Thursday, September 04, 2008

GOPUSA ILLINOIS Daily Clips - September 4, 2008

-- Illinois Politicians (DeMonte, Dudley, Roskam, Sauerberg, Syverson, & Thompson) On What They Want From Palin - Mike Flannery (Includes video clip)

-- Hastert: VP choice represents the "Sara Palin part of the party," that is, the "wing of the GOP that isn't the privileged" - Rick Pearson
-- Hastert: Sarah Palin = Sam's Club GOP - Rick Pearson
-- Speaker Madigan calls House back to Springfield - Monique Garcia
-- Madigan plan would lease Lottery to pay for state construction - Monique Garcia,0,3481436.story
-- Palin message a hit with Chicago Young Republicans before she speaks - Kayce T. Ataiyero,0,3057530.story
-- Blagojevich, Daley also use children when pushing political agendas - Monique Garcia
-- Palin fires up faithful, comes out swinging No. 2 skewers D.C. establishment - Jim Tankersley,0,3625429.story
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Biggert supports Palin "because she's a woman who busted the old-boy network" but Biggert "was disheartened by repeated avowals this summer that McCain would suffer if he selected a candidate who supported abortion rights.",0,7572779.story
-- Palin's small-town ways will play big across U.S. - John Kass,0,1078669.column
-- Cindy McCain disagrees with her husband's running mate on matters of abortion, sex education - AP,0,5416986.story
-- VERY SAD: Wheaton budget shortfall may prompt raise in city's sales tax,0,681826.story

-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Carol Marin argues that replacing Combine leader Kjellander with Pat Brady was a good thing, but Marin fails to address the fact that a) the Combine wanted Brady (AND NOT RAUSCHENBERGER) to replace Kjellander and b) Kjellander was overjoyed that the Combine got its pick.,CST-EDT-carol04.article
(THE COMMENTARY: New GOP leader wants to 'clean up' Illinois Though all eyes remain focused on Sarah Palin after her take-no-prisoners convention speech, we must not miss the other news of this day. Fellow citizens of Illinois, today is the last day Robert "Individual K" Kjellander will serve as a Republican National Committeeman. "You don't have to sound so gleeful," admonished Kjellander when I reached him by cell phone here at the GOP convention in St. Paul. No glee, honest. But no sorrow either. Illinois, thanks to a bipartisan band of fat-cat insiders, is notorious for influence peddling and pay-to-play. And Bob Kjellander and his Republican comrade-in-arms, Bill "Co-Schemer A" Cellini, have been at the forefront of where's-mine politics for decades. Their alphabet designation was a gift from the feds in a government proffer. Neither has been charged with any crime. Here at the GOP convention this week, Kjellander has been spending quality time with his old college classmate and close friend, Karl Rove, longtime master of the dark arts of the Bush administration. But at home in Illinois, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald continues to view Kjellander through his own special lens. Kjellander and Rove's names flew around the courtroom in the recent federal prosecution of Illinois Gov. Blagojevich's high-profile fund-raiser, Antoin "Tony" Rezko. A government witness testified that Rezko told him Kjellander was working with Rove to get Fitzgerald axed. Though both Rove and Kjellander said it wasn't true, we now know thanks to the political scandal at the Bush Justice Department that indeed the sharp knives were out for the corruption-busting Fitzgerald. Seems he was doing too good a job investigating corruption. The irony of Kjellander's retirement is that his replacement is a former federal prosecutor. Patrick Brady, who served at the Justice Department in Washington, is Illinois' new Republican National Committeeman. "We have a terrible reputation in the country, and it's time to clean it up," Brady told me in St. Paul. Though seldom united, on that particular point both the moderate and conservative wings of the Illinois GOP heartily agree. Kjellander's little deals with the Democrats have been embarrassing. Like when his Springfield lobbying business, Springfield Consulting Group, used Tony Rezko as a lobbyist, and in one fee alone picked up a tidy $809,000 in a state pension bond deal courtesy of the Blagojevich administration. As for Kjellander, he is remorseless, and he is rich. "Look, I have done a lot of work for this party over the years. Haven't done anything wrong. I've been controversial but a lot of it is unfounded," he said. Nobody's naive enough to think the retirement of Bob Kjellander is a giant step toward establishing good government in Illinois. Then again, in this political desert, any step at all seems a minor miracle.)
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: DEMOCRATS OVERJOYED: Calling Illinois Republicans a "demoralized bunch without any real power," anti-conservatives Dave McKinney and Abdon Pallasch continue to work hard to demoralize Illinois Republicans,illgop090308.article
(THE EDITORIAL: Republicans take jabs at Blagojevich Illinois Republicans may be a demoralized bunch without any real power, but they do know a good joke when they see one. Today, the punch line was Rod Blagojevich. As Democrats continued to slice and dice Sarah Palin at the national level, the GOP dished it right back on the local stage with their first full-bore attack of the convention week on the scandal-plagued governor of Illinois. “She has an 80-percent approval rating in her state,” U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) said of Palin. “Can you imagine the state we would have if we had a governor with an 80-percent approval rating rather than an 8-percent approval rating?” Roskam, who is facing a re-election battle against Democrat Jill Morgenthaler for his west-suburban 6th Congressional District seat, also laid the ruinous state of Illinois government at the feet of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, who has stayed far away from the feuding factions within the state Democratic Party. He has been silent as to the entire fratricide that has gone on under his nose, Roskam said. Oak Brook physician Steven Sauerberg, who is waging a long shot GOP bid to unseat Durbin, joined in. Sen. Durbin and Sen. Obama have not been serving this state as it has crumbled. State government for Illinois is disaster, Sauerberg said at the delegation breakfast. Sen. Durbin says he doesn't even know Gov. Blagojevich. Sen. Obama -- he's very busy right now. Even former U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert got in on the action during a brief speech outlining how his party is on the rise in Illinois. While some have said things couldn't be worse for a state Republican Party that holds no major state office, Hastert interjected an impromptu line suggesting it could be. “I’m glad we don’t have the current governor,” said the Plano Republican, who has worked closely with Blagojevich to pass a statewide construction program. The Blagojevich campaign dismissed today’s chatter. “There’s a reason they call these things political conventions. They’re designed for candidates to make political points,” said Blagojevich spokesman Doug Scofield. “If Republicans want to criticize a record that includes expanding healthcare, reforming the tollway and putting record amounts of money into education, they’re free to do so.”)
-- GOP delegates (including Pat Brady and Hastert) set to rally behind Palin - Abdon Pallasch and Dave McKinney,gop090308.article
-- Palin slams Obama, brushes off criticism - Abdon Pallasch and Dave McKinney,CST-NWS-gop04web.article
-- Roskam and Sauerberg bash Blagojevich - Abdon Pallasch and Dave McKinney,CST-NWS-illgop04.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Sneed reports on Palin's speech writers, Bristol's ring, Antoine Members' disappointment, Topinka's sexism charges, Illinois delegation floor seating, and Jim Thompson's "bagboys",CST-NWS-SNEED04.article
-- 'Pit bull Palin' sinks her teeth into Obama -- crowd eats it up - Lynn Sweet,CST-NWS-sweet04.article
-- More than they hoped for McCain's politically ingenious selection pays off for GOP - Robert Novak,CST-NWS-novak04.article
-- Palin shows she knows how to throw a punch Her spot on ticket may be a McCain scheme, but her attacks prove this battle is for real - Mary Mitchell,CST-NWS-mitch04.article
-- Meeks right about the bottom line We need to raise taxes to get more money for schools - Mark Brown,CST-NWS-brown04.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Stella Foster comments on teen pregnancies,CST-NWS-stella04.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Harry Byrd of Naperville blasts Republicans for shouting "USA, USA, USA!" Byrd fails to acknowledge that just about all Democrats are outrageously critical of America and blame America for all the world's past, present, and future problems.,CST-NWS-roep04.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Blagojevich wants to lease the lottery to get money. What will he want to lease next? Maybe DuPage County. Each and every year, DuPage County taxpayers send Springfield far far far more money than they get back from Springfield.,blago090308.article
-- VERY SAD: PROMISCUITY ADVOCATES OVERJOYED: Is monogamy genetic? Some men may not be wired to be happily married,CST-NWS-sexgene04.article

-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-conservative David Beery promotes Hastert to take over leadership of the Illinois Republican Party. What does the Combine have to say about that? Many consider Hastert and McKenna Sr. to be leading Combine members and McKenna Jr. to be a leading Combine operative. Citing Lauzen as an example, Durkin blames Republican losses in Illinois on those Republican candidates who lose in primary races and on those Republicans who supported those candidates. Diersen blames Republican losses in Illinois on the Combine and on its operatives. The more planks in the Illinois Republican Party platform that a Republican candidate or Republican elected official supports, the harder the Combine and its operatives work against that candidate, against that elected official, and against their supporters.
(THE EDITORIAL: Hastert may still play leadership role in party The man who for seven years was only a pair of heartbeats from the Oval Office is keeping a low profile this week, but Dennis Hastert's Republican colleagues say they still look to him for leadership. Dennis Hastert, who served as House speaker longer than any other Republican, is keeping a relatively low profile at the national convention. Even before Republicans trimmed their schedule, Hastert was not slated to address the entire convention. He was guest of honor at a private reception Monday hosted by BNSF Railway. He has granted interviews and did appear at the Illinois delegates' breakfast Tuesday. The Plano Republican also will speak to state delegates before the convention adjourns. Illinois Republicans say the bottom line is that Hastert can continue to play a vital party role. "I think we need to have in this next election cycle, as we get to 2010, someone who has the respect of everyone in the Republican party, to make sure that we have civil primaries and that we support whoever wins," said state Rep. Jim Durkin, of Western Springs. Illinois Republicans, Durkin said, have self-destructed during the last two elections by demonizing one another in intense, post-primary battles. In order to capitalize in 2010 on Illinois Democrats' own internal feuding, Durkin said, Republicans need "basically someone with that big stick who is going to be able to institute party discipline and who's going to make sure we're on the same page." Hastert fits the bill, Durkin said, because he's widely respected and because he holds no office himself. Hastert sounds as if he might be willing to speak out occasionally on just such matters. Asked about Democrat Bill Foster's surprise special-election win in May giving his party control of Hastert's former House seat, he said: "I was surprised that it happened, but I had been a little bit worried because we had a very contentious primary and because the guy who lost (state Sen. Chris Lauzen) wasn't very magnanimous at all and as a matter of fact, held his people out, and you know, 5 percent, that's the margin between a win or a loss." Illinois House Republican Leader Tom Cross agrees that Hastert carries the stature needed for the role Durkin envisions. But he also said Illinois Republicans should not rely on a party elder to solve all problems. "I think, and this is not a negative comment, that it also is time for others to kind of step up to the plate and build the party and grow the party and bring it back," Cross said. "I think he will help when asked. I also think he realizes that it's other people's time." Nearly two years have passed since Democrats regained control of the U.S. House, halting Hastert's lengthy run as speaker. Hastert stayed on in his House seat for several months before resigning at midterm last November. Since then, Hastert has taken on the unpaid and largely thankless task of lobbying state lawmakers and the public, on Gov. Rod Blagojevich's behalf, for a proposed $25 billion program to rebuild the state's infrastructure. Efforts in Springfield to advance such a program have run into various roadblocks, including sharp differences among legislative leaders and the governor on how to pay for an estimated $25 billion undertaking. Hastert also has landed a couple of paid consulting roles: one with a Naperville-based firm doing work on energy and health care and the other with a Washington, D.C.,-based law and lobbying firm. Hastert said he does not envision a new career as a lobbyist but does think his experience puts him in a position to offer occasional advice. "I always said I was three miles wide and 10 inches deep," Hastert said, "but there are a lot of things I know, and I think I can make some contributions on the outside, particularly on energy issues.")
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Anti-conservative Nick Shields puts his name to an editorial that reads like the anti-conservative Combine wrote it. Of course, it blames all Illinois Republican problems on "social conservatives."
-- Hastert, Roskam urge state GOP focus on grass roots - David Beery
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Bradley Evans of Glen Ellyn blasts McKenna, big time
(THE BLAST: Separate political fact from fiction Why publish "A Republican's view" by Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna under the pretense of news? Clearly it is opinion, and as such, should have appeared on your Opinion page. Mr. McKenna is correct about Mr. Obama as he writes "The speed of his rise in national politics has been impressive..." Yes, but take some credit, Andy. After all, we have the Illinois Republican Party to thank for drafting Alan Keyes to run against Obama for the U.S. Senate in 2004. Not to be a "speed bump," Senate candidate McKenna ran fourth and lost the primary to Jack Ryan, who later withdrew in controversy, which led to Obama's victory over Keyes. Had Andy won the primary and the Senate seat, we may have never met Barack Obama. I agree with McKenna's assessment that "Obama's fellow Democrats have brought Illinois nothing less than the most corrupt governor's office in Illinois history." Nothing less is right. The Democrats have failed to reach the levels of past corruption. Still time though for the current administration to grant a "sweetheart contract" to a campaign contributor, like the "MSI Scandal" of GOP Gov. Jim Edgar's administration, which cost taxpayers an estimated $20 million in fraudulent overcharges and sent many to prison. Or some racketeering, bribery and extortion, like the "Licenses for Bribes" scandal of GOP Gov. George Ryan's administration which led to over 70 convictions, and the incarceration of former Gov. Ryan. For McKenna to link Obama to the current dysfunction at the state level has as much merit as crediting McKenna and Illinois Republican Party for Obama's meteoric rise. Anyone can rearrange the facts to create fiction. I agree with Andy that fortunately, voters do have a choice between Obama and McCain. Just as they have a choice between fact and fiction.)
-- Illinois delegates (including Chisum and Mathias) say Palin 'hit a grand slam' - David Beery and Nick Shields
-- Cook County: $2.5 million "hurdle" to good government suddenly evaporates - Rob Olmstead

-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: DEMOCRATS OVERJOYED: Calling Illinois Republicans "weak and demoralized," anti-conservative Greg Hinz continues to work hard to demoralize Illinois Republicans
(FROM THE EDITORIAL: Place at convention mirrors IL party; jockeying for 2010 Place at convention mirrors IL party; jockeying for 2010 Illinois Republicans have been banished to the farthest, most unnoticed corner of the hall where the Republican National Convention is being held here in St. Paul. It’s an awfully good metaphor for the state of the state GOP. Already weak and demoralized, Illinois Republicans are fighting to hang on to what little they have this election year. Leaders admit they’ll consider the year to be a success if they can minimize losses in the General Assembly this November and hold on to congressional seats in the northern and southwestern suburbs that Democrats are in danger of capturing. All of that is sparking a lot of talk about how the party can put things back together - and who can do the putting. Among those here who are showing at least a little leg for a race for governor or other statewide office in 2010 are a quartet of state senators: Dan Rutherford of Cheoa, Christine Radogno of La Grange, Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, and Dan Brady of Bloomington. Also mentioned are Illinois House GOP Leader Tom Cross and DuPage County Board Chairman Robert Schillerstrom. Business leaders are on the list, too, including former candidate Ron Gidwitz, Illinois State Chamber of Commerce CEO Doug Whitley, and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, who notably has been in St. Paul all week even though he’s not a candidate. Some also suggest that west suburban native Steve Preston, currently secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, might come home. But how could any of them pull off a successful race in a very blue state, even with all the infighting among Gov. Rod Blagojevich and other Democrats? Focus on developing young talent, a trait the GOP has lacked, says former Gov. Jim Thompson. Proclaim “social moderation and fiscal conservatism,” says former state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, the party’s 2006 candidate for governor. Boost performance in the suburbs, suggests state party Chairman Andy McKenna, who says he’s been trying to do just that. Figure out what the party stands for, and then stand by it, says Mr. Gidwitz. “Do we stand for less government and fewer taxes, or do we stand for more spending, member initiatives and getting my share?” Nice and simple, right? At least Alan Keyes isn’t around the Illinois GOP tent this year.)
-- Madigan calls House back over stalled capital plan - AP
-- VIDEO CLIP: Paul Merrion interviews Andy McKenna
-- VIDEO CLIP: Paul Merrion interviews Jim Durkin

-- Rock River Valley delegates: Palin score 'more than a 10,' 'knocked it out of the park'

-- Peoria area delegates: Palin's speech a 'home run' - Adriana Colindres

-- Obama, a product of Democratic machine politics - Nancy J. Thorner, Lake Bluff

-- Meeks: No hugging in this 10-step program - Kristen McQueary,090408mcqueary.article

-- Bernard Schoenburg: Durbin can live with Lieberman’s ‘grand departure,’ Sauerberg radio ad, GOP ‘watch party’ set
-- Schock to speak today at RNC - Adriana Colindres

-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: Democrat Alaska expert Michele Duvair blasts Alaska, Republicans, Palin, etc.,2_5_AU03_VVDUVAIR_S1.article

-- FROM THE ARTICLE: Over the years celebrities like Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old sister of Britney, have flaunted their pregnancies in the celebrity press. "We've seen a normalization or glamorization of (teenage pregnancy) in the media," Vitek said. "Some teens who are getting pregnant think it's normal because they've seen it on TV. (Jamie Lynn Spears) is on the cover of OK Magazine showing off her belly and saying it's the best time of her life.",4_1_JO04_PREGNANT_S1.article

-- Women Voters plan 96th House District candidate forum,6_1_NA04_DEBATE_S1.article
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: VERY SAD: By being overjoyed that home prices are "plummeting" in DuPage County, affordable housing advocates show that a) they disdain DuPage County's current homeowners who are predominately Republican and b) they are working predominately for Democrats who want to take advantage of DuPage County's prosperity and safety that Republicans created.,6_1_NA04_HOUSING_S1.article

-- AUDIO CLIP: Spike & Topinka

-- AUDIO CLIP: Dennis Hastert at the Illinois Delegation Breakfast

-- Bill Brady among top GOP governor picks - Monica DeSantis

-- Republicans kick off campaigning in La Salle County - Melissa Garzanelli

-- Will Kane officials take raise or refuse it? - Steve Lord,3_1_EL04_A1SALARIES_S1.article

-- OUTSTANDING: Senger and Connelly endorsed by Naperville officials - Fran Eaton
-- Illinois -- 70 votes for McCain/Palin - Fran Eaton

-- Among leftwingers, Palin Derangement Syndrome replaces Bush Derangement Syndrome - John Biver
-- Standing Up for Sarah Palin - Charlene Kalebic
-- Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (Includes video clip)

-- Sarah Palin’s foreign policy expertise: Is she ready for that 3:00 am call? Is Obama? - Jeff Berkowitz

-- BEYOND OUTRAGEOUS: McDonald's Employee Group Indoctrinates Gay Agenda
-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Audio clips of Sandy Rios interviewing convention participants and attendees

-- Campaign Smears Go Beyond the Pale as Obama allies target Palin Family - Daniel Kelley

-- Olbermann misrepresents Obama's opposition to Born Alive; MSNBC slants GOP abortion coverage

-- Andy Martin on Sarah Palin's "Checkers Speech"

-- OUTRAGEOUS: Bush Gives State Secrets to Obama - Cliff Kincaid

-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: American Conservative Union Foundation to host a “Tribute to the Reagan Revolution” convention event Thursday evening. FROM THE ARTICLE: Illinois Republican Party spokesman Lance Trover, a “big ’80s music fan” who prefers Genesis and the Police, will likely skip the ACU bash, but the 28-year-old appreciates the festive theme.

-- VERY SAD: Saul Alinsky's son sees father's handiwork in Democrat convention

-- DIERSEN HEADLINE: Jake Tapper charges the McCain camp with "spreading smears in the name of fighting them"

-- Conservatives hyped over Palin - Liz Sidoti

-- Sarah Steals the Show - Editorial

-- FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD WITH 5X7.5-INCH COLOR PICTURE OF MCCAIN TOUCHING BRISTOL FIANCE LEVI JOHNSTON: Palin Assails Critics and Electrifies Party - Elisabeth Bumiller and Michael Cooper
-- Easiest Task for Palin May Have Been Speech - Adam Nagourney

-- Democrats say Palin mimics Bush divisiveness

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