Skip to comments.GOP Moderate Kirk Wins Ill. Senate Primary
Posted on 02/02/2010 8:11:31 PM PST by Maelstorm
Newser) Moderate Mark Kirk has won Illinois Republican Senate primary, blowing away two conservative opponents backed by tea-party contingents. The congressman has 56% of the vote with more than 82% of precincts reportinggiving him a 37% lead over Patrick Hughes. Analysts predicted that a clear Kirk victory would take much of the steam out of the tea-party movement.
On the Democratic side, the Chicago Tribune reports, state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias looks close to clinching the nomination, setting up a fight with Kirk for the Senate seat vacated by President Obama.
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Such silly prognostications this reporter writes in the article... It is common knowledge that every political movement ‘wins some and they lose some”...
The Tea Party movement is a hodge-podge of groups - just getting organized... After all it has only been a year or is it less? ... that a Tea Party ‘movement’ even got underway.
As an emerging entity - the various Tea Parties groups will have strength and success in one area but perhaps not another. Tea Parties are not funded by Billionaires.
The biggest mistake that any liberal/leftist/Marxist - a.k.a. ‘Progressive Democrats’ can make is to assume that the diverse Tea Parties follow one rule and will die on the vine at one defeat or another...
Nothing could be further from the truth...
Giannoulias is a basketball and locker room buddy of Barack Obama with no experience and another con artist.
Well, if Obama is against unethical bankers, then he must be against Giannoulias -
NYT: “As Lender, Senate Candidate Impacted Bank Woes”
Sun Times: “Giannoulias admitted to most controversial bank loans” (Russian mobsters, Convicted Bookmakers)
We won in Massachussets with a canidate running against Obamacare, against Cap and Trade, against gay marriage, and supported restrictions on abortion. Illinois is middle America and the Democrats have been self flagellating themselves with corruption and dirty politics and we couldn’t even get one outsider conservative across the finish line in the Senate or Governor’s race? That is a problem. If we are going to see real change we are going to need better coordination. Maybe Illinois is just nuts. I still remember how Steve Saurberg was treated when he was running against Durbin and he was no liberal. I swear I’m beginning to think conservatives in Illinois are nuts because the Rasmussen poll showed a big chunk going for Kirk and it looks like that is exactly what happenned tonight. Hardly a vote for change or liberty.
Would take steam out of the movment? LOL Why don’t they check out Rubio and half a dozen other races. No, the movement never made this race a focus. Which is a shame.
I am sick of uber lib baby killing Republicans described as “moderate”
We didn’t need this seat we picked our spots and Brown dealt a blow to ration care.
I don’t know, but Illinois is one f-uped up place.
Hell, he’s not even a Republican. WTH?
It might be better if the Dhimmicrat wins this one in the fall. At some point, we have to abandon RINOs if they are just so far gone that we can’t tell the difference between them and the commies. Cap and Trade? Good grief. Why not just vote to disband the US altogether and put the UN in charge.
Absolutely right! Is there any way to get off the RNC and the RSC calling list? I can tell when they call as there is a pause before some poor slock comes on then I acknowledge him and then lay the phone down and let him talk so he wastes enough time not to call someone else...
That is what has happened there for the past 4 years.
The problem here was you had an established GOP congressman (Kirk) running against several, relatively unknown candidates. This isn’t a Marco Rubio or Pat Toomey situation. Kirk’s challengers were virtual unknowns, plus there were several of them. Pretty hard to win in that scenario. Also, Kirk didn’t win with a plurality - he won a solid majority. So that suggests that there just wasn’t enough conservative grassroots opposition to him.
Whatever the case may be, it would be silly to not vote for Kirk over a Dem in the general - even considering his very moderate record. This is Obama’s seat we’re talking about here.
The same thing that happened when Kennedy beat Nixon.
Ooga booga booga!! It’s a moderate!!
Relax. You win some, you lose some.
Well I would have to say that as a conservative I would support Kirk just for the pure psychological warfare benefit it would do in harming Messiah.
Secondly, if he sticks to his anti-socialized medicine stand he will win comfortably in the fall. This Obamacare thing is destroying whatis left of liberalism.
On the bad side, the first time things get tough he will run for the MSM and their liberal friends.
So you take the seat and his vote for the leadership and and put up with his BS. Like McCain, Graham, Snowe and Collins. Without those four we would have Obamacare so it is something to be careful of.
Analysts predicted that a clear Kirk victory would take much of the steam out of the tea-party movement.Pay to play is alive and well.
I’m not sure how many conservatives actually exist in that state but this was not a fight conservatives took too. Look at the reception Rubio is drawing. Look even At Rand Paul. Look at Scott Brown or even J.D.’s latest entrance. this race never draw much notice here on an activist site. Which means there was no massive organization to present an alternative choice. Lacking unity and lacking committment by the movement the choice was defined with money and name recognition. Kirk had this.
I wish he hadn’t won but I said a few days ago to expect this because conservatives NEVER rallied here. Okay a few did but they fought an uphill battle. Hell, Erick at redstate only spoke last WEEK about maybe rallying conservatives to make it a race. What does that say?
Conservatives can’t just decide a week before to maybe pay attention to the race and expect polls to miraculously flip. The NY-23 race at least had a month to rally supporters and just barely lost.
Not moderate, liberal.
What happened is Hughes wasn’t much of a candidate. That just happens sometimes.
We may have a Brady/Plummer gubernatorial ticket. I can handle that.