Today, the Rauner campaign is launching a new TV ad titled “Moby Dick.”
The ad features Ron Wilson, a Vietnam veteran and proud Illinoisan, talking about the Madigan-Pritzker tax hike agenda. In the ad, Ron says, “Madigan’s been in since Moby Dick was a minnow. 47 years, he hasn’t fixed it.”
Ron, like many other Illinoisans, knows that giving Madigan total control by electing JB Pritzker means higher taxes and more corruption.
A friend suggested to me this morning that the “Moby Dick” thing kinda works in this case. Bruce Rauner is Captain Ahab and Madigan is his great white whale. But the book didn’t end too well for the Captain, she reminded me.
Truth is, Illinois is in trouble. It didn’t get here in just a decade. It didn’t get here in two decades. Madigan’s been in since Moby Dick was a minnow. 47 years, he hasn’t fixed it. And he’s got JB Pritzker in there. What makes you think one of his lackeys is going to change it. They want to tax and then spend more. He’s not going to hit you with just one tax. He’s going to hit you with two or three. It’s just not going to work. It will not work.
JB Pritzker and Mike Madigan. Higher Taxes. More Corruption.
…Adding… Four years ago, the Rauner campaign billed Ron Wilson as a former AFSCME local president who said in the spot of Gov. Pat Quinn: “Don’t attack Bruce, tell me what you got done”…
Bruce Rauner's campaign just released an ad featuring Ron Wilson, who also appeared in a commercial for Rauner's 2014 campaign.
Today, Governor Bruce Rauner launched a new ad that only served to remind voters of how little he’s accomplished in four years as Governor. The newest ad features Ron Wilson, who four years ago called out Rauner’s opponent for his negative ads and challenged him to “tell me what you got done. I see zero.”
Four years later, Rauner is using Wilson to attack his opponent instead of telling voters what he’s gotten done.
“Bruce Rauner has zero positive things to say about his failed record in office,” said DGA Illinois Communications Director Sam Salustro. “If anything, Rauner’s failed leadership negatively affected Illinois families as his two-year budget crisis added billions of dollars of debt and slowed job creation in the state.”
Thank you very much for your service Mr. Wilson. Now, as the former president of an AFSCME local, can you please explain to me how Bruce Rauner is going to get Illinois out of “trouble”? How would a second term be different?
As a political allegory, I give it an A, mostly for the Ahab stuff and personally hoping for the sinking of the Pequod. As a political ad, I give it a C- because it relies on voters forgetting the last 4 years as well as decades of Republican governors. I rate it an F for scientific accuracy, since whales don’t grow from minnows.
I hate to be nitpicky, but baby whales are calves, not minnows. Also, the metaphor with Moby Dick is a terrible one: read the book BTIA before making references to a maniacal leader. Ahab has also been linked to Satan and Narcissus. You really want to go there?
==Folksy ad that will be effective in folksy areas with folksy folks.==
True, but it’s gotta be killing them that they’re still having to run ads appealing to those “folksy folks” who should already be in his corner. A little over two months out, still not yet able to target the segment of Illinoisans who might not be leaning his way. Ouch
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While his obsession with Madigan continues, he can’t explain how he will succeed this term since Madigan will still be there. Oh, and there’s also the cancer headline in the Trib. McCann won’t be taking votes away from JB. If only Rauner had accomplished anything or made a few friends along the way. Imagine JB winning and Madigan retiring after the inauguration, we might be able to hear Rauner’s head exploding in Italy.
Rauner is Captain Ahab; Illinois is the ship that is going to be lost at sea with all hands drowned by debt; Madigan is the often hunted, but never captured or killed Moby Dick who will swim on long after Illinois is sunk.
Guess AFSCME should talk to Madigan about member management. One member sues them and wins in the US Supreme Court another cuts a commercial for the guy looking to destroy them.
May be time to look for some new leaders?
Well, it gets an “A” for irony, anyway. It seems the BTIA folks were catching up on sleep during their American Lit. classes. Or maybe the comparison of Rauner to the looney-tunes Captain Ahab is a deliberate play to absolve him from responsibility for nearly running Illinois’ ship of state aground? Are they trying to hint that he’s not culpable?