Friday, October 13, 2006
Personal Asides: What Does the Tony Rezko Matter Do to the Gubernatorial Election?...Should the TV Debate Go On? Yes!...Give a Cheer for Republican Daryl Dagit, Doggonit!
This is truly an election for governor in which those who vote for either candidate will be the losers and may regret their votes. Not me for I will write in Randy Stufflebeambut for those who are so wedded to the Republican party that they will vote for Topinka as the lesser evil (a theory with which I disagree) what does the Rezko indictment mean? I think it will mean that eventually though not this year we will get a new governor and his name will be Pat Quinn. There isnt a shadow of doubt in my mind that Patrick Fitzgerald will not pursue the thing to its logical conclusion.
Why then do I think Blagojevich will win? Because with the low estate Topinka has now, she will pick up at the most perhaps three points with this thingand she doesnt have the resources to overcome months of negative battering that Blagojevich has meted out to her. Say what you will about him, he has been superbly on message. Say what you want about her, she has been woefully off-center in her message. Even today I dont know about you but I dont know exactly what steps she would take and what reforms, if any she will implement.
Every time I write this I get a few angry missives from people who say I am a traitor to my party and dont I know that she is more moderate on social issues than Rod. You know what? The decision I made not to vote for her was not based on whether or not she can be enticed to support certain things I do on social policy. The decision was made quite a long time ago and I have said it often on my radio show when as newly-elected state Republican chairman would not countenance my trying to wangle an endorsement for Peter Fitzgerald from her. Perhaps 100,000 people were listening: I think most of them called me afterward. They were legitimately angry that a state chairman for the first time in modern history was refusing to support a perfectly qualified, Presbyterian-ly honest United States Senator of her own party. But that isnt what got me entirely. What got me and continues to get me is that she has had the gall to deny flatly deny what thousands of people heard and what is preserved on tapedenying it! I must say that in over fifty years of associating with pols I have never seen the like.
Okay, my opponents say: why do you like Ray LaHood so much since he vowed to find a candidate to run against Fitzgeraldand indeed did find one: Andy McKenna? The reason I like LaHood is because he has the candor to say what he believes. I think he was and is wrong about Fitzgerald. He was angered at him for what I would say are insubstantial reasons: because Peter wouldnt go along with the Illinois Republican delegation. But you know what? LaHood is candid, was candid, said that he couldnt agree with Fitzgerald and that he was going to go out and see that he is defeated. He was not the state chairman but a member of Congress. I respect Ray for his candor and for the forthrightness even when I disagree that he showed in my Roosevelt class. Were Ray to act like Topinka, he would deny what he had said try to muddy up the waters and bluster to propagate a lie. I find what Topinka did to me the most awful thing a politician has ever done to me: assert one thing and then thinking all of us are so dumb maintain the opposite even if the record clearly shows she is lying. That is why I can never will never never never vote for Topinka.
The TV Debate.
Having said that, I would surely hope that Jay Doherty follows through with what he is thinking. This fine man, a loyal Democrat, scheduled a City Club debate on Channel ll when everybody heard Rod Blagojevich accept the terms. Blagojevich has now changed his mind and reneged. Mind you, he doesnt say he never agreed to the terms. He just says the situation has changed. I would hope that Jay who is CEO of the City Club (where I serve as chairman) will allow the Channel 11 session to go on with Judy the same participant. And I hope WTTW will agree to this. The state shouldnt be denied a debate simply because Blagojevichs political managers feel he would be disadvantaged by a debate. Let her debate an empty chair. I would be all in favor of that.
Elect Dagit, Doggonit!
A Republican state legislative candidate with the wonderfully alliterative name of Daryl Dagit is running for state Rep in the 91st district. Let me say that while I have never met Dagit, doggonit I would like to. His opponent, Democrat Mike Smith is heavily backed by Planned Parenthood which shows how unworldly unrealistic it is by calling the state Supreme Courts actions on the 1995 Parental Notification Act of 1995 a shameless political move and pledges to look at ways to block the law. This pro-death, pro-abort crowd has evidently rented Smith for a paltry $400 for which he has voted in 2003 and 2004 in favor of PP 100 percent of the time. Now thats what I call a good investment, PP. Accordingly, Smith has been officially endorsed by PP in 2006, 2004 and 2002.
So while I have not met Dagit, I would support him to the hilt were I in the 91st. Increasingly some in both parties are trying to find a middle ground or at least declare that the surgical procedure is regrettable vis: even the Clintons proposal to make abortion rare. But they are overwhelmed in the Party of Death by those who regard abortion as a sacrament. One of these seems to be Mike Smith who supported the use of public funds for abortion voted yes to unrestricted abortions believes abortions should always be legal (even with other liberals are squeamish).
To make his stand in favor of decadence crystal clear he voted against pornography filters on public school computers. What in the name of God would lead a public official to embrace this proposal which is almost sacrilegious in view of our modern worries about the well-being of our children (and grandchildren including mine which number 13). I tell you, after hearing of Daryl Dagits brave stand, Id almost like to make a stump speech for him myself if it wouldnt backfire. He is my kind of Republican, doggonit. So dagnabit, vote Dagit! Call him at (309) 3533-3002. No, this is not a political adits just that in an election that seemingly has no bright side, the victory of Daryl Dagit in behalf of unborn life would be sweet to savor.
By way of helping him somewhat, Im asking Jake Parrillo to run a photo of Daryl Dagit.