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A Tale of Two Ads

The Fix, as regular readers know, is a lover of campaign commercials.

So, as we pondered the absolutely stunning arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich yesterday on charges that he was seeking to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder, we were reminded of some of the ads both for and against the governor that ran in his 2006 reelection race.

Looking back at Blagojevich's ads, there is an eeriness to them as he acknowledges his own flaws before insisting that his chief goal has always been to do right by the people of Illinois.

In one particularly choice ad -- titled, ironically, "What I've Been Up To" -- Blagojevich, speaking directly to the camera, says: "Over the years I've ruffled feathers, had some rocky moments, added a second child and learned how to get things done. I'm a little older and hopefully wiser."

Um, no.

And, for all of those Illinois voters who spent the last 24 hours telling their relatives around the country that they "didn't know" Blagojevich had so many problems when they reelected him two years ago, we unearthed this commercial run by then-state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka. (Topinka lost to Blagojevich by 11 points.)

Stunning stuff, no?

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2008; 1:35 PM ET
Categories:  Ad Wars , Governors  
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Comments

But you neglet to mention that Judy Baar Topinka was joined at the hip to the Illinois Gov who is currently in prison, George Ryan.

Topinka is just a more coo coo for cocoa puffs version of Blagojevich. And she swears even more.

The IL GOP's old guard got behind an unelectable nominee. That was the problem in 2006. Few liked Blago, but Topinka scared them even more. A not unreasonable view.

Posted by: fromillinois1 | December 15, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Someday 'SouthernAWF' will learn something about Lisa Madigan and Pat Quinn. Until, s/he will continue to be a waste of bandwidth.

Posted by: TomJx | December 11, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

"His voters are the same urban and/or lower class voters who have voted in socialist power hungry megalocrats for years and ignored all the facts in the process, and yes, they are the same dumb and blind Illinois voters that gave us Senator Obama."

This reminds me of the Dave Chappelle skit where the newscasters would say "niggger" instead of where they would normally say "minority"

I don't want to paint all anti-Obama people as racist, but my god, people like this poster sure make it hard.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 10, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"People voted for Blago because they wanted the rest of the Democratic slate and they didn't believe Topinka could work with them productively."

You have got to be kidding me! You think people voted for a Governor they KNEW was crooked because they wanted someone who could work with the rest of the corrupt machine??????
HAHAHAHA
I think people don't look at facts, and they vote mostly on party depending on their disposition. Illinois has a majority coalition of minority voters, lower class voters, and a socialist urbanites. That's how they recklessly elect an obviously corrupt Governor.

Posted by: SouthernAWF | December 10, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

His voters are the same urban and/or lower class voters who have voted in socialist power hungry megalocrats for years and ignored all the facts in the process, and yes, they are the same dumb and blind Illinois voters that gave us Senator Obama.

God help us.

Posted by: SouthernAWF | December 10, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

People voted for Blago because they wanted the rest of the Democratic slate and they didn't believe Topinka could work with them productively. It's one thing to do that as Treasurer, another thing as Governor.

And no, people really didn't believe Blago would be THIS corrupt. Not even his father-in-law believed it when he helped him win his first term. The split caused a family feud.

Posted by: TomJx | December 10, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I guess we have learned machine politics is alive and well in certain areas of the country. I realized the governor is an idiot, but has our expectations for our elected officials dropped to the point that this is an afterthought? The interesting impact here could be, since the SEIU was allegedly working as a middle man here, possibly facilitating a high paying position, do we trust SOME of these unions, who clearly don't police themselves, with unfettered access to our job market with card check?

Posted by: TexasProud1 | December 10, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

leapin, you are a waste of time.

The King of corruption and special favors for business associates is in the VP office right now. No, not VP-elect, but the current, lame duck VP whose company was at the brink of bankruptcy just before he decided he would be the best man for the VP spot. Somehow, that company is now making so much money that Cheyney coughs $100 bills when he has a cold.

And if we are going to start using guilt by same citizenship, then all US citizens are guilty of war crimes, no?

Of course there is some thruth to what you said, regarding the most self-righteous often being the most guilty, just look at the Evangelical "leaders".

Posted by: PeixeGato | December 10, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The most sanctimonious, reformer, do-gooders are usually the most corrupt. And he hasn't even been inaugurated yet.

Posted by: leapin | December 10, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Here's the most disturbing thing about Blagojavich:

His wife, his family, his friends, his political allies, and his staff all looked at him, and not a single one had the courage to say "damn Rod, your hair style looks friggin' TERRIBLE. Please do something - ANYTHING - else with it."

Posted by: wapo9 | December 10, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 10, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

any voter in illinois who "who spent the last 24 hours telling their relatives around the country that they "didn't know" Blagojevich had so many problems" simply has not been paying attention to anything going on in the state and is a poorly informed voter. we knew all of this in 2006, but the chain-smoking accordion-playing hair-dyeing judy baar topinka, god bless her, couldn't get her any fire beneath her campaign and was burdened with having served with george ryan. it is worth noting, Mr. Fix, that the Green Party candidate received the highest number of votes ever in an IL gov's race that year. So, we knew. And anyone who voted for him in 2006 was just plain dumb.

Posted by: wickerparkbob | December 10, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I Hate to Say 'We Told You So', but...

In light of allegations that the governor of Illinois was ready to auction off Barack Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder, does any major media organization feel like they examined the political culture that Obama came from sufficiently? Do the New York Times, the Washington Post, the major networks, the newsweeklies, the cable networks, etc. — do they feel that they really gave their readers and viewers a good sense of how Chicago politics works, and how that place shaped Obama?

Don't Stanley Kurtz and David Freddoso, among others, deserve an apology from their critics?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 10, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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