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Daily Beast: “Democratic Dreams of Big Wins in Illinois Fading.” Even cheating doesn’t help Dems on Obama’s home turf.

Mike56 2012/10/13 20:50:13
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Joe Walsh may be a cable TV favorite, but the garrulous and contentious Tea Party freshman congressman from Chicago’s suburbs should be politically dead, dead, deadski, as Michael Keaton put it in Beetlejuice

The fact that Walsh is very much alive heading into the final weeks of the campaign suggests a possible Election Day stunner on President Obama’s home turf: Despite the president’s own assured victory in Illinois, more Republican congressmen may survive than ever imagined after Democrats vividly shafted the GOP in redrawing congressional districts.


Going into this cycle, the state’s congressional delegation consisted of 11 Republicans and eight Democrats. Since its population grew less than many others in the last decade, the state had to lose a seat. Democrats, who run the legislature, got to draw the map. And they were brutish in undermining Republicans. Even a three-judge federal panel, which heard a legal appeal by the GOP, conceded the party in power’s handiwork reflected “a blatant political move to increase the numbers of Democratic congressional seats.”


The map split Rockford, even though it’s “been within a single district since 1850,” the court wrote. Bobby Schilling, a freshman Republican in the 17th who ran a pizza restaurant before heading to Washington, found that just 51.9 percent of his constituents were in his new district. Adam Kinzinger, a young former fighter pilot and freshman incumbent, found just 20.5 percent of his constituents in what was slated as his new bailiwick.

Similar situations abounded for Republican congressmen, prompting one, Tim Johnson, to retire and Kinzinger and Manzullo to face a primary against one another (Kinzinger would win). testimony underscored the active involvement of the Washington-based Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in creating the Illinois map, including emails about “how to destabilize Republican incumbents” and one that heralded that its aim was “seemingly accomplished” by the map.

But interviews with campaign consultants and party officials on both sides suggest that, with less than a month to go, the Democrats’ belief that they could recapture five, even six, Republican seats appears to be folly.


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  • jerry 2012/10/13 22:24:01
    Nah, there are many dead people eager to vote Dem
    jerry
    +9
    "Good morning Chicago...it's election day and the voters are headed to the polls in record numbers, it's heart-warming to see democracy in action, isn't it?"


    night of the living dead night of the living dead night of the living dead

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  • Marek 2012/10/17 19:37:21
    Cheating is not going to help the Chicago Demn losers
    Marek
    +1
    I sincerely hope so.
  • JT For Political Reform 2012/10/15 12:18:15
    Cheating is not going to help the Chicago Demn losers
    JT For Political Reform
    +1
    The tide is turning.
  • wtw 2012/10/14 18:38:59
    Nah, there are many dead people eager to vote Dem
    wtw
    +1
    The dead in Chicago rise every voting day by a large majority!
  • Annette 2012/10/14 18:35:22
    Cheating is not going to help the Chicago Demn losers
    Annette
    +3
    They tried the same thing here in FL, but instead they successfully screwed themselves in the process.
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2012/10/14 05:54:52
    Cheating is not going to help the Chicago Demn losers
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
  • Kara ~~... Phyl *I... 2012/10/14 14:57:15
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    +1
    Nice. :)
  • Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥ 2012/10/14 05:21:54 (edited)
    Cheating is not going to help the Chicago Demn losers
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    +8
    Oh My goodness.....Obama voters woke up !!! LOL and they still will lose.

    grave
  • Kara ~~... Pearlie... 2012/10/14 05:22:42
  • Kara ~~... Pearlie... 2012/10/14 05:26:26
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    +5
    They couldn't find enough dead people to vote? ha ha
  • Kara ~~~ American Patriot 2012/10/14 05:21:33
    Cheating is not going to help the Chicago Demn losers
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    +5
    I wonder what the former Governor of Illinois would have done to solve this dilemma? Former governor of Illinois
  • Pearlie... Kara ~~... 2012/10/14 05:22:52
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    +3
    LOL so true....Is he still in Jail?
  • Kara ~~... Pearlie... 2012/10/14 05:24:54
    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    +2
    Yes he is..:)
  • Mike56 Kara ~~... 2012/10/14 09:12:20
    Mike56
    +2
    it depends on how much money he gets from the 0's machine
  • dubbie 2012/10/13 22:41:07
    Cheating is not going to help the Chicago Demn losers
    dubbie
    +5
    Lookin like Obama and Biden showed their colors a wee little bit too early, If they cant hold chit cago , Not gonna hold America hostage anymore One and done
  • Dark Knight 2012/10/13 22:33:03
    Nah, there are many dead people eager to vote Dem
    Dark Knight
    +8
    I have lived in Cook County for 49 of the last 51 years (four of them in the city), and I have yet to see an election where there wasn't a significant, and valid, claim of vote fraud. It's a way of life with us, and it will continue until takers like Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Dick Durbin, Valerie Jordan and Jan Schanowsky are thrown into jail for it.
  • Pearlie... Dark Kn... 2012/10/14 05:24:19
    Pearlie Momi♥Patriot Warrior♥
    +5
    They woke up but cheaters lose in the end..

    grave
  • Dark Kn... Pearlie... 2012/10/14 17:10:38
    Dark Knight
    +1
    Hehe - great picture.
  • jerry 2012/10/13 22:24:01
    Nah, there are many dead people eager to vote Dem
    jerry
    +9
    "Good morning Chicago...it's election day and the voters are headed to the polls in record numbers, it's heart-warming to see democracy in action, isn't it?"


    night of the living dead night of the living dead night of the living dead
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2012/10/13 22:07:44
    Nah, there are many dead people eager to vote Dem
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    +6
    One can hope, but Chicago are the masters of dirty politics.....................
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/10/13 21:52:58
    Cheating is not going to help the Chicago Demn losers
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +5
    Not this time.
  • Mike56 2012/10/13 21:12:45
    Cheating is not going to help the Chicago Demn losers
    Mike56
    +6
    It is not some "right-wing" entity - it is Daily Beast predicting problems for Demns in Nov, even around Chicago, despite their cheating.
  • rightside 2012/10/13 21:11:07
    Cheating is not going to help the Chicago Demn losers
    rightside
    +5
    I know there are plenty of dead people that would vote for bama, but maybe bama's afraid of getting caught. Naw, bama thinks he's above the law.
    I do think that there are plenty of people who loved him then and don't much like him now.

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