Well if Glenn Nixon doesn’t pull it out, Durkin and company is by far the biggest loser
- Mr. Know-it-All - Wednesday, Nov 5, 14 @ 12:37 pm:
President Obama, for obvious reasons - fair or not, the federal results are about perceptions of his presidency.
Pat Quinn, also for obvious reasons - voters are frustrated with Springfield, and whether one blames the Governor or the legislature, the Governor is the one guy who has to answer to each of us. He was the natural fall guy for the failures of the Democratic-controlled Springfield.
Bruce Rauner - dude has no clue what he just stepped into. :)
Candidates without charisma.
Employees of the Executive Branch. God help them.
Where the GOP had the more charismatic candidate, they won. Where the Dems did, the Dems won.
The big progressive ballot questions were all winners. This wasn’t a GOP win because voters back the GOP’s plan. What plan? The voters backed the progressive sentiments, but when you have lackluster candidates pushing those sentiments, they lose to charisma.
- Ravenswood Right Winger - Wednesday, Nov 5, 14 @ 12:38 pm:
Brooke Anderson-Simply atrocious before the cameras.
Jim Durkin-As noted by 2nd Ward, the House GOP can’t even pick up 1 seat????
DCCC effort in IL- To be fair, Busto won. But Enyart got creamed, Callis got written off long ago and Schneider lost.
Durkin - no pickups in a wave year. Wha…?
Oberweis - fish and guests start to stink in 3 days. Go back to Florida.
Democratic Coordinated Campaign (not IDP, not Madigan) - ballot questions and vaunted drop-off program appear not to have worked where needed most.
Runner-up: Cullerton (not SDems, Cullerton) - failed to expand SDems field by challenging more incumbent SGOPs. Worse, lost one of his own.
Unions - they had two shots, one clear one, and one haphazard one to stop Bruce Rauner. Unions get what they deserve now, I guess(?)
Pollsters - while numbers always fluctuate, the turnout aspect of what you are trying to poll makes “polling” numbers exactly what they are; refutable by GOTV, be it good or bad. Polls don’t vote, voters do.
Quinn Crew / Quinn Strategy - All the tweeting and the bluster, all the withholding of paychecks, and Squeezy, and the idea of being a non factor as a strategy in governing, allowing to be passive, and to be removed from negotiations, and THEN claiming the work as yours too…failure of strategy from the political and governmental, and the voters acted accordingly…they didn’t show up.
- AFSCME and other unions. Union workers actually did get out and vote….they just didn’t necessarily vote for the person their union wanted them to.
- Pollsters. All but one missed.
- Doug Ibendahl and the “purity” wing of the GOP. whatever small influence they think they still had, has now been marginalized even more. He threw everything including the kitchen sink trying to undermine Rauner, and failed miserably.
1.The Sun-Times. They disgraced themselves in this election. They could have taken the high road and the results probably would have been the same.
2.Pat Quinn. He was never very good at being Governor.
3.The DNC. They need to rethink everything about how they’ve played their hand.
1. Durkin - had a sugar daddy and still couldn’t pull out a single seat despite expectations.
2. Oberweis - how many times does this guy have to lose to get the message. He even prostituted his far right positions for an insufficiently few votes. Now it’s time for him to join his wife in Florida. However, leave the ice cream in Illinois.
3. Denny Jacobs - now he’ll have to give his son a job.
Southern Illinois Becoming “Southern Chicago” with one party rule. Whatever, Chicago wants is evil and So. ILL. wants the opposite. Plus, we still have a Gov. who is from Chicago who now has government housing is Springfield.
Durkin’s time as leader could be very short. Too bad, I had somewhat high hopes for him this election cycle especially with all the money pouring in to win just one seat and he failed. Now instead of being part of the process with a new Republican Governor his successor will have to sit on the sidelines and get jammed by Madigan.
Organized Labor, despite their best efforts they didn’t have a lot of good options here and now their worst case scenario has probably happened.
Pat Quinn, it wasn’t a regional defeat, Rauner exceeded his vote goals in every region.
How elections are reported. Seriously the Treasurer’s race is essentially tied and there is no decent information anywhere to help decipher the vote totals. The opportunity to cover election night so much better is right there and no one is taking advantage of it.
Quinn - he lost the respect and support of the unions.
Unions - but what do they have going forward in this state?
Barack Obama - his negatives helped deliver the Republican base.
- Boone's is Back - Wednesday, Nov 5, 14 @ 12:55 pm:
Obvious answer here but Pat Quinn. He lost way more than any other Dem on the statewide ticket
(including Sheila Simon), and his campaign showed serious flaws in their GOTV, field, and messaging strategies. (Seriously, you’re going to run negative ads on election day?) Moreover, have the grace to concede it when its over man.
- SonofSuperAbe2014 - Wednesday, Nov 5, 14 @ 12:55 pm:
Dan Proft is always the biggest loser
closely followed by Pat Quinn.
Republicans: now they’re responsible for government and have to face the same structural challenges that Quinn faced.
Retirees/the poor: the only people who have to lose something to fix the structural issues referenced to above.
Downstate IL: making gov more efficient means reducing thousands of government jobs or pay for DOT, DHS, public safety and other state workers located in Lincoln, Decatur, Springfield, Jacksonville, Peoria, and others
Lisa Madigan is both the biggest winner and the biggest loser.
Biggest loser because her failure to run in back-to-back election cycles has cost the Democratic Party a US Senate seat (Kirk) and now the Governorship (Rauner). What the heck are you going to do with a 4th (FOURTH, geeze) term as AG Lisa?
Biggest winner because it’s all still there for her if she still wants it. 2018 could be a great year for D’s in Illinois if she runs.
On a side note, I have said on this blog that I believe that Bruce Rauner is dangerous. I still believe that. I hope the Governor-Elect was just “playing to the base” in the primary with some of the policies he wanted to enact. I hope he is a more pragmatic leader than what he let on.
Biggest loser- Barack Obama. He was nationally embarrassed by losing in his own home state as well as being treated as though he had leprosy by many of his Democrat Party’s political candidates.
Biggest winner- Lisa Madigan. The “cloak of power” is now being shifted from Mike to Lisa. Quinn is out of the way now. The Illinois Democrat Party knows that they need the ever-popular Lisa now more than ever. If she had run in the Primary against Quinn, Quinn would not have survived her. If she had run against Rauner, we would still have a Democrat governor in Illinois and Obama would not have to walk around in public today with a paper bag over his head. All of King Obama’s horses and all of his men ( (First Lady Michelle, Hillary, Bill Clinton, King Barack himself, etc.) could not put Humpty Dumpty Quinn back together again in Illinois. Quinn was destined to be an omelet right from the start of his re-election campaign. The GOP owes a big “Thank you” to Lisa.
Durkin, of course. But Team Sleep is right, Radogno shouldn’t get a pass. Jacobs was easy pickings. A good candidate against Manar and some better spending decisions and she could have picked up three seats. They wasted at least 125k going after Cunningham and got hammered. That’s not a ton of cash, but if they spent that against Claiborne (who was the subject of some tough reporting by the BND,) they would have taken down the Senate majority leader.
Lisa Madigan She couldn’t run for Governor this time. Her next chance will be to stare down a minimum of $30 Mill just to get into the race.
And I don’t see her sticking around 8 years to be Governor. I think that ship has sailed.
- From the 'Dale to HP - Wednesday, Nov 5, 14 @ 1:14 pm:
Quinn - Obvious
Political parties - voters are mad, parties aren’t responding. Somethings gotta give at some point right? Third wave midterm election in a row. And progressive ballot measures did pretty well but voters want GOP representation. Good luck figuring this out.
State GOP - Okay so Rauner won and then what? I guess you can chalk up Dold too, but within the state, has to be a somewhat disappointing day once you get beyond the Rauner wins headline.
Rahm? - Are the Chicago voters who stayed home really upset and can’t wait to go out and vote for not-Rahm? Or are they apathetic?
- And I Approved This Message - Wednesday, Nov 5, 14 @ 1:16 pm:
Oberweis - Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. How can we miss you if you won’t go away.
Durkin - Not even one??
Quinnocchio - Likely no room in the new administration for a balding, hairy-legged puppet. But thanks for the memories.
- Robert the Bruce - Wednesday, Nov 5, 14 @ 1:16 pm:
2) Obama. He is in for a rough two years of investigations.
3) Tea Party (I think). Maybe it was just Illinois, but it seemed like once again, the more moderate the republican nominee, the more likely a republican victory. Not sure if this was true nationwide; I believe Iowa Sen winner was a tea partier.
- Ship Has Sailed - Wednesday, Nov 5, 14 @ 1:19 pm:
Unions- The threats turned out to be rather toothless.
Travel agents- Tax increase,pension reform and budget fights threaten our summers. Just like back in the Blago days.
The idea of statesmanship- After a vicious campaign that got about as ugly as it could go claiming his challenger beats women and kills babies and grandma our governor pouts in defeat instead recognizing that the will of the people is the law of the land. Classless.
Public Education - It’ll be more failed charter schools pushed out.
Government Employees between 40 and 60 - Too old to get another career and start earning social security and too young to count on a pension.
Democrats - You can’t be the party of we’re bad, but the other guy is worse. If you don’t stand for something, you’re not going to succeed. Quinn and Obama both had accomplishments and the Democratic candidates ran from them. Quinn made a big mistake going after the union teachers who carried him in 2010.
Harry Truman once said, “When given a choice between a Republican and a Democrat that acts like a Republican, voters will inevitably choose the Republican.” There’s a lot of wisdom there.
1. Judy Barr Topinka. Not that she had much of a future beyond her own office, but barely beating a very weak opponent cements the fact that she’s reached her limit.
2. Ron Sandack. If Rauner loses, Ron has a clear path to the Governor’s office in four years. Instead, he’s going to be forced to vote for multiple tax increases and even then, Rauner is still likely to run for a second term. Ron went from having one of the brightest stars in the GOP field to a guy who will likely face strong challengers in both the primary and general just to keep his own seat. Both Dan Proft and the Speaker are going to be after him.
3. Joe Berrios. People will tolerate antics when you run an organization that puts up numbers, but the numbers he put up were terrible.
1. Illinois citizens. Choosing between 2 mediocre candidates for governor was a no-win for all of us.
2. Sheila Simon. Running against Topinka was political suicide, and she can’t live on her Dad’s name any more.
3. Lisa Madigan. Her Dad will never retire, so her chance of being governor may never come. On the other hand, if Durbin or Kirk ever retire, she’ll make a good U.S. Senate candidate.
- Kasich Walker, Jr. - Wednesday, Nov 5, 14 @ 1:55 pm:
I agree with Conor Friedersdorf of the Atlantic who wrote that Marijuana Prohibitionists were big losers. Even in Florida, medical marijuana received 58% of the vote, though it needed 60% to amend their state constitution to allow it.
DC and Oregon are now legal. Alaska was legal, but now it can also be bought and sold legally.
1 Unions- that wasted a huge amount of money on Chad Grimm. Maybe if they went with the Governor they could have pulled it off. Big mistake.
2 Pollsters- they have proven themselves to be to a joke all across the country. From the IL Gov race, to the VA Gov race and across our nation, they need to learn how to actually predict results, because right now, they can’t.
Durkin, and to a lesser extent Radogno, should have done much better. But I don’t think they controlled spending this year they way leaders have in the past. Rauner bankrolled the state party and I assume his folks made many of the decisions on GA spending. Remember Rich’s report about negative mail dropping in Chicago against Cassidy and Mitchell? No way Durkin made that call. And I could be wrong, but I don’t think Radogno is delusional enough to think she could take down Cunningham and the 19th Ward. Rauner wanted a candidate in that race to help drive GOP turnout in the suburban sections of the district, though I’m not sure bashing Cunningham in the mail helped accomplish that. Still, when you have money to burn, you can afford to spend it recklessly.
AFSCME– A large number of Members and Retirees know what Quinn did to them, and no matter how much lipstick AFSCME put on Quinn they still voted against the Gov who threw State Workers and Retirees under the train. Now AFSCME has lost the trust of the Governors office as well as a large percentage of their membership.
The Republican Central Committee–They failed to make any gains in the House and Senate in a year they should have rode a strong wave. Rauner and JBT won on their own.
Progressives– Their agenda took massive hits across the country.
The unions took another punch to the gut last night when the election results began to come in. The unions are like my 70 year old Uncle Louie. Uncle Louie likes to think that he is the same strong guy that he was when he was only 35 years old. Nobody wants to hurt his feelings so we all go along with his delusion. The unions glory days have long faded away and each year they and Uncle Louie become far less formidable. Granted, I still wouldn’t want to get hit by Louie even at 70 years of age but his (and the unions) ability to intimidate, cajole, and influence the outcome of state and national elections (like yesterday’s) has declined enormously over the last decade.
Harry Reid should have been minority leader after both the 2010 and 2012 elections. The National GOP snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with Christine “I was a witch - now I’m not” O’Donnell in 2010 and Todd “ways to shut that whole thing down” Akin in 2012.
I didn’t get all of the question when Rich asked for 3 biggest and was thinking Illinois only so the other two are
1. Gun control. Nationally its off the table for at least the next two years. The flip of the US senate means that national right to carry reciprocity has a real chance of passing. The moms didn’t take a single seat in Illinois and are crowing about Durbin, Duckworth, Kelly and
Quigley being re-elected.
2. Blue Dog Dems. They were a lot of the ones taken out inthe national wave due to the President’s policies. just like when the repubs get pushed to far tot he right, this leaves the national party leaning more to the left. not good
Polls and pollsters, like in the primary most had numbers that didn’t resemble the actual votes. The polls would have had it be a lot closer. Sheila Simon, who picked the most universally liked Republican to run against and could have been successful in another race. Bruce Rauner, for spending millions to get one of the worst jobs in the state instead of retiring and doing whatever retired billionaires do.
Correct Amalia, the billionares spent a ton of money on that. But any notion of national gun control moving in the next congress is over. Reid can’t get votes now, and even if he could, it will not pass the House.
Fienstien’s hope of a semi-auto ban is gone. mag ban/restriction gone. National right o carry is on the table. AS a big issue in DC it’s over for the next two years at least.
They didn;t fair to well here in Illinois either. Yes a stragely worded non-binding referendum passed in Cook, it matters little. They lost the bully pulpit of the Governor’s mic. They didn’t unseat a single pro-gun legislator after we passed a carry law.
You are now left with Rahm, Toni and Anita to be the gun control cheer leaders in Illinois. All from one little corner of the state.
Considering the legislature looks pretty much like it did two days ago, I’m feeling ok about our chances.
Public Employees: If Rauner follows through with his promises then their standard of living is in drastic jeopardy. I don’t see how attacking a large group of middle class taxpayers and forcing them to take pay cuts will help the economy, but hey, I’m not a billionaire.
Todd, thank goodness you will not have to defend so much! then perhaps the NRA can stop, for example, as they did in Pennsylvania, siding against a bill to ban the eating of cat and dog meat and the shooting of pigeons.
Losers are the exact opposite of my winners - these are the partisan hacks in congress that care more about petty infighting than representing their district. They include Schneider, Enyart, and St. Sen Jacobs. Good Riddence.
The biggest losers?
1) The far right-wing of the GOP, which embraced a pro-choice and pro marriage equality gubernatorial candidate. Even Obe moved to the middle.
2)The GOP minority in the General Assembly because they can no longer be irresponsible. Their Governor will demand their votes on some revenue enhancements and some unpopular issues.
3) Durkin, who comes up with no wins in a wave election in which he enjoyed ample funding.
Amalia ! lets see piglets are dying from disease all over the country the climate in the western states are affecting produce and fruit and produce, the last winter had an adverse affect in Florida for fruit, I cant speak for Todd but I have a deer in the freezer all natural and gluten free !!! the loins and straps are great sautéed in butter and garlic , with American made Merlot
Democrats–two reasons…first, losing and second for failing to run in defense of and based upon the successes of the Obama administration. Deems were too afraid to counter the Rep narrative that Obama was a “failure” when in fact it has been the obstructionist Repubs and the wing nut Tparty that has logjamed progress. the nadir was Grimes refusing to say she voted for Obama! I stopped donating to her after that.
did I say you don’t eat venison? I hope you do and if so I’m convinced you understand shooting sports, and if you’ve been blessed to travel to third world countries or been in the military at any given time you would love cat or dog, I was at one time ecstatic with forest monkey…
1. IEA/IFT: leadership that brought SB1 and SB7, wasted valuable dues money the past 10 years for a “seat at the table,” should be replaced immediately.
2. Illinois Conservatives: Rauner is going to be more moderate than you’d like. Deal with it, it’s how stuff gets done.
3. Governor Rauner: remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said to Harry Truman when he took the oath of office after FDR’s death: “Mrs. Roosevelt, is there anything I can do for you?” “I should be asking you that, Mr. Truman, for your the one in trouble now.”