I don’t think Ives can beat Rauner, but he isn’t doing himself any favors dismissing her. Make a statement welcoming her, say something nice and note where you disagree, move on. You just gave her ammo to raise money and mobilize support, and made it harder to get her supporters to come out for you in the general.
National Review is the most conservative publication in America and the fact they don’t like Governor Rauner is a negative in Illinois?
They would prefer a Governor Ted Cruz or Steve King. Illinois voters disagree. I don’t think I have ever seen a week with more liberals quoting the National Review, as if they agree on any position they have ever taken. LOL!
Rauner (or at least his PR team) knows he is a loose cannon when forced off script in a debate. All he knows how to do is reiterate his talking points. He’s gotten away with that do far … but a debate opponent who can think on their feet would make cole slaw out of him.
==Ives isn’t a credible candidate, so ignoring her would be a great strategy.==
This is completely untrue, as is referring to her as a “fringe” candidate. I know a lot of you don’t like hearing it, but Ives’ form of conservatism (and the extreme right-wing views that she holds) IS today’s Republican party. This is no longer the party of George Bush and Mitt Romney. The Trump/Bannon/Ted Cruz republicans have all but pushed the Jeff Flake/Rauner/Charlie Dent republicans out the door. Anywhere else in the country Rauner would be the fringe candidate in a republican primary - not Ives. Illinois may still be an outlier come March, but it’d still be unwise to underestimate the level of conservatism among republican primary voters. If she raises some national money and hires good social media people, I bet this race is a whole lot closer than any of you guys think it will be.
Love to see a debate. Ives circling Bruce, she yammering, jabbing, punching, all the while in a fierce countenance tilting toward her dazed, flat footed opponent; punching, jabbing, yelling “What’s My Name? What’s My Name”. lol
I look forward to Rauner going door to door to explain that the National Journal is a conservative publication and it’s actually a good thing for the National Journal to declare him the worst governor in America.
–I look forward to Rauner going door to door to explain that the National Journal is a conservative publication and it’s actually a good thing for the National Journal to declare him the worst governor in America.–
To those who believe Ives has no chance, I present to you the 2016 Illinois Republican Primary results. You will notice that 68% of the vote went to candidates who have stated positions on lightening rod issues opposite of Bruce Rauner.
With Rauner’s shocking lack of accomplishments, total alienation of his base and not a single victory for his Chamber of Commerce crew. I ask who exactly is going to vote for this guy in the primary?