Very good thread. I wasn’t aware of most of this, and Kirk is def. a RINO. He’s probably taking the name of Republican because he couldn’t get it up, ah , sorry, get up in the already controlled Chicago Democratic structure.
Hugh Hewitt is a weasel, vastly overrated as a radio guy, he has that smarminess of a liberal, frankly. The arrogance with nothing of substance behind it or justifying it. Sorry, Hugh, you’re a RINO, and you continue to prove it with each passing day.
Easy now, folks. I mean, what’s wrong with an utter disregard for principle if it can lead to a win. After all, the selling out of our beliefs rewarded us with Arlen Specter, Lincoln Chaffee, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe....If we had stubbornly refused to betray the nation and the American people, why, terrible things might have happened. Liberals could have been elected. Right?!
Has a conservative announced, or is Kirk’s charisma, media manufactured of course, scaring them off?
As a logical person myself, I cannot explain it nor can I claim to understand it, but it is definitely a fact.
The likeability factor carried Bush over Kerry just as it carried ObaMao over McCain with this group. McCain's pathetic debate performance (My friends, this, my friends, that) versus ObaMao's polished debate performance was a huge factor as well.
While it is true that the feeeeelers tend to be easily swayed by the enemedia, the point is that a RINO is not going to win them over, unless it is a RINO with greater likeability and communication skills. In which case a conservative with greater likeability and communication skills will work just as well on this demographic AND will inspire the base.
I'd estimate that the feeeeelers make up a solid majority of the mushy middle, perhaps even as much as two-thirds. And while a portion of that group can be influenced by logic and idealogy, just as a portion of we logical thinkers can be influenced by feelings, these are going to take a back seat.
America, by and large, did not reject conservatism in 2008; they rejected a lousy RINO salesman.
Mark Kirk is my congressman and I have consistently voted for him. He is to the left of the conservative movement, but far to the right of the union Democrat (Dan Seals) who has run very close races against him. I would rather have a centrist Republican than another (far leftie) like Jan Schackowski in the House. She’s in the neighboring district.
A conservative that satisfies the Freeper audience cannot win this purple district or any statewide offices in Illinois.
Can anyone name the last statewide office held by a conservative? Don’t say “Peter Fitzgerald”. He was a libertarian who only beat Carol Mostly Fraud because he had his own (family) money. When Fitz retired after a single term, due to lack of popular support (including conservatives ) we got ... (wait for it) ... BARACK OBAMA.
Rosanna, what percentage of the vote did you get in your last run for office? IIRC, it was under 40%. Yeah, that’s who we need to be listening to in Illinois.
Oh...so you would like ANOTHER OBAMA instead of a moderate Republican?? geesh....you NEVER want to be in power again do you?
Hugh thinks the Assault Weapons ban was about machine guns. Oh, and he is a Romney groupie.
i think the Pulido organization is well-positioned to support the conservative alternative to Krk.
i doubt Krk could carry the 5th in a primary. What is the deal on these 2 fellas?
Last Nov. I voted and contributed to the PALIN/Whats His Name ticket.
Held my nose and voted and contributed for McCain only because Sarah was on the ticket.
That was my last time voting for a rino. No mas.
If the repubs nominate a rino I’ll vote for a third party or not at all.