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*** UPDATED x1 *** Pro-Rauner story disappeared into the ether

Monday, Aug 27, 2018 - Posted by Rich Miller

* I happened to see this headline on the blog’s news feed yesterday…

So, I clicked it, but the link was broken.

* Google never forgets, however. From the cache

Republican House hopeful Dan Caulkins believes true conservatives should support Gov. Bruce Rauner’s re-election effort despite their many disappointments in his first term.

“We had a primary election and the outcome of that means he’s the Republican candidate,” Caulkins told the Chambana Sun. “It’s important that we come together as a party to send Republicans to Springfield.” […]

“We need to keep the Governor’s Mansion in Republican hands because that is the only person that can veto Madigan and Pritzker’s agenda,” he said. “That is the only way that Republicans will have a significant voice in the next remap that, in many ways, will shape this state.” […]

As for all the disappointment, some conservatives might still feel regarding Rauner’s first four years in office, which saw him sign off on abortion expansion with House Bill 40 and gay rights legislation, Caulkins said he has a feeling things may be vastly different this time around.

“By sending more Republicans to Springfield, I think we will help Rauner to be more conservative in the way he governs,” he said. “In the House, if we can chip away at the Democratic majority and pick up seats I think the other side will start to see a trend that tells them people really want change. With that, I think everyone will be more willing to work toward real solutions to our problems instead of marching in lockstep with Madigan and the Democratic machine.”

Seems reasonable. But the Chambana Sun is one of those Dan Proft papers, and even though Caulkins was a Proft guy in the primary, his current reasoning is diametrically opposed to the position of the GOP’s Ives/Proft/Uihlein wing, which is basically: Rauner needs to apologize to Ives for calling her a Madigan ally. Or something. I’m not quite sure.

*** UPDATE *** From Dan Proft…

Hey Trump

I don’t take any stories down. There is no anti-Rauner litmus test. People can take whatever position on Rsuber they so choose including the candidates supported by my PAC.

But nothing like concocting fake news agitprop to curry favor with the AFL-CIO Times and the rest of the groupthink brigade.

You may now resume you fact-free conspiracy theorizing.

       

26 Comments
  1. - Annonin' - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 10:20 am:

    Yup that’s it GovJunk dials up CommandoIves and gets another double barrel blast.


  2. - Blago's Hare - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 10:25 am:

    I saw another “new” paper that served as a source of reference for a candidate in the Metro East over the weekend. It was called… drum roll please…the Metro East Sun. These folks seem to spend more of their creative capital on the content than they do on naming their “publications”.


  3. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 10:32 am:

    –Or something. I’m not quite sure.–

    Meh, it’s whatever floats the boat of Sugar Daddy Dick. He writes some powerful checks with that inherited Schlitz money.

    Proft knows you only go around once. You have to go for the gusto.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leKu2vEPvGw


  4. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 10:33 am:

    Raunerism upholds the belief, “you’re with Rauner or with Madigan”

    That premise which was used to then try to demonize Ives, like all before her, struck such a nerve, it was as preposterous as it was disingenuous to conservatives. Tough to bridge that.

    The vertical integration that is the Proft newspapers are seeing a slight “backlash”, but probably more importantly, these papers are seen as divisive instead of a rallying messenger.

    “Why?”

    Honesty to the politics versus partisan tonthe moment can’t fool all the people… all the time.


  5. - FloggingMolly17 - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 12:16 pm:

    Glad to see that I am not crazy - I saw the headline yesterday but couldn’t read the article. Looks to be back up now.


  6. - BlueDogDem - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    True conservatives. Old Blue is on the floor laughing at that one.


  7. - G'Kar - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 12:39 pm:

    “agitprop”?


  8. - Montrose - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 12:40 pm:

    Groupthink Brigade is the name of my new band.


  9. - Anon - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 12:41 pm:

    ===*** UPDATE *** From Dan Proft…===

    So, uh, he sends emails like a someone suffering from mental illness too?


  10. - Louis G. Atsaves - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 12:49 pm:

    Tried the link and it put me through to the article.


  11. - Rsuber - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 12:50 pm:

    ====People can take whatever position on Rsuber they so choose ===

    Why am I getting dragged into this???


  12. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 12:53 pm:

    –Hey Trump…Rsuber…–

    It’s Monday, dude. Don’t you have to sober up a little bit to do your thing?


  13. - Spliff - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 1:09 pm:

    I am reminded of a quote from Animal house some of which “might” apply to the update … “son, Fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life!”


  14. - Anon221 - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 1:16 pm:

    Just doing a quick Google, Proft really seems to like that Soviet Russian term. He’s blind that he profits from it’s implementation in his media “empire”, but hey, we can’t all be “comrades”.


  15. - Ok - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 1:17 pm:

    I got some extra tinfoil lying around for Dan.

    Does he have a newsletter?

    Oh? He has several?


  16. - Perrid - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 1:17 pm:

    Is calling someone Trump an insult in Proft’s mind? I don’t see any other explanation on why he would call Rich “Trump” in such an angry email otherwise.


  17. - Perrid - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 1:20 pm:

    G’Kar, I had to look it up -I thought it was a typo- but apparently agitprop is a real term to refer to political propaganda, especially communist propaganda.

    If, unlike me, you knew that and were just surprised he used it I apologize.


  18. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 1:21 pm:

    ==Hey Trump I don’t take any stories down.==

    Trump is also accusing Profit of taking a story down?


  19. - Canon - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 2:05 pm:

    Proft’s response is total and complete covfefe


  20. - JS Mill - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 2:06 pm:

    =Hey Trump

    I don’t take any stories down. There is no anti-Rauner litmus test. People can take whatever position on Rsuber they so choose including the candidates supported by my PAC.

    But nothing like concocting fake news agitprop to curry favor with the AFL-CIO Times and the rest of the groupthink brigade.

    You may now resume you fact-free conspiracy theorizing.=

    Does Dan Proft know that a 12 year-old has hijacked his computer?

    Never mind, that would actually improve the maturity of his Fake-News rags.


  21. - Father Ted - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 2:38 pm:

    After reading that response, I’m more confused than ever as to why there are people out there who don’t like Proft.

    /s


  22. - Spliff - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 2:40 pm:

    Political language … is designed to make its lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind! - George Orwell


  23. - 19th Ward guy - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 2:48 pm:

    Use of big words reflects a fundamental insecurity, not a superior intellect.


  24. - Michael Westen - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 3:19 pm:

    Profit sure seems to be an expert on “fact-free.”


  25. - G'Kar - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 4:41 pm:

    Perrid, thanks, I did not know the meaning of the word.


  26. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Aug 27, 18 @ 5:29 pm:

    So an explination of why the story was taken down and then was put up will be forthcoming?

    You know, to counter the fake news agitprop fact free conspiracy theorizing narrative


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