Somewhere in their prison cells, the two most recent former governors of Illinois are smiling. President Obama and his campaign team have done it; they’ve taken the body politic of Illinois and especially Chicago and captured the nation’s highest office. Again.
In Beemsville we’re just grateful it’s all over. We’re not even in a swing state and we’re tired of the ads and talking points. And once more, we’re both humbled and intrigued that our home state can provide such a fine crucible for political leadership.
Do you doubt the wisdom of running a Chicago Style campaign? When it’s so obviously the winning formula?
First off you focus in on the urban centers. Duh. That’s where all the people live. Leave the rubes in the sticks to their grain liquor, bible thumping, and such. Like this. It’s become more and more difficult for the Republicans to combat due to point #3 (below). Second, you must raise lots and lots of cash for divisive adds. Former Govs Blago and Ryan knew this well, and it eventually led to their demise (just imagine what either could have done with Super PAC laws on the books…) Both political parties were successful here. Continue reading