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Musical interlude: Mercedes Marxist

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

* “Mercedes Marxist” is a new one on me

Governor Bruce Rauner is intensifying his attacks on his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker, with less than three weeks to go before the election. Rauner, who trails Pritzker in most polls by double digit margins, referred to the billionaire Democrat as a “Mercedes Marxist”, in an interview on the “The Big John and Ramblin’ Ray Show” on WLS.

“He’s proposing eleven billion in new spending, he’s a Mercedes Marxist, he’s a radical leftist, he’s proposing a massive new income tax hike and it’s gonna crush the middle class as well as job creators in this state.”

I Googled the phrase and it is kind of a thing. Far-right radio host Mark Levin called Barack Obama a Mercedes Marxist once.

* It’s also the title of a song by former St. Louis band Living Things

- Posted by Rich Miller        

23 Comments
  1. - Practical Politics - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 1:46 pm:

    Just an updated paraphrase of the old “limousine liberal” tag? This one goes to eleven.


  2. - Anon0091 - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 1:48 pm:

    Good grief. How dumb. And he doesn’t drive a Mercedes,


  3. - Demoralized - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 1:50 pm:

    We’re really grasping at straws now aren’t we. Marxist. Radical leftist. You know you’ve gone total meltdown when you go down the road of using those terms.


  4. - Hamlets Ghost - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 1:52 pm:

    Trash can van tycoon?


  5. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 1:56 pm:

    Rauner just spits out old, tired right wing attacks. He’s not a change person.

    I’d think this raises Pritzker’s bona fides with an important group of Illinois voters, those who voted for Bernie Sanders and almost beat Clinton.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 1:59 pm:

    Mercedes Marxist?

    Well, they needed something stronger than an “uber-left, costal, limousine liberal.”?

    Exactly right.


  7. - Anon221 - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 2:02 pm:

    Does Rauner have an insult of the day/week calendar on his desk???

    “Hmmm… let’s try this one out and see how it polls.”

    If people have to look up what it means, it kinda detracts from the immediacy of the insult;)


  8. - illini - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 2:02 pm:

    Trash can van, Harleys, Carhatrtt costumes - Rauner has already been called out for the phony that he is.

    This is little more than a feeble and lame attempt to once again divert the discussion from his record of destruction.


  9. - wordslinger - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 2:04 pm:

    Yeah, the multi-billionaire Marxist. Who’s anti-union. And hides his money off-shore.

    More spaghetti, please. Must paint the walls.


  10. - Skeptic - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 2:09 pm:

    “Does Rauner have an insult of the day/week calendar on his desk???” I’d guess a “Madlibs” pad. “Pritzker is a [Brand of Car] [Political Ideology] who will [Madigan] your [Taxes] because of [Toilets|Blagojevich|Madigan].”


  11. - City Zen - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 2:17 pm:

    Wasn’t this a song by Pebbles in 1988?


  12. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 2:31 pm:

    He can afford more than a Mercedes. Bentley Bolshevik


  13. - A Jack - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 2:40 pm:

    Bruce Rauner, the Pee Wee Herman of politics.


  14. - Stumpy's bunker - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 2:41 pm:

    The focus group passed on “toilet terrorist” and “Rolls Royce revolutionary”.


  15. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 2:56 pm:

    That’s just more spin baloney from the dress up Governor.


  16. - @misterjayem - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 3:05 pm:

    Just a few more weeks of campaigning like this and Bruce will be able to close the books on his Republican primary campaign.

    – MrJM


  17. - RNUG - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 3:14 pm:

    Calls for a bit of music …

    https://tinyurl.com/y94gg7rc


  18. - DougJ - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 3:16 pm:

    Jeez, as a co-chair of my local DSA chapter, I WISH Pritzker was a Marxist. I could only dream. But he’s literally the opposite of all of that.


  19. - Amalia - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 3:39 pm:

    Dear Rich Miller: thank you so much for brightening my day and this post by finding that tune. some might disagree with each other in this room, but rocking out is always good. this is a big reason you are loved.. (several exclamation points).


  20. - West Sider - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 4:06 pm:

    18 Days, 19 Hours, 55 Minutes.


  21. - Langhorne - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 4:57 pm:

    ===he’s a Mercedes Marxist, he’s a radical leftist,===

    Who the hell knows what this means? These are labels used by like minded people. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge


  22. - wordslinger - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 9:58 pm:

    –Calls for a bit of music …

    https://tinyurl.com/y94gg7rc–

    RNUG, you’re a cool cat.

    I’ll see your Janis and raise you a Kris and Willie.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVAb3ObqapA


  23. - RNUG - Thursday, Oct 18, 18 @ 10:08 pm:

    Word, that was good …


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