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Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

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*** UPDATE ***  Sen. McCarter deleted the tweet, but I just so happen to have a saved copy…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - JohnnyPyleDriver - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:44 am:

    hoo! i think it moved

  2. - illini - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:45 am:

    I am so proud of the eloquence and intelligence being demonstrated by my State Senator. /S

  3. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:45 am:

    I can’t figure it out. Is every elected republican high, or just insane?

  4. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:46 am:

    Must have just come out of a meeting with Goldberg.

  5. - Honeybear - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    Wow, that’s offensive and disturbing on several levels. Honestly, what alternately reality do these folks live in. Idealization of the good old days is getting to be a dangerous affirmation of an oppressive cultural hegemony.

  6. - Grand Avenue - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    Bend Over Tax would be good messaging but he twisted his analogy - he is saying getting spanked can be good for the kid. So then we should be supporting the Bend Over Tax as something painful butt beneficial in the long run.

  7. - WhoKnew - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:51 am:

    - Grand Avenue -

    I thought it, but you said it better!

  8. - RIJ - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:53 am:

    As a one-time college English instructor, I would require him to revise his thesis. Whatever it is, it should state what he wishes to say clearly and concisely.

    Or he needs to sober up before he tweets. ;)

  9. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:53 am:

    And yet, the people in his district think he is a player in Springfield and will keep sending him here. They get what they deserve.

  10. - AC - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    I can’t figure out the message. In this analogy, is a tax increase the punishment we deserve? Is opposing the tax a childish response to punishment? Does he oppose both spanking and tax increases or neither?

  11. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    Looks like something out of the Monty Python Hungarian Phrasebook sketch.

    “My hovercraft is full of eels!”

  12. - hockey fan - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    Weirdness aside:

    Every single one of you who is claiming that the legislature needs to “reject” tax increases is actually calling for further cuts to healthcare, education, housing, state police, prisons, roads, clean air and water and defaulting on state employee pension payments.

    The math is indisputable.

    There are no alternative facts. There is not enough state revenue to support the state’s needs.

    Stop pretending that voting no is an option, you’re just talking nonsense.

  13. - Stones - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 10:59 am:

    Someone has been dipping into the medical marijuana.

  14. - Old Shepherd - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:01 am:

    Is the “Bend Over Tax” related to the “Pole Tax”? I’m confused.

  15. - Amalia - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:02 am:

    just because the Republican President tweets during the evening does not mean you should, Kyle. this Tweet storm is a true disaster of communications!

  16. - Miss Marie - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:02 am:

    I do appreciate the hard work and tireless effort that the senators put in the compromised packet of bills. And I also appreciated the eloquence Leaders Radogno and Cullerton spoke with just a few minutes ago.

    And then there’s McCarter…

  17. - Ahoy! - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:05 am:

    Anybody heard the guy who does Zapp Brannigan reading Trumps tweets? Maybe we could do the same thing here, it might make more sense.

  18. - ash - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:05 am:

    Why didn’t he ever refer to the turnaround (and grab your ankles) agenda?

  19. - Politix - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:06 am:

    Kyle: Delete your account.

  20. - Magic Dragon - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:13 am:

    Frank Watson would be so proud!

  21. - AlfondoGonz - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:14 am:

    Seems Sen. McCarter is pleased to prove himself incapable of carrying himself in a way befitting of a public official.

    It’s the one thing I don’t understand about people on social media; we all say dumb things in person; sometimes we can’t find the words, sometimes things slip past our personal censors, sometimes we have failed to read the specific crowd; but the insulation of social media is that you get to review before you post.

    He had this thought, jumbled it in that way, considered it clever and effective, and posted it.


  22. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:15 am:

    Kyle. Think it through before you consider messaging. Then, don’t message.

  23. - PublicServant - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:16 am:

    Maybe, when he was spanked, he fell and hit his head?

  24. - Mongo - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:17 am:

    Is McCarty familiar with professional domestic disciplinarians, also known as certified spankers? See

  25. - CEA - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:17 am:

    Whip me! Beat me! Make me accept a modest tax increase as part of a broad structural budget reform!

  26. - Anon - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:29 am:

    The only reason we have a massive pension obligation is because the obvious and predictable obligations were ignored. The money was spent in ways that benefited taxpayers. Perhaps the taxpayers, myself included, should accept our punishment for failing to insist that we pay enough to meet our obligations.

  27. - Delimma - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:29 am:

    Oops Anon at 11:29 was me (if anyone cares).

  28. - Casual observer - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:33 am:

    Someone should invent a BAIID device for smartphones. “Breathe here before the send button is enabled”. I think it could save a lot of relationships and embarrassment. This is a case in point.

  29. - Doofman - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:34 am:

    And here I was expecting to see a man with a tape recorder up his brother’s nose…

  30. - Mama - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:36 am:

    What on earth is “Bend Over Tax!”, and what does it have to do with being spanked as a kid?

    I’ve seeing God awful pictures of so called “spanked kids”. Trust me, you do not go back to that. There are to many adults who have no control over stopping with one little spank.

  31. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:36 am:

    I reread that twice. Still not sure what he’s saying. On the one hand he seems to be saying getting spanked was good for him (maybe they should have done it more). On the other, we should reject the “Bend over tax?” But like his spanking, the bend over tax (which one is that?) is also good for him.

    Is that what he meant? Huh?

  32. - Huh? - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:40 am:

    I wish I got a $1 for every time I got spanked. I would be rich and retired.

  33. - Tommydanger - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:44 am:

    In the old days, you would try out your attempts at humor on your friends, coworkers or family before you trotted it out at a party or larger social gathering. Groans or silence was good feed back to retire or not repeat the humor to a bigger crowd, thus saving yourself the embarrassment or the need to apologize for offending.

    Nowadays, you try it out instantaneously to a worldwide audience. Too bad.

    Oh, for the good old days.

  34. - Gooner - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:44 am:

    Ron Sandack no longer has the most embarrassing Twitter history among current or former Illinois politicians.

  35. - Saluki - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 11:50 am:

    Lay off the Manhattans Senator…

  36. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 12:07 pm:

    Tommydanger. Bam, you got it absolutely right. Today, no filter, or no thought there should be one. Anything goes… such thing as bad press (or bad ‘jokes), if someone offended, so what?!…whattaya gonna do to me??

  37. - Jocko - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 12:15 pm:

    Did Kyle call his doctor? I think he suffered a brain hemorrhage.

    Does his “Reject Bend Over Tax” suggest it’s being given for an illegitimate reason or administered in hate?

  38. - AlfondoGonz - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 12:16 pm:

    To the update:


  39. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 12:19 pm:

    Awfully early to be drunk tweeting

  40. - illini - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 12:34 pm:

    Rich, thank you for saving this gem for posterity.

  41. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 12:37 pm:

    Get spanked after you “bow down to Trump,” nice.

  42. - Winnin' - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 12:40 pm:

    What else would you expect from the Pat Robertson of the Illinois Senate?

  43. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 12:55 pm:

    FakeSenMcCarter - People pay good money for…. never mind #FiftyShadesOfTwitterMistskes

  44. - Conn Smythe - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 1:30 pm:

    That seems like a DM error. Always a good reminder that twitter is live ammo.

  45. - GOPgal - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 2:19 pm:

    If he’s not having Skype sex with a young foreign woman, we call that progress in the IL GOP. Leave him alone.

  46. - Cubs in '16 - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 2:39 pm:

    Twitter–the e-version of alcohol.

  47. - DownStateGrl - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 4:05 pm:

    I would lay off the drug-related jokes with this one… regardless of how nonsensical and poorly chosen the tweet was. Just my two cents.

  48. - RIJ - Thursday, Jan 26, 17 @ 5:24 pm:

    DownStateGrl - perhaps he was merely having a mini-stroke?

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