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Politics: Toward the 2014 mid term elections

It is no secret that Republicans do a better job of getting out the vote than the Democrats, at least in the mid term elections.

Many liberals cheered when Michele Bachmann announced that she wouldn’t be running for reelection in 2014, but I wasn’t one of them. Reason: with Ms. Bachmann in the race, we had a chance to pick up a red district. Now, that chance has been greatly diminished, possibly to the point of hopelessness.

Yes, it is easy to pick up on her crazy comments and her general lunacy. What we sometimes miss is that she had enough influence with the Tea Party crowd to get enough people to take crazy conspiracy theories “seriously” and to give cover to like minded Republicans who share the same policy goals but are more restrained in their public statements. Other GOP candidates can benefit by looking “sane by comparison”.

Rachel Maddow sums it up very well here.

IL-17 There is some talk that Bobby Schilling might run again. As far as IL-17, remember that President Obama won this district 57.6-40.6 but Bustos only won 53-47. One might infer that 4-5 percent of the voters in this district voted for both Obama and for Schilling (?); I also noted that Schilling was careful to keep some distance between his campaign and Mitt Romney’s, even though Mr. Schilling is a dyed in the wool tea party Republican.

So, this race is far from certain; GOTV operations will be essential.

May 31, 2013 - Posted by | Cheri Bustos, IL-17, politics, politics/social, republicans | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I live in Pekin. I wouldn’t be surprised that some voted Schilling Obama. I worked for Callahan in 2008 both in Pekin and in Woodford County. I was incredibly disturbed by the multitudes of houses that had Obama and Schock signs in their yards. I would try to explain to the homeowners that Schock was not a “reform” candidate.

    In 2012, I worked for Bustos exclusively in Pekin. I believe there were some who voted for Schilling and Obama, but some I think simply refused to cast their vote for Schilling. There were fewer yards with Obama and Schilling but they did exist.

    Comment by Brian A. Graham | June 1, 2013 | Reply


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