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Diana Rauner touts spouse in new ad: “He stopped the insanity and delivered”

Thursday, Sep 6, 2018

* Press release…

Today, the Rauner campaign is launching a new TV ad featuring Diana Rauner titled “This Election is a Choice.”

In the ad, Diana directly addresses Illinois voters about the stakes of this election. She outlines the clear choice voters face in November: continue fighting for reform with Governor Rauner or go back to the same policies that have hurt Illinois for decades with JB Pritzker and Mike Madigan.

* Here it is

* Transcript…

I’m Diana Rauner. Bruce ran for governor to try and save our state. It hasn’t been easy, but nothing important ever is. Bruce took on the big problems: education funding reform, Medicaid reform, criminal justice reform. He stopped the insanity and delivered. But 40 years of mismanagement can’t be turned around in 4 years. This election is a choice. Do we keep moving towards reform, or go back to the status quo that got us into this mess?

…Adding… Jake pulls up her 2014 ad…



…Adding… Tribune’s analysis

In featuring Diana Rauner, the Rauner campaign is acknowledging the need to appeal to female voters, particularly socially moderate women in the traditionally GOP suburbs, in his re-election contest with Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

At the same time, the governor, himself, has been spending time campaigning Downstate to try to unify a socially conservative GOP base unhappy with his signature on laws expanding abortion, immigrant and gay rights. […]

Diana Rauner’s script also is noteworthy.

By talking about education, Medicaid and criminal justice, she’s talking about issues of interest to those moderate suburban women without touching on the more controversial issues surrounding the governor — such as abortion rights — that could anger conservatives.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

82 Comments »
  1. - Concerned Dem - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:12 am:

    On what planet does she live on?


  2. - City Zen - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:15 am:

    Serenity now. Insanity later.


  3. - Cheer Leader - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:15 am:

    Yay Diana.


  4. - One hand //ing - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:15 am:

    This is gonna backfire hard. Shiny happy Diana talking asking if we want to continue down Bruce’s path while standing in front of her art collection is not where voters are. Stick to toilets, guys.


  5. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:18 am:

    It’s a good ad that finally breaks the monotony of Madigan ads. She is very good on camera, comes across as much more likeble than her husband (something that’s true for almost all First Ladies). Not sure how many Illinoisans are going to agree with her message though.


  6. - Informed Mom - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:18 am:

    If by “Medicaid reform” she means dropping people with developmental disabilities (many of whom have never worked) off of Medicaid & SNAP rolls, then yes. He’s done a heckuva job with that.


  7. - RetiredStateEmployee - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:18 am:

    What about the policies of the last 3 years that have hurt Illinois worse?


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:20 am:

    To begin…

    At least she’s not a flat out phony calling herself a Democrat…

    … and let’s remember, as Diana surely does, when The Ounce was owed over $7 million from her husband’s administration, it was the Pritzker family, including JB Pritzker that bailed out The Ounce, with an influx of $5 million, and the glowing words for JB Pritzker… and why is that so important… it was Diana Rauner herself, when other non-profits were crumbling, folding, laying off workers, Diana Rauner called these decisions by these other non-profits… “a business decision”… a decision by these groups forced upon them as Bruce squeezed to not only close these non-profits, but to force an agenda in this state that in no way had 60 and 30.

    Keep ALL that in mind…

    … just for openers.


  9. - Flat Bed Ford - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:20 am:

    Sorry naysayers but that is a solid ad. Positive, no name calling, points to success (even if the Gov wasn’t an active participant) and sorta points to a positive outlook. In this negative world that’s a good message.


  10. - Hysteria - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:21 am:

    This is terrible. All it’s going to do is remind people that Bruce chose to put in place Diana’s left wing abortion policy. Who thought it was a good idea to use Diana the Democrat (unless this is aimed toward independents)? It’s certainly not going to help bring the Ives voters back.


  11. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:21 am:

    the governor’s director of mental health might want to put out a statement admonishing the first lady for her cavalier use of “insanity” for political gain.

    Maybe something like …

    “For a political leader to perpetuate this stigma to score political points is completely inappropriate and we respectfully request that our leaders stop doing so,” said a statement attributed to Diana Knaebe, state mental health division director.


  12. - Exit 59 - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:21 am:

    Education Funding reform? What did HE do?


  13. - Rutro - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:22 am:

    Be careful Diana you may want to go to Italy with Bruce, but don’t follow him to hell. When you enact policies that cause the poor, disabled, & sick to die, JB is the least of your problems.


  14. - Roman - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:22 am:

    Rating: mediocre

    The ads she was featured in four years ago were the best of the campaign from either side — I don’t know if Rauner would have won without them.

    Maybe I’m too much of an insider to appreciate the personal appeal, but the genuine and almost apolitical feel of those ads from ‘14 is missing here. There’s an air of desperation now.


  15. - Deadbeat Conservative - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:22 am:

    ==If by “Medicaid reform” she means dropping people with developmental disabilities (many of whom have never worked) off of Medicaid & SNAP rolls, then yes. He’s done a heckuva job with that.==

    Didn’t the “reform” include mismanagement causing the loss of about $20 million in federal matching money?


  16. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:25 am:

    Bruce Rauner is so terribly unlikable, Bruce, again turns to Diana Rauner.

    To my pro-life friends…

    To those who draw a line at taxpayer funded abortions as “too far”…

    To those actual Republicans, not Raunerites, who are tired of Raunerism and the Uber-left, costal, limousine liberal social agenda…

    … this ad is a clear reminder… Diana Rauner is part owner of the ILGOP… and her orchestration in this administration, emails included… Diana Rauner wants more of the same with that agenda that is not even in the ball park of 80% Republican… but 100% Raunerism.

    Don’t be fooled again.


  17. - DarkHorse - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:27 am:

    This would be a terrific ad if there was anything positive her husband had accomplished. He hasn’t, things got worse. grade: F


  18. - wordslinger - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:28 am:

    –He stopped the insanity and delivered….–

    … willful, malignant destruction and fiscal recklessness.


  19. - FormerParatrooper - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:31 am:

    Quincy Veterans Home. Failed.

    What was a success? Not seen one from here.


  20. - Pundent - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:33 am:

    This is likely the best that Rauner can do given the position he’s put himself in. Done right an ad like this can counter balance all of the negative ads by reminding us of all of the Governor’s successes. But the successes that Diana mentions are unfamiliar and in many instances occurred in spite of Rauner’s better instincts. In many respects it only underscores his lack of accomplishments. And I have no clue what “insanity” he’s stopped. He didn’t remove chaos from state government, he amplified it. And if these are the only measurable results that he can point to its a sad commentary on his tenure.


  21. - Jocko - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:34 am:

    ==Bruce ran for governor to try and save our state (from the Millionaire tax that would’ve cost us money)==

    Fixed it for you.


  22. - Dee Lay - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:35 am:

    “the governor’s director of mental health might want to put out a statement admonishing the first lady for her cavalier use of “insanity” for political gain.”

    I mean, that’s a great idea. But can we find a statehouse reporter willing to do so?


  23. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:36 am:

    Now… with those premises, to the ad…

    From the above script…

    ===Bruce ran for governor to try and save our state.===

    Bruce Rauner, for 3 years refused to sign budgets, purposely to hurt Illinois, and social services, like The Ounce, with the idea… reforming Illinois is more important than a short term budget stalemate… that lasted a whole General Assembly. Rauner wasn’t fighting, Bruce Rauner wanted to hurt Illinois.

    ===It hasn’t been easy, but nothing important ever is.===

    Working with the likes of Ken Dunkin, refusing to get 60 and 30, but focusing solely on stopping overrides, yes, that isn’t easy. It’s never easy to stop people… trying to save the state from Bruce Rauner.

    ===Bruce took on the big problems: education funding reform, Medicaid reform, criminal justice reform.===

    Here’s the joke. Those bipartisan wins… were worked to be wins. Bruce wants what he wants, compromise a bad word, but here… governing to 60 and 30 at times… it proves Bruce could be a governor, but chooses not to.

    ===He stopped the insanity and delivered.===

    One budget in 4 years, one overriden budget to save Illinois from Bruce Rauner. If that’s delivering, have at it.

    ===But 40 years of mismanagement can’t be turned around in 4 years.===

    If Bruce’s first 4 years are ANY indication, what will be different in a Rauner second term? Even Diana Rauner can’t say 40 years and ignore Bruce’s 4 years of failure.

    ===This election is a choice.===

    Save Illinois from the RaunerS… or not.

    ===Do we keep moving towards reform, or go back to the status quo that got us into this mess?===

    Dr. Rauner, Bruce is now the incumbent. Bruce is the status quo.


  24. - illini - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:36 am:

    — “He stopped the insanity and delivered.” —

    Yes, he did try his very best to destroy public Higher Education throughout this state. Quite a remarkable record of success.


  25. - PublicServant - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:41 am:

    I’m pretty sure Governor Gridlock’s definition of reform differs from what reform means to most Illinoisans. Reform is the nonsense word that Republicans toss out there to hide their destruction of the working poor in this country. With Bruce’s idea of reform, we have dead veterans and the ensuing coverup, backporch deals, destruction of universities, and the wholesale abandonment of the poor and working people of the state…some reform huh?


  26. - Honeybear - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:41 am:

    Double down on the lie Diana
    Your perfidy is literally
    Boundless


  27. - Rabid - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:46 am:

    The doctor told us Bruce will drive them nuts, Ann questioned his mentality, it took 4 years before he stopped the insanity


  28. - Honeybear - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:47 am:

    He stopped the insanity
    because
    the courts of illinois
    stopped his insanity against state workers.

    He stopped the insanity
    because his own caucus
    stopped his insanity against a budget

    He stopped the insanity
    because the people of this state
    will stop his insanity of a governorship

    The horror
    The insanity
    stops
    in January of 2019


  29. - Anon221 - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:50 am:

    “Do we keep moving towards reform, or go back to the status quo that got us into this mess?”

    As OW pointed out above, Rauner IS the status quo, so BTIA might want to rethink that last line.


  30. - Anonymous - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:51 am:

    @Exit 59: he opposed a school funding formula until they gave more money to Chicago; then he signed it. Does that count?


  31. - Keyrock - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:53 am:

    It’s difficult to think of many Illinois political figures who deserve less respect than Dr. Rauner, given the gulf between her stated principles and her actions.


  32. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:55 am:

    Hey Diana,
    Bruce repeatedly showed us that those 40 years of mismanagement were 1000x better than the last 4 years of him.


  33. - Tourè’s Latte - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:56 am:

    Based on the ad, I might vote for her.


  34. - Anon0091 - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:58 am:

    Skeptical this will work this time. Last election Diana was just the loving wife and “lifelong Democrat.” This time, there’s a record that she’s been pulling the strings and calling the shots. Maybe that’s just known among the insiders but just don’t think she’ll resonate as a validator the way they did last time.

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/first-lady-diana-rauners-emails-focus-on-madigan-messaging-media/


  35. - Honeybear - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 9:59 am:

    I love it.
    Bruce must have such
    a f&*(ing problem
    to bring
    his wife into it.


  36. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:01 am:

    Proving once again that love is blind.


  37. - don the legend - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:02 am:

    How do her and her failure of a husband sleep at night?

    Who am I kidding? Quite well I’m sure.


  38. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:05 am:

    “He stopped the insanity and delivered.”

    He delivered alright, a devastating budget crisis and unprecedented damage.

    The spouse again? Where are the business and political associates, friends or Bruce himself to tout his record? This is a rehash of 2014, except for one gigantic problem, Rauner’s record.


  39. - DuPage Bard - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:09 am:

    Diana does not look like the suburban successful wife she looked like four years ago. This looks like a campaign ad plain and simple.
    It’s not relaxed, it’s not an off the cuff conversation with voters.
    BTW am I the only who noticed this is two ads in a row by BTIA that doesn’t mention Madigan? Has that track stopped working?
    The recommendations from here have been Bruce has to make people like him. This ad doesn’t improve folks view of Bruce imho.
    I don’t think she can save him this time with her folksy, we’re juts like you, schtick.


  40. - Earnest - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:09 am:

    Good that she put herself on camera. After all, we know that messaging is very important to her:

    https://capitolfax.com/2017/08/16/rauner-lashes-out-at-reporters-over-their-questions-about-first-ladys-involvement/


  41. - Nick Name - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:10 am:

    ===If by “Medicaid reform” she means dropping people with developmental disabilities (many of whom have never worked) off of Medicaid & SNAP rolls, then yes. He’s done a heckuva job with that.===

    Don’t forget HB 40. That was some reform, alright.


  42. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:13 am:

    ===The recommendations from here have been Bruce has to make people like him. This ad doesn’t improve folks view of Bruce imho.===

    This is why… my grade…

    “C-“

    Nothing here makes Bruce likable.

    It’s an ad, a political ad. Bruce isn’t more likable after seeing it.


  43. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:17 am:

    At least she’s not a flat out phony calling herself a Democrat…

    Irony alert off today OW?

    Not reforming Illinois is the status quo, which Democrats have been running on for 40 years.

    No reforms to pensions, government, workers comp, redistricting, term limits, property taxes etc.

    Illinois residents have the least faith in their government of any state but Democrats will not change course.

    Why are Democrats clinging to the same policies that has led to population loss and the exodus of many businesses?

    Between 2000 and 2010, the population of Illinois grew by a mere 3.3%, compared to the national average US population growth of 9.7%.

    Illinois population has grown by just over 200,000 people since 2003 while the US population has grown by 36 million people.

    http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/illinois-population/


  44. - TominChicago - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:18 am:

    Flatbed Ford- It’s a solid ad only for those who have been in a coma since 2015.


  45. - Henry Francis - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:19 am:

    So when they are trying to make the Guv more likable they hide him?


  46. - The Dude Abides - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:20 am:

    In the 2014 ad she said that her husband is honest. He’s been lying to us ever since. The National Review, which is a Conservative publication, called him the worst Governor in the country. Those guys aren’t Democrats.


  47. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:21 am:

    ===So when they are trying to make the Guv more likable they hide him?===

    Raunerism is in of itself warped.

    Bruce hiding to be likable follows that warped… ness(?)


  48. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:28 am:

    ===Not reforming Illinois is the status quo, which Democrats have been running on for 40 years.===

    Bruce got nothing done on these in his 4 years as governor.

    ===No reforms to pensions, government, workers comp, redistricting, term limits, property taxes etc.===

    Bruce got nothing done on these in his 4 years as governor.

    ===Illinois residents have the least faith in their government of any state but Democrats will not change course.===

    Bruce got nothing done on this in his 4 years as governor.

    ===Why are Democrats clinging to the same policies that has led to population loss and the exodus of many businesses?===

    Why is Bruce? Rauner signed a budget, no reforms, and a 32% tax increase paying for his spending. Bruce Rauner is the same failure, even more, than Pat Quinn.

    What will be different in Rauner’s second term? Rauner IS the status quo.


  49. - Loop Lady - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:28 am:

    Yeah cuz First Ladies are totally objective about their spouses performance…this race is all but over…unless JB really fouls something up…


  50. - Exit 59 - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:29 am:

    ==@Exit 59: he opposed a school funding formula until they gave more money to Chicago; then he signed it. Does that count?==

    Truth.
    Also, I forget sometimes that “reform” often means cut. As in … reform Higher Ed


  51. - d.p.gumby - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:34 am:

    Is there an Italian translation?


  52. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:37 am:

    It’s nice to see a pro-Rauner ad that doesn’t remind me of what a strange looking, plaid wearing crazy-eyed goober we’ve got as governor.

    Rauner keeps looking like some kind of Norwegian Gilligan being chased by Ginger.


  53. - Reality Check - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:43 am:

    This is a strange ad. Nowhere does it say “Bruce Rauner”, “Governor Rauner”, or even “vote for Bruce”.

    Sure assumes a lot on the viewer’s part - starting with even knowing who Diana Rauner is. I doubt her ID is all that high, but apparently they think that’s better than using the face or even the name of their 26% approval candidate.


  54. - Pundent - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:44 am:

    =Illinois residents have the least faith in their government of any state but Democrats will not change course=

    Perhaps. Or maybe it’s that they won’t adopt Rauner’s course. After all his approval rating sits around 26%. And after 3.5 years he is the status quo.


  55. - Generic Drone - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:45 am:

    Stick a fork in him. Rauner’s done.


  56. - Anon221 - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:47 am:

    d.p.gumby:

    “Sono Diana Rauner. Bruce corse per il governatore per cercare di salvare il nostro stato. Non è stato facile, ma nulla di importante è mai stato. Bruce ha affrontato i grandi problemi: riforma del finanziamento dell’istruzione, riforma Medicaid, riforma della giustizia penale. Ha fermato la follia e consegnato. Ma 40 anni di cattiva gestione non possono essere trasformati in 4 anni. Questa elezione è una scelta. Continuiamo a muoverci verso la riforma, o torniamo allo status quo che ci ha portato in questo pasticcio?”


  57. - A Jack - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:55 am:

    Mendoza has done more to reform the Governor’s office than Rauner has done. Diana should be asking us to re-elect Mendoza to keeps those reforms coming.


  58. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 11:04 am:

    Time for a Reality Check
    This is a strange ad. Nowhere does it say “Bruce Rauner”, “Governor Rauner”, or even “vote for Bruce”.

    I’m Diana Rauner. Bruce ran for governor to try and save our state.

    Not a whole lot of ambiguity there for anyone who is a likely voter.

    How many people do you think won’t realize who she is and who she is advocating for?

    If Bruce Rauner’s goal was just to avoid the dreaded Millionaire’s tax he could have just moved instead of spending over 100 million dollars to run for Governor don’t you think?


  59. - Anon - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 11:38 am:

    Interesting strategy bragging about school funding reform. School funding reform only happened because of the passage of the 2018 budget. So, is this his way of finally saying “thank you” to the 15 courageous Republicans that saved us from going over the cliff?


  60. - wordslinger - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 11:39 am:

    Earnest, that’s a very helpful link and reminder about the Rauners’ hypocrisy.

    Just a little more than a year ago, Rauner called reporters “pathetic,” “disgusting,” and “despicable” for questioning his wife’s documented role in his campaign and administration.

    Now she’s cutting another spot….


  61. - Langhorne - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 11:53 am:

    ===he stopped the insanity===. Spit take across the kitchen table

    ===medicaid reform===. Ck that auditor general report, and all the findings of mismanagement, to the tune of millions and millions. Then get back to me


  62. - wondering - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 12:02 pm:

    OW, Quinn was not a failure, the people of Illinois in their incessant quest for the free lunch failed. They elected Rauner and tolerated 40 years of Madigan because they refused to pay for the services they demanded.


  63. - JS Mill - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 12:07 pm:

    =… and let’s remember, as Diana surely does, when The Ounce was owed over $7 million from her husband’s administration, it was the Pritzker family, including JB Pritzker that bailed out The Ounce, with an influx of $5 million, and the glowing words for JB Pritzker… and why is that so important… it was Diana Rauner herself, when other non-profits were crumbling, folding, laying off workers, Diana Rauner called these decisions by these other non-profits… “a business decision”… a decision by these groups forced upon them as Bruce squeezed to not only close these non-profits, but to force an agenda in this state that in no way had 60 and 30.=

    OW, that ain’t the half of it. Mrs. Rauner was able to quietly, outside the public eye, push her not-for-profit to the front of the line and be part of a process that resulted in many school districts losing their pre school for all funding. Including an entire three-county region. They did this by setting the standards for the program. A huge conflict of interest.

    Does the Ounce provide services? Yes, and good ones. Does Mrs. Rauner profit? no. But other schools are hurt by this.

    The ad is an F.


  64. - Leigh John-Ella - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 12:09 pm:

    It’s great to see Patti Blagojevich stand up for her husband.

    Wait.

    Maybe Bruce didn’t stop the insanity as much as he is repeating it.


  65. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 12:09 pm:

    ===Quinn was not a failure===

    Quinn was an abysmal failure, and by being that failure and leaving labor to vote against their better selves, Rauner knew… “Pat Quinn failed” was the play… and it worked.

    ===the people of Illinois in their incessant quest for the free lunch failed.===

    Quinn, for example, never skipped pension payments. I’d say in that instance, Quinn was paying for lunches others ate for free.

    ===They elected Rauner and tolerated 40 years of Madigan because they refused to pay for the services they demanded.===

    I’d agree to this, but leave it AS this…

    The avenues to make Illinois better… Rich Miller, Dave McKinney, and adding Dan Vock’s recent work… if I believe all three, Madigan is to blame, just as every governor, minority leaders, senate presidents… and now… Bruce Rauner and his bills he ran up… too.


  66. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 12:19 pm:

    - JS Mill -

    ===…that ain’t the half of it.===

    Your point is well made.

    I left out many a thing, your points, the assault on higher education, as another example, and the pinstripe patronage and the hypocrisy of the administration ignoring their own foibles.

    What is great here, not many with weak memories.

    I’ll leave your own comment as yours. Appreciate you dropping the knowledge.


  67. - dbk - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 12:28 pm:

    I’m uncomfortable with political spouses doing ads for their husbands, so I’m probably biased.

    Ed reform? Is that code for “defunding public universities” and “issuing an AV of SB1″? Wow.

    Surprised she didn’t tout her husband as shadow plaintiff in a SCOTUS case that did away with fair share payments - he’s proud of that, and if you’re anti-worker & anti-union, it was a huge victory/ accomplishment.

    I’m musing about whether the Rauners will choose Tuscany (wine country) as the site of their new home.

    I think they might quite like Venice; a palazzo along the Grand Canal won’t cost more than his two gubernatorial campaigns.


  68. - wondering - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 12:31 pm:

    OW, you whose opinions I value, need to reread what you wrote, parse it.You made my point, the people failed. Quinn, in an untenable position, was collateral damage, not a failure.


  69. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 12:36 pm:

    - wondering -

    With respect,

    I am agreeing, my point is Rich, McKinney, and Vock make a case that has more there than both you and I could ever be allowed to comment on.

    Where you may see this disagreement in my thoughts…

    The politics of beating Quinn, how Quinn governed, and Quinn’s legacy are 3 totally complicated and quirky tangents, as only Quinn could bring them.

    The reality is Quinn failed… and Rauner called him on it.

    With respect and thanks.

    ===I’d agree to this, but leave it AS this…===


  70. - Rabid - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 12:53 pm:

    3 out of the 44 turnaround agenda. 41 to go 164 more years


  71. - Anonymous - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 1:05 pm:

    I thought her use of the term “Choice” was interesting given how that term is used in context of politics and her husbands stance on “Choice” that alienates a significant part of his base.


  72. - Jibba - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 1:12 pm:

    Indeed, Quinn left a complicated legacy that many consider an overall failure. But he left the state on a fiscally responsible path, unlike Rauner, who never actually tried.

    If Rauner had the guts to propose a budget that allowed a tax cut, I would have respected him, even if I might not agree. But we know he didn’t because he didn’t care about that. Only killing labor.


  73. - Pick a Name - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 1:58 pm:

    Ah, the Rauner bashing. Let’s see, how did Blago do? Quinn? MJM? Rahm? And these guys were all politicians, supposedly knowing what to do and how to run things. Got it.

    And JB will be better cause?? A tax on how much we drive our cars? Who comes up with ideas like this??


  74. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 2:05 pm:

    ===Let’s see, how did Blago do? Quinn? MJM? Rahm? And these guys were all politicians, supposedly knowing what to do and how to run things.===

    lol… it doesn’t excuse that Rauner is an utter failure.

    Polling at 26/52 approval - disapproval… Rauner is… known… as a failure.

    Rauner is an incumbent. Rauner’s failures speak for themselves.


  75. - wordslinger - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 2:08 pm:

    –Ah, the Rauner bashing. Let’s see, how did Blago do? Quinn? MJM? Rahm? And these guys were all politicians, supposedly knowing what to do and how to run things. Got it.–

    Yeah, those other guys never took any hits, from anyone, for anything.

    Geez, when did Chronic Whining about laughably false grievances become the default response for everything from some alleged conservatives? It’s a pandemic.


  76. - Trapped in the 'burbs - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 3:12 pm:

    I bang my head against the wall because it feels so good when I stop. Come on Diana, you and your husband made things worse. You can’t explain how anything would be different in a second term. He’s not in charge and won’t be next term> the insanity is asking for 4 more years of failure. Ciao, enjoy Italy.


  77. - Skeptic - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 3:33 pm:

    “when did Chronic Whining about laughably false grievances become the default response for everything ”

    I believe the term is “Whataboutism”


  78. - Rabid - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 3:36 pm:

    Diana is talking about issues, no she claimed Bruce fixed them


  79. - smarmy - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 3:47 pm:

    status quo quote: https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/12/04/the_most_brilliant_man_in_the_world_says_his_critics_want_to_go_back_to_the_status_quo/


  80. - Cheryl44 - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 4:15 pm:

    I had no idea Diana Tauber has two husbands, both named Bruce. Because she can’t mean the one who is governor.


  81. - Northsider (the original) - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 5:28 pm:

    Who’s house is it this time?


  82. - John Deere Green - Thursday, Sep 6, 18 @ 10:07 pm:

    “He stopped the insanity”

    No, he turned it up to 11, and pretty sure his poll numbers suggest most voters think likewise. Not sure how anyone involved in this ad thought that line was anywhere close to believable unless they’re drinking Trump-strength kool-aid.


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