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Question of the day

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

* Republican US Senate nominee Jim Oberweis

“When I first ran, which was 12 years ago, I was very green,” he told your shorter columnist during the visit. “I had no idea about how to run a campaign, and I made plenty of mistakes. Certainly the ads that we ran on illegal immigration. While the point of the seriousness of the issue was correct, the ads that we ran were very bad and did not communicate the issue very well.”

He also copped to having “made plenty of mistakes in business” over the years.

But here’s the key: “As I’ve made those mistakes in business, I’ve learned and I’ve certainly done a better job in growing our businesses with experience.”

Contrast that to Bruce Rauner’s claim that he’s been successful at everything he’s ever done.

* More from Oberweis

Oberweis said his views have changed slightly on children brought here by illegal immigrant parents.

“Those kids should be given a path to citizenship. I don’t believe that in this country we believe in punishing kids for the sins of their parents,” he said. “The parents, however, who broke the law and entered the country illegally, should not be given a path to citizenship, they should not be given amnesty. If they want to become citizens they should apply like anybody else and follow the rules like anybody else.

“But we don’t want to break up families. So I believe they should be issued a nonimmigrant visa that would allow them to work, to pay taxes, to return to their homes and come back again. But no amnesty and if they want to become citizens they should apply like anybody else and go to the back of the line.”

* The Question: Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as _____ is to _____?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


35 Comments
  1. - Stones - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 1:59 pm:

    Lebron James’ Decision 2010 is to Lebron James’ Announcement 2014


  2. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:00 pm:

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as Richard M. Nixon 1960 is to Richard M. Nixon 1964.


  3. - Jimbo - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:01 pm:

    As right is to correct.


  4. - Formerly Known As... - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:01 pm:

    walking is to running.

    @Stones answer is excellent.


  5. - Illiana - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:02 pm:

    I pick Stones’s comment as my favorite internet comment in a long time.


  6. - Jimbo - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:02 pm:

    Reagan 1980 is to Reagan 1945


  7. - Jimbo - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:06 pm:

    I agree with Jim Oberweis. That feels awkward to say.


  8. - Knome Sane - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:16 pm:

    Vitamin D Milk is to Skim Milk.


  9. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:17 pm:

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as milk is to ice cream.

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as in your face is to behind your back.

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as subtle as a chainsaw is to subtle as a wink.

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as bull in a China shop is to a bull in a pillow store.


  10. - Toure's Latte - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:18 pm:

    Very awkward here too. Reasonable position without much fuss. Stones has it right.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:19 pm:

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as immigration is to SSM.

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as not being called “Honorable” is to having the honor of being elected.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:27 pm:

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as Darth Vader is to Anakin Skywalker.


  13. - Under Further Review - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:42 pm:

    Oberweis 2002 is to Oberweis as forthright and correct is to humbled and muted.

    Would Oberweis rhetoric on immigration carried the day if his first campaign coincided with the current border crisis?


  14. - Wally - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:49 pm:

    Cubs to the Cardinals


  15. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 2:51 pm:

    –Would Oberweis rhetoric on immigration carried the day if his first campaign coincided with the current border crisis? –

    No, the kids could barely fill Soldier Field once.


  16. - Keyser Soze - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 3:22 pm:

    Actually has a chance this time.


  17. - Dixie Normous - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 3:40 pm:

    Shelia Simon is to Meagan Fox


  18. - Reformed Public Servant - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 3:41 pm:

    deja is to vu


  19. - A guy... - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 4:09 pm:

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as Kindergarten is to Community College.


  20. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 4:10 pm:

    A guy… takes a late lead!


  21. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 4:20 pm:

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as big wheel is to training wheels.


  22. - A guy... - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 4:34 pm:

    I’m feeling pressure just knowing Willie has 30-40 more chances to dethrone me! lol.


  23. - A guy... - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 4:35 pm:

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as Mexico is to Canada?


  24. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 4:44 pm:

    - A guy… -,

    If I’m in your “kitchen” I already won, lol

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as Donald Trump is to Stuart Smalley


  25. - Streator Curmudgeon - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 4:58 pm:

    as New Coke is to Classic Coke.


  26. - Streator Curmudgeon - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 5:01 pm:

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as my Smith-Corona manual is to my iMac.


  27. - A guy... - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 5:01 pm:

    ===Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 4:44 pm:

    - A guy… -,

    If I’m in your “kitchen” I already won, lol===

    Willie, if you’re in my kitchen, I’m going out to eat tonight and I’m calling a pest control company immediately. lol.


  28. - Streator Curmudgeon - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 5:03 pm:

    Jim Oberweis 2002 is to Jim Oberweis 2014 as Sarah Palin is to Oswego Willy.


  29. - Stones - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 5:08 pm:

    Rats! Should have waited to post mine. Timing is everything!


  30. - Capitol View - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 6:42 pm:

    as Alice in Wonderland’s Tea Party is to today’s Far Right Tea Party.


  31. - outta dodge - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 8:06 pm:

    Durbin is to a fresh idea


  32. - Just The Way It Is One - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 8:24 pm:

    …as green is to stale, VERY stale (or just plain rotten)…!


  33. - Ann - Wednesday, Jul 23, 14 @ 9:37 pm:

    Stones for the first and best.


  34. - Federalist - Thursday, Jul 24, 14 @ 9:10 am:

    Oberweis is backtracking.

    “Those kids should be given a path to citizenship. I don’t believe that in this country we believe in punishing kids for the sins of their parents,” he said. “The parents, however, who broke the law and entered the country illegally, should not be given a path to citizenship, they should not be given amnesty. If they want to become citizens they should apply like anybody else and follow the rules like anybody else.”

    Using children as social blackmail and a cover for for another agenda is an age old game whether it is in divorce/custody battle or in the political area. And it is used by both sides of the political spectrum. Liberals for such issues as this and conservative anti-abortion activists when they they trotted out kids in their protests.

    As to the parents not being given amnesty, what does he mean. They get to stay or are they ‘repatriated.” Lots of issues here and he is not addressing them.

    He clearly has not defined his message in a clear, forthright manner and is either not very insightful or is being purposefully deceitful.

    In any case, he will not convince voters that he is ready for prime time and he will certainly lose his previous base.


  35. - Wumpus - Thursday, Jul 24, 14 @ 9:24 am:

    Obama 08 Obama now
    any politician then any politician 2 minutes later

    BiPolarwies is savvy enough to say whatever is necessary and have evolving positions to try to get elected.


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