Monday, November 7, 2005
Jeff Berkowitz Seems to Have Called It Right
on my WLS-AM program last night when he predicted that Judy Baar Topinka would shortly announce that she will run for governor. The Tribune this morning confirmed it. Her willingness to run will put the conservatives in a dreadful bind. This year, more than ever before, there are outstanding conservatives seeking the nominationtoo many of them: State Sen. Bill Brady, businessman Jim Oberweis, State Sen. Steve Rauschenberger with Joe Birkett probably bowing out (one rumor has him running for Lieutenant Governor with Topinkasay its not true, Joe!) Normally, a Summit endorsement should have convinced those who lost to drop out. Not this conservative group: theyd rather all run and lose to a Republican liberal.
If the deadlock holds, conservative intransigence will frustrate any attempt to take the party back with all-but-official Democrat Jim Thompsons and wuss crybaby Jim Edgars choice winning the nomination. Yesterday Thompson was on TV extolling the prematurely orange-haired lady who plays her accordion at gay rights rallies. Youd think with his record as the audit committee watchdog who snoozed on the Sun-Times board while the two crooks ran away with everything but the door-knobs, the media would have more questions to ask of the monstrously ego-driven Thompson than who he backs for governor. But get this: conservatives proud of their inability to compromise to build a united ticket will go down with all trumpets blaring the inanity that means nothing to insiders: Kjellander must go, hey-hey! allowing a grateful Topinka to get the nomination. Thus will the geriatric wing of conservatism triumph with the slogan: We forget nothing and learn nothing.