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Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012

* Eric Zorn is unimpressed with the IL GOP’s “Fire Madigan” slogan

So, more realistically, the slogan should be “Demote Michael Madigan” — an exhortation to voters throughout Illinois to elect six more Republican representatives than they did in 2010, thus shifting the balance of power to the GOP and handing the speaker’s gavel to House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego.

But even that slogan carries more than a whiff of futility. Since the election of 2010, Democrats redrew the Illinois legislative map to all but guarantee that Madigan, 70, will be speaker as long he likes.

So how about, “Save Illinois: Impose Term Limits on Legislative Leadership Positions and Thereby Deny Michael Madigan a Lifetime Job as Unelected, Defacto Leader of Illinois“?

It wouldn’t fit well on a dog T-shirt, I realize. But it’s an idea I’m guessing the public would like.

Um, OK. Obviously, Eric didn’t go to advertising school.

* The Question: What should be the Illinois Republican Party’s official slogan?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

78 Comments
  1. - Crime Fighter - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:06 pm:

    Shoot, Pollute, & Swindle. (after the national GOP)


  2. - Cal Skinner - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:09 pm:

    Considering the McHenry County Republican Central Committee refused to allow Tea Party activist Tonya Franklin to try to get 500 good signatures to challenge Jack Franks, how about

    “We give up.”


  3. - Jimmy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:09 pm:

    How about, “where’s that black guy.”


  4. - McLean Farmboy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:10 pm:

    Illinois Republicans. Hey, at least we win more often than the Cubs (not much..but just a little bit)


  5. - Truthteller - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:11 pm:

    Go from bad to worse. Elect us!


  6. - Slick Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:11 pm:

    We Suck Less?


  7. - D.P. Gumby - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:13 pm:

    “Hey, look, over here…behind the Tea Bag…”


  8. - cermak_rd - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:22 pm:

    We’re not dead. It’s just a flesh wound.


  9. - too obvious - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:22 pm:

    Come on, it’s been almost a decade since one of our governors went to prison.


  10. - lake county democrat - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:26 pm:

    “We’re Combine-Lite”


  11. - downstate commissioner - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:31 pm:

    The Grand Old Party (and we’re talking about our supporters)


  12. - downstate commissioner - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:31 pm:

    Lincoln was our first president, there will be no more.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:34 pm:

    “Meh”


  14. - Anonymour - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:36 pm:

    - We stopped trying.
    - Mike Madigan is a big meanie.
    - Fore!


  15. - TwoFeetThick - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:37 pm:

    Back to the Future


  16. - Tommydanger - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:39 pm:

    Remember us?


  17. - TwoFeetThick - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:39 pm:

    Madigan
    Made
    Us
    Do
    It


  18. - Tommydanger - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:41 pm:

    We don’t need no stinkin’ badges


  19. - TwoFeetThick - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:43 pm:

    The Illinois Republican Party: Keeping Democrats in Power for Over 10 Years


  20. - Way Northsider - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:46 pm:

    Who?


  21. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:50 pm:

    No.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:50 pm:

    Looney Toons


  23. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:51 pm:

    The Buck Stops Elsewhere


  24. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:51 pm:

    Golf
    Tom
    Golf


  25. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:52 pm:

    Soynuts not peanuts to feed our animals.


  26. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:53 pm:

    Could Be Worse


  27. - Shore - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 1:58 pm:

    I think it’s great it’s 2 for 1 and long overdue. mark kirk is probably the only Republican candidate zorn has voted for over the last decade so he doesn’t really reflect your standard Illinois voter that the party is trying to win over with this.


  28. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:00 pm:

    Illinois’ Most Misunderstood Party.


  29. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:00 pm:

    Lost


  30. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:04 pm:

    Who Cares What We Think?


  31. - TwoFeetThick - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:09 pm:

    Illinois Republicans: If you ignore George Ryan, Lee Daniels, MSI and some smaller stuff, Illinois Democrats are more corrupt.


  32. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:10 pm:

    Madigan’s Folly


  33. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:11 pm:

    Checkers Not Chess


  34. - downstate commissioner - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:12 pm:

    For Guns, Against All Other Personal Freedoms


  35. - LincolnLounger - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:12 pm:

    Even the blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.


  36. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:16 pm:

    “Oops”

    “Sorry…”

    “No, We’re Serious”

    “Painting Illinois Blue …No wait …”


  37. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:18 pm:

    “Like You Can Do Better”


  38. - walkinfool - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:19 pm:

    At least we’re not THEM.

    (You know, those people.)


  39. - Anonymour - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:20 pm:

    You can’t have a Combine without something with which to combine.


  40. - Anonymour - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:20 pm:

    -


  41. - Anonymour - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:21 pm:

    We used to matter.
    (That last posting of just a dash was an accident, but now that I look at it, it’s not bad.)


  42. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:26 pm:

    “We’re slightly less than half the problem.”


  43. - TwoFeetThick - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:27 pm:

    Illinois Republicans: We created the state income tax and raised it 3 out of 4 times, but we’re against taxes. No, really.


  44. - Last Bull Moose - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:34 pm:

    Fight Monopolies, Expose Corruption, Improve Environment, Expand Freedom. And yes I am from another time.


  45. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:41 pm:

    “Send in the Clowns, Don’t Bother …”

    “We Matter …Maybe”

    “Passive-Passive”


  46. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:41 pm:

    Republican’t . . . and won’t.


  47. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:43 pm:

    “We’re not Part of the Problem - We’re not Part of Anyting”


  48. - VanillaMan - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 2:51 pm:

    We’re Not Responsible


  49. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:07 pm:

    “We’re REAL close”

    “We Are Trying, Honest”

    “When You Mock, We Hurt”


  50. - SO IL M - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:08 pm:

    Think Before You Vote. But not too much.


  51. - SO IL M - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:09 pm:

    Ryan wasnt our fault


  52. - zatoichi - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:09 pm:

    We tried…really.


  53. - zatoichi - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:10 pm:

    Just showing up is half the job.


  54. - circular firing squad - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:11 pm:

    Fire . aim ready


  55. - SO IL M - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:23 pm:

    Illinois Republicans–We promise not to be In Name Only anymore.


  56. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:41 pm:

    Counties are people, too


  57. - Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:46 pm:

    Guns: For Em.
    Gays: Not For Em.
    God: For Him, just not that Allah one.


  58. - SO IL M - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:57 pm:

    Elect Republicans—-
    because we have had fewer Governors convicted than they have


  59. - MrJM - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 3:59 pm:

    What should be the Illinois Republican Party’s official slogan?

    Put us in charge again and we’ll fix everything this time.

    – MrJM


  60. - siriusly - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 4:01 pm:

    Illinois Republicans: elect us and we’ll ruin Illinois in different ways.


  61. - reformer - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 4:08 pm:

    Term limits for legislative leaders, except for ours


  62. - Mary Todd - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 4:10 pm:

    Never say ever- what?
    We can do it- I think
    Vote for me- I’m not you
    When at first you don’t succeed- try us
    We are just like you- only different
    We weren’t purchased from France
    In 1818 we rocked
    Got wealth?
    Sorry but we earned it


  63. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 4:16 pm:

    “The ‘R’ Stands for READY”


  64. - OurMagician - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 4:19 pm:

    You Really Think We Can Do Worse?


  65. - Bluefish - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 4:20 pm:

    Elect us - We’ll come up with a plan later


  66. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 4:38 pm:

    “Kid Tested, Mother Approved”


  67. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 4:40 pm:

    “We’re Taking Off the Training Wheels”


  68. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 4:49 pm:

    Don’t know about the IGOP, but my new slogan is

    Pepsi, no Koch!

    I’m stealing that from Billygoat’s


  69. - OurMagician - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 4:52 pm:

    When you have a leak, you need a Plummer!


  70. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 5:38 pm:

    You People!

    Where’s the Outrage?!?

    Don’t Worry, We’ll Think of Something


  71. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 6:01 pm:

    “We Try Harder!”


  72. - Anon - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 6:08 pm:

    Smaller government; Lower taxes; Traditional values; Freedom


  73. - Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 6:53 pm:

    Smaller government; Lower taxes; Traditional values; Freedom

    Unless smaller government means less state workers in our district that is.


  74. - SO IL M - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 7:29 pm:

    The Brady Bunch
    The Brady Bunch
    Thats the way we became the Brady Bunch!

    Ok I know someone out there can come up with the whole song to go with that.


  75. - Sideliner - Wednesday, Aug 29, 12 @ 11:38 pm:

    IL GOP: Wait Till We Get Our Republican On You!


  76. - Melvin Gibson - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 6:36 am:

    Build it and they will come.


  77. - Way Way Down Here - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 7:22 am:

    Whatever it is, the answer is no.


  78. - Palos Park Bob - Thursday, Aug 30, 12 @ 7:41 am:

    Democrats “Fix” Government…We REPAIR IT!


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