SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Today’s rant

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014

* Tri-County Tea Party leader Rick Newton, whose group spans DuPage, Cook and Lake counties

Over four months after the Republican primary election, we continue to hear conversations among conservatives about the uncertainty/lack of comfort with Bruce Rauner as a candidate for Governor. In my opinion, however, I sincerely believe that it’s time for anyone in Illinois whose political beliefs lie anywhere right of center (and even a little to the left!) to come to grips with reality. Not only is the primary over, but more importantly, this state is in the throes of a veritable economic death spiral.

Yet, we have people who would normally vote Republican who continue to quibble over degrees of conservatism while our state is bleeding jobs, money, and people! Do we truly believe that re-electing Pat Quinn to work in tandem with the Michael Madigan and John Cullerton will create even a modicum of meaningful, positive improvement for this state? Not only should our answer to that question be a well-deserved “Hell no!”, but it shouldn’t require deep thought.

Yes, from a conservative’s viewpoint, the Illinois GOP has ample room for improvement – but its ability and willingness to become more aligned with its own party values is not going to happen overnight. That’s going to take strong grassroots efforts to make that happen and that’s where we in the TP movement exert the most influence.

The good news is that Bruce Rauner has a viable chance to be elected Governor of Illinois. But because he’s opposing an incumbent, because Illinois politics is a cesspool of corruption and selfishness, and because the state’s Republican Party is too often its own worst enemy, we cannot afford to succumb to the distractions that would divert our focus.

It’s time for the whining to stop and for all of us to ask voters to put on their big boy/big girl underpants and recognize what’s at stake. Bruce Rauner can win this election, but it can’t happen without conservatives all rowing in the same direction and with optimal energy.

Discuss.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


40 Comments
  1. - Stones - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:02 am:

    There is truth in Newton’s message but no group has done more to divide the GOP than the Tea Party. It’s ironic that now Mr. Newton is calling for unity and the TP movement to exert more influence.


  2. - Jimbo - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:03 am:

    Glad to hear that conservatives are actually aware of some of Rauner’s positions even though he has been adept at keeping them under wraps.


  3. - OLK 73 - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:04 am:

    Well said. Considering how the Republican’s have been shooting themselves in the head since Alan Keys they will hopefully realize the greater good, getting rid of Quinn is better than the parts.


  4. - DuPage - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:05 am:

    No sale.


  5. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:07 am:

    Rauner is a tea party conservative, so why wouldn’t they support him?


  6. - William j Kelly - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:20 am:

    Someone should brake the news to Newton that he doesn’t have to score any brownie points with roeser anymore.


  7. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:22 am:

    When you have been marginalized for a while you find comfort in your purity….

    Purity Of Essence there Mandrake…


  8. - RonOglesby - Now in TX - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:24 am:


    Rauner is a tea party conservative, so why wouldn’t they support him?

    HAHAHAHAHAHHA


  9. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:27 am:

    When you compromise yourself, you get what you get.

    Like Bruce Rauner, this Tea Party person sounds more and more like a Career Politician…

    “Hear what we preach, just ignore what we say and do.”


  10. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:31 am:

    ==Considering how the Republican’s have been shooting themselves in the head since Alan Keys==

    Oh, that’s not really fair to say, is it? They’ve been shooting themselves in the foot since at least a few years before 2004


  11. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:31 am:

    Someone is getting worried the rank and file GOP voter is going to sit out this election … and they may be right.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:35 am:

    ===Someone is getting worried the rank and file GOP voter is going to sit out this election … and they may be right.===

    “Exactly right.”


  13. - Anon - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:39 am:

    “this state is in the throes of a veritable economic death spiral”

    Such a flair for the hyperbolic & dramatic. Never mind that the unemployment rate is lower then it has been in years.


  14. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:43 am:

    You can’t win with a loser.
    You can’t demand purity with all your candidates.
    You can’t keep losing every race since 1998.

    You can’t float out there in the ocean, surrounded by sharks, and give the only rescue ship you’ve seen in 16 years every excuse in the book why his boat isn’t good enough for you.

    Illinois is so screwed up right now, we have an incumbent governor who can’t even tell us why he should be reelected. He can’t even brag about his accomplishments. He goes around the state as though he is a big mope, struggling to make it through the day. He is flat out not wanting to win.

    So what are you going to do you reluctant GOPers? Keep coming up with ridiculous excuses to avoid Rauner?

    If the GOP loses the race this time - its Whig-time for that bunch of losers.

    Sign up or shut up.

    That is the message I’m reading here and it is the right one.


  15. - too obvious - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:45 am:

    Rauner is promising to raise taxes even the Dems haven’t thought of raising.

    So apparently the tea folks have not in fact been taxed enough already.


  16. - anon - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:49 am:

    LOL - i didn’t take much to steer some “tea party leaders” to Rauner in the primary. Show us the money! Probably about 5 dollars. I’d bet that’s all it took.


  17. - Apocolypse Now - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:50 am:

    Rank and file and establishment Republicans are all in for Rauner. Quinn is a disaster and Republicans recognize they have a real opportunity with Rauner, Topinka, and Cross. Illinois voters are souring on Democrats. Dubin can’t get much above 51%.


  18. - Responsa - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 9:57 am:

    It absolutely needed to be said. Perhaps some R voters will not listen and will never be able to accept the reality of politics in Illinois, but good on Newton for at least trying.


  19. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:02 am:

    LOL - i didn’t take much to steer some “tea party leaders” to Rauner in the primary. Show us the money! Probably about 5 dollars. I’d bet that’s all it took.

    Replace Rauner with Quinn and tea party with Democrats and 5 dollars with government jobs and we have a winner…


  20. - A guy... - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:03 am:

    It’s the right message at the right time. Doesn’t sound like an idealistic kook to me at all. He’s rallying his loyal constituency to the greater cause. He’s doing what he should be doing.


  21. - Gooner - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:13 am:

    If you read it without knowing the source, it would actually sound sane and reasonable.

    Who knows. Maybe the tea party is trying to go mainstream. Perhaps they’ve figured out that borderline racism (i.e. the tea party’s embrace of birthers and hatred for immigrants) is no way to make any sort of change.

    That could be.

    More likely, however, I suspect this is a “one-of” after which Newton will either be kicked out of the tea party, or he will go back to the typical tea party role of purifying the GOP.

    So while I do give the guy credit, I doubt it will make a difference in the long term.


  22. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:14 am:

    Newton is right.

    Unfortunately, it is the same rant that has been made thousands of times over the years.

    Sharing this dose of reality usually gets the messenger labeled a “sellout” or “establishment” type by the “purists”.


  23. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:14 am:

    It’s the same argument Dems who could stand Blago made to those who knew better and wouldn’t support Rod.

    Get in line, and be quiet about it…

    Compelling reason to vote for Rauner, lol


  24. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:16 am:

    == There is truth in Newton’s message but no group has done more to divide the GOP than the Tea Party. ==

    Once the cat is out of the bag, there is no turning back.


  25. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:17 am:

    Who uses the word “modicum” any more? Sounds like Charles Emerson Winchester from M*A*S*H.


  26. - walker - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:18 am:

    No way they vote for Quinn. The whole issue will be getting them to the polls.

    Let’s see the Tea Party GOTV ground game. Maybe AFP can send them some money just for that, like they did for their first rallies.


  27. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:20 am:

    === There is truth in Newton’s message but no group has done more to divide the GOP than the Tea Party ==

    Don’t think I would agree with that at the Illinois level.


  28. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:24 am:

    He’s right, but this won’t earn him points with the far right. He’s not one of us, but vote for him anyway? Good luck.


  29. - steve schnorf - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:35 am:

    “underpants”?


  30. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 10:42 am:

    –Rick,

    Check’s in the mail.

    Bruce. –

    Gotta love it when Tea Party types start preaching underpants and party unity.


  31. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 11:02 am:

    You can’t say GOTV matters…

    …and say in July it’s over.

    Just sayin’


  32. - Skeptical - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 11:05 am:

    “… because Illinois politics is a cesspool of corruption and selfishness, and because the state’s Republican Party is too often its own worst enemy, we cannot afford to succumb to the distractions that would divert our focus.”

    What a fascinationg accusation. What is interesting to me is that when I look inside myself I could say the same thing about me, that I am a “cesspool of corruption and selfishness.” And, from what I can see, that is true of the entire human race. If this is the case, then I can predict with reasonable accuracy that it will only be a matter of time under a different administration before the same indictment will hold true with unequivocal accuracy. But, of course, it’s easier if we don’t look inside first but rather focus on pointing fingers at others.


  33. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 11:18 am:

    “a matter of time under a different administration before the same indictment will hold true” Exactly. After all, half of the last two Governors to go to jail is Republican. And according to Rauner himself, 1/3 of all Republican legislators are corrupt.


  34. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 11:37 am:

    - Skeptic -,

    You are On It.

    Wonder if Rauner will name the 22 members before Election Day.

    Thanks, - steve schnorf - for calling out the Dopiness.


  35. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 12:03 pm:

    Probably rented Rick out for the Season, or Rick got a call from one of the many national conservative groups Rauner supports.

    That said, Rauner cannot win without his base, and I think the message is fairly compelling.


  36. - Anon - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 12:49 pm:

    So the Tea Party supports raising the sales tax by extending it to 32 services? And perhaps to delay some or all of the scheduled expiratio?n of the income tax hike? Really


  37. - Percival - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 2:22 pm:

    I am increasingly convinced that the Tea Party in Illinois is rapidly moving towards a point where it will have more tweeting, emailing, title-holding and conference-attending “leaders” than rank and file.


  38. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 3:13 pm:

    It’s nice that somebody in that group gets it. Spot on Mr. Newton.


  39. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 4:16 pm:

    ===put on their big boy/big girl underpants ===

    Pants or underpants, can we please have a moritorium on this phrase?


  40. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Tuesday, Jul 29, 14 @ 8:22 pm:

    @Demoralized:

    Unfortunately, his message is the anti-thesis of the TEA Party movement.

    Rauner’s sales tax increase proposal opens the door to a sales tax hike of $8.4 BILLION according to one bipartisan plan.

    Frankly, as a progressive I am all for that discussion. Half of consumption inIllinois now is exempted from taxation, which drives the tax rate on the remaining retail up, drives shoppers across state lines and fuels the underground market of sales tax cheats. “Well Mr Rauner, if I mail this necklace to your Montana address, you do not have to pay any Illinois sales tax.”

    But, I am not sure that is what the TEA Party stands for.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Next week's pressers
* Today's long story
* Rauner approval rating: 40-36
* AP and Chicago Tribune - Study: Exelon subsidy would cost $1.6B over 5 years
* Question of the day
* Illinois Credit Unions – A Smarter Choice
* Advertisers behaving badly
* Your daily "right to work" roundup
* *** UPDATED x1 *** It's just a bill...
* Ford plant reaches 100,000 cop car milestone
* House approves marijuana tickets
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* More cuts announced
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Accessibility Developer Hub: Making apps accessible
        * The first batch of USB-C adapters and cables, tested
        * Send yourself notes from desktop to smartphone through Google
        * Nexus 7 no longer available on Google Store
        * Apple Watch vs Android Wear sales: Apple sells more watches in a day than Android Wear devices in a year
        * How to keep energized at work with Lumia
        * Sony Xperia P2 to have a transparent band, 4240mAh battery

        * Glass Planner Puts Your To-Dos and Calendar Into One GTD-Powered App
        * Submerged : PlayStation 4 Adventure Game Unveiled (video)
        * Apple Earnings: All About the iPhone, Baby
        * Three Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Not Getting Lollipop Update
        * Batman’s New Batmobile Teased In New Trailer
        * Skype For iPhone Gets Apple Watch Support
        * The Best System Monitor for Mac OS X

        * White Sox Minor League Update: April 26 - May 2
        * Sox grab lead with five-run sixth, then hold off Royals
        * Melky's leaping grab at wall helps Sox edge Royals
        * Robertson earns win, save in odd day for reliever
        * With two wins in one day, Sox feel they're turning corner
        * White Sox 5, Royals 3: David Robertson bookends productive day
        * White Sox turn to Noesi to open series in Baltimore

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Illinois GOP targets political hiring; Democrat.....
        * Illinois lawmakers consider ban on crib bumper .....
        * State budget cuts to hit students, sickle cell .....
        * New IL school superintendent says funding fix c.....
        * Illinois Republicans target state hiring laws..
        * Shin: Rauner too selective about his Illinois ‘.....


        * Goodell: Emanuel delivered in bringing NFL draft to Chicago
        * Illinois lawmakers consider ban on crib bumper pads
        * Chicago mother of earthquake survivor worries of his return
        * Swansea school district settles civil rights complaint
        * ISP investigates East St. Louis Housing Authority shooting
        * Illinois GOP targets political hiring; Democrats wary
        * U of Illinois spends $30K for Biden speech on sex assault
        * 1 firefighter injured in suburban warehouse fire
        * 'To Kill a Mockingbird' play to go on under Harper Lee group
        * 2 sentences reduced in St. Clair courthouse drug scandal

        * Illinois GOP targets political hiring; Democrats wary
        * Crib bumper bills bump heads in General Assembly
        * New state school superintendent says funding fix could take years
        * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
        * New schools chief says funding fix could take years
        * State budget fix includes $106M in Medicaid cuts
        * House passes bill to create high-speed rail oversight panel
        * Bill would allow students to opt out of state tests
        * Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data
        * House passes bill to create high speed rail oversight panel

        * The opportunity in boomers and their aching backs
        * Here's how Method's new Chicago factory went green—and how much it cost
        * Up on the roof, it's green as can be
        * Getting to Platinum LEED requires lead time
        * Letters to the editor


          * 1 dead, 9 wounded in separate shootings
          * Police alert South Austin residents to string of robberies
          * Street partially closed in Loop after bricks fall from building
          * Woman killed after car hits her on South Side
          * Chicago's Nepalese community begins fundraising efforts
          * Missing University of Colorado student from Western Springs located
          * Naperville woman critical after falling 25 feet in Starved Rock
          * No bail for 2 men charged with shooting at off-duty police officer
          * OPRF debuts Meghan Trainor parody video, 'All About That Pride'


          * Illinois prisons chief says union contracts causing problems
          * Sheriff Dart to investigate unlicensed rehab centers
          * Rauner's first 100 days: The fight between unions and Rauner
          * Large provider of Chicago mental health services, C4, is closing
          * After detective’s acquittal in fatal shooting, prosecutors face criticism
          * Mayor Emanuel taps CTA director to be chief of staff
          * Portage Park church mourns 'favorite son' Cardinal George
          * Lawmakers fast-track bill on Obama library, Lucas museum
          * Emanuel announces more FAA meetings on O'Hare noise
          * Cook County prosecutor to try new approach to drug crimes


          * Illinois GOP targets political hiring; Democrats wary
          * Marc Levine: Rauner has the solution for Illinois' pension problem
          * Crib bumper bills bump heads in General Assembly
          * New state school superintendent says funding fix could take years
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Downstate representation gone from Illinois Commerce Commission
          * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
          * Statehouse Insider: Rauner's story of unions stifling innovation "sounds like pure fiction," union says
          * Our Opinion: The promise and the perils of YouTube
          * Andy Shaw: Preserve police conduct records to better serve and protect
          * Angie Muhs: Reader panel will help connect Springfield to its newspaper


          * Muscatine native, family uninjured in Nepal quake
          * From the archives: Middle Fork
          * Top of the Morning, April 27, 2015
          * John A. Logan College awards several scholarships
          * AUDIO: Gerard reflects on mayoral term
          * Gallatin County WYSE team places fourth in state
          * Driver strikes Illinois State trooper squad, arrested for DUI
          * Sunny, mild for most of week
          * Lane restrictions on I-280 in Scott County begin April 27
          * Work begins on Atkinson Road resurfacing


          * Crash at Route 83 and Grove in Bensenville causing backups
          * Pyke: Pace says it's ‘committed to earning the public's trust'
          * Dawn Patrol: Special Olympians triumph in suburbs; Round Lake Beach police rally for fellow officer
          * A final stand against Kane County's $135 million toll bridge
          * Images: An Hour in East Dundee

          * Republicans back bill letting illegal immi...
          * Dold to replace Schock on Ways and Means C...
          * Dold gets prized seat on House Ways and Me...
          * IVCC's Mr. Phillips goes to Washington
          * Constituents meet with Congressman
          * Davis: Improvement needed in Springfield V...
          * VA opens claims office at Scott
          * Students stress importance of 4-H to Congress
          * Kirk Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Arm...
          * Armenian-American judge marks WWI-era kill...

          * Foes of Iran deal take aim in Senate...
          * Corinthian Colleges Inc. to Close Its Rema......
          * Hutchinson: Senator ‘On The Right Track’ W......
          * Loretta Lynch finally approved as AG...

          * Kirk Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Arm......
          * GOPers conspire more plots against Iran...

          * The Sinking of the Sultana
          * Illinois homeless veterans to get $675K in additional housing and support services
          * Illinois home prices move closer to pre-recession levels
          * Haven’t renewed? Keep calm and turn to IAR for managing broker license assistance
          * As sewer video bill dies, your call against property lien bill is needed, too!
          * March Illinois housing data reports available in Spanish
          * IAR supports SB 1612 and HB 3693
          * $75,000 in REALTOR® funds in place to help tornado victims
          * Illinois REALTORS® two for two on targeted legislation; SB1380 dies
          * Winthrop Harbor cuts development fees in effort to spur growth


          * IDPH Moves to Eliminate Meningococcal Meningitis - New Vaccination Requirements for Adolescents
          * YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! kicks off statewide as preparations begin for new server training law
          * Emergency Management Officials Launch Weather Alert Radio Contest - ‘Weather Alert Radios Save Lives’ contest promotes awareness; 100 radios to be awarded
          * IDOT Launches Statewide Listening Tour to Discuss Illinois Infrastructure Needs, Priorities
          * Illinois Student Assistance Commission Encourages Families To Learn About Personal Finance During Money Smart Week Event





              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller