Tuesday, December 16, 2008

In Defense of Illinois Voters PART TWO

Okay, I've already defended myself and others in Illinois here. But what headline do I see on CNN this morning?

Commentary: Illinois voters should blame themselves

Can I get a What What? Yes, it is your fault you had a lack of good choices. The uninspiring Judy Baar Topinka and the slimy Rod Blagojevich. Keep in mind the scandal Republican George Ryan had created. Keep in mind the scandal Republican Jack Ryan had been in during the senate race during 2004 (that led to Barack Obama's election).

Republicans in Illinois have been sucking it up. Judy Baar Topinka needed to be the Barack Obama of the Republican Party to pull this off. It just wasn't going to happen.

Lets take a look at the article:

Still, most people assumed we were stuck with him for two more years. The tapes described in the federal criminal complaint last week confirmed what many in Illinnois had suspected for a long time. The real Rod Blagojevich has been running the state like a Chicago ward boss, according to the complaint.

Okay, first dude, its Illinois. Second...Illinois still might be stuck with him for another two years. Dude is refusing to resign. Thinks he has done no wrong. What were people supposed to do, oust him with a special election before his term was up?


Blagojevich won a bare majority of the vote in a three-way race.

No. No. No. Blagojevich won a plurality.

Check out the Wiki entry:

Rod Blagojevich (incumbent) 49.8%
Judy Baar Topinka 39.3%
Rich Whitney 10.4%
Randy Stufflebeam (Write-in) 0.5%

He goes on to say that Illinois ethics laws are weak, and that's why there's been so many problems. Blah Blah Blah. Who passes ethics laws? The legislators, who are supposedly part of this corrupt machine.

And he says it is because of a culture of corruption. That's were I think the blame lies, not on the voters. Rod is the fifth of the last eight Illinois Governors to be charged with a felony. That sounds like a cross party problem. How do Illinoisans choose if the only candidates who can raise money are the corrupt ones? How else can Illinoisans figure out who to vote for?

So, Dr. Kent Redfield, you are wrong. Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.

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