Try to answer this question, without hitting the google:
When was the last time Pat Quinn did not run in a four-year statewide election cycle?
Hint: Think Reagan Administration.
Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, and Pat Quinn’s gotta run statewide. It’s in his nature.
Unlike most politicians, the dude ain’t afraid to lose, and he won the Big One, once, in a historic GOP wave year.
Given that improbable victory, there’s no way anyone could ever convince him not to give it another shot. It’s not like anyone ever asked him to take a shot. He’s the proverbial Nobody Nobody Sent.
When I’m wearing my tinfoil hat, I’m convinced that Durbin came out so early to clear the field for Duckworth to keep Quinn from scratching that itch.
The temptation to take on Kirk in a presidential year must have been fierce.
And I think Quinn would be an excellent senator. Working-class, civil rights and veterans champion, beating the stuff out of the Big Money cheap hustlers and the right-wing knuckle-draggers… and no administrative responsibilities.
The day after he formally announced his 2012 presidential campaign, Newt Gingrich gave the commencement address at Eureka College. His speech had ZERO politics in it. He saved that for the gaggle after the ceremony.
I disagree with a lot of Newt’s policies, but I gained a lot of respect for the man because he kept his own agenda out of a speech meant for those graduating seniors. I wish the former governor had practiced the same restraint for this class.
- Four and a half - Thursday, Apr 28, 16 @ 2:59 pm:
As a Democrat, I have a terrible fear of Quinn become the nominee in 2018 by default. I know all the party honchos are focused on the election this year, but 2018 is going to be more important (last Guv election before a remap.) Given the amount of financial resources that have to be spent in the Rauner era, it might be smart for Madigan, Cullerton, labor, et al, to try to agree on a consensus candidate. That’s probably too much to hope for, but it’s the best way to avoid being stuck with Quinn again.
I can’t imagine anything Quinn could say or do that wouod get him back into public office. But so what? He wants to give some speeches, rally the faithful, let him. He’s not hurting anyone, and he’s not getting that brick off his political career, either.
Quinn was a terrible governor. Yet, I think he did more of the things Rauner said he would do–took on AFSCME, pension reform, work comp reform, took the arrows over the tax increase and argued to have it continue, balance the state budget, catch up late payments, made the pension payment, cut human services. It scares me to even acknowledge his accomplishments for fear he will want to run again.
Now there’s a way to make sure Rauner is reelected, run someone with the last name Madigan. Quinn would win in a walk if he made it through the primary. I personally know dozens of Rauner voters saying, “I wish I would have voted for Quinn.” That is why I think Quinn would be the most likely person to beat Rauner, voters’ remorse. To the post, Pat Quinn is just doing what ex-office holders do. Rehab tour? Meh, minus the governor’s who went to jail, aren’t most former statewide office holders still relatively public figures?