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Sun Oct 12, 2014, 12:48 PM

(SURPRISE!) Chicago Tribune endorses repub Rauner for governor

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-illinois-governor-quinn-rauner-endorse-edit-20141010-story.html#page=1

This is the lamest endorsement I've seen from the Trib since their classic Bush endorsement for reelection in 2004 (which essentially read like "Yeah, Bush is an idiot, he screwed up everything he touched, he hasn't accomplished anything positive and he's a general embarrassment to the country but... um... Democrats are boogerheads so we endorse Bush."

Now with Rauner they again can't come up with a solid reason to vote *FOR* him, just a long, twisting essay that sheds no light on what Rauner will do to solve the state's problems (the reason of course being that Rauner hasn't himself put forth any firm plans, just vague 1%-er nonsense about how he'll magically grow us out of our problems).

And they can't say anything much against Gov Quinn except that he's had 6 years to fix every problem in the state and hasn't yet (in fact Quinn's done a respectable job of improving the state's fiscal affairs in an economy the repubs crashed). Toss in the usual repub blather about too-high taxes in Illinois (they're not that high and they're in dire need of a progressive makeover).

If you're interested in a study of how to write an endorsement of the un-endorse-able, how to support a man who's bankrupted 11 businesses while stuffing his own pockets, whose company is being sued for fraudulent practices running nursing homes, who has no experience in government leadership other than lending his name to a few boards, follow the link and enjoy.

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Reply (SURPRISE!) Chicago Tribune endorses repub Rauner for governor (Original post)
Gidney N Cloyd Oct 2014 OP
mucifer Oct 2014 #1
Downwinder Oct 2014 #2
Gidney N Cloyd Oct 2014 #3
Dawson Leery Oct 2014 #4

Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Original post)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 01:00 PM

1. The only Democrat they have ever endorsed for president was Barack Obama

and that was pretty much only because of his Chicago roots.

They did endorse Abraham Lincoln, tho back when republicans were the better party. So there's that.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 01:46 PM

2. Can't say "Worlds Greatest Newspaper" is any

more accurate than FOX.

"Dewey Defeats Truman" was a famously incorrect banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Tribune on November 3, 1948, the day after incumbent United States President Harry S. Truman won an upset victory over Republican challenger and Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election.

But, just as reliable.

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Response to mucifer (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 01:53 PM

3. But I believe they have opted at times even in major elections not to endorse anyone.

I can see them not wanting to endorse Quinn as he's a realist when it comes to taxes but given how unqualified, undefined, and generally shifty Rauner is, they could quite reasonably made this another one of those times. To endorse him based almost exclusively on his perceived ability to improve the jobs climate in Illinois when his business history shows he made much of his fortune by bankrupting companies and offshoring labor doesn't stand up to even republican reasoning.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Original post)

Sun Oct 12, 2014, 02:38 PM

4. Quinn still has many advantages that the Tribune cannot take away from him.

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