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Thursday, Aug 26, 2010

* What “super hero” do you think the four “big” statewide candidates (Pat Quinn, Bill Brady, Alexi Giannoulias, Mark Kirk) have patterned themselves after? Explain, please.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

54 Comments
  1. - bmcchgo - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 1:13 pm:

    Alexi Giannoulias is Bruce Wayne.

    Dapper in tux, filthy rich (although we’re not quite sure how), and very Progressive in an anti-Gotham (read Washington) sorta way.

    (Dick Durbin in supporting role as Alfred the Butler)


  2. - Davey Boy Smithe - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 1:17 pm:

    Quinn reminds me of Blankman. Constantly screwing things up and answering questions by trailing off. Alexi and Kirk remind me of Mario and Luigi. You may not really like either one, put you have to pick one to play. Brady reminds me of Mr. Plow because he’ll have to clean up after Quinn.


  3. - Thoughts... - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 1:17 pm:

    Pat Quinn - Robin, you know, after Batman gets killed or something. Gee Whiz!

    Bill Brady - Underdog. Wants to be Superman, can’t quite pull it off, just not an authentic superhero.

    Alexi Giannoulias - Aquaman. Looks great, but what does he actually do? Swim?

    Mark Kirk - Superman. Unfortunately for the Lt. Cmdr., Illinois is made of Kryptonite.


  4. - Wumpus - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 1:20 pm:

    Brady and dogs…no.

    Kirk.the flash-his big mouth gets him in trouble
    Brady-one that does not wear socks
    Quinn-Cyclops=always tryign to be Mr. Popular
    Ali G-Wolverine-deeply flawed

    Wumpus-Wumpus


  5. - Jake from Elwood - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 1:24 pm:

    Pat Quinn is the Green Lantern but his knock-off power ring is on the fritz and he cannot turn anything into green.

    Bill Brady is the character from Frogger trying to get across the road with tons of moving obstacles.

    Alexi is Mr. Monopoly with his pockets outturned.
    He is hoping you will land on Community Chest.

    Mark Kirk is PacMan and his military lies are the ghosts that chase him.


  6. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 1:36 pm:

    Kirk = Captain America. Injected with the top secret “Super Soldier Formula,” he wears a flag costume.

    Giannoulias = Mr. Fantastic. This is the leader of the Fantastic Four, the one who can stretch into any position imaginable. Picturing Giannoulias in the Senate is kind of a stretch.


  7. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 1:40 pm:

    Quinn: The Greatest American Hero–kind of bumbling but means well

    Alexi: Green Arrow–rich, suave, liberal, and an outsider

    Kirk: Robin. Just kind of looks like Dick Grayson.

    Brady: Booster Gold. Comedic and shallow.


  8. - The Hulk - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 1:42 pm:

    Me still think Kirk just like me. Kirk puffs up real big and can’t control self. Kirk also can leap from Afghanistan to Kuwait to Iraq with just one leap!

    And nobody know who real Kirk is.


  9. - ohhboy - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 1:49 pm:

    Qiunn is Inspector Gadget, he has no powers, usually screws it up!


  10. - Piling on - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 1:58 pm:

    Quinn: Handi Man (Damon Wayons, Living Color, no explanation needed.)

    Brady and Kirk: Zan & Jayna (kind of ancillary superheros, neither of which really does much. Form of a mocking bird, form of a bucket of tepid water)

    Alexi: Scrappy Doo


  11. - west side don - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:01 pm:

    brady- superman
    quinn- ramblin willy
    mark kirk- zorro
    ali g- barack obama


  12. - WRMN politics - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:01 pm:

    Pat Quinn=Elmer Fudd
    Alexi Giannoulias=Doug Neidemeyer (Animal House)
    Mark Kirk= Lt. Parker (McHale’s Navy)
    Bill Brady= Earl Sheib (TV pitchman)


  13. - Ahoy - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:09 pm:

    I would say all of them are the Tick, they would be hilarious if they were cartoon characters and not running for office.


  14. - dupage dan - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:09 pm:

    Quinn is Dexter in his laboratory who is soon to be shown that it is all just a figment of his imagination.

    Brady is the ?Question Mark?

    Kirk and Gio are Alphonse and Gaston, respectively. (2 characters from an ancient funny pages cartoon. “After you my dear Alphonse”, “You first, my dear Gaston”)
    Part of a slew of cartoons that were popular in the beginning of the last cent…….oh, who cares.


  15. - Ghost - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:10 pm:

    Pat Quinn: Dragonfly (superhero the movie)
    Bill Brady: Master Shake from auqateen hunger force
    Alexi Giannoulias: Kick Ass (well meaning but keeps getting in over his head and beat up)
    Mark Kirk: Bananaman (english parody of superman with popeyeesque use of banans, weakness to moldy ons, superhero bumbler with an inflated sense of his own abilties)


  16. - Irishpirate - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:12 pm:

    Quinn is Aquaman.

    He’s so far down you can’t see him.


  17. - kj - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:18 pm:

    ohhboy- If the Quinn campaign wanted an out there strategy they could sell this Inspector Gadget thing and make Sheila Simon the character Penny flying around the state defeating Dr.Claw trying to steals jobs while Inspector Quinn justs flails around. It would probably fail, but it would make for some fun campaign commercials.


  18. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:23 pm:

    I thought about linking them to characters in the Watchmen:

    Quinn: Dr. Manhattan (good intentions, but slowly ruining everyhthing)
    Brady: Oxymandius (he’s planning to blow everything up, after which everyone will come together)
    Kirk: The Comedian
    Giannoulias: wants to be the Nite Owl (but isn’t


  19. - Pot calling kettle - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:25 pm:

    Rich Whitney: maybe he’s Rorshack


  20. - Lefty Lefty - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:27 pm:

    As a comic book geek, I have to put it out there: most of you wouldn’t know a superhero if one flew out of the sky/swam up from the lake/appeared out of thin air right in front of you.

    As Comic Book Guy would say: Worst. Responses. Ever.


  21. - Levois - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:28 pm:

    LOL is Mark Kirk related to James T. Kirk? Will we ever know? :P


  22. - Retired - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:32 pm:

    Quinn: Beavis
    Brady: Butthead


  23. - Lefty Lefty - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:33 pm:

    Quinn: Daredevil. Wants to help the little guy, but is blind.

    Brady: Punisher. Extreme measures are the only way.

    Kirk: Superman. Thinks he’s It, but even a normal human like Batman can take him out since he’s not a tactical thinker.

    Giannoulias: Aquaman. Wants to hang around with the real super-powered types, but really–swimming? That’s it?


  24. - Highland, IL - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:41 pm:

    The Justice League (take your pick) because they all hate the dreaded villian Blago.


  25. - Amalia - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:44 pm:

    Mark Kirk….Spiderman….dorky!
    Bill Brady….American Dad…overblown, thinks he’s
    smart, but is really dumb
    Pat Quinn….Homer Simpson….radioactive
    Alexi……Bat Man, the tv version, cheesy and dumb


  26. - Secret Square - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:49 pm:

    “Is Mark Kirk related to Capt. James T. Kirk?”

    I suppose it’s still possible, since Captain Kirk isn’t supposed to be born for, what, another 100 years or so?


  27. - ourMagician - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:55 pm:

    Pat Quinn-Commissioner Gordon-has the power to run the city but needs to call Batman for help all the time (or Mike Madigan)

    Bill Brady-Wonder Woman-looks good but all the superpowers (jets, ropes, budget cuts) are invisible

    Alexi G.-Aquaman-he didn’t really talk to any of those guys that Broadway Bank gave loans to even though he was in charge of the lending-he used his mental telepathy

    Mark Kirk-Tommy Flanagan (think Jon Lovitz on SNL-yeah, yeah-That’s the ticket!)


  28. - Secret Square - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:55 pm:

    “The Justice League… because they all hate the dreaded villain Blago.”

    How about putting the Justice League up against a fearsome alliance of villianous, mutant “X-Governors”?


  29. - Chathamite - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:55 pm:

    I’m not sure about the “top” four. But Lisa Madigan is definately Wonder Woman.. you know, “fighting for your rights”.


  30. - Barry Allen - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 2:57 pm:

    Quinn: Pat quinn Bob Parr. He wants to do good things, but he doesn’t realize his best days are behind him and he needs a good team around him to accomplish anything.

    Brady: Let’s face it, Bill Brady is Willie Ames’ Bibleman. ‘Nuff said.

    Kirk: Mark Kirk is Metamorpho, the Element Man. You never can quite pin him down on anything.

    Giannoulias: Aquaman? No. Nite Owl? No. Dollar Bill is more like it. Hired by the bank to be the front man, the face of the institution. Gunned down when his cape got caught in the revolving door.


  31. - Joe from Joliet - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 3:01 pm:

    Q - Underdog “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here”
    B - Superman - Mild-mannered, ability to make cuts with super speed
    K - Batman - he really can’t fly
    G - Daredevil - blind to family’s shady lending practices


  32. - SAP - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 3:16 pm:

    The Katzenjammer Kids


  33. - siriusly - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 3:19 pm:

    Kirk - Robin, the boy wonder who thinks he can be a hero all by himself. Doesn’t see his own weakness.

    Brady - Superman - not even his off-center voting record and history of strange remarks can slow down his campaign this year. He’s invincible, for now.

    Alexi - Aquaman - speaks to creatures in another world. He’s the king in his own small part of the universe, but doesn’t quite measure up to other “real” heroes.

    Quinn - The Hulk - well intentioned and very smart guy who has a few loyal friends, but when he gets going he’s clumsy and breaks lots of stuff.


  34. - jake - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 3:35 pm:

    Quinn is Thermoman. Google it if you don’t know this guy. He is really funny.


  35. - The Shadow - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 3:39 pm:

    Quinn: The Mighty Quinn
    Brady: Shady Brady
    Kirk: Daredevil
    Giannoulias: Superboy - he’s young and he’s trying to emulate B-Rock who some call Superman


  36. - Ghost - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 3:42 pm:

    === As a comic book geek, I have to put it out there: most of you wouldn’t know a superhero if one flew out of the sky/swam up from the lake/appeared out of thin air right in front of you.====

    ormaybe we dont feel any of these folks are worthy of wearing the monickor of the super heros you are thinking of :)


  37. - MrJM - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 3:51 pm:

    Pat Quinn: Howard the Duck - “Trapped in a World He Never Made”
    Bill Brady: Conan the Barbarian - “Conan! What is best in life?” “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.”
    Alexi Giannoulias: Mon-El - Looks kinda like Superboy… but he ain’t Superboy.
    Mark Kirk: Uncle Marvel - Claimed to have superpowers but when asked to make use them, he would complain that his “shazambago” was acting up and was interfering with his powers.

    – MrJM


  38. - Living in Oklahoma - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 3:53 pm:

    Reference this handy list to find great super hero’s

    http://popcultureaddict.com/comicbooks/lamestsuperheroes-htm/


  39. - in the know - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 3:58 pm:

    Pat Quinn = Mermaid Man (Spongebob Squarepants)


  40. - D.P. Gumby - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 4:00 pm:

    the problem is that I can’t envision any of them as any kind of super anything! If you had said just cartoon character, well….PQ–Dagwood Bumstead, Kirk–Snoopy, Brady–Mr. Burns, Alexi–Archie.


  41. - wordslinger - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 4:04 pm:

    Kirk: Sometimes I say Bond, but Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is much closer.


  42. - Aldyth - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 4:30 pm:

    Rich, are you trying to make superheroes feel bad about themselves?


  43. - Wensicia - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 4:34 pm:

    I don’t see superhero in any of them, but going by what they’re promising, they feel more like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.


  44. - downstater - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 4:45 pm:

    Kirk - Aquaman for his Sunfish rescue tale circa ‘76

    Brady - Superman from the right here to clean up Illinois

    Alexi - Batman, caped crusader, chicks dig his mysterious coolness

    Quinn - Robin Hood


  45. - Cincinnatus - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 5:18 pm:

    Quinn - Zoiberg
    Alexi - The Joker
    Kirk - Beetle Bailey
    Brady - Dudley Do Right


  46. - bored now - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 5:28 pm:

    Alexi is the little engine that could. he keeps facing climbs and chugs his way to the top.

    bill brady is, of course, bobbie brady. no explanation required.

    mark kirk is benedict arnold. i’ll be happy to expound upon, if necessary.

    pat quinn? pat quinn is pat quinn. who else could he be? there’s no one like him…


  47. - Commonsense in Illinois - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 5:47 pm:

    Shemp, Moe, Larry and Curley…just pick any combination.


  48. - Way Way Down Here - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 6:24 pm:

    SAP: Katzenjammer Kids once a great bar on Lincoln Ave. I don’t know. . .how about Tales fom the Crypt.


  49. - Park - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 6:40 pm:

    Brady: Clark Kent
    Quinn: Jor-el (Superman’s disembodied daddy)
    AG: Jimmie Olsen (Olson?)
    Kirk: Clark’s Smallville dad.


  50. - Justice - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 7:14 pm:

    Quinn is the Lone Ranger and he keeps hoping for a Silver Bullet.


  51. - Lefty - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 7:35 pm:

    They are all Shrek


  52. - Big Daddy and HitGirl - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 8:40 pm:

    Brady = Bibleman for his creationist leanings and related voting record on abortion and birth control. Plus, he already has that unsettling televangelist vibe with the hair and the vacant smile that promises everything, with no way to deliver it.

    Quinn *Wants* to be Captain America, what with his veteran’s shtick, but is barely Bucky the sidekick, in terms of execution. All the Blago holdovers in his government bureaucracy are actually Skrulls, and this explains a lot about our state’s woes. I think Quinn is probably closest to Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four: really smart, thinking about super-abstract galactic-level stuff all the time, but he never really deploys his powers for solving good, practical down-to-earth problem stuff for the average joe; too tied up in knots bending like rubber to suit changing political winds and whims.

    Alexi and Kirk are the Wonder Twins: both useless and interchangeable. “Form of: a POT!” “Shape of: a KETTLE!”

    And Squideshi’s Green Party candidate is obviously
    Captain Planet.


  53. - Big Daddy and HitGirl - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 8:41 pm:

    And Speaker Madigan is Galactus.


  54. - ArchPundit - Thursday, Aug 26, 10 @ 11:38 pm:

    ===#As Comic Book Guy would say: Worst. Responses. Ever.

    I think Booster Gold gives me some bonafides.


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