, 2013 at 04:05:21 PM PDT

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          •  Kirk will have to switch parties.... (0+ / 0-)

            ....to have any chance.

            He'll be mowed down in a primary if he decides to run for reelection.

            "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

            by Bush Bites on Fri May 10, 2013 at 06:26:03 PM PDT

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            •  Nah. He's fine. (0+ / 0-)

              He wasn't exactly an unknown quantity when he ran in 2010.  He never claimed to be flaming conservative and he had represented a blue-leaning district as a Congressman.

              LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

              by dinotrac on Sat May 11, 2013 at 03:03:58 PM PDT

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              •  But it was not a usual election -- (1+ / 0-)
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                as pointed out above, his Dem opponent was part of a group running a failing bank, with some allegations of shady management, at the height of the bank-caused meltdown. Whether Kirk could do it again against a clean-seeming Dem (if there's one left in IL) is anybody's guess.

                •  The big issue (0+ / 0-)

                  in that post-Blagojevich election in Illinois was corruption.

                  Kirk was seen as less corrupt than Alexi and Quinn has never been seen as being a corrupt pol.

                  That's why they won, bottom line.

                  •  Quinn had a major assist from Scott Lee Cohen, and (1+ / 0-)
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                    still managed only a squeaker.

                    Kirk has a  lot of experience winning elections in a Democrat-leaning district.

                    He's an incumbent senator now, and hasn't done a bad job.

                    I expect him to win re-electino if he runs.

                    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                    by dinotrac on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:27:10 PM PDT

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                    •  Really? (0+ / 0-)

                      2010 was an unusually Republican year. If he runs again it will be in 2016, a Presidential election year when Democratic turnout will be higher. There's a long list of Democrats who could easily beat him.

                      •  There's also a long list of Democrats who have (1+ / 0-)
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                        Chitown Kev

                        run against him and lost.

                        And we're talking Illinois.
                        Every election is a Democratic year in Illinois.

                        Am curious about that long list of Democrats who could "easily" beat him.

                        Perhaps you should have shared that with party leaders while he was in the House of Representatives.

                        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                        by dinotrac on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:55:46 AM PDT

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                        •  The margin (0+ / 0-)

                          was less than 60,000 votes. The Green Party nominee got almost twice that. Alexi would have won that race in any Presidential election year.
                          The 10th isn't the entire state. The party needs to find someone who's either very popular in Cook county or can take a chunk of the suburban or downstate swing vote. I'll name a few in my reply to chitown kev since he asked.

                      •  In illinois? (0+ / 0-)

                        Lisa Madigan, yeah.

                        Michelle Obama (who has no interest in it, yeah...

                        who else?

                        •  Someone who is either (0+ / 0-)

                          very popular in cook county or who can take a big chunk of swing voters in the suburbs or downstate. It may not seem this way to people on the north side, but most of the state still doesn't know Kirk. And, sadly, he hasn't been able to get to know them.

                          There's the new batch of Congressmen, like Cheri Bustos, Bill Foster, Robin Kelly, and Tammy Duckworth who all represent suburan or downstate swing voters outside Kirk's base. Senator Mike Frerichs could run for anything statewide and bring central Illinois swing voters with him. Tom Dart. I could go on.

                          •  Nice group of names, and nice group of losers. (1+ / 0-)
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                            Chitown Kev

                            Including Bill Foster who lost to Randy Hultgren -- a genuine fire breathing conservative type , and Tammy Duckworth, who lost to Peter Roskam.

                            Both were able to win in gerrymandered districts in a strong Democratic year against weak Republcan candidates -- one of whom was Joe Walsh, for crying out loud.

                            Mark Kirk is a moderate who will play well throughout the state and have the advantage of encumbency.

                            If 2016 is a strong year for Democrats, he could lose.  I expect it to be a bad year for Democrats, but things can change.

                            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                            by dinotrac on Sun May 12, 2013 at 11:49:35 AM PDT

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                          •  Ok, Debbie Downer. (0+ / 0-)

                            I guess you have a position you want to defend. Any statewide Republican is in threat of losing Illinois in any election. More so in a Presidential year. More so when it's someone like Kirk who's still not well known statewide and will likely have a primary fight. We don't even know if he's going to run again.

                            Plenty of candidates lose their first time out and go on to have strong support. So, your selective bashing of two names I mentioned isn't persuasive.
                            In more general terms, any Democrat who wins the 17th or 13th Congressional districts will be in the best position to win any statewide election until those districts are redrawn. Both districts represent large numbers of ticket-splitting swing voters who care about getting a statewide elected from their area.

                          •  Now it's more likely (0+ / 0-)

                            that Kirk gets knocked off in a primary but...maybe not...

                            A really conservative Republican (esp. a social conservative) simply cannot win a statewide election in Illinois.

                            Kirk isn't all that conservative. he will be tough to beat (and i don't know why the dems think that we can thrrow just any 'ol dem in an election and win)

                          •  Sure -- I made my position clear. I think Mark (1+ / 0-)
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                            Kirk will be a strong candidate in 2016 if he chooses to run. He has demonstrated a knack for winning Democratic voters.
                            He won Democratic voters in 2008 (a Presidential election year) when he won re-election to the House.

                            Can he lose?
                            Of course.

                            If the ACA rollout next year goes well and the economy experiences an actual recovery, Democrats will look pretty good in 2016. Will Illinois Democrats get their act together by then?

                            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                            by dinotrac on Sun May 12, 2013 at 12:50:44 PM PDT

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                          •  Kirk has a lot of unpredictables -- (0+ / 0-)

                            --his physical condition will get some sympathy votes, but also some doubt about his capacity to handle another 6 years.

                            -- He comes from a Dem/Liberal district. Could hurt him downstate/burbs this time, There' enough in his record, ie support for gay marriage, to confirm wingnut fears that he's "not us".

                            I do think you seriously underestimate the sheer hate for the current state government all along the political spectrum. Union support, especially among state employees will be soft, at best. There's no denying that IL is a catastrophe, and the incumbents are going to take the hit for that. Hard to see that not bleeding over to the sen race. Dems would have to come up with a bold liberal of the Sherrod Brown/Elizabeth Warren bent to have much more than a longshot against Kirk.

                          •  Oh (0+ / 0-)

                            I'm very aware of the hate about state government. Quinn hasn't got a chance. But, that's 2014. Kirk's election in '16 will be another story. People downstate are smart enough to know who's attacking their pensions and closing state facilities. That won't be relevant in a '16 Senate race unless Democrats are foolish enough to nominate someone associated with the state's mess.

                          •  But Madigan and Quinn and Emanuel (0+ / 0-)

                            are attacking their pensions and closing their schools. You seem to think the disaster will be over and forgotten by '16. That seems highly doubtful to me because voters decide on emotion, not analysis and I think the place will stink as much as ever by then. But I hope you're right.

                          •  Both are good years (0+ / 0-)

                            to nominate a teacher or public employee who isn't tied too closely to Madigan or Quinn. Especially for the 13th district race, but the party doesn't seem to see the opportunity there.

                          •  Well, now you brought the Rahmster (0+ / 0-)

                            into the equation.

                            No, I don't think that voters will forget.

                            The school closings, the violence (which will get worse...though maybe not as bad as the last year) and now the Red Line Reconstruction...not that they're doing it, but that Emanuel didn't consult South Side -el riders prior to making the decision...Rahm will have quite a bit to overcome.

        •  Maybe with luck (0+ / 0-)

          the radical right in the Illinois GOP will do what it's contemplating here: either forming a separate party or working to primary everyone who isn't sufficiently "pure." Ohio Tea Party groups recently said that being ideologically pure is more important than winning elections, and you know what? I totally support them in that choice!

          Jon Husted is a dick.

          by anastasia p on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:40:55 PM PDT

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    •  Joe Walsh running the Illinois GOP? (3+ / 0-)
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      417els, Illinois IRV, Willinois

      I know they don't want my opinion, but I'm OK with this. Really. Good Idea -- go for it guys...it's a win-win situation.......

      Trust me on this....it'll drive the Demorats nuts. They really,really fear that........

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Sat May 11, 2013 at 02:55:16 PM PDT

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  •  Yes! I fully support this! (7+ / 0-)

    This means then Democrats in Illinois will have someone worse than Reince Priebus, current RNC Chairman who is both incompetent and a complete dick who was re-elected because of idiots.

    Of course, the Illinois Republican Party may be losing steam as the party lost four GOP U.S. House seats last November.  Too soon to say the party is becoming like the California Republican Party?  I'm not a IL resident so I'm only guessing.

    Joe Walsh as Illinois RNC Chair could be the gift that keeps on giving to Democrats in the state.  There should be more opportunities for pickups in the state in 2014, at least one so far.

    •  There are still some old-fashioned moderate (2+ / 0-)
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      Chas 981, dinotrac

      Repubs here in IL, though they are getting squeezed. As for those U.S. House seats, much of that result was because of creative redistricting, aided by us having some good candidates. That's how we picked up the newly-drawn IL-11th against a fairly moderate long-serving pro-choice Repub opponent. Her old district was actually split up into 6 pieces!

      “It has to have fire, or I won’t do it” – Angeles Arrien from Get Real! Wise Women Speak

      by CoyoteMarti on Fri May 10, 2013 at 02:46:49 PM PDT

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      •  My sister almost voted for one — (0+ / 0-)

        Judy Baar Topinka — until she choose a Tea Party type for her running mate.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:42:26 PM PDT

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        •  Sorry for the two-day response delay! (0+ / 0-)

          Yeah, I even wrote a note to Judy sometime back, asking if she could reclaim her party for the sane. She's a smart cookie, but we couldn't ever risk voting for a ticket that would raise the profile of a tea-person, even if the Lt Governor position is a total non-entity.

          “It has to have fire, or I won’t do it” – Angeles Arrien from Get Real! Wise Women Speak

          by CoyoteMarti on Mon May 13, 2013 at 06:45:27 PM PDT

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    •  IL has an unpopular Dem governor (0+ / 0-)

      So anything is possible.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Fri May 10, 2013 at 06:21:11 PM PDT

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      •  For those not from IL: Why is Quinn unpopular? (3+ / 0-)
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        a2nite, Says Who, NotActingNaive

        It sounds like he's trying to do a good job in impossible circumstances, in a blue state:

        Wikipedia
        Patrick Joseph "Pat" Quinn III (born December 16, 1948) is the 41st and current Governor of Illinois. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He has previously held two statewide offices, Illinois Treasurer and Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. Quinn became Governor on January 29, 2009, after previous Governor, Rod Blagojevich, was impeached and removed from office. Quinn was elected to a full term in office in the 2010 gubernatorial election. As governor he faced severe short-term budget shortfalls and a long-term state debt, all in the context of the worst national economic slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Quinn has pushed for spending cuts and tax increases, while trying to raise ethical standards, protect public-sector labor unions, and maintain environmental standards.
        •  Pat Quinn was first and always a very tough (2+ / 0-)
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          Illinois IRV, flitedocnm

          consumer advocate.

          God, I hear how horrible and inept he is, how doomed we are.

          About the only place our Governor is deemed acceptable is behind that curtain on voting day.

          He is a kind-hearted and energetic worker for rights and equality, and he has never missed the funeral of an Illinois soldier. He is a humble man, a plain and open leader who listens before he acts, and so he baffles the media and his opponents, but he is the best man for that ridiculously thankless job.

          Many people think that they can easily pick him off, both Ds and Rs. I doubt it. He doesn't make mistakes.

          Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

          by Says Who on Sat May 11, 2013 at 02:31:53 PM PDT

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        •  I like Quinn. (2+ / 0-)
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          Chitown Kev, flitedocnm

          But he's batting cleanup after two guys in a row now wearing stripes, one of them the sociopathic stupid Blago.

        •  He's not a bad guy. Not overly charismatic, but (4+ / 0-)

          not a bad guy.

          He is, however, screwed by how bad things are in the state.

          And -- how would you like to be in this position:

          1. Increase the state income tax by 67%.
          2. Still have to lay off thousands of state employees.
          3. And still be left with an absolute mess of an unfunded pension problem.
          4. Governing a state that is losing population -- and tax revenues.

          Cook County remains the heart of the Illinois Democratic Party, but Chicago ain't doin' so well these days.

          He's really between a rock and a hard place on the pensions.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Sat May 11, 2013 at 03:11:59 PM PDT

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          •  And dealing effectively with pension funding ... (0+ / 0-)

            ... issues means p#&^ing off the public employee unions, the ones who managed to get a Constitutional provision protecting teacher pensions.

            The teachers will beat down the strongest Democrat in the state (whomever that is) to get even.

            2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

            by TRPChicago on Sun May 12, 2013 at 06:56:31 AM PDT

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        •  He's ineffective (0+ / 0-)

          I'm on Quinn's side of almost every issue, and I like him personally.  But he can't deliver.  The state is run by state Rep. Michael Madigan.  Quinn tries to sway policy, but he often just comes off as a whiner.

          Dementia, you better treat me good. ~Conor Oberst "Slowly (Oh So Slowly)"

          by NotActingNaive on Sat May 11, 2013 at 08:38:43 PM PDT

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    •  Whatever the possibilities, this is excellent news (0+ / 0-)

      for all Dems.  Headliner, bottom of the barrel Repug candidates will be a big boost for Hillary and all down ticket Dems.  And this may also mean that Walsh will have enough money to pay child support.

    •  Speaking of Rancid PRBS, (3+ / 0-)

      has anyone seen hide nor hair of him lately?  i haven't seen his rodent-like face since CPAC.  I'd love to see Illinois pick the mouth that roared, Walsh so we could have 2 distasteful people for Republican poster boy.

    •  IL is a mess, and the Dems are going to pay. (0+ / 0-)

      There's already blaming the economic disaster on the Dems, and there's enough truth to that to hurt them big time come November. When people across the spectrum absolutely despise their government the ruling party is gonna take most of the beating.

    •  Also too... (0+ / 0-)

      He will be able to afford to pay his child support! Or at least have a paycheck they can garnish.

      That passed by; this can, too. - Deor

      by stevie avebury on Sat May 11, 2013 at 05:51:51 PM PDT

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    •  Could they possibly be this self-destructively (0+ / 0-)

      stupid?

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:42:49 PM PDT

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  •  Bwhahahahahahahahahahaha! (3+ / 0-)
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    Gary Norton, SilentBrook, cactusgal

    Joe whotm?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:47:57 PM PDT

  •  Hunter - for a story like this (7+ / 0-)

    You've got to get one of the more "serious" FP'ers to post it. I hadn't even gotten past the title and your byline when I thought "snark". Surely this couldn't be true. Surely Oberweis isn't serious about that whole conservative/liberal statement. Surely this had to be some superior Hunter wit and not reality.

    God I hate when the GOP reality laps satire.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:54:03 PM PDT

  •  He'd make Graeme Zielinski look non-controversial (0+ / 0-)

    ...by comparison, and Zielinski was the former communications director of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin who was notorious for making controversial remarks and being a thorn in the side to any Democrat who ran for public office in Wisconsin.

    I listen to Lori Compas, not Pete Peterson!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:03:44 PM PDT

  •  It actually makes sense..... (3+ / 0-)

    Since most of the GOP left in IL are diehard Freepers, they may as well unite themselves under the banner of the biggest freeper in the state.  

  •  Illinois Republicans....please proceed (EOM) (3+ / 0-)
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  •  Go Joe! You are the Man./ (1+ / 0-)
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    cactusgal

    Further, affiant sayeth not.

    by Gary Norton on Fri May 10, 2013 at 02:13:12 PM PDT

  •  Oberweis is a perennial candidate, mostly a loser. (6+ / 0-)

    He's an older, less brash, but just as bent and dumb Joe Walsh. His ideas are routinely rejected by the voters, and he's trying to set up his own faction which he can lead to sweet glory. Go Jim and Joe! A partnership made in a smoky back room somewhere. But what kind of smoke is open to interpretation.

    To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. Roger Ebert

    by lexalou on Fri May 10, 2013 at 02:53:46 PM PDT

  •  Say it is so, Joe! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Illinois IRV

    How come mass shooters are never charged with using a weapon of mass destruction?

    by jazzmaniac on Fri May 10, 2013 at 05:14:14 PM PDT

  •  Yes! (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    Quinn's only chance.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Fri May 10, 2013 at 06:19:26 PM PDT

  •  Two words: (0+ / 0-)

    Puh Leaze!

    Honesty is not a policy. It's a character trait.

    by Says Who on Sat May 11, 2013 at 02:21:21 PM PDT

  •  Walsh is horrible person so I hope the give (0+ / 0-)

    him the chairmanship.

  •  Walsh still sitting at home in his robe watching (2+ / 0-)
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    kerflooey, Matt Z

    ... daytime TV. He needs a job.

    The only real job this loser ever had was being a (one-term) congressman. And his victory in that race was a total fluke.

    I am sure he has quit making his payments again.

    Honest to god, not only was he a deadbeat dad, he was deadbeat, period.

    Fucking loser.

    Please, please, GOP, make Joe Walsh head of the Republican Party in Illinois!

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Sat May 11, 2013 at 02:28:16 PM PDT

  •  And Jim Oberweis is a total nutball, too. (2+ / 0-)
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    kerflooey, Matt Z

    He ran for office half a dozen times before he won his state senate seat. He's a silver-spoon millionaire (family money) who is a lunatic fringe right winger.

    This is all great news for state Dems.

    Let these freaks take over everything. Of course, we ended up with Rod Blagojevich on our side, so it ain't like the state is producing Abe Lincolns anymore.

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Sat May 11, 2013 at 02:35:02 PM PDT

  •  Illinois Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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    kerflooey, Chitown Kev, Matt Z

    They can't seem to get the right wing to stop making the state party weak. Moderate Republicans can win in Illinois but have a hard time winning primaries. Walsh as GOP Chair would make the state party weaker. But they haven't exactly been the brightest bunch here so don't be surprised if they do it anyway.

    The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by Illinois Democrat on Sat May 11, 2013 at 02:49:22 PM PDT

  •  Who's your daddy? (0+ / 0-)

    Loudmouth Joe needs as Sugar Daddy.  After all, who would give him a job except some despicable political party.

    Here's to Joe, I hope you do as well for the entire party as you did for yourself.

  •  Please Santa! (3+ / 0-)
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    Joe Bacon, antirove, Matt Z

    I've been a good boy this year.

    I'll always be...King of Bain...I'll always be...King of Bain

    by AZphilosopher on Sat May 11, 2013 at 02:58:48 PM PDT

    •  Don't get too greedy. He's already given us Mark (0+ / 0-)

      Sanford in SC. Although since it is IL I'm sure we could lobby the Elf union on this request. The beauty of an entrenched patronage system is power flows up as well as down, and around. Gov. Walker is trying to privatize patronage in WI, but it's doubtful it will last, given the pace at which all he's setup seems subject to corrosive corruption and legal backfires.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Sat May 11, 2013 at 03:55:41 PM PDT

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  •  C'mon -- Oberweis ice cream = Goooood! (1+ / 0-)
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    Zack from the SFV

    His candidates gotta be good, too?

    Seriously, though -- we are talking Illinois.

    Why are crooked politicians equal to the number 72 in Illinois?

    They're both par for the course.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sat May 11, 2013 at 03:00:13 PM PDT

  •  "a uniter who can bring those people together.Just (0+ / 0-)

    as long as there are no queer-lovers. After all, these are faggots we're talkin about."

  •  It's all about failing upward (0+ / 0-)

    The great purpose of the GOP apparatus is to take people who have no other virtue than loyalty to the party and the right connections, to ensure they get taken care of. Conservative welfare, in other words.

    As Sanford's election victory shows, it's all about the tribe, "us versus them." George W. Bush is the poster child for this.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sat May 11, 2013 at 03:48:29 PM PDT

  •  As long as he isn;t allowed near the check book (0+ / 0-)

    These folks can have him.

  •  "We want to find a candidate who does appeal to (0+ / 0-)

    both the conservatives and the liberals within the party", he says. That's pretty much who he just kicked out. Guaranteed the next one will be either a sociopath like Walsh or a wackjob wingnut like Oberweiss (who does at least make good ice cream). This may be the salvation of the state Dem party.

    PS -- there are no liberal Reps here, but there are some ol' time "moderates" like Kirk who may not be able to stand taking lip from Walsh-like aholes.

    •  IL Democrats are WILDLY unpopular (0+ / 0-)

      ...because they act like Republicans all the damn time. Obama, Durbin, Quinn, Emanuel, and Mike Madigan are the worst offenders within the Illinois Democratic Party.

      Can we replace Illinois Democratic chair Mike Madigan with Wanda Rohl?

      I listen to Lori Compas, not Pete Peterson!

      by DownstateDemocrat on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:28:21 PM PDT

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      •  Obama acts like a Republican all the damn time? (0+ / 0-)

        Yes, for sure John McCain and Mitt Romney would have nominated Kagan and Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

        •  I'm refering to Chained CPI (0+ / 0-)

          Obama stooped to Scott Walker's level to sneak controversial public policy into the federal budget.

          I stand on principle, which is something that Obama doesn't understand, in fact, no politician in this country since Fighting Bob LaFollette has understood what standing on principle means.

          I listen to Lori Compas, not Pete Peterson!

          by DownstateDemocrat on Sun May 12, 2013 at 03:05:59 PM PDT

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  •  Oberweis!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    One word that explains why the Republicans are nothing in Illinois and never will be, speaking of failed candidates.

    Meanwhile, my sister and I continue to bicker about the presence of Oberweis Dairy products in her refrigerator.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:36:45 PM PDT

    •  I used to buy them too... (1+ / 0-)
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      I liked the delivery, I liked the glass bottles with a refundable deposit and I liked that they were the only dairy that at the time posted that the milk was from rgbh free cows.

      I don't live were it's available (another country) but I had cancelled delivery and swore when I found out Oberweis was hell bent on shutting down Planned Parenthood in Illinois.  When the nice young man asked me why and what could they do to get me back, I told him why.  He was genuinely flustered.

    •  heh...Oberweis...double heh. (0+ / 0-)

      Just another Republiscum who "reaches out" to hispanic voters by presuming they're all "illegals."

      Oh please, oh please, oh please...let the "plan" to make the Deadbeat (always will be!) the Republiscum Party chairman!

      "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

      by Marjmar on Sat May 11, 2013 at 07:35:24 PM PDT

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  •  So ... (1+ / 0-)
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    I wasn't aware of why Brady resigned so I Googled it, and it appears it's because he expressed tolerance for letting every citizen have the same marriage rights. This can't be true, can it? If so, it really doesn't matter how horrible anyone here thinks the Illinois Democrats are or how unpopular they are. The Republicans will remain more unpopular.

    Jon Husted is a dick.

    by anastasia p on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:47:19 PM PDT

  •  This dead-beat dad does not belong in Government (1+ / 0-)
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    He has a serious anger problem, is paranoid and anti-social. It's a wonder he got one term in the House. I hope enough voters have seen this hysteric in action to keep his brand of sick extremism out of any office where he can impact anything. I wouldn't hire him to sweep up.

    "Education Is Not the Filling of a Pail, But the Lighting of a Fire" W.B. Yeats

    by RareBird0 on Sat May 11, 2013 at 09:38:51 PM PDT

  •  "the liberals within the party..." (0+ / 0-)

    otherwise known as Republicans who are skeptical that Adam and Eve had vegetarian dinosaurs for neighbors in the Garden of Eden 5,000 years ago.

    They think it's more like 6,000 years ago.

  •  Life’s been hard on JoJo…. (0+ / 0-)

    WWHHHAAAAaaaaaa….. The GOP will get tired of this… and soon, he’ll be out chasing cats…

    Since JoJo lives (exists) in Illinois he’s already behind the 6 ball.. If he’s smart, he’ll realize that where he lives it’s getting to the point where being a rethuglicon is kinda like here in California.. Professionally, it’s a hobby.. NOTHING more. You have ZERO influence over or on ANYTHING - NOTHING.. You can scream, rant, rave, jump off buildings, stop traffic, organize protests at yacht clubs, whatever you want - NO ONE CARES!

    JoJo, that makes you a NON-THING… A flash in the proverbial pan and POOF!! You’re gone… Buh…bye… And we really don’t care… at all.

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