Why GOP will lose Illinois, again

If this intra-party knifing keeps up, Republicans will be so split that Democrats will waltz back into the the governor's mansion and keep Roland Burris' seat in the Senate. This is something that must be avoided at all costs.

I can't explain it all, but the way that some Republicans are picking away at each other is beyond unseemly. The primary will so embitter some Republican voters that they won't vote for anyone who is not their candidate. 
This is the same dynamic that is partially responsible for giving us Barack Obama. Rush Limbaugh, for one, dirtied up John McCain so much in the presidential primaries that a number of Republicans (mainly conservatives) refused to vote for him, even if it meant we would end up with the Senate's most liberal member. We made our own beds.

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  • It isn't just that. The gist of the article is that the Republican Party seems to have a way of attracting whack job candidates (to use a Roe Conn term). We can assume that the Illinois Democrats attract those that seek the benefits of patronage, although there are some Republican members of the Combine who have the same motivation.

    However, unless the First Amendment is amended, there doesn't seem to be any way of keeping those candidates out.

    The real problem is that the Republican Party in Illinois is so weak that it can't get together to endorse a candidate with actual good government credentials. Thus, even though everyone posts on Tribune comment boards "NO MORE DEMOCRATS," I agree with you that I don't really see that happening, but not for the reasons you state.

  • We must find a way for the recall amendment to include all sitting candidates.Term limits a must too.Ask for an Independent ballot at the up coming primary,keep these thieving bastards guessing.....

  • In reply to waterbill:

    It was mentioned yesterday that there is NO Independent ballot in the primary.

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