Governing is a “We” thing, not a “I don’t lose” thing.
What has concerned me for a long time is this idea Rauner has that “winning” for his own sake will leave others in his wake;
The GOP Caucuses and the bipartisan PAC
Unwavering stances that lead to gridlock
Unconstitutional moves for spite
Unrealistic budget premises that ignore obvious compromises
The refusal to cut bait and fight another day
These have a possibility of not a governor who is strong or strong-willed, but a governor willing to cut his nose to spite his State, because of a need to win.
Up to the Rauner Crew to be fiercely loyal up to the line of politically ignorant to the situation(s)
Erickson’s column this weekend about legislators who ascended to office via appointment left out a key detail…senators who are appointed early in a four year term have to run for election mid-term to complete the unexpired vacancy. No one serves a full, four-year senate term via appointment. The narrative sounds better without that detail.
“I never make mistakes. I thought I did once, but I was wrong.”
- Grandson of Man - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 10:23 am:
It’s easy for Rauner to say that while his nursing home company is pursuing bankruptcy. I can see how someone like Rauner has an attitude like this. After all, how have the GTCR principals fared income-wise, after the brutal failure of the nursing home company? Making $90 million in two years can make one feel virtually invincible.
Plus, Rauner never faced the likes of Madigan. Madigan loses the individual battles from time to time, but he rarely loses the war, as he’s held onto his supermajority.
=These have a possibility of not a governor who is strong or strong-willed, but a governor willing to cut his nose to spite his State, because of a need to win.=
Wow,OW, you really know nothing about the guy and people who come from his path to success, do you?
The guy is a deal maker. He knows when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em. Sure, he’s got a big ego, but it’s unlikely you achieve what he has without knowing when to fight, when to bluff…and when to RUN! He and MJM are cut from the same cloth…make a deal, gain power, gain wealth and influence.
I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised…provided your willing to accept some reform of union rules and stopping the ravaging of the state budget by the SEIU and patronage interests.
I think the honorable Rich Miller needs to stop drinking, and eat healthier.. 2015 is going to be SO MUCH FUN, we will need CFax up and running every day to keep us informed as only Mr. Rich can do..Cause we all know we can not depend on the Chicago Tribune!!!!!!!!
Correction: “I’m a competitive guy. My money and I don’t lose.”
- Yellow Dog Democrat - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 11:54 am:
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
- Bill Gates
Illinois has a way of humbling its elected leaders.
- paddyrollingstone - Monday, Dec 22, 14 @ 11:57 am:
Whenever I hear someone speak like that (”I never lose”) I shudder to think that people are actually related to, are friends with, or, God forbid, are married to the type of person who would say something like that. I mean, I think I said similar things when I was 12 or so but I eventually grew up.
Just reinforces my fear Rauner thinks he can just be the State’s CEO and accomplish his objectives by just ordering them to happen. He may be a deal maker, but it appears he’s been used to making the deals on HIS terms with dependent or subserviant partners.
You don’t get hit by the object you see coming. It is your concentration on that object that prevents you from considering altering your sight to other moving objects.
Many of you have whipped yourselves up into a frenzy over the perception of what you think he’s going to do and how he might do it based on your interpretation of what he’s said or done in your sphere of attention. Is it not possible other things are going on that you aren’t privy to? I say it is.
===Many of you have whipped yourselves up into a frenzy over the perception of what you think he’s going to do and how he might do it based on your interpretation of what he’s said or done in your sphere of attention. ===
If Rauner says he may have to shut down government, we ignore that?
If Rauner says he wants to work with MJM and Cullerton, we believe that?
If Rauner says MJM and Cullerton are part of 100 years of combined corruption, we ignore that?
If Rauner says he can increase education spending, we believe that?
If Rauner says we need to have up to 30% cuts in Higher Education, we ignore that?
Will there be a signal or indicator what to believe and what not to believe?
That quote appears out of context. Bernie Schoenburg’s Sunday column had the same quote, but also reported the new Gov. saying: “I ain’t perfect. I fail sometimes, but you know what? In the long run, I don’t fail. We’re gonna figure it out. We’re gonna get it right.” While not steeped in humility (what Gov is?), the out of context quote does not seem to fairly convey Rauner’s message at that event.
===Is it not possible other things are going on that you aren’t privy to? I say it is.===
So, - A Guy -, you are privy to these and all answers, since you first tell us there are things going on we’re not privy to, but you have no problem answering yes or no to most of the questions of comprehension including;
Rauner may shut down government.
MJM and Cullerton ARE part of 100 years of career corruption.
Rauner will increase education funding and not cut, even up to 30% Higher Education.
Don’t play the “babe in the woods”, you’re inside, and clarifying for the Press Crew
There should be some interesting exchanges between Bruce Rauner and MJM in the future. I am sure that he and his staff have duly noted this statement and have already formed up battle lines. Rauner will soon find out that you have to work with MJM and not against him to get anything done. Mr Madigan could also say I don’t lose because in the past he hasn’t. This ought to be fun.
Let’s see what he does. I remain hopeful, accepting the harsh realities we face.
Experience has(sadly)taught us to ignore much of what campaigns say about their candidates’ positions.
Can Rauner both increase and decrease education spending by the state? No. Can Rauner pull off both legislative term limits and property tax freezes? No. Can Rauner make it thru this fiscal year without the kinds of borrowing and funds transfers that he so seriously attacked? No.
All old news.
We can easily criticize any broken promises from his campaign when the time comes to compare them to his actions, and that’s true of most politicians.
Let’s save our serious comments and criticisms for his actions as they occur.
“Experience has(sadly)taught us to ignore much of what campaigns say about their candidates’ positions.”
Actually, most poli sci research shows that elected officials, especially in executive offices, try very hard to keep their campaign promises. You have to remember that they’re surrounded by very big networks of people who believe very sincerely in their campaign promises…
“Can Rauner both increase and decrease education spending by the state? No. Can Rauner pull off both legislative term limits and property tax freezes? No. Can Rauner make it thru this fiscal year without the kinds of borrowing and funds transfers that he so seriously attacked? No.
All old news.”
That he promised impossibilities is not “old news” before he’s even sworn in, and even if it were, it would still be very, very relevant.