By John Ruberry

Donald Trump received during the 2016 general election campaign, only two of them came from publications that have more than 100,000 subscribers. Those papers were the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Florida Times-Union. There were nine anti-endorsements–eight of those urged “Not Donald Trump–” and 64 “No Endorsements.” Most of the rest, 243 of them, were for Hillary Clinton.

In Illinois, all four of the newspaper nods so far for next month’s Republican gubernatorial primary have gone to incumbent Bruce Rauner. But as I wrote late last year at Da Tech Guy, Rauner has failed miserably as governor of America’s fifth-most populous state. Oops, make that sixth-most populous, as Illinois’ people exodus has allowed Pennsylvania to surpass it. National Review calls Rauner the nation’s worst Republican governor. During Rauner’s 2014 campaign he touted a 44-item turnaround agenda. None of them have been enacted into law. And after overriding the governor’s veto, the man who has destroyed Illinois, House Speaker for Life (in all but name) Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) last summer rammed through a 32 percent income tax hike.

Running against Rauner in the GOP primary is Jeanne Ives, who I support. A West Point graduate, Ives entered the race after Rauner signed into law bills that angered Land of Lincoln conservatives, including sanctuary state legislation, a bill that allows Illinoisans to change the gender listed on their birth certificates, and legislation that expands taxpayer funding for abortions. On that last one Rauner broke his promise to Illinoisans--including Cardinal Blase Cupich–that he would veto it.

Jeanne Ives

Rauner’s endorsements are milquetoast testimonials.

“You say you wish more had been accomplished during Rauner’s first term to fix finances, to grow jobs? So do we,” the Chicago Tribune shrugs.

A “flawed incumbent” laments the Daily Herald.

“As we approach this primary election, we have fundamental concerns about the governor’s ability to lead in this incredibly difficult time,” the Bloomington Pantagraph unloads.

“With a handful of exceptions, we believe he has been a failure as governor, and he has only himself to blame. He promised what he could not deliver,” says the Chicago Sun-Times.

In not choosing Ives, each paper mentions her conservative stance on social issues and the Pantagraph specifically cites a controversial TV ad where actors, including a man wearing a dress, “thank” Rauner for signing social issue legislation.

There has been only one poll so far in the GOP race and it’s a month old. At that time nearly 70 percent of likely voters hadn’t heard of Ives. But a few days later Ives’ TV commercials, including the one that has so angered the media and Democrats who have no intention of voting for a Republican candidate for governor, began airing.

The “experts” said Trump couldn’t even win the Republican nomination for president, let alone defeat Hillary Clinton. Sure, Illinois is a blue state, but the Land of Lincoln has been destroyed by the Democratic hegemony led by Madigan. And as I told the Prairie State Wire last week, Illinois hasn’t had a real conservative governor in the modern era.

Are enough Illinoisans fed up with failure?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

As you should know by now every year, even back when we were at the Windam (other than when they were stolen at the airport) I bring Cannoli from Massachusetts to give out at CPAC. It’s become a tradition as attested by this video from CPAC 2012 when we were in DC proper.

A few years ago Scottie Neil Hughes shot a video concerning said cannoli extolling their virtue, but last year she didn’t get one and ended up shooting a video calling out both me and Kellyanne Conway of the Whitehouse for getting a Cannoli when she didn’t. Even an offer of a loan of a DaTechGuy fedora was not a substitute so we were determined to make sure Scottie got her cannoli and made it a point to bring an extra full sized cannoli in addition to the 40 mini cannoli (yes we bring the small ones) and left it in the fridge in the room until we spotted Scottie.

Meanwhile the cannoli were, as always well received as per this video from the producer at Chosen Generation

By Friday the last cannoli was gone and all that was left was to wait for Scottie to present her with the last one. Unfortunately Saturday afternoon Scottie informed us that other commitments prevented her from coming this year which meant we had an extra cannoli, who to give it to?

Well the solution was right before me in the form of Vito from the Vito and Vito show (interview to be uploaded) who has appearing as a guest on the inaugural broadcast of “The Other Podcast” hosted by Stacy McCain and William Hoge of Hogewash which was being done in my room. Who better to taste test a cannoli than a Sicilian from Brooklyn?

I’ll admit that Vito doesn’t have the same video effect as Scottie but if a cannoli meets the standard of a Sicilian from Brooklyn you know it’s worthwhile.

So the next time you see DaTechGuy offering Cannoli at an event be aware that the Cannoli offered by DaTechGuyblog are Sicilian from Brooklyn approved.

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story so far:

Sunday Feb 25th

CPAC 2018 Dutch Kitchen Cannoli Sicilian from Brooklyn Approved

Saturday Feb 24th

CPAC 2018 / Don’t give a VUK Meet the Voter the Media Narrative says Does Exist

Friday Feb 23rd

Voices at CPAC 2018 Senator Ted Cruz Answers Two Question for DaTechGuy

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment
Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

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Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

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