Reactions to Top of the Ballot Elections

by Dave Schuler on March 19, 2014

As of this moment I’m looking at Bruce Rauner’s candidacy for governor of Illinois favorably. I think that Pat Quinn is a decent bloke who is the wrong man in the wrong job at the wrong time. Illinois has some hard choices to make going forward and I don’t think that Gov. Quinn is up to them.

There is no candidate so terrible including incumbent Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin it could impel me to vote for Jim Oberweis for Senate.

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PD Shaw March 19, 2014 at 10:47 am

Don’t worry, Oberweis cannot actually be running to win, it has something to do with selling milk. See W. Lee O’Daniel, or Pappy O’Daniel from the film “O Brother Where Art Though.”

PD Shaw March 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

As to Rauner, I suspect we’ll see one way or another why career politicians have the best careers as politicians.

Tim March 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

I’ve got concerns with Rauner – and with Quinn. I’m inherently afraid that someone without political experience – particularly as a Republican in Illinois – will find that things that look simple on paper will be impossible in practice given our calcified corruption.

I agree that Quinn may be the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time, I’m just not convinced Rauner is the right man or in the right place.

Dave Schuler March 19, 2014 at 11:26 am

Tim, I think that possible Democratic competitors for Quinn have decided that Illinois’s problems are intractable and they’d rather he get the blame than take it themselves.

If Illinois raises taxes or increases its state minimum wage relative to the adjacent states, it’s likely to exacerbate Illinois’s problems rather than solve them. Additionally, Illinois has yet to confront its public employee pension problems. The bill enacted into law is barely a downpayment on solving the problem. It’s more of an attempt at proving that they’re doing something without actually resolving it (and taking the blame).

michael reynolds March 19, 2014 at 11:40 am

I don’t know if you watch THE GOOD WIFE (one of the best-written shows on TV) but a subplot involves a determined prosecutor out to turn a lawyer against the newly-elected governor of Illinois. The lawyers asks the prosecutor how he’s so sure the governor is corrupt. The answer is, “Because he’s the governor of Illinois.”

Isn’t “decent bloke” a huge step up for Illinois?

Dave Schuler March 19, 2014 at 11:43 am

Isn’t “decent bloke” a huge step up for Illinois?

Only when your problems are small. When problems grow into big ones, having the strength of character to do what needs to be done becomes pretty important.

Guarneri March 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm

“Only when your problems are small. When problems grow into big ones, having the strength of character to do what needs to be done becomes pretty important.”

And when your problems are financial. I had to learn at places like this that those void of financial acumen and experience can adopt some of the silliest points of view, as well intentioned as they might be.

jan March 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm

“Only when your problems are small. When problems grow into big ones, having the strength of character to do what needs to be done becomes pretty important.”

That statement reminds me of the op-ed piece recently written by Romney in the WSJ —> The Price of Failed Leadership.

One of his comments was particularly poignant, particularly in light of all our foreign policy missteps and mishaps the past 5 years:

Able leaders anticipate events, prepare for them, and act in time to shape them. My career in business and politics has exposed me to scores of people in leadership positions, only a few of whom actually have these qualities. Some simply cannot envision the future and are thus unpleasantly surprised when it arrives. Some simply hope for the best. Others succumb to analysis paralysis, weighing trends and forecasts and choices beyond the time of opportunity.

PD Shaw March 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Lest michael get the wrong impression, the Governor is probably being investigated by the feds for an anti-violence program in which he distributed millions to African-American alderman and their friends before his re-election without standards or oversight and with the promise of more to come after the election. I think by “decent bloke,” Dave means inept, not corrupt.

steve March 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Decent bloke. Are you predicting he will start a new trend for Illinois governors and not go to jail?

Steve

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