I am a Democrat, but I'm not an Illinois Democrat. Illinois Democrats are clearly crazy.
Let's take as an example this Southern article Blagojevich doesn't make strong statement on electric rate issue. It is very fair to argue that the Illinois Republicans passed the California/Enron style power laws and so it isn't the Democrats fault. But since the only reason that some relief isn't put in place is because Emil Jones can single handily take campaign contributions from the power companies. I think the Dem's own this problem now.
We all know that Illinois has major budget problems. You have a tax and spend governor who has promised not to raise taxes. What does hot Rod do? He proposes raising taxes on any business with over $1M in revenue. Does anyone know how easy it is to move your business out of state? I can have mine move inside a month, without great difficulties.
It sure looks like Rod has Illinois Governor disease and will be indited before too long over his hiring people based on campaign contributions. We all know, in his heart that he has done it, right?
A reasonable analysis seems to indicate that Rod's goal is to turn the city of Chicago into the state capital and pour the pork and state welfare into the city. The rest of the state can eat cake (third one down).
Since the Demo's only won Cook and Jackson county in the last Presidential race (granted Kerry was a weak candidate), can they hold the state in the next election? Since the Republicans ran an insider, who was associated with corruption in the last race, will they run someone who doesn't look dirty next time? Will it be better or worse for Southern Illinois if "the Pubs" do win the Governor's office next time?