The headlines yesterday were about how Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic challenger, out raised GOP incumbent Joe Walsh. As if that "right wing wing nut" Walsh were in big trouble because Duckworth is the sane, moderate one. This story, for example, refers to Walsh , as a "controversial tea party-backed freshman," but fails to characterize Duckworth in a legitimately comparable tone--a controversial ultra liberal heavily funded by out-of-state special interests.
Duckworth’s figures reveal her campaign raised only 4.6% of her funds from the new or old 8th district, which was far less than her totals from New York and California.
Duckworth is running in a district specially drawn (by Democrats) for a Democratic candidate, after losing to GOP Rep. Peter Roskum. Duckworth got her start in politics back when Rahm Emanuel was head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and put her up to oppose Roskum. It was a cynical ploy, figuring that her heroic war record was enough to win in a conservative district.
So, what we have in Duckworth is a loser is a protege of Chicago politics and who raises bundles of cash from out-of-state and out-of-district interests and who is so extreme to the left that she cannot possibly represent the interests of her (adopted) district. Apparently, most of the media do not share this perspective, seeing the only issue in this race as reasonableness and compassion against a loopy, big-mouthed troglodyte.