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What a difference a few years make

Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017

* Quad City Times, October 26, 2014

Bruce Rauner’s candidacy makes some Illinoisans nervous. The prospect of him in the governor’s mansion leaves some long-time Springfield power brokers absolutely apoplectic.

To which we reply: Good.

Illinois requires the kind of shake up Rauner promises. Reform the state’s awful, unfair education funding formulas. Slash the number of redundant local governments and departments. Revive redistricting reform trashed by House Speaker Michael Madigan. Cut spending. Raise some taxes.

It will be ugly, but no uglier than the cabal that has dragged Illinois deeper in debt and despair. The Democrat legislative stronghold led by Madigan has failed to not only deliver for Illinoisans. They’ve let down Democrats, beginning with Gov. Pat Quinn. […]

Rauner prevails as a promising alternative because of his focus on growth and education reform and an eagerness to initiate tough cuts and targeted revenue hikes needed to curb Illinois’ descent.

We give Pat Quinn our thanks for a lifetime of reforms that still couldn’t sway his own party’s bosses. We give Rauner our support to shake up Illinois and free the state from crony politics that stymied even the renowned reformer.

* Quad City Times, today

“… I am not in charge. I’m trying to get to be in charge,” Rauner cracked, while listing a slew of legislative reforms he’s wanted since before taking office.

Just take that quote in for a second. What Rauner intended as a partisan shot at broken politics spearheaded by Madigan’s Democrats was, instead, an admission that he, a sitting governor, was a lame duck. […]

On Monday, Rauner admitted that he’s powerless in a state that needs reform as much as any other. Make no mistake, statements such as these will make their way into black-and-white Democratic television ads paid for by the likes of J.B. Pritzker for Governor.

Rauner took office in 2015 with plenty of promise. The new governor had, on many counts, correctly identified that which plagues Illinois. But, almost immediately, he took it too far. Full of hubris, he targeted unions from day one. He amassed a huge war chest and hung it like an ax over the heads of Republicans in the General Assembly. He played incessantly to rural parochialism and anti-Chicago sentiment.

The miscalculations have piled up and rendered Rauner completely ineffectual.

And, apparently, even Rauner himself seems to know it.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 11:45 am:


  2. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 11:46 am:

    ===The miscalculations have piled up and rendered Rauner completely ineffectual.

    And, apparently, even Rauner himself seems to know it.===

    Pointed, pithy, powerful… and seemingly too true.

  3. - Frank Grimes - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 11:47 am:

    That’s pretty good. Mike Madigan and the Bruce Rauner he controls.

  4. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 11:49 am:

    That is suitable for printing, and reprinting.

  5. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 11:51 am:

    This is even before voters will be reminded of those small budget bills that he vetoed - domestic violence prevention. Failed governor.

  6. - illini97 - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 11:52 am:

    Here we go. When the editorial boards start turning on him en masse; I’m not sure who is left to carry water for him anymore.

    Add in Ives pulling the Tea Party away from him and the prospect that his Democratic opponent may have more cash than him and he’s in a bad position. Throw in a retread campaign of “Because Madigan” and “Shakin’ Up Springfield” and he’s done for.

    Oh well, he’ll have more time to ride that Harley.

  7. - Measurably Better Off - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 11:56 am:

    =Slash the number of redundant local governments and departments. Revive redistricting reform trashed by House Speaker Michael Madigan. Cut spending. Raise some taxes.=

    I don’t recall the Governor ever supporting ANY of these actual reforms in his actions after he was elected. In fact, he has even opposed the cutting of spending and raising any taxes, which would have left the state measurably better off. What on earth happened?

  8. - Norseman - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:07 pm:

    That’s gonna hurt.

  9. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:09 pm:

    Nice of them to admit the obvious two years too late, but I’d bet dollars to donuts their owners and managing editor will still come up with some reason for them to endorse Rauner over Kennedy/Pritzker/Biss next fall. Same for the other Illinois papers, other than the S-T (unless Ferro buys it again just in time)

  10. - How Ironic - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:10 pm:

    Well, they didn’t ask him to resign so basically it’s an ‘Up Day’ for the Gov.

  11. - Anon221 - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:12 pm:

    What the QC Times Editorial Board wanted and what they got:

    Reform the state’s awful, unfair education funding formulas. GOAL- but Andy Manar scored that one with bi-partisan hard work. Rauner just claimed the credit.

    Slash the number of redundant local governments and departments. Handed Off and Dropped the Baton-To Evelyn. Hasn’t been able to starve them out yet.

    Revive redistricting reform trashed by House Speaker Michael Madigan. TBD- Rauner’s planning to keep sittin’ on the sidelines because he’s not in charge, practicin’ clickin’ his heels while he waits for his “win” in the General so he can re-map in 2020.

    Cut spending. GOAL- if you look at the social service and higher ed net destruction as cutting spending. FAIL-if you look at the massive bill backlog as a result of the impasse. He also spent a LOT on the SuperStar lineup because, well, they were/are SuperStars, do cha know.

    Raise some taxes. GOAL- because of the hostage taking, Rauner did achieve raising taxes. Even property taxes are going up in parts of the state to repair the damage done because of his failure to budget.

    Yep, Rauner is winnin’ .

  12. - don the legend - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:13 pm:

    Each of these recent “turnarounds” by editorial boards is good news no matter how late their discovery.

    It takes some of us a lot of time to admit we’re wrong when we’ve been so deeply invested in someone for three plus years.

  13. - Newsclown - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:32 pm:

    The turn-around of the Editorial Boards is overdue and welcome, yet… does it really matter, in an era where 90 percent of voters only get their political intelligence from TV news blurbs, Tv ads, and radio ads, plus facebook mentions?
    You saw Blago demonstrate that against Topinka (GRHS). You saw Rauner do it to Quinn. How are newspapers relevant in that environment?

  14. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:37 pm:

    Excellent op-ed piece. Rauner has shown that his goal is to get Madigan, his allies and anyone who so much as opposed him out of power, and to bust up public employee unions, no matter what the cost to the state. Good leadership and tough politics are not mutually exclusive. Rauner could have still found ways to attack his opponents while governing with them.

    That’s the trick in politics, I believe—to balance governance with politics. Rauner is clearly not interested in this and thrives in waging war.

  15. - DarkHorse - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:38 pm:

    People generally say Ives has no chance in the primary, but if this kind of thing keeps up, why not? You could see Rauner imploding.

  16. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:44 pm:

    ===You saw Rauner do it to Quinn. How are newspapers relevant in that environment? ===

    Rauner got almost every newspaper endorsement in 2014, and he used that in his TV ads. Endorsements matter most when they’re used in TV ads.

  17. - Winnin’ - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:47 pm:

    Rauner is a whirling dervish.
    During the 2014 election, he demonized Madigan and Cullerton along with Quinn.
    Then, after winning election, he falsely said he placed a call to Cullerton and Madigan with a pledge to cooperate. His pledge was as phony as his phone call.
    Both Madigan and Cullerton pledged cooperation. Then, Rauner began an attack campaign against them ghat hasn’t let up.
    Now, he is a victim. Should he win re-election, we would see him extend a faux olive branch, only to pull it back.
    Rauner is a whirling dervish.

  18. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 12:58 pm:

    Bruce will know it’s over when he and the missus go to their elitist parties and begin to see people are showing them their back. That will be more crushing than anything else. Tut-tut.

  19. - Arsenal - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 1:01 pm:

    ==You saw Rauner do it to Quinn.==

    Rauner got a lot of mileage out of all but sweeping the EB endorsements in ‘14.

  20. - Juvenal - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 1:04 pm:

    Whelp, it is still early, but that’s gonna leave a mark.

  21. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 1:24 pm:

    I guess the fairy tale is over and the King realized that in fact he “has no clothes!!”

  22. - Honeybear - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 1:27 pm:

    I still don’t think Quad City Times “gets it”
    This might be useful in understand why.
    Just War Theory that I learned in 4 grad classes from
    Jean Bethke Elshtain
    For the political war Rauner proposed waging
    It could be argued that he met Jus ad Bellum criteria
    Proper authority. Yes
    Just Cause. Yes
    Probability of success. Yes (maybe)
    Proportionality. Yes (iffy)
    Last Resort. Yes

    But what immediately became apparent with the Turnaround agenda
    Was major violations in
    Jus in Bello - just means of prosecuting
    Distinction. No- Rauner did not distinguish between combatants and innocents.
    Proportionality. No- horrific indiscriminate destruction to vital services and functions, starving of resources and inactivity
    Political (instead of military) necessity No- never even sought 60/30, no compromise and blowing up deals
    Fair Treatment of Prisoners- Lol no -not even his own side, Rodogno, McCann, etc
    No Malum in se- here’s the biggest violations
    Use of uncontrollable weapons- yes economic warfare of impasse
    Making opponents fight their own side- yes
    Targeting of innocents- yes plus hostage taking
    And my beloved word

    Perfidy- Rauner lies to gain unfair advantage
    Every single day. He deceives and obfuscates
    “compassionate and competitive” was his slogan
    When have we ever seen compassion from him?

    So no……Quad cities……Rauner did not “miscalculate”
    And he was devastatingly effective at doing exactly what he intended to do from the beginning.
    But “because Perfidy” (my words)
    We could not have know that the political
    Jus ad bellum - Just War
    Of Republicans against Madigan
    Would be turned into
    A total and utter violation of
    Jus in bello-Just Means
    That is why Rauner must go
    That is why republicans must abandon him
    Or any one who proscecutes politics unjustly
    Quad City Times should rebuke Rauners means
    Of prosecuting what was arguably a just political position

    I also welcome Just War analysis of Madigan and the Dems.

  23. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 1:42 pm:

    “Slash the number of redundant local governments and departments.” and in the meantime created his new Department of Boongles, a.a.k. DoIT.

  24. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 2:27 pm:

    Did they focus group that Re-elect Gov. Impotent theme before rollin’ it out? I kind of doubt it.

    True weirdness.

  25. - Norseman - Wednesday, Dec 6, 17 @ 4:02 pm:

    === Did they focus group that Re-elect Gov. Impotent theme before rollin’ it out? ===

    I guess the Sgt. Schultz routine was ruled out.

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