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Somebody needs to take a basic political science class

Friday, Nov 20, 2020

* During Gov. Pritzker’s news media briefing today, a reporter submitted a question prefaced by the fact that it has been 24 hours since Pritzker had called on Speaker Madigan to answer questions or resign. The question

How long will you wait to make him resign?

Since this was a question submitted online, I double-checked with Pritzker’s press secretary to make sure she asked it accurately. She did.

…Adding… Another question today was based on a comment by Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst), who said this week that the governor and the attorney general should consider filing state charges similar to the federal charges in the ComEd probe.

Um, the governor can’t do that. (Not blaming the reporter for that one, by the way, because the person was just following up on a legislator’s comment.)

Weird times.

…Adding… I’m told the reporter got it wrong about Mazzochi. She apparently said she hoped the governor was also talking to the AG to see if there was information in the federal documents that could support state charges.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

23 Comments »
  1. - 41st Ward Democrat - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:39 pm:

    You could have added statistics and economics also.


  2. - Leslie K - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:41 pm:

    Um…


  3. - Incandenza - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:43 pm:

    Far from being the “enemy of the people” like our current Pres. likes to call them, journos are largely a healthy force. But like any group or profession, there are the incompetent ones


  4. - Commisar Gritty - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:44 pm:

    Woof


  5. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:44 pm:

    This is sixth grade stuff. Yikes!


  6. - Dotnonymous - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:45 pm:

    But…He huh?


  7. - Anon E Moose - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:47 pm:

    Attorney General can’t do that either. This is what happens when people don’t take civics.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:48 pm:

    Why prove to others your incompetence and ignorance?

    Mazzochi on the investigation committee… with Demmer and Wehrli…

    … it’s truly priceless, the three of them, lol


  9. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:48 pm:

    Forget politics, can anyone anywhere actually make someone resign? I mean, I realize it’s frequently offered as the alternative to firing but resignation by definition is a voluntary act. I know 4th graders who could ask better questions than this.


  10. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:49 pm:

    Completely embarrassing for Mazzochi, who is a high-priced attorney. I guess Durkin wasn’t sending his best to the special committee.


  11. - Bruce( no not him) - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:53 pm:

    Pretty sure the votes to make him resign are in the Dominion server. /S


  12. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:55 pm:

    Maybe McCombie can try a coup of the Dem House caucus if we’re gonna pretend that understanding governing matters.

    Prolly be just as successful too.


  13. - low level - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:57 pm:

    Other readers may have similar experiences, but it never ceases to amaze me the number of people I’ve met in politics and/or government who seem not to have taken even an elementary political science class.

    Including some pretty high up officials. On both sides. Just incredible.


  14. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 4:04 pm:

    - low level - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 3:57 pm:

    To be fair, government is one area of our society where we pretend that all other skills translate or make someone qualified to run it and be in it. As we see over and over again, they don’t. We don’t put the fans in the seat to manage the ball games or take the shots, yet we do for government.


  15. - Enjoy Illinois - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 4:18 pm:

    ==our current Pres.==

    You do realize this is an Illinois-centric website, right?


  16. - Chambananon - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 4:23 pm:

    ‘Tis better to be thought a fool and remain silent, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.


  17. - Chatham Resident - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 4:24 pm:

    Is it just me or did it sound like a lot of the reporters at the pressers been coming from the Sinclair School of Journalism (aka Channel 20) lately?


  18. - Frank talks - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 4:29 pm:

    Mazzochi- if it doesn’t have to do with making sure her pharmaceutical company clients make money she should stop talking. Apparently never studied anything else.


  19. - Inverted Pyramid - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 4:40 pm:

    Medill is stellar.
    Columbia College has a great program.
    EIU produces award winners.
    The Daily Egyptian (for you Brownie) is top notch.
    UIUC has Ebert Fellows for Christ’s sake.

    And the press corps covering a Governor of our state poses a question like that?

    Yeesh.


  20. - Southern Skeptic - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 4:42 pm:

    That press conference was unhinged today. Amy Jacobson’s suggestion to move the standards for warning level up to 15% positivity was mind-blowingly Trumpian. See, there’s no problem. We haven’t triggered the warning because we moved the warning. As the governor said in response, “that’s crazy.”

    And yea, the “make Madigan resign.” Really?


  21. - BilboSwaggins - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 4:42 pm:

    Closing restaurants to protect public health is government overreach and tyrannical but also please force resignations of elected officials from co-equal branches of government.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 4:58 pm:

    === She apparently said she hoped the governor was also talking to the AG to see if there was information in the federal documents that could support state charges.===

    To that “update”…

    Can’t she also ask the AG directly, if she hasn’t already.


  23. - Charlie Wheeler - Friday, Nov 20, 20 @ 5:42 pm:

    Point of information:

    Dear Inverted Pyramid,

    I would respectfully add the Public Affairs Reporting program at the University of Illinois to that listing of outstanding journalism programs, based on our alumni base.

    Charlie Wheeler


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