A wise word for Illinois GOPers

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Sometimes Kirk's worst enemies are angry conservatives in his own party. Tribune photo by Nancy Stone

Illinois Republicans are tempted to raise their heads out of the foxholes they've dug themselves because of Republican Scott Brown's election in Massachusetts. John McCain came to town and wisely told the GOP not to get cocky. As the Tribune reported:

McCain would not speculate on the outcome of Kirk's race against
Democrat Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, but he cautioned
Illinois Republicans against assuming GOP victories in other Democratic
stronghold states would mean an easy win for the ticket here.

"People all over this country are angry, they're upset, they're
frustrated," McCain said. "So, obviously the Scott Brown election in
Massachusetts invigorated all of us, but we Republicans, including ...
Kirk, including me as I run for re-election, have to convince the
American people we're worthy of their support. We haven't closed the
deal yet."

Despite Mark Kirk's win in the Republican primary, some of my colleagues on the right continue to attack him for his apostasy from strict conservative dogma. To them I say: keep it up and you'll guarantee something worse: the slinky Alexi Giannoulias representing Illinois in the Senate. Just as the carping against presidential candidate McCain contributed to the disastrous Obama administration

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