The Worst Republican Governor in America is now claiming he’s “not in charge” of the state he was elected to lead.
Bruce Rauner, the governor and chief executive of Illinois, made the baffling comments at a press conference earlier today. With a record of no accomplishments and countless crises, the failed governor seems intent on running a campaign of attack, blame, and divide while taking zero responsibility for the damage he’s done.
“The Worst Republican Governor in America is running for re-election on a bold strategy of claiming he hasn’t actually been in charge of the state he’s led for the past three years,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Rauner wants credit for imaginary successes, blames everyone else for his failures, and now readily admits he has done nothing to lead Illinois.”
* And Dan Proft tosses in his own two cents…
The buck stops somewhere else. I'll only shake up Springfield if Madigan lets me. Was that Rauner's value prop as a candidate? Feeble. https://t.co/OwSgaQLvMC
“Bruce Rauner’s reelection campaign is going in reverse and he’s getting desperate,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “Rauner already faces the impossible task of defending his failed record of higher debt and lower job growth. Now facing a primary challenge, Rauner has accepted help from extreme right-wing ideologues and supported Washington Republicans’ tax plan while desperately deflecting blame for his own failures. Rauner started the week as the nation’s most vulnerable incumbent and it seems like it’s only getting worse for him.”
*** UPDATE 2 *** Kennedy campaign…
Bruce Rauner is kicking off his re-election campaign by dodging the blame for failing to raise the minimum wage in our state, maintaining an unfair property tax system that burdens working families, and overseeing a two-year budget impasse that cut off social services to more than 1 million people in our state. The people of Illinois can’t afford to suffer through another term. We need to radically change the status quo and not only bring opportunity back to our state — but bring accountability back to the governor’s office.
I love it! The Republican Party in Illinois, or what’s left of it anyway, is cannibalizing itself. And the Cannibal in Chief is Dan Proft, the biggest “taker” from those who want to elect, wait for it…more Republicans!
Great piece by the Pritzker campaign, and tweets by Proft and Ives. That quote that Rauner is not in charge, that he’s an ineffective whiner, should be pretty damaging. Don’t Republicans and conservatives hate whiny victims?
- Occasionally Blocked By Rich - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 12:46 pm:
=Contrast Rauner’s “I am not in charge” with Trump’s “I’m the only one that matters.”=
Somewhere in between those two positions lies the co-equal branches of government thingy.
“Great piece by the Pritzker campaign, and tweets by Proft and Ives. That quote that Rauner is not in charge, that he’s an ineffective whiner, should be pretty damaging. Don’t Republicans and conservatives hate whiny victims?”
Republicans sure don’t seem to know what they’re for anymore. Maybe they, as a party, need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
- Probably Blocked By Rich - Monday, Dec 4, 17 @ 12:49 pm:
“I am not in charge”
Alexander Haig is rolling in his grave….
== I’m beginning to think Proft is in change ==
Proft is desperate to be in charge. He’s mad at Rauner because he didn’t put him in charge which means he’s not in charge. Owego is right again - Proft is for Proft.
May be wrong but I think Haig said (huffing) “as of now, I’m in charge here” (White House). The fact his voice was quaking didn’t settle the nerves of viewers. He said he’d run from another part of WH to get to Press Room.
Nobody wants to vote for someone who is weak. A leader would have come into office with a plan to work with Democrats. Why would someone vote for Rauner, another four years, when he didn’t work with them the first four?
Totally agree that short, powerful punches/uppercuts in a clinch do far more damage than long winded, poorly trajected haymakers. Bruce actually threw most of them at himself in this case. Another great job Bruce,
What a place we find ourselves in. One periodical is calling the Gov the “Worst Republican Governor in America”.
JB should be a bit careful. He might be the “Worst Democratic Candidate for Governor in a state where winning should be easy pickings”
Interesting to compare the choices of Ives and Harold in this election, and wonder what’s going through the latter’s mind right now. Harold essentially agreed to be a Rauner mouthpiece in exchange for his money; he promptly sells her out on an issue she deeply cares about (pro-life); and his comments like today’s make her decision look questionable. Ives, for all her faults, is doing one thing that’s needed and deserved: a primary challenge to this sitting governor. An interesting thought experiment: what would have happened if Harold, instead of Ives, had challenged Rauner - based on the conservative principles she appears to hold? Who - Ives or Harold - would be more likely to gain the votes of moderate GOP women who may be Rauner’s saving grace in the primary? Ives will likely lose; for Harold, it’s a lost opportunity to have been a national, conservative star - which is what she really wants. She’s got hangups about money, so was lured by Rauner’s cash. But that’s ok. She’ll probably land a very lucrative job in Rauner’s orbit after this is over and they both lose in November.
The only people saying Ives has no chance is those on the left. The republican commenters on Rauners page support Ives. So all you democrats need to find all these republicans that you claim don’t support Ives. And I’m a democrat btw.
I dunno. Not great, sure. But it’s there, and the Democrats may have a messy primary ending in a compromised nominee. Just saying, she’s probably not looking in the mirror wondering “What might have been” quite yet.
Jeez LP. You go on and on like a drone. It’s always “whataboutism” and victimhood with you. Maybe you can stay on topic for a half a second and have some sort of opinion on the Governor of a state saying he’s not in charge. You think you can manage to directly address something without your usual “blah, blah, blah, what about the Democrats” whining?
What he meant was he and his caucus will not work with the Governor.-
Lucky Pierre- nahh, I think Lang meant EXACTLY what he said “the Governor has to work with us”… look what happened with the budget and the education reform bill… democrats and republicans worked together/individuals compromised. The Governor needs to respect that each member of the General Assembly was elected to serve their respective districts.
I think we ALL have learned valuable lessons from Rauner, his All Stars and the Best Team In America - term limits are a bad idea. Institutional knowledge is key to governin’.
The biggest problem with modern education is the teachers union Morty. If they were treated and acted like adults like most professionals are, that would be one very progressive step toward education reform.
Sometimes when I reference an Easter Egg type reference it leaves more yoke on my face than what I may be trying to connect to the happening.
I looked at that Skyhook reference and while I may know why it works, I’m not making it too clear why it’s a point of reference for me.
So, I’ll explain this obscure reference, with my apology.
“In Harms Way” is a 1965 World War II film set in the South Pacific, starting on December 6, 1941, Pearl Harbor.
The Pacific Theatre war begins, and with it comes a stalling of victories for the US, due in part to a lack of decisive thinking and action to turn the tide that could lead to an American victory in the Pacific.
A plan was needed, the name of that plan was “Skyhook”
If Skyhook was executed perfectly, the tide in the Pacific would change and this plan would cripple the entrenched Japanese forces and lead an unstoppable march (albeit by a navy) towards Tokyo.
Seeing a sitting governor as the entrenched forces of the Japanese, a plan, that if executed perfectly, could defeat those entrenched forces and a final victory would be possible, winning the election.
Skyhook works, the United States blows the Pacific Theatre wide open, the beginnings of a possible US victory is now possible.
That’s the first plot point.
About a 1/4 of the film is this fear of “Skyhook in reverse”, that the Japanese could use the very same maneuver against the United States and it would allow the Japanese to again be right where they were before Skyhook.
Rauner, now the US forces, successful in using a well executed plan to defeat a sitting governor, faces the strong possibility of facing the same strategy he used from a challenger, given his own incumbency, and given that the same arguments Rauner used against Quinn can now “easily” transfer to Rauner, if a campaign executes the Rauner blueprint perfectly.
By copying the proven plan, the Rauner Plan, the “Skyhook”, I see that in Pritzker’s approach a few times now;
Bruce Rauner fails
The cataloging of pieces to one theme of Rauner
In many ways, I see “Skyhook in reverse” being the best blueprint to defeat Rauner, as Rauner’s “Skyhook” defeated Pat Quinn.
It’s beyond presumptuous for me to think my thoughts or ideas on this are being used by Pritzker’s Crew or even in the thoughts of any other campaign too. I’m approaching this exactly as an observer in real time to the happenings of what I’m seeing, not as someone suggesting these thoughts, in any way, are an accepted strategy.
So, I hope that makes clearer the reference. I recommend the movie, the novel too that the movie is based. It’s not a flag-waving, everyone is a hero type novel or film, lots of very flawed characters, but they both are worth your time.
I hope this helps. Now I’ll be cleaning the yoke off my face…===