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Pritzker campaign has some fun with “National Blame Someone Else Day”

Friday, Apr 13, 2018

* Background


National Blame Someone Else Day is always celebrated on the first Friday the 13th of the year.

The way to celebrate is self-explanatory in the name, and not much more needs to be said. If you do not want to blame someone, put the blame on something (remember, it is all in fun!)


Use #BlameSomeoneElseDay to post on social media.


National Blame Someone Else Day was invented by Anne Moeller of Clio, Michigan in 1982. One day, her alarm clock failed to go off, hence creating a domino effect of bad luck events throughout the day. The day happened to be Friday the 13th.

* Press release…

Today is Bruce Rauner’s favorite holiday: National Blame Someone Else Day. To celebrate the joyous occasion, we compiled the greatest hits of Rauner blaming everyone but himself for his failures as governor:

    * First up, the most ridiculous and poignant example. The chief executive of the state said: “I am not in charge. I’m trying to get to be in charge” of the same state he was elected to run.

    * After an editorial board grilled Rauner for having accomplished next to nothing during his first term, Rauner blamed lawmakers and more for coming up short.

    * When asked if he’d take responsibility for his fatal mismanagement of the Quincy Veterans’ Home, Rauner said “it’s so false” that he’d be responsible and then went on downplay the 13 deaths by saying “these things happen.”

    * Following their boss’ lead, Rauner’s agency heads said they’re not in charge either and told lawmakers to ask a local health department and the governor’s legal team to answer for emails within their department.

“Every day is national blame someone else day for Bruce Rauner, a failed leader not in charge of the state,” said Pritzker campaign spokesman Jason Rubin. “No matter the crisis he causes, the agency he mismanages, and the damage he does, it’s clear Rauner will never take responsibility for his abundant failures as governor.”

Who do you blame today?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:39 am:

    Bruce Rauner for getting no property tax relief from Mike Madigan.

    Jim Edgar got the Property Tax Cap back in the early 1990’s.

    Rauner got nothing.

  2. - illini97 - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:40 am:

    Look, my GPA at U of I was in no way my fault. That was all on Mr. Miller Lite.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:43 am:

    I blame Tom Cross for my golf game never being the same sinced he golfed on Election Day…

    I blame Jason Plummer for ruining how I now look at lumber and Slurpees…

    I blame Linda Chapa LaVia for ruining fractions for me…

    I blame Pat Quinn for stopping me from wearing anything purple, like ties…

  4. - RNUG - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:44 am:

    As anyone who has kids knows, it is “Not Me”

  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:46 am:

    I blame Thursday the 12th for preceding Friday the 13th…

  6. - Juvenal - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:51 am:

    I blame the Chicago Tribune for Rauner, Trump, and for Citizens United, all three of which have place the relevence of the Chicago Tribune in a precarious position.

  7. - JoanP - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:55 am:

    Who do I blame? Madigan, of course.

  8. - JB13 - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:55 am:

    That’s right. In Illinois, we afix the blame for all of our problems exactly where they belong - at the feet of the failure of a governor who has been in office since 2015, and never at the door of those who have been in charge for decades. They had nothing to do you it.

  9. - West Side the Best Side - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:56 am:

    It should go without saying, Madigan, today and everyday.

  10. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:57 am:

    ===at the feet of the failure of a governor who has been in office since 2015===

    I blame the calendar for Rauner not doing things.

    The days and months and years kept going. That’s not Rauner’s fault.

  11. - Blago's Hare - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:57 am:

    I blame it on the rain. Ever since Milli Vanilli was exposed, my world has not been the same.

  12. - Rutro - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 9:59 am:

    I blame afscme for giving us Bruce

  13. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:04 am:

    I blame Peter Breen for enabling Bruce Rauner, then with righteous indignation decided he was turning on Bruce Rauner, only to show his phoniness by groveling back to Bruce Rauner…

    … Peter Breen ruined waffles for me.

  14. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:07 am:

    I remember Madigan saying if Rauner was unhappy with workers compensation legislation that was in the GA at the time, he would amend it. I trust more that Madigan would keep his word and work with Rauner than Rauner and his pathological lyin’.

    Again, Rauner was a corporate chairperson. He’s supposed to get things done, make things happen. He failed miserably at having the conservative value of taking responsibility for his work and the buck stopping at his desk.

  15. - South of I-80 - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:12 am:

    I blame Blago for almost making me take two extra ISAT exams years ago

    I blame Schock for my friends and I being single for about 4 years

    I blame a whole lot of people for not selecting Judy Baar Topinka for Governor in 2006

    Because maybe if she would have won we wouldn’t be in the mess we are

    *sips tea*

  16. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:13 am:

    Bruce Rauner’s grandparents, for immigrating from Wisconsin.

  17. - downstate commissioner - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:27 am:

    Not Madigan.

  18. - Earnest - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:27 am:

    I blame myself and everyone who allowed our elected officials to skip pension payments and run up bills to state vendors over decades. Bruce Rauner is by no means unique in the way he has run up the bills we’ll have to pay off, but he’s the only one who will be on my ballot in November.

  19. - downstate commissioner - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:31 am:

    Rich Miller, for doing such a good job that I am hooked on his blog…

  20. - downstate commissioner - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:33 am:

    Rauner, for almost every thing else wrong in the state of Illinois…

  21. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:34 am:

    I blame Obama. Not sure what for, that’s just the overwhelming sentiment in my neck of the woods whenever something goes wrong.

  22. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:36 am:

    Rauner for all the downgrades he could muster

  23. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:37 am:

    Rauner for munger

  24. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:39 am:

    Rauner for no bid out of state contracts

  25. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:43 am:

    Koch brothers empowering Rauner

  26. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:46 am:

    I blame Capitol Fax for never completing my daily to-do list.

  27. - Trump2020 - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:55 am:

    I blame Oswego Willy for spamming the capfax comments sections.

  28. - @misterjayem - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 10:59 am:

    “Who do you blame today?”

    The Rain.

    – MrJM

  29. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 11:01 am:

    That reminds me…

    Anyone interested in something that promotes hair growth and lowers your cholesterol? (Link here)

    To the Post,

    I blame Bruce Rauner for uniting Illinois Labor like no other Illinoisan could in “decades”

  30. - Whatever - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 11:15 am:

    Rich Miller is to blame for all the bad news in Illinois politics. If he didn’t dig it out and post it, we would never know it existed.

  31. - Skeptic - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 11:56 am:

    I blame the inventor of Doritos.

  32. - cc - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 12:02 pm:

    I blame State Senator Righter for wrongly suggesting that federal troops be sent to US border instead of national guard troops. ie:posse comitatus

  33. - Keyrock - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 12:15 pm:

    Pat Quinn, for the Cutback Amendment.
    I’ll never forgive him.

  34. - anon35 - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 1:39 pm:

    “Rich Miller is to blame for all the bad news in Illinois politics. If he didn’t dig it out and post it, we would never know it existed.”

    Yeah, what a jerk that Miller guy is. But really, a sincere thanks, Rich.

  35. - d.p.gumby - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 1:45 pm:

    Blame it on Rio
    Blame it on my Youth
    Blame it on the Alcohol
    Blame it on the Sun
    Blame it on a Sad Song
    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

  36. - Skeptic - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:06 pm:

    Maybe that’s the new hit song, “The Blame Game”..
    “Madigan Madigan Fo-Fadigan Banana-Fana-Fo-Fadigan Mee My Mo Nadigan, Madigan…”

  37. - Demoralized - Friday, Apr 13, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    I blame the Groundhog for extending our winter

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