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She pulled a stunt. By her OWN admission- I lled about the gun " to get a rise out of people". Is THAT acceptable behavior? How is it acceptable to announce to audiences that Hinsdale Central is not safe? Announcing that the school is a soft target! If she had concerns she could have addressed them privately. But this is for her campaign. And I'm shocked that people like you approve of her stunt. It's hard enough to be a teenage Rebublican in the public schools. She just opened them up to ridicule!
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Exactly right! She engaged in a self promoting stunt. That is IT.
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Gene, Rocky said he looks forward to seeing more scrutiny of other candidates. He didn't say he was looking for that from ME. As I said above-if you or anyone else wants to write an article scrutinizing them-have at it! Anyone who knows me knows that I am leary of anyone who has made public statements against our President. That includes Mark Curran. I am already on the record with that. The topic here is a phenomenom in the IL GOP wherein people-and not just myself-are being called racists etc. etc. because we point out that Peggy Hubbard has a problematic background by almost any objective measure. If you have an issue with it-that is your problem.
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Dennis and Tim, Thank you for highlighting the over- arching point of this article. There is no requirement to scrutinize every candidate in an article. If you would like to write an article scrutinizing Tarter, Curran, or anyone else, it’s a free country ( for the time being anyway) and you are free to do so. Scrutiny is not a smear. If you would like to point out an inaccuracy in this piece please do so. However, the voting record is what it is- not a smear. If you don’t like the light being shine on it, that is your issue. Not mine or anyone else’s.
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Beware. Don’t be fooled. This man voted for Bernie Sanders in 2016. A fact.
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First of all, Hultgren wants to share opposition research on Underwood with Oberweis/ Tis to laugh! He never used any that " research" in his race against Underwood. If he had, he would have explained to everyone how she never practiced as an RN for starters. Secondly, our perceptions about Oberweis' feelings for our President were reinforced-not contradicted-by his statement criticizing Trump's " style." Why not take the tack that even Tim Schneider did and simply say that you support him? Its clear that Oberweis is making this carefully worded distinction so that he can attempt to glom onto the moderate votes that alluded Hultgren. In the process though, he annoys the conservative base. When are we going to stop being taken for granted?
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Attention readers! The above statement issued by Co Chair Shaw repudiating Pat Brady is totally at odds with his defense of his actions to modify the party platform in 2016. The GOP Mirrors often have 2 faces.
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I have been told by numerous party officials that I have a big mouth. So instead of remarking here, I will simply put some words here and the readers can put them in whatever order they choose to. Believe you if swampland that I sell would you.
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" Maverick McCain". LOL. He was beloved by the libs when he was a turncoat to his party and its leaders, and he was reviled by the libs when he campaigned against Democrats. What a maverick!!!
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What world would that be, D? Why don't you come out and identify yourself? I hear that Brady is good and mad at this article. For all we know, you are him. Or perhaps his almost as useless relative Dan.
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I am not familiar with your comedy act. When you are not appearing on this stage, where do you perform?
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Yes-they are very good friends. They admitted as much on their last appearance (key word last) with me on Chicago Tonight.
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I agree. Both Hultgren and Roskam ran lazy campaigns.
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Ah, Mark. People like you always think that if you ignore a destructive force it will go away.
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This is what I believe, too Gerard. The party needs to become a heck of a lot savvier in whom it chooses to direct it firepower. We should be the Party of skilled labor. The public unions won't go along-but the private unions know what is at stake.
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You see letters like this eery month? Great! That means people are on to the GOP leadership's failures. As to your last sentence, it is gibberish that doesn't make a shred of sense. You must be from Schneider's office.
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We need Aaron Del Mar like a fish needs a bicycle.
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I think you make a number of spot on points. Demographics are not on our side-and they will never be in all likelihood. How we deal with that is the question. We HAVE to deal with it or we can hole up in a bar somewhere and drink and play darts until the Dems have so thoroughly decimate this state that the lib voters finally cry uncle. What is shocking to me-and it shouldn't be I know-is that the leadership had no plan-and still has no plan-to counter the changes that Trump instinctively knew how to deal with. Hultgren and Roskam should have been far more aware of the changes that had been taking place for over a decade in their districts. Their counties went for Hilary for cripes' sake. But its so easy for them-and cretins like Walsh-to ascribe the blame to Trump. What I think is sorely needed is a strong dose of populism. Doctrinaire conservatives balk at that term-but properly delineated-it does not contradict conservatism. We know the white single female voters aren't going to go our way as a bloc. Bending into a pretzel to appeal to them is what will water down our platform-and that's a trap I refuse to fall into . There are millions of folk in this state who still don't vote-working class people who crave the " I care about the little guy" message Trump gave. I think we all know union folks who pulled the lever for Trump despite their leadership''s stances. We can-and we must-direct our outreach to people who are not fundamentally opposed to a strong economic and social message. Chasing after some voters is a big fat waste of time-and that's a position I stand by.
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There is a whole lot of stuff to unpack in your post-and Imo-much of it is dead spot on.I agree with your assessment of the demographic changes hampering the conservative prospects and I also-of douse-agree with your descriptions of the Roskam/Hultgren campaigns. They ran as if they were still institutions and therefore untouchable. Any fool should have been watching the steady demographic shifts that have been taking place in DuPage and Kane Counties for over a decade now. These counties went for Hillary in 2016 for cripes sake-a factoid that Walsh and other Trump haters love to dismiss as they pin blame on him for the losses. Having said all that-I still maintain that the factors Hultgren and Roskam had to contend with were the same factors Trump had to deal with-and obviously, he won. What I think is missing from the GOP playbook in general is a stand of populism. It's a dirty word to too many doctrinaire conservatives-and thats a damned shame. As you say-messaging is everything-and properly delineated, a conservative message with a good dash of populist appeal CAN carry the day with union members-many of whom I know voted Trump. White suburban single women are simply too stupid to chase after-and I know thats a radical statement but I mean it sincerely-but there are other places we can get the votes if we are willing to adjust both the messaging and most importantly-the leadership that thinks its knows the way forward when it clearly doesn't.
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Absolutely.
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Spot on Gerard!
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I know, right?
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President Trump is not a child or puppy that needs to " earn praise." He is the Republican President. And while not perfect-he is doing a good job and doesn't need yet another pile on. You tell me how that is helpful in the least?
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