Saturday, April 30, 2005

sorry about not posting

I went to the White Sox game last night with my brother, who is also a blogger.

He asked me about not posting. I didn't have a particularly good answer.

Are there any Democrats making noise about running against Blagojevich?

If not I'm thinking I should as least write an agenda for the state. (I don't like the term "platform" for some reason.) I'm curious if it would generate any enthusiasm.


Blogger Bill Baar said...

I was beginning to worry Carl. It's funny how blogs clump together to form little communities you visit every morning. Someone goes missing you begin to wonder.

Not a clue if Blago will be challanged. Maybe a dem from downstate?

5:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No likely primary challenge. DJW and CapFax both talked about a Jack Franks run in the primary, but it isn't likely. What is more likely is letting Blago breeze into the general, and the Dem base sitting it out.

7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blago could be challenged by the Republicans if they could find a charming, telegenic, scandal-free young candidate with tons o money.
Nobody has shown up yet

My guess is that ambitious Dems will wait until 2010. Perhaps they shouldn't because if Blago continues to mess up the way he's been doing, the baggage will be significant in 2010, when he could decide to abandon a significantly less seaworthy ship and not run again.

The CMS audit, the DNR audit, the DCFS audit, the mob boyhood pal, excessive use of patronage in middle and upper level management, at-least-unethical campaign contributions from state contractors and others , failure to follow through on various proposals like the book program,
failure to live in Springfield, ripping off the pension system to
reduce the deficit, etc etc, there is certainly something for an articlulate opposition-party candidate to base a campaign on, and there are certainly more chickens out there flying home to roost.

As to writing a platform--absolutely worth a try. I vote against tax increases as a recommendation though. Pension reform, campaign finance reform,transit reform,
living within means reform, reduction in middle and upper management in state agencies,
all recommended.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sneed had a column today about
a Lisa Madigan challenge. High-level Democrats use Sneed to get
certain messages out so perhaps there is a faction that wants to
make the governor nervous

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do we have to run someone against him? Run him in circles with contrary data. He's dirty. He has a hundred things to hide and he has no particular agenda beyond his own ego. The release of contrary info will drive him batty. Find a way, probably through a lawyer to protect sources and ask the public for any hard evidence of corruption or ethics lapses. But run the request for that info through open adds promising to protect the identities of those sources and research them independently. He will squeal like a pig. Think of this as the Red Shoe Gambit. Heck the stories may be as interesting.

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