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Poll has Oberweis leading 52-15

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014

* The Tribune’s poll of Republican primary voters has a wholly unsurprising result for the US Senate race

* Jim Oberweis: 52%
* Doug Truax: 15%
* Undecided: 32%

* From the Trib

Though he has yet to spend much money this time out, Oberweis has 88 percent name recognition among Republican voters. That’s due to not only the family’s namesake dairy stores, but also the millions of his own money that Oberweis spent during one campaign for governor and two U.S. Senate bids that date to 2002. Oberweis also lost special and general election bids for Congress before breaking through with a state Senate win in November 2012. […]

Despite that, the poll indicated little voter fatigue among Republicans over Oberweis’ ambitious and frequent attempts to win public office and the sometimes controversial gaffes he committed along the way. Overall, 40 percent viewed Oberweis favorably while 9 percent looked upon him unfavorably. Another 39 percent had no opinion of him. […]

Truax has yet to introduce himself to many Republican voters — 52 percent said they have never heard of the military veteran and a managing partner and co-owner of Oak Brook-based Veritas Risk Services. Of those who said they were familiar with Truax, 36 percent had no opinion of him while only 11 percent viewed him favorably and 1 percent had an unfavorable view.

The Truax campaign has been almost solely about the candidate’s public speaking engagements. He’s everywhere and he’s received some local party support for his efforts. That often gives candidates the sense that they’re gaining some traction. But in a race like this, you gotta get your name out there.

If the choice is between a guy they know and someone they’ve never even heard of (who could be anybody, even a disguised Democrat, for that matter), voters will almost always go with the guy they know. And since Truax has almost zero cash on hand, he has no resources to get himself known.

It’s gonna take a miracle for Truax to pull this one off.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:06 am:

    Oberweis - Durbin
    Rauner - Quinn
    Sanguinetti - Vallas
    ?…! - Lisa Madigan
    ??…!! - Jesse White
    Topinka - Sheila Simon
    Grogan/Cross - Frerichs

    Just let that… “sit”…

    Here is the ILGOP reality;

    Comptroller Topinka is the hope to stop the bleeding before the GA stays Veto-Proofed. If you think this is unrealistic, then you might not be student of 2010 or 2012 politics.

    Heaven help My Party.

  2. - SirLankselot - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:07 am:

    With Rauner at 40% and Oberweis at 52%, it looks like they will be on the top of the ticket which doesn’t bode well for the ILGOP chances this November.

  3. - wordslinger - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:07 am:

    I don’t get these vanity campaigns like that of Truax. If you can’t marshal the resources to run a decent campaign, why bother?

  4. - Whatever - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:08 am:

    Rauner should consider throwing some money Truax’s way and to see if he can help make something happen for him. The last thing Rauner wants it Oberweis at the top of GOP ticket! Yikes. Thanks, Ron!

  5. - Empty Chair - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:09 am:

    PPP also has an IL poll out today. Shows that Kirk might be hurt on the minimum wage issue:

    Kirk has a 28/32 underwater approval rating.

  6. - JDeb - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:15 am:

    Considering that all of Oberweis’ statewide election have been primaries, is anyone else a little surprised that his fav/unfav is 40/9? I would have thought there are double that number of Republicans who don’t like him.

  7. - Johnny Q. Suburban - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    Eh. Rauner-Quinn will definitely be closer than Obama-Romney. Any downballot effects will certainly be much smaller in 14 than 12.

  8. - Left Leaner - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    The cynical among us can’t wait for the inevitable entertainment (and implosion) the Oberweis campaign will provide! Already melting the butter for my popcorn.

  9. - walker - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:19 am:

    Only one who could beat Oberwies in name recognition is Ronald McDonald.

  10. - Goonhammer - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:20 am:

    Truax doesn’t have the cash on hand nor the time to mount a name ID campaign for himself. If Oberweiss tops the ticket consider this boat sunk…

  11. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:22 am:

    Here is a new poll that shows Illinois strongly supports raising the minimum wage, and that 11% of voters are less likely to vote for Sen. Kirk if he doesn’t support raising the minimum wage.

    The national GOP is a one-trick pony, apparently, running against Obamacare instead of broadening the platform to do other things the voters want.

  12. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:24 am:

    - Johnny Q. Suburban -,

    ===Any downballot effects will certainly be much smaller in 14 than 12.===

    You want to stake an Election on that? “Smaller” is still a loss, so now we measure success by smaller margins of defeat?

    See. This is big trouble.

  13. - Cassiopeia - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:24 am:

    I think that Durbin is not as strong as many pundits think and the Republicans are going to be very sorry they don’t have a stronger candidate.

    Can anyone name anything that Durbin has ever done that distinguishes him from the rest of the members of the U.S. Senate?

  14. - Norseman - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:24 am:

    If I drank Oberweis milk, I’d be spitting it out over this news.

    This will be another bad year for the Illinois GOP.

    Thank goodness for the stealth Oswego Willy for Governor campaign.

  15. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:27 am:

    - Cassiopeia -,

    All Durbin does is win. All Oberweis does in federal or statewide races … is lose.

    Durbin needs 1 more vote than Oberweis, and the ILDems can find that vote. Honest.

  16. - A Modest Proposal - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:30 am:

    This is why I hate my party sometimes. Nominating Oberweis is like Missouri nomination Todd Akin again.

  17. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:30 am:

    ===Can anyone name anything that Durbin has ever done that distinguishes him from the rest of the members of the U.S. Senate?===

    Moved up through the ranks of the United States Senate to be the 2nd most powerful man in the most exclusive club in the world.

    Other than that…

  18. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:32 am:

    “Can anyone name anything that Durbin has ever done that distinguishes him from the rest of the members of the U.S. Senate?”

    For starters, Durbin voted for immigration reform and expanding background checks for firearms purchases. Durbin would vote for raising the mimimum wage. These are issues Americans consistenly support, sometimes overwhelmingly. These bills would pass if not for a minority party putting the brakes on major legislation and thus throttling the will of voters.

  19. - countyline - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:37 am:

    -Can anyone name anything that Durbin has ever done that distinguishes him from the rest of the members of the U.S. Senate?-

    Other than insult all of downstate on a regular basis…no.

  20. - MrJM - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:38 am:

    0-ferweis as the Republican at the top of the ballot?


    – MrJM

  21. - Not Rich - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:39 am:

    Milk millionaire + Private Equity billionaire on top of the GOP ticket..The 1%’s are really proud>>>

  22. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:40 am:

    Oberweis - whose wife is a Florida resident, to “winter@ and avoid… Avoid… Illinois taxes, will then be followed by an anti-Union, lower the minimum wage Governor candidate with 9 houses… some mansions and ranches… who denied a child in Chicago a chance at a better life, so his daughter, a suburbanite, can take that seat from a worthy child.

    That IS the ticket.

    That is not hyperbole, that IS the ticket the ILDems will present starting March 19.

    Again, Heaven help My Party.

  23. - Steve - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:48 am:

    Oberweis will be a much better candidate against Durbin than Traux. Oberweis has money and can run negative ads against Dick and Loretta Durbin.

  24. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:48 am:

    I know everyone sees Oberweis as a rich dairy clown with too much money and a giant losing streak - but most of you mopes are political dweebs comfortable with the status quo around here. You guys are not the average Illinois voter.

    Perhaps - just perhaps, Oberweis dumps a ton of loot into this race. With this name recognition, he could conceivably present a non-idiotic and more politically attuned candidacy.

    Durbin might look like he has it locked up like he always does but there a whole lot of crap coming down the pike this year he has to dance around, which ain’t going to help. Add to that the fact that he is way past his expiration date, (and Oberweis does understand those things), it wouldn’t surprise me that there are a sizable number of voters open to the idea of a Durbin replacement. These people have heard of Oberweis.

    Maybe if they can keep Oberweis from, you know, actually speaking and just run the commercials…

    And maybe if Rauner get spanked as a rich guy and loses governor, Oberweis could end up winning the consolation vote as the other rich guy everyone knows…hmmm.

    Dick Durbin is so old and out of touch, you can’t rule out health either. He’s got to be over 90, right? He claims to be a New Deal Democrat, so maybe he’s pushing - what - 140 years old?

    I guess what I’m suggesting is that there is a winning combination for Oberweis that a lot of you nerds are overlooking because we’re talking a perpetual loser and a perpetual winner.

    With money and name recognition, and an aged senior incumbent that has been around longer than personal computers - stuff can happen.

  25. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:51 am:

    I’m almost expecting a shadowy group out of Ohio to start running nasty political ads against Oberweis.

    I mean Ruaner has to know how tought it’s going to be running with him at the top of the ticket, doesn’t he? I’m guessing it might cost Rauner 3%-5% just from the ick factor Oberweis brings to the race.

  26. - Johnny Q. Suburban - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:53 am:


    In Illinois the GOP will always be at a heady disadvantage. Always. I don’t see anything changing that in the near future.

    I assume Quinn-Rauner will be neck and neck all the way to Election Day. There will be no “Quinn coattails” for downballot candidates to ride on. He has unlimited cash and a good campaign staff. I don’t like the man’s politics, but I’ve said for months now that the man’s campaign has been astonishingly effective.

    Will Oberweis get trounced? Sure. But Durbin would trounce anybody who ran against him.

    All in all, I don’t see why the ILGOP should be particularly worried about Rauner at the top of the ticket and Oberweis below him. I mean the ILGOP should be worried because Illinois has a PVI of D+8 but they can’t do anything about that.

  27. - Jim'e' - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:53 am:

    Oswego Willy - you go girl; Durbin wins in a landslide is spot on. I’m all in for the most liberal democrat in the US Senate.

  28. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:54 am:

    Oberweis tried to remove a Party Chairman on Same Sex Marriage, and with limited broad support for his social stances, while Oberweis’ wife… can’t even vote… for her husband, because being wealthy is more important to Mr. &Mrs. Oberweis, then to be committed to both being Illinois residents.

    Oberweis is everything that the 1% finds acceptable, and them ask the “simple folk” to “eat ice cream”

    Disaster awaits the intolerant Jim Oberweis, while saving their wealth, and laughing at voters at every turn.

  29. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 10:57 am:

    - JQS -,

    Rauner is afraid of Oberweis dragging, that is in play here too.

    I am not female, but, again, Durbin in an election based on Oberweis, and intolerance, there might be a great many girls voting Durbin.. not Oberweis.

  30. - wordslinger - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:02 am:

    –In Illinois the GOP will always be at a heady disadvantage. Always.–

    You mean like from 1976 to 1998?

    Oberweis brings his own disadvantages to the party.

  31. - Upon Further Review - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:03 am:

    Is Oberweis “The Bad Humor Man?”

  32. - Not Rich - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:04 am:

    Johnny suburbs: I may be wrong , but I believe the U S Senate race is the top ticket and Gov is below that??

  33. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:06 am:

    Oh poo.
    Your obsession over Republicans that don’t shine your apple can be so silly at times.

    Oberweis is going to be on the ballot.
    He is loaded.
    Durbin is a boring decrepit old man everyone thinks they know.
    If you think Oberweis can be painted as what he is not - so can Durbin.

    That loot and name recognition are powerful.

  34. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:08 am:

    Who is going to get the voters to the polls, physically, on Election Day.

    Oberweis … or Durbin.

    Nevada Senate race …all over again.

    How did that turn out?

  35. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:11 am:

    ===In Illinois the GOP will always be at a heady disadvantage. Always.===



    Jim Thompson
    Jim Edgar
    Jim Ryan
    Lolita Didrickson
    Peter Fitzgerald (still counts, but different race)
    Mark Kirk
    George Ryan
    Dan Rutherford
    Judy Baar Topinka…

    It’s like one hand tied behind our backs!

  36. - SG8prl - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:14 am:

    OW: FYI,we don’t like being called “girls”. We are women voters.

  37. - wordslinger - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:16 am:

    Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth….

    Durbin has been elected to the Senate three times. His percentage of the vote has increased each time: 56%, 60%, 68%.

    Oberweis’ statewide electoral history is two losses for Senate and one for governor in GOP primaries.

  38. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:18 am:

    - SG8prl -

    ===Oswego Willy - you go girl; Durbin wins in a landslide is spot on. I’m all in for the most liberal democrat in the US Senate.===

    You should take that up with - jim ‘e’, as I was mocking his attempt to seem intelligent.

    I offended you. I am sorry. See if you can get an apology from - jim ‘e’ - while you are at it too.

  39. - Mokenavince - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:29 am:

    Oberweis ahead in a poll how novel is that.
    Enjoy it Jim along with a gallon of ice cream.
    And bring plenty of cash the GOP likes rich guys who spend money. Except for Rauner.

    Durbin will trounce him.

  40. - A guy... - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:32 am:

    Ive never thought Jim O. was the ticket to anything statewide. At the same time, Durbin’s invincibility is questionable at this stage too. That race might be more fun than anyone expected. I’m just not seeing coattails anywhere on this ballot. If Mark Kirk had any coattails we’d be considering the renomination of Governor Brady. We’re not.

  41. - SG8prl - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:33 am:

    OW: Oops, I skipped over jim’e’s comment and understand what I thought was an uncharacteristic slip. I wasn’t meaning to chastise you so much as to point out that we generally do not like to be called girls.
    Jim’e': Does using gender to cast aspersions (”you go girl” to a male)help make you feel like you are more than a “boy”?

  42. - Union Man - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:36 am:

    Jim Oberweis just wants to see his name in the LOSER column one more time. Likes the punishment!! DD will blow this guy out of the water and take Rauner with him. Time to dig up some “dirt” on JO??

  43. - Carl Nyberg - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:38 am:

    If Dems are going to run against Rauner’s $$$, I assume they’d rather have Oberweis on ticket to portray GOP as owned by people who got rich manipulating money but don’t have strong personal convictions besides a sense they deserve to be rich & in charge.

  44. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    - SG8prl -,

    Some people, it seems, think women, “girls” are maybe weak. I guess you now understand my comment, and my point.

    How is that apology from - Jim ‘e’ -, coming?

  45. - Downstater - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:59 am:

    It’s a myth that the top of the ticket drags down the candidates running for State Rep or Senate.

  46. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:03 pm:

    - Norseman - come March, we might haveta work on this. Get those stickers ready.

    - VanillaMan -,

    ===I guess what I’m suggesting is that there is a winning combination for Oberweis that a lot of you nerds are overlooking because we’re talking a perpetual loser and a perpetual winner.===

    Nerd? Dope maybe, but even nerds reject me as much as the “kool” kids.

    Oberweis sets the 1%er narrative, Rauner reinforces it, and the Comptroller Topinka tries to stop the bleeding.

    It’s not that Oberweis or Rauner create a narrative, Oberweis AND Rauner live the narrative. Rauner can’t have Oberweis, while Oberweis feels his wealth, his wife’s residency, a non-tolerant Slytherin drags an image that ILDems will taint all with because the Ground Game and Unions replay both the Nevada Harry Reid race AND the 2010 Quinn-Brady race in terms of GOTV and voter education,

    Nerd? I wish. I will just wait for the “kool” kids to call to appease - VanillaMan -.

    - Norseman - don’t go more than yellow and blue. The account is bare.

  47. - Konda Chilly - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:04 pm:

    I saw Truax speak once. He’s impressive. Too bad he doesn’t have more money. He’s the perfect Durbin opponent.

  48. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:07 pm:

    - Downstster -,

    Then 1994 was a fluke too?

    All the Statewides, both Chambers, and then 1996.

    Yeah. Elitists 1%ers, along with a 4-62 voting record for a party against SSM factors very little. MJM’s Crew won’t frame it that say.


  49. - Nonplussed - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:16 pm:

    OW and SG8prl,

    “you go girl” is a cliche. It is positive encouragement. (Check Urban Dictionary is you doubt it).

    SG8prl, maybe you should look at the context of language vs. just the actual words used.

    OW: don’t give in so easily to a speech code nazi

  50. - Downstater - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:22 pm:

    =Then 1994 was a fluke too?

    All the Statewides, both Chambers, and then 1996.

    Yeah. Elitists 1%ers, along with a 4-62 voting record for a party against SSM factors very little. MJM’s Crew won’t frame it that say.=
    Oswego, what does this have to do, with my comment? Facts Oswego. Facts. Give me some.
    Topinka was a moderate and got beat for Governor.
    You keep trying to frame your argument about moderates, but you can’t back it up with facts.

  51. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:23 pm:

    - Nonplussed -

    ===Oswego Willy - you go girl; Durbin wins in a landslide is spot on. I’m all in for the most liberal democrat in the US Senate.===

    I dunno. That doesn’t sound like a “positive” reinforcement of anything. The “speech code” thing makes little sense, and really, that phrase and that gender choice… It’s me I guess. I guess i need to realize words don’t mean things, my bad.

  52. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:24 pm:

    Let’s move along, folks. Thanks.

  53. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:26 pm:

    - Downstater -,

    Topinka got outspent, like the “3″ are with Rauner.

    ===Jim Thompson
    Jim Edgar
    Lolita Didrickson
    Mark Kirk
    George Ryan
    Dan Rutherford
    Judy Baar Topinka…===

    Pretty good frame. All moderates. Seem to be factual too

  54. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:30 pm:

    Have I missed the Peter Fitzgerald “Conservative Coattail” or was that a race really about how awful Carol Mosely-Braun was.

  55. - Lucky - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    Vanilla Man you are dead on.

  56. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:52 pm:

    Oberweiss shows how weak the national GOP is. Any sensible party would run a relative moderate, preferably a woman, GOP candidate against Durbin and hope to catch a wave. Doesn’t matter what their politics is: they’re a vote for Mitch McConnell or whoever the GOP puts up to head the senate if they get a majority. Instead they’ll put up an off-putting social conservative who is hard to take seriously.

  57. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    This is “Harry Reid - Sharron Angle”.

    Use the “search” key, reads like a script being read here. Dynamics, unions, “4-term” incumbent, GOP candidate prone to speaking gaffes. It’s worth a search…

  58. - Downstater - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 1:03 pm:

    =Topinka got outspent, like the “3″ are with Rauner.

    ===Jim Thompson
    Jim Edgar
    Lolita Didrickson
    Mark Kirk
    George Ryan
    Dan Rutherford
    Judy Baar Topinka…===

    Pretty good frame. All moderates. Seem to be factual too=
    Other than Thompson or Edgar, a different era, what do the others do to add more State House and Senate seats? Nothing.

  59. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 1:13 pm:

    Kirk, Topinka, and Rutherford gave tried to assist, but the ILGOP is still under the premise of a GOP Governor controls the state apparatus, and without that Governor for 12 years, we have seen how that model stinks.

    So, the stress of the H & SGOP Crews had to go at it alone, especially since 2010 losing the Big Chair, the Map, and couple that with no GOTV in the last 4 cycles, at the least, the Dem coattails were able to use a favorable Map to Veto-Proof majorities on both sides of the Rotunda.

    Now, you get Oberweis and Rauner, against the Unions motivated, and a duel 1%er narrative and no real chance to defuse anything until Comptroller Topinka, yeah, the momentum is on the Dem side, especially a motivated Ground Game that took out Brady, leading in the polls except for the one that counted.

    The possible statewide ticket, as-is will sink others farther down, as Durkin tries to get the HGOP back in-play.

  60. - wordslinger - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 1:48 pm:

    Other than the aberration of the Peter Fitzgerald victory over the train-wreck re-election bid of Carol Mosely Braun, who was the last GOP candidate as far to the right as Jim Oberweis to win one of the top two spots statewide?

    And in handicapping Oberweis’ chances, keep in mind that Durbin won 68% of the vote last time out.

  61. - Smoggie - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 2:05 pm:

    “If you think Oberweis can be painted as what he is not”

    You mean calm? Reasonable? Electable?

    Oberweis is on the far right. That’s not somebody painting him. That’s just reality.

    If he moved to Oklahoma or Kansas, he might have a reasonable chance of moving up politically.

    But Illinois just does not support people as far to the right at Oberweis.

  62. - mugwump - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 2:08 pm:

    Is there time for the Democrats to bring back straight-ticket voting?

  63. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 2:58 pm:

    We just recently saw a Democratic incumbent win 69% of the vote after winning nine other times by big margins.

    Then Ted Kennedy died.

    Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Every campaign with a contest between two candidates that have never contested before - is an entirely new campaign.

    And it really sad when a supposed GOP supporter is so fixated on the shortcomings of the GOP candidate that he can’t see that.

  64. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 3:20 pm:

    ===Then Ted Kennedy died.===

    The reported death of Sen. Durbin appears to be greatly exaggerated. lol

    Funny thing, the GOPer who won that seat, went right around and lost it the first election after.

    ===And it really sad when a supposed GOP supporter is so fixated on the shortcomings of the GOP candidate that he can’t see that.===

    Oberweis is a Slytherin Republican, based in intolerance, and wrapped in elitism, as his wife can’t live here because of the wealth, but Oberweis related to “soccer moms on a budget, who are pro choice and have a gay relative”?

    I like to win, not “be Right” and lose.

  65. - O RLY - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 3:45 pm:

    Oswego Willy-

    Your consistent references to those whom you disagree using a children’s book as reference material is really making you insipid, pusillanimous and puerile.

    What’s next? Quoting 50 Shades of Gray?

  66. - Nonplussed - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 3:48 pm:

    O RLY: to quote a children’s movie, “I am a bear of very few brains, and long words bother me”

  67. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 3:51 pm:

    - O RLY -,

    I think Rich might not like that book to reference.

    I think I will follow the rules to stick around, thanks.

    I hope I can get a “Raunerbot” t-shirt with the Lemming wearing a shirt that says. “Payton Prep” on it.

    That would be fun.

  68. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 3:53 pm:

    I think I am more of an Eeyore, not Winnie…

  69. - Mason born - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 3:58 pm:


    I want to thank you. You’re reasonable observations (glad to hear them) have been met with the some amazing amounts of Bull hockey. I always wondered how Jones got them all to drink the Kool-Aid.

    To me it is well and truly sad. While i am no Republican it would sure be nice to have a choice in elections. I think both Quinn and to a lesser extent Durbin are vulnerable this cycle to good respective candidates. Unfortunately we will get Rauner and Oberweis. Some one please explain what my choice is this cycle an incompetent Gov who is a democrat or a millionaire insider who is buying an election but can’t tell anyone what he stands for on anything?

  70. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 4:38 pm:

    - Mason born -,

    Thanks. The difference is always in My Party about the purity demanded by Slytherin Republicans like Jim Oberweis, who now expects his intolerance to be ignored.

    Even Bruce Rauner’s Crew know Slytherin Oberweis will drag on Rauner, and they both will face similar issues because of the money comparison. The Oberweis intolerant taint will sadly fall on the ticket.

    Requiring purity has a price. Slytherin Oberweis may have to pay it in another statewide loss.

  71. - walker - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 4:57 pm:

    ===Maybe if they can keep Oberwies from, you know, actually speaking…===

    You could be right, VMan, and ain’t that a sad commentary.

  72. - Just The Way It Is One - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 8:51 pm:

    No shocker there. Oh, exactly WHAT, however, did any recent Poll suggest in terms of the Big “O” vs. Dick Durbin…?! (I’d be afraid to know just how far behind Sen. Ice Cream is behind in THAT one–i.e. the only Race that COUNTS, ultimately)…!

  73. - Amuzing Myself - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 9:45 pm:

    In an off-year, the GOP should have a better shot at Durbin. Last time he ran was the 2008 Obama wave and before that the 2002 anti-Ryan year. However, Oberweis sets up another easy ride for Durbin. Over by Labor Day with Oberweis on the other side. And Oberweis is in his late 60s. NO crossover votes, nothing to get excited about and a lot of Republicans will just skip the Senate race if he’s the only choice. Sad.

  74. - T.J. - Thursday, Feb 13, 14 @ 11:40 pm:

    I just adore this idea that with Rauner on the ballot, Oberweis would be the embarrassing one. I believe the Democrats here, but some of the supposed Republicans are a hoot, wanting to go back to the glory days of Paul Findley.

  75. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 14, 14 @ 6:46 am:

    I think the Republicans I discussed are after 1982…

    The Findley snark, while funny, has little merit.

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