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Rate the new ILGOP ad: “Drop the Mike”

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 - Posted by Rich Miller

* From the ILGOP

After House Democrats ignored the will of the people by electing Mike Madigan to a 17th term as Speaker, it’s clear the only way we will stop the Madigan Machine is by ousting the politicians that give Madigan his power.

This means taking the case directly to the voters.

That’s why today, the Illinois Republican Party is launching the first phase of its “Drop the Mike” campaign, highlighting how Madigan and his prospective Gubernatorial candidates are working for the Chicago machine and against the people.

Watch the ad here.

And sign the petition at

The Madigan Machine is running on borrowed time.

* Rate the ad


  1. - fan - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:34 am:

    Interesting that Andy Manar is there with he rich guys…I guess they are most worried about a popular downstater.

  2. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:38 am:

    Raunerites… Raunerbots…

    Do not tell me there’s a want by Bruce Rauner and/or his Crew to get to governing this state.

    It’s January 31st.

    We’ve gone 18 months, budget-less.

    Rauner has held hostage, purposely, this state because Rauner can’t find 60 and 30 for an Agenda… and all the while destroying social services as a “reward” for “staying strong”

    The state is facing a Strike. The governor’s legal counsel is asking another constitutional officer to possibly ignore court orders.

    A state university wrote a letter that they will be open for a whole school year. That same university was ignoring mowing it’s grass.

    Over $750 million of funding never made it to the U of I system.

    And this ad is what Raunerites and Raunerbots think will help?

    Do not tell me Rauner cares about Illinois.

    Rauner cares about not being blamed for the destruction he craves and that The Ounce can continue to exist as Diana signs off on checks to continue the politics of destroying social services.

    That’s it. These games are not the signals of an honest broker. Today. January 31st. No way.

  3. - Mama - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:39 am:

    Rauner’s ads are bullish and sickening. Ewww…

  4. - dr. reason a, goodwin - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:40 am:


  5. - 340 E Randolph - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:42 am:

    Is Rauner that oblivious to see that the a large portion of this state is in revolt against the leader of Rauner’s party?
    Right now, no one cares about Madigan, they care about opposing Trump in Chicago. Rubber trying to distract the fact that he had the same R next to his name as Trump will not work. No one cares.
    Madigan is a hero because he doesn’t support Trump’s actions. Rauner does.
    Rauner is a coward. His days are numbered. That’s a good thing.
    Bye bye Brucey.

  6. - Stark - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:42 am:

    The worst political advertisement of 2017. Period.

  7. - Hit or Miss - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:43 am:

    I rate the ad as poor. If we ‘drop the Mike’ then what? The ad should have stated what the better replacement is or will be. Who will replace Mike and what will he/she do that is better for Illinois?

  8. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:44 am:


    Not going to disagree with a word. But… ILGOP is way better at marketing than ILDEM. Period. ILDEMs are content with the awful Hillary strategy of hoping people see the truth while ILGOP is shaping opinion.

  9. - AlfondoGonz - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:45 am:

    I’m embarrassed for the ILGOP for this one.

  10. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:47 am:

    ===ILGOP is way better at marketing than ILDEM.===

    That’s true. But I will say 62.7% of that is by default since the ILDems refuse to even engage in any messaging, good or bad.

    You ain’t wrong. That I know.

  11. - Cheryl44 - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    It’s dull and short-sighted.

  12. - Rocky Rosi - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    Two words. SUPER WEAK

  13. - Bedlam - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    Somebody actually gave this the green light. There was a meeting. With, I would hope, reasonable people in the room and they said: Yes, this is our best option. And they likely said it with confidence. People felt good about their decision. May God have mercy on their souls.

  14. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:48 am:

    ===I’m embarrassed for the ILGOP for this one.===

    I love the poorly educated. -Donald Trump

  15. - Bobby Catalpa - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:49 am:

    Is this it? I mean, is this all the GOP has?

    The focus for the next two years is going to be solely on Madigan?

    Good god. How tiresome. This is when all that cash starts to backfire. In a year — maybe less — this is just noise.

    GOP — i.e., Rauner — better wise up and realize the enemy they know is probably better than the enemy they don’t.

  16. - A Jack - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:51 am:

    It’s good that the ILGOP has all this money since you will have to start paying Rauner’s employees out of your own pocket in 28 days. Lance and CK need their paychecks

  17. - Under Influenced... - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:51 am:


    Terrible ad. But HILARIOUS!

  18. - Suburban Hillbilly - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:53 am:

    In the old paradigm I would call this ad childish. But, in the Trump new world order who knows. There is a vacuum that the Gosper’s are filling.

  19. - Ratso Rizzo - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:53 am:

    The Madigan “rap” was definitely composed by rich, white dudes. Laughable at best.

  20. - Suburban Hillbilly - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:54 am:

    GOPer’s meant.

  21. - Land of Lincoln - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:55 am:

    Bad commercial. Statewide polling data must say something about Manar. Interesting.

  22. - Henry Francis - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    The ILGOP continues Its outreach efforts to serious people. If Quinnochio didn’t hook ya, Mike the rapper certainly will.

    Fan, also noted Manar there with JB and Kennedy. JB doesn’t have a ridiculous look on his face like the others, but he does seem to be highlighting his waistline more than the others. Stay classy ILGOP!

  23. - SportShz - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 10:58 am:

    Pretty much sums it up…

  24. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:00 am:

    CapFax readers and commenters are seemingly forgetting that we are a well-informed, generally well-educated super-minority.

  25. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:12 am:

    If it was my money, I’d like to see something other than a weak rip-off of what Jib-Jab did way better 17 years ago. You can get junior-high kids to do that for free after school.

  26. - NoGifts - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:21 am:

    Not authentic. Where’s the rap “language?” Why not hire a real rapper and do it right instead of a couple of white political consultants.

  27. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:23 am:

    Do not tell me the Speaker has moved one inch towards a bipartisan budget compromise.

    Do not tell me there’s a want by Speaker Madigan and/or his Crew to pass any badly needed reforms of state government or our business environment.

    It’s January 31st.

    We’ve gone 18 months, budget-less.

    Illinois has been in decline for over a decade. Democrats don’t want to change anything.

    Speaker Madigan admits in 2012 “most of us recognize the current state of Illinois pension systems are financially unsustainable. Everyone pretty much acknowledges that and that there has to be some kind of change.

    So I would simply ask everyone let’s not get swept up in the emotion of the minute, lets keep our focus and continue to try and educate ourselves on these issues and move towards good solid decisions as to how we can solve these problems.”

    I would say he has been AWOL for quite some time moving towards “good solid decisions” as to how we can solve the state’s problems.

    Saying no to everything is not an option any longer with the realities of divided government.

  28. - Tough Guy - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:27 am:

    It’s amazing the video productions junior high kids come up with these days./s

  29. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:27 am:

    - Lucky Pierre -

    Does Rauner have 60 votes in the House?

    He doesn’t, so your attempt to try to turn this looks weakly foolish to truth.

  30. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:34 am:

    The Rauner Machine is running on borrowed time- November 6, 2018. (fixed it)

  31. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:35 am:

    ===Do not tell me there’s a want by Speaker Madigan and/or his Crew to pass any badly needed reforms of state government or our business environment.===

    You know we’re talking about a budget, right?

    You’re again advocating the requirement, or holding hostage, budgetary agreement for “reforms” that can’t get 60 and 30.

    You have an uncanny knack at gutting your own arguments, lol

  32. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:37 am:

    Why is only the Senate on board with compromise and the realities of a divided government?

    Why did the Speaker and “everyone agree the current pension system is unsustainable in 2012″ and resist tooth an nail any attempt at reform going forward.

    Does he suddenly think the pension system is now sustainable?

    Are there 60 votes in the House that think the pension system is sustainable or are they all ostriches with their heads buried in the sand?

  33. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:39 am:

    ===Are there 60 votes in the House that think the pension system is sustainable or are they all ostriches with their heads buried in the sand?===

    If there were/are for a Raunerite proposal, Rauner never put them on stairs to embarrass Madigan.

    Why hasn’t/didn’t Rauner?

  34. - LIberty - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:39 am:

    It is a little more animated than Squeezy…

  35. - Sue - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:40 am:

    Randolph- your oerception is caused by your living in. Deep Blue State. I am not thrilled with the Trump 10 day performance but still rather have him in WH as opposed to HRC. The polling to date has more support for Trumps performance then your entry suggests. Rauner is not a Trumpster and what is going on with our budget and fiscal mess has ZERO to do with either Trump or national politics. Madigan may think blowing up the status quo in terms of employee pay will lead to a budget. In reality it will just punish a bunch of folks who need their pay since they don’t have cushy real estate tax practices or live high off the public trough

  36. - Enviro - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:40 am:

    This is blame shifting at its worst. Both Republicans and Democrats are responsible for Illinois’ financial problems.

  37. - Fallingwater - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:49 am:

    They can do better.

  38. - Deft Wing - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:55 am:

    Gawd awful … but possibly marginally effective. Even if it isn’t, that just means another anti-Madigan commercial will follow.

    Actually, more anti-Boss Madigan commercials will be coming under any circumstances. The last election settled nothing. Welcome to the non-stop campaign.

  39. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 11:56 am:

    OW the pension reform proposal is not a “Raunerite proposal ”

    It is Senator Cullerton’s .

    Why would it embarrass the Governor or the Speaker to call the Senate President’s and fellow democrat’s bill?

    Think on that for a minute

  40. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 12:14 pm:

    ===It is Senator Cullerton’s===

    Then Gov. Rauner, himself, actually has no pension proposal.

    Further, by vetoing the CPS bill, for “Sen. Cullerton’s proposal” not going fast enough, and personally as a governor hurting Chicago students, Rauner did so without any proposal of his own.

    ===Why would it embarrass the Governor or the Speaker to call the Senate President’s and fellow democrat’s bill?===

    Nothing to think on. Rauner can’t get 60.

    You’re telling me it IS Rauner’s, it’s Cullerton’s, it’s… LOL…

    Rauner still needs 60 for any proposal he supports, created, advocates…

    You know this.

    This is the second time I’ve pointed out the need for 60. Do not “forget” that again.

  41. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 12:24 pm:

    Did this add come before or after a couple of hours of playing Battlefield 1 in the basement?

  42. - A Jack - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 12:37 pm:

    As far as Cullerton’s pension proposal goes, something happened between the time it was first brought up several years before Rauner and now. There was a Supreme Court ruling about the Constitutionality of pension changes. At the time of ruling, even Cullerton said his proposal probably wouldn’t be constitutional.

    It’s only out there now to give Rauner a carrot, but will never pass the constitutional test. But hey, Illinois has plenty of time and money to waste on defending this in the courts.

  43. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 12:46 pm:

    =Does he suddenly think the pension system is now sustainable?=

    The pension system is actually sustainable. It has been in existence for over 90 years and will actually improve over time due to Tier 2 and continued regular payments by the state.

    No system is particularly stable when it isn’t properly supported. Financial or other wise.

    Had you said stable I would have agreed with you.

    Evidence supports its sustainability.

  44. - Publius - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 12:52 pm:

    Yes it is a bad ad but it is all the people are hearing so after a while they believe it. People need to hear the alternative message or the Dems are going to be creamed in 2018.

  45. - Dober Man - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 1:40 pm:

    As a former Republican Party precinct committeman and county chairman (very briefly), I have watched the Republic legislators of both chambers slowly but surely turn from members of at least nominally conservative ideals into minions for the robber-baron class.

  46. - Grand Avenue - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 2:03 pm:

    If it’s not on TV it doesn’t matter.

    I like that they got his Sout Side accent

  47. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 2:39 pm:

    JS Mill is it really sustainable if it requires 30% of state tax revenues as Moddy’s is predicting?

  48. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 2:43 pm:

    Finally, an example of cultural appropriation that demonstrates why it’s so wrong.

  49. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 2:51 pm:

    My seven year olds do better graphics.
    My nine year old is more original and creative.
    It’s so Y2K- era it’s more dated than The Blair Witch Project.

    Besides being incredibly dull.
    Whoever put this cluster online needs to retire.

  50. - OldIllini - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 3:09 pm:

    Trying to figure out why this ad is so awful and what to do about it, and then VanillaMan figured it out for me.

  51. - IllinoisBoi - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 3:27 pm:

    WORD: ads like this reek of desperation.

  52. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 3:34 pm:

    – ads like this reek of desperation.–

    Meh, I’d say it reeks of laziness. It’s an old concept, executed poorly.

  53. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 4:33 pm:

    Just listen to Proft and Walshs’ radio show. More of the same.

  54. - JDuc - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 4:46 pm:

    And do they think this is gonna bring us any closer to a budget resolution ?!?! Keep throwing gas on the fire and see how it plays out for ya……

  55. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 5:01 pm:

    I thought is was funny.

    But seriously how much did that cost?

    Wouldn’t it be more ethical to spend that money on a local Meals on Wheels provider?

    They could use that money more don’t ya think?

  56. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 31, 17 @ 6:58 pm:

    The will of the people was to elect Mike Madigan. Had it not been for Trump, the Republican party would had suffered massive losses.

    Rauner won’t turn out so rosy in the next election.

    Excuse my language…. pss poor campaign, sounds like a 2nd grader put it together… Proft right?

  57. - Newsclown - Wednesday, Feb 1, 17 @ 12:09 am:

    In a way, it doesn’t matter that the ad is a turkey. It’s a stand-in for something else. In a semiotics sense, what they’re doing is pointing to a barn-sized pile of money, lighting it on fire, and standing back, laughing, because they can afford to keep doing that. Over and over. They’re daring Madigan, trolling and taunting him to get him to commit all his resources to a spending game to counter their messaging. Shelling term bet on Rauner’s side is that he can play arsonist longer. For Madigan, the best option is not to play the same game, but find another way to the goal. As a guy that sometimes has to stop and consider if this is the week he can afford to go thru the car wash or wait for rain, it makes me laugh to see their media “burn rate”, and compare the return Rauner is getting from it. Rich people are not automatically smarter people. Or better people. They do what they think they can afford to do.

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