March 22, 2006


Iraq War Vet in Close Race in Illinois (Eric Pianin, 3/22/06, Washington Post)

Illinois voters also picked a Republican nominee to challenge Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich. At 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Associated Press declared Judy Baar Topinka, the state treasurer and former state GOP party chairman, the winner; she led with 37.9 percent of the vote in a crowded five-candidate race. Blagojevich, whose administration has been embarrassed by a series of corruption investigations, fended off a challenge by Edwin Eisendrath, a former Chicago alderman. With 71.1 percent of precincts reporting, Blagojevich had won nearly 68 percent of the vote.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2006 8:11 AM

Utter nonsense. Without Brady in the race, Oberweis would have won handily, as would Brady had Oberweis withdrawn.

IL is now broken, virtually beyond repair, and the 2006 elections will finish the job. Sadly, if this does turn out to be a tough year for Republicans, Topinka may even succeed in taking Roskam and McSweeney down with her.

With the weakness of both the candidates at the top, IL is perfectly situated for an Independent Conservative to run, but the sad fact is that there is no one in IL of enough stature to fill that slot.

Posted by: Bruno at March 22, 2006 9:20 AM

Ah, the true believer--when every loss shows how right you are.....

Posted by: oj at March 22, 2006 9:28 AM

The national pubbies wanted Judy, now they got her.

And they're wrong again.
How interesting, if Judy and the pubies got behind ousting Ryan, things might have been different.

Posted by: Sandy P at March 22, 2006 9:52 AM

There is no "Republican" party in Illinois. Nor Democratic, either.

There is just the "good ole boys" party, which has two wings labeled R and D.

They are all the same and all interchangable, and all as corrupt as the day is long. They look out for one another and wash each other's hands. They all steal the taxpayers blind.

I've watched the state income tax go from 0% to 2%, and then a "temporary surcharge" to 3%---but it's not a tax increase since it's only temporary. Which was then made permanent but still "not an increase, since it'll be the same 3% level that it is now".

ALl of this took place in the hands of governors with alternating (R) and (D) in their names.

Posted by: ray at March 22, 2006 9:55 AM

The Sun-Times agrees w/this cockamamie idea to change the electoral college.

We're a 1-party state, nobody pays attention to us during elections whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yet they promote stupid policies like their version of national health care.

Judy, the IL pubbie hierarchy and the national party helped.

Tin ear - stupid party.

The other guys had a shot.

Posted by: Sandy P at March 22, 2006 9:58 AM


Voters get what they want.

Posted by: oj at March 22, 2006 9:59 AM


She wins. Oberweis loses. Both regularly.

Posted by: oj at March 22, 2006 10:00 AM

I knew the IL GOP was in trouble in 1980, when my aunt, a committewoman and long-time local rep. from Park Ridge, was virtually horrified that Ronald Reagan was truly going to be President. Not that she voted for Carter, but a conservative cowboy as President? She was a Percy backer, and thought he should have been President.

Too bad Mike Ditka didn't take Ryan's place and kick some serious butt in IL (and not just donkey butt, either).

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 22, 2006 10:17 AM

As Mr. Hamlen points out, it's all about Chicago and the collar counties. They think they're a different party but they're really part of the Daley machine.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at March 22, 2006 11:17 AM

Well, I voted for Brady. Oberweiss' anti-immigrant ads for the 2004 Senate primary convinced me he's not a good leader for the GOP.

Topinka, I'll vote for in the general, and I hope she wins. But honestly, Bagojevich isn't that bad of a governor. If I weren't a hardened anti-Democrat partisan, I'd think hard about the choice between him and Topinka.

I live in the Roskam/Duckworth Cong. Dist. That race I really care a lot about. I do think Roskam will win.

Posted by: rds at March 22, 2006 12:13 PM

RDS, I am curious about the Duckworth race.

Is she stridently anti Bush/anti war or is there nuance to her position on Iraq. Is she a single issue candidate? It's hard to tell from the national news.

I think this Vet gambit will help the dems but only if the candidates are reasonable. Something is wrong when 8 of 9 Iraq vets running for Congress are Dems. That is almost the inverse of what you would expect in sampling military people, but it could work if the national republican party is not prepared to counteract the legitimate cred they get from being combat veterans.

Posted by: JAB at March 22, 2006 2:49 PM

Duckworth isn't well known in the district yet. To the extent she is known, all that people are aware of is that she was in the war and is anti-Bush. From what I've heard her say and do, she's not in the Paul Hackett crazy-whack-hater tradition of modern Dems, but she doesn't have a well-rounded (non-Iraq) issue profile at all.

On the other hand, Roskam is a well-respected and seasoned state-level politician who is a good ideological fit for the district. I think that Roskam being a good candidate will mean the difference.

Posted by: rds at March 22, 2006 4:04 PM

Thanks. Interesting. I guess she'll win if it's a tidal wave, but otherwise Roskam should be able to prevail.

Posted by: JAB at March 22, 2006 4:07 PM

Maybe not, JAB - depends on when the dems signed up.

Posted by: Sandy P at March 22, 2006 4:56 PM