As Rauner sweeps Illinois guv GOP primary newspaper endorsments so far, it’s fair to ask if they mean anything anymore

by John Ruberry | February 25th, 2018

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As Rauner sweeps Illinois guv GOP primary newspaper endorsments so far, it's fair to ask if they mean anything anymore

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 Blasé Cupich–that he would veto it.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_103545” align=“alignleft” width=“300”] Jeanne Ives[/caption]

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.

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.

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