Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady has increased his lead over appointed governor Pat Quinn. Brady holds a solid thirteen point lead over the beleaguered governor. It can only get worse for Pat Quinn. Pundits, like Eric Zorn, claim the lead is only due to the “I’m not them” selling point.
Maybe. And maybe that is a good thing. Who would want to be an inept, reckless, irresponsible, feckless, incompetent? Who would want to be a known Chicago Machine hack in so called reformer’s clothing? Who would want to be responsible for the State of Illinois being on the brink of financial collapse? Pat Quinn being “them” is good for Illinois. It means Quinn and “them” will not control the state. It means Brady can call AAA and get the state towed out of the ditch Quinn and his corrupt Democrats drove us into.
Some people talk about wedge or litmus issues turning the race around after Labor Day- abortion, guns, gays, etc. Those people better get a clue. Across the country. people only care about two issues- the economy and jobs. Candidates who tout those issues are doing well. Wedge issue appeasers are finding it difficult, even among their narrow bases, to gain traction. Jobs and the economy have taken center stage. They have top star billing. Democrats just don’t get it. What are they thinking? The better question is- are they thinking?
By the way, guys like Pat Quinn only give lip service to those wedge issues. They never actually do anything. Wedge voters have finally realized they have been taken for a ride. Advocating and supporting issues is far and away different from acting on them. Guys like Quinn are long on talk and short on action.
Bottom line- this campaign is all about the bottom lines. Ours and the state’s. Pat Quinn’s handlers are letting Quinn be Quinn. That is a good thing. Bill Brady will be governor. He will inherit a major man made disaster of monumental proportions. At least, he will try to do something, unlike Quinn, who has done nothing.