The most offensive part of the Green column has him in a tirade against zealots. That is code for pro-lifers whom he callsin a tip-off to his cultural biasanti-choice. Anti-choice is the phrase of choice for the abortion lobby and what used for the left-wing of the Democratic party which is scrubbing the term and making an exception now that Bob Casey, Jr. is running for the Senate in Pennsylvaniaalthough possibly to Green, Caseys a zealot, too. Evidently the new talking points havent gotten to Green yet. Anyhow, almost everyone in Illinois GOP but Judy appears to be zealots because theyre pro-life: Peter Fitzgerald, Henry Hyde and the entire Republican House delegation except, I guess, Judy Biggert and Mark Kirk. Yes, inferentially it means that Denny Hastert, too, is a zealot. Applying Greens handy identification, please note that Ronald Reagan was a zealot, George H.W. Bush was a zealot. Of George W. Bush, it goes without saying, hes a zealot.
Fly-specking the intended stretches of point by Green:
In the past, the `zealot wing of the Illinois GOP has opposed former Govs. Jim Thompson and Jim Edgar, both of whom won statewide victories many times, running center-right campaigns.
Whoa! Jim Thompson ran center right campaigns? Build Illinois center right?
Yet the conservative zealots in the GOPindividuals who say they oppose the governor on many issues, while in reality their only real concern is abortiondenigrate, debase and defile any party player who does not agree with their rigid anti-choice views.
Has anybody been heard criticizing Rep. Mark Kirk? Comon, get a new liberal song-book, Mr. Green.
Undoubtedly, no Republican can win statewide without the conservative base. But this base is also incapable of carrying Illinois by itself for any GOP candidate.
The point is, dear Dr. Green that a good vote-getter starts with the full base and expands it. The fact that George W. Bush lost Illinois in 2000 by a landslide might just have something to do with the fact that (a) the Bush campaign by run by Gov. George Ryan who had a vested interest in Bush losing, (b) that Ryan met with Richard M. Daley for a conference on election day and (c) before the polls closed, Ryan was on the radio praising Daley for his part in the Democratic win: the point being that Ryan assumed the Dems would win and go easy on his scandals in federal court.
If so-called liberal leaning Republican candidates are good for Illinois, why did a litany of pro-choicers, er excuse me, anti-anti-choicers lose in the past?