Why did 84% of Illinois voters give up their political freedom on Tuesday? We know that primaries and off-year contests are the worst when it comes to voter apathy, but this primary should have been different. With Illinois accelerating its downhill slide, voters had a chance to show that politics in our state was more than a spectator sport best left to the political hacks who call the shots year in and year out.
There is one thing that distinguishes campaign ads in Illinois. The Land of Lincoln’s political machine is so entrenched that ads backing anyone but members of the Democratic meat grinder often seem pointless. That doesn’t mean other candidates can’t win. Sometimes they can.
Listening to the four Republican candidates for governor of Illinois one can’t help but feel sad. They seem earnest. They are saying what we expect Republican candidates to say. They sound hopeful for Illinois’ future. They are, in all likelihood, on a fool’s errand.
Midterm elections are not until next year, but our president is already hot on the campaign trail, a refuge from the scandals that are derailing his second term. Did he forget about accusing Republicans of paying more attention to winning elections than worrying about America’s future (see: Liberals Elected Obama for Class Warfare)?