* Weird times we live in when the outgoing governor’s favorite campaign attack dog is now talking about working together…
As a new Governor and lawmaking body take office in Illinois, former GOP chairman Pat Brady is advising both political sides to work together.
Brady says Republicans and Democrats have bashed each other for over a decade creating a political civil war in the state.
“It started with the Democrats, Rod Blagojevich and Mike Madigan, then Gov. Bruce Rauner against House Speaker Madigan,” said Brady. “I think most people are just kind of fed up with the blame game and are asking what can we do to move this forward.” […]
“This state is not too far right or left, it’s a pretty centrist state. I think there is an opportunity for Speaker Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to work with Republican leaders Jim Durkin and Bill Brady to get something done.”
* Even the Chicago Tribune editorial board is seeing some green shoots…
One change agent could disrupt the cozy status quo: Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker, whose inauguration is scheduled for Monday. Pritzker mingled with House members on stage at their swearing-in ceremony. He was the buzz. The circle of politicians waiting to shake his hand and snap a selfie marked him as more popular than any other figure in Springfield, even Secretary of State Jesse White.
Pritzker was, and is, the man of the hour. Every hour, as long as the honeymoon lasts. The clock starts now.
* Dennis Byrne is not buying it…
Over the next five days, J.B. Pritzker becomes the 43rd governor of Illinois, succeeding Bruce Rauner. Michael Madigan gets re-elected by his flock to yet another term as Speaker of the House. And Illinois will circle the drain. Heading toward the darkness below, even faster than before.
Put aside the absurd speculation that with the new dawn, Pritzker and Madigan will bring a bright, new day of cooperation that’ll cleanse the state in their brilliance and uprightness. That’s for child-like innocents, hopeless Democratic partisans, the gullible and simple-minded.