April 19, 2017
"FIREWALL" STRATEGY NOT AN OPTION FOR RAUNER IN 2018

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) is not the worst governor in America. According to a just-released poll by Morning Consult, Rauner is only the 8th-worst, as measured by his approval/disapproval rating, which stands at 42/49%. Those are politically toxic numbers. An incumbent governor, to win, needs to be around 50 percent "approval." But it's better that a Feb. Simon poll, which put Rauner at 58% "disapprove." Other Republican governors, like those in MA, MD, TX, AR, TN, NV and GA, have "approves" as high as 75%. Rauner's problem is that he is not perceived as a "firewall," meaning a check on Democratic liberal legislative excesses, as in MA and MD. That's because Madigan and his Springfield minions do nothing to irritate voters -- by doing nothing. And then blame Rauner for his intransigence. Rauner will spend $100 million through Nov. 2018, but his prospects look bleak. Full Article...


April 12, 2017
"GOODNESS" VANQUISHED IN LINCOLNWOOD, NORRIDGE, SCHILLER PARK, PARK RIDGE ELECTIONS

In certain northwest suburban municipalities, April 4 was not GOOD TUESDAY. The incumbent with the GOOD tan lost in Lincolnwood. The Democratic statewide officeholder with the GOOD connections lost in Norridge. The incumbent with GOOD intentions lost in Schiller Park. The candidate with GOOD ethnicity lost in Park Ridge. But in Des Plaines, the "Boy Wonder" mayor, who hired an ad agency to concoct a new city motto, which was "GOOD MOVE CITY," won easily. In Morton Grove, Dan Proft's superPAC failed to elect a mayor. The status quo won in Skokie, Harwood Heights, Elmwood Park, Mt. Prospect and Arlington Heights. Full Article...


April 5, 2017
TEXAS IS LABORATORY FOR DEMOCRATS' 2020 HOPES

The great liberal myth is that, as America grows less white, and the black, Hispanic and Asian population increases, there will be an emerging -- and permanent -- Democratic majority. The occupant of the White House belies that supposition, as does continued Republican dominance in Texas, where the Hispanic vote is not monolithically Democrat. 58% of Texas's population is non-white, but Trump won the state by 807,179 votes. California is 61% non-white, and Clinton won the state by 4,269,977 votes. Texas stays red because Republicans try to appeal to Hispanics. If national Democrats expect to win in 2020, Texas will be a 2018 laboratory. US Sen. Ted Cruz, who ravaged Trump in the 2016 presidential primaries and refused to endorse him by name against Clinton, could be beaten -- but not by a politically-correct liberal like one of San Antonio's Castro brothers. The Sanders-Warren Democratic brand may sell in California and the East Coast, but not in Texas. Full Article...


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