Not the rank and file Republicans who voted against him in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate nomination. Judging by the number of votes they gave to Jim Oberweis' little-known but more-qualified opponent, Doug Truax, rank and file Republicans demonstrated they wanted little of the dairy king.
But they're getting Oberweis because the GOP party's leadership virtually conceded the November general election to the incumbent Democrat, Sen. Dick Durbin. Actually, there wasn't any "virtually" about it; Republican leadership abandoned any fight for the office, lock, stock and barrel. It makes you wonder whether they actually preferred seeing Durbin return to the Senate to continue his Joe Biden imitations.
I suspect that Durbin is more vulnerable than the GOP leadership and most observers believe. His unflinching and other-worldly support of Obamacare and his various gaffes would give a credible opponent an opening for a deserved attack on Durbin's record. His attached-at-the-hip alliance with Senate Majority Harry Reid only adds to his vulnerability.
But now the Illinois Republican ticket will be headed by Oberweis, a fact that I'm sure pains the GOP leadership. They have only themselves to blame, by not recruiting a better candidate, or more immediately, but failing to support Truax.
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