This is a terrible ad that portrays Illinois and its Government in a horrible way. How dare this out of touch plutocrat portray our state in such a negative fashion!
Our state has no unemployment, the lowest taxes, highest income, perfect schools and the most perfect corruption free government on the planet. Our medicare and pension systems cannot be matched by a single other state! Not a single penny of taxpayer money is wasted in this State. There is absolutely nothing to shake up. We are absolutely perfect and we need to reelect everyone who lead us into this state of perfection and Heaven. Immediately.
I don’t know that this one will change a single voter’s mind or help make up an undecided voter’s mind (if there are any undecideds left), but Rauner in this ad comes across as composed and calm and competent. It’s just the right feel for the final weekend of the campaign. Despite the cynics’ eye-rolling here, it’s clearly aimed at, and I think touches, the exposed nerve of so many people in both parties who just want Illinois to be better and to be put on a different track.
I saw the commercial earlier on TV and thought it sounded a lot like the Sun-Times editorial, the “brink of permanent decline” thing.
I found the commercial to be negative and depressing, and worst of all, untrue. Does Illinois have a ways to go to improve even more? Of course. But Illinois has improved in important ways. Our unemployment rate is down, we paid down some bills, we got SSM and MMJ, we passed pension reform for new workers, expanded health insurance to cover more Illinoisans, etc.
I’ve noticed huge volumes of rush hour traffic in Chicago lately. That’s a sure sign of impending economic disaster, all those out of work people driving around.
- crazybleedingheart - Friday, Oct 31, 14 @ 7:53 pm:
Or maybe I just don’t know how the point-oh-one-percenters talkify.
He apparently earned high enough marks in HBS’ “Investin’ OPM”
- dr. reason a. goodwin - Friday, Oct 31, 14 @ 8:06 pm:
It’s not too bad. I think there are considerable voters out there who are really tired of same-old, same-old players in Springfield but have been reluctant to stomach voting for Daddy Warbucks. This one might get him some of those.
- the Other Anonymous - Friday, Oct 31, 14 @ 8:13 pm:
If he’s still making the case that Illinois is terrible in the closing ad, then he never got his message out.
Plus, I do think that it risks backlash by portraying Illinois as such a lousy place.
voted for Edgar in ‘94, still like him. but to repeat OW, Bruce has spent the past year+ bashing career and corrupt politicians, now closing out campaign doing a tour with Gov Edgar? and at same time running another TV ad about the career/corrupt politicians? if that is not a walking contradiction then…
he spent summer trying to win over northern Dems, now last few days heading below I-80 to remind the hard Rs he didn’t really mean it? no one has cable or internet? still rely only on newspaper headlines?
also Crain’s ran an article today about Chicago manufacturing expanding at its fastest rate in over a year, but yeah things are so gloomy and hopeless like this ad.
we have a long way to go, neither guy in this election is perfect for the job, but Bruce has done nothing but contradict himself on almost every issue: taxes, education, budgets, guns, minimum wage, women’s rights, gay rights/gay marriage, and so on. it has been so perplexing to follow, and glad it’s almost over. and he may still win :)
==It’s not too bad. I think there are considerable voters out there who are really tired of same-old, same-old players in Springfield but have been reluctant to stomach voting for Daddy Warbucks. This one might get him some of those.==
If he’s still trying to win over “some” of those with his last (?) ad, it really makes you wonder what exactly he’s been doing since the spring.
Speaking of the President, I found “hope” to be a strange word choice for this ad given its prominence in the Obama campaign rhetoric. To the extent that’s purposeful (and I can’t imagine why it would be because they are so different) I think it’s a bad choice.
I also continue to think Rauner’s demonization of Cullerton and Madigan in ads is counterproductive for his “I will work in a bipartisan fashion” narrative. Bro, who do you think that involves if not those two guys?