Stomping on the Sour Grapes: a Post Election Limerick


The election is over and Governor Quinn

Now sadly a lame duck since he didn't win.

And what's moreĀ  a downer

He lost to Bruce Rauner,

A garden variety Republican.

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  • Too bad for Quinn
    Who took it on the chin
    He tried to get attention
    But now he'll enjoy numerous pensions
    Because with policies like his, no politician can win.

  • Thanks Jack. Would you call our verses 'Quinn-touplets'?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I don't know.

    I might have pressed the rhyming between lines 3 and 4, but unless you are from Kentucky, I wonder about your line 5.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I love it!

  • O' Lord, please help Aquinas wired

    Who laments a crook the people fired

    What could be sadder

    That corruption doesn't matter,

    Or the ho's, gangsters and murders, Quinn hired

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I didn't go in that direction, because he admitted it was sour grapes.

    Anyway, a limerick should have Nantucket somewhere in it, although apparently the original limerick didn't.

  • In reply to jack:

    I see what you mean, and I thought the same thing, but wouldn't an admittance of sour grapes imply 'some' humility? I felt compelled to restate the facts.

    Regardless of Rauner, I find it refreshing that Illinoians were able to vote a dirty politician out of office inspite of union organizing.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    I didn't consider Quinn personally dirty, but, like the Daleys, willing to do nothing about the corruption around him, while themselves not personally being on the take. I suppose that stuff like the Careen Gordon matter could make my point questionable.

    My complaint about Quinn was that, unlike the Daleys, the man did not have a backbone. Unlike even Blago, he would not talk back to Madigan, but said stuff like "I tried for term limits in 1980s and it didn't work, so this campaign won't work either." The line item veto of the salaries appeared just to be a stunt, as he apparently couldn't find a lawyer who could make a coherent argument, or at least get a stay.*

    But my attitude is that if Quinn doesn't do any more mischief before Jan. 17, he gone. There is the possibility that the legislature will try to pull something before then, but I don't know if they want to sour relations with Rauner in that manner.

    *Maybe off point, but I did say something here before the election about the pension reform bill going to be ruled unconstitutional. I read the circuit judge's opinion, and based on the arguments before him (with which Lisa is stuck on appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court) it appears that he ruled correctly. Since Quinn said he was put there for the purpose of pension reform, he failed there too, and Rauner is really going to have a mess with which to deal.

  • In reply to jack:

    This here looks pretty dirty.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Also, I posted this on Aquinas's 'Country Takes Wrong Turn in Right Direction' thread.

    'according to a state audit released in February, quarterly reports by NRI beneficiaries were rewritten as late as 475 days after submission, despite having been signed to verify that the information was accurate. Mandatory background checks were not conducted, the audit found; some recipient organizations' staff had criminal histories that included prostitution, child neglect, battery and armed robbery.'

    'Over the first two years of the initiative, the Chicago murder rate rose 20%, and the murder rate within city limits today is triple the national average. A state audit of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, or NRI, suggests that as much as 40% of the program's funding was simply wasted.' One gang member on the pay role broke into a house while handing out anti-violence pamphlets and killed Douglas Bufford.

    Just a snippet from WSJ's Aug. article on Quinn's NRI audit, one of the most shameful articles on political behavior I've ever read. It is a must read Aquinas, unless you've already read it and still voted for Pat 'Hannibal Lecter' Quinn.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Note I said "personally dirty" and that he tolerated corruption in others. The above, at worse, was "buying votes with taxpayer money as opposed to Rauner using personal money" with regard to Quinn personally, and the lack of accountability he had for about anything.

    Personally dirty was Ryan and Blago shaking down donors for their campaign funds so that, at least in Blago's case, he was plotting his exit strategy and intended to use the funds for his personal use. I'm sure that if Quinn was telling the unions besides"I need money to run class warfare ads" "I need a make work job with the union in 6 months" he would have been indicted by now, just like Blago was.

    In any event, his buffoonery about such things as pension reform, term limits, his ethics task force and his transit task force was enough to lose my vote. Then one can throw in his lack of fiscal skills, typified by his only promise to raise the income tax, throwing away money on stuff like NRI, and his "state creates jobs" with such things as the Illiana Tollway, and I concluded that he was not able to fix any of the state's real problems.

  • Well done, gentlemen. Evidently, in this case, "What do we do now?" is have a very lively discussion!

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