Politics & Policy

Illinois Today

Gubernatorial Race

Incumbent Democrat Governor Pat Quinn starts to panic over his inability to crack 40 percent against Bill Brady:

While in Peoria last week, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn ripped on his Republican opponent, state Sen. Bill Brady, on a number of levels.

He said Brady’s commercials depict Quinn as the bad guy and give the illusion that all the state’s problems began when he inherited the governor’s seat on Jan. 29, 2009. In fact, Quinn said he took office at the worst time in Illinois history and restored integrity to the governor’s office. […]

He called Brady’s approach to “dime and a dollar” budgeting “phoney baloney.” “Brady will lead our state to nuclear winter,” he said.

In fact, it’s gotten so bad that people are wondering if Barack Obama’s home state might be going purple:

Polls in recent months have hinted at a different palette:

• Obama’s job-approval rating in Illinois, according to a Chicago Tribune poll taken earlier this month, hovers just over the halfway mark, at 51 percent — still well above some of the numbers he’s seeing nationally, but more than 10 points down from the support he enjoyed here two years ago.

• The race for Obama’s open U.S. Senate seat has been neck-and-neck for months, with the Republican, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, edging in polls over Democratic state treasurer and Obama protégé Alexi Giannoulias.

• Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, a fixture in and around progressive Illinois politics since the 1970s, is badly trailing his conservative GOP challenger, state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington, despite the fact that Brady won his party’s crowded February primary with just one-fifth of Republican votes. The latest Rasmussen Reports poll has Brady up 50 percent to 37 percent.

Meanwhile, the Springfield State Journal-Register just wants to know what on earth both candidates plan to do with the budget.

At least Pat Quinn has one idea — he wants to pay people to buy green laundry machines!

Senate

The knives are out for real this time, as Kirk is set to hit Giannoulias with several new attack ads that Giannoulias blames on Karl Rove.

But of course, Giannoulias has problematic tactics of his own. Like, say, a fundraiser with mob ties.

Most Popular

Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More
PC Culture

Kill Chic

We live in a society in which gratuitous violence is the trademark of video games, movies, and popular music. Kill this, shoot that in repugnant detail becomes a race to the visual and spoken bottom. We have gone from Sam Peckinpah’s realistic portrayal of violent death to a gory ritual of metal ripping ... Read More
Elections

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More