Is Illinois the next "Miracle in Massachusetts?"

Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady thinks so. But, I'm not so sure.

In a statement Wednesday, Brady said of the election in which Republican Scott Brown pulled off a stunning upset: "Illinois is next. Like Massachusetts, Illinois is under control of the single-party rule Democrats who have had unbridled control of the State of Illinois for the last eight years and have brought us to the brink of financial collapse. The eyes of the nation will be upon Illinois as we seek to regain the United States Senate seat formerly held by President Obama and retake the Governor's mansion."

Brady noted that in Massachusetts, "Republicans, Independents and even a substantial segment of Democrat voters turned out to soundly reject the Obama Administration's uncontrolled spending and attempt to nationalize healthcare."

Sounds simple, perhaps inevitable, right?

I'm not in a mood to put any money on it. Illinois Republicans can tint the state's deep blue coloration with a hint of pink only if they take a close look at what happened in Massachusetts. The message: Illinois Republicans can only win if they figure out how to appeal to independents. It's not that they can't; the question is will they?

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