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IL-Senate: Who Would Step Into Obama's Shoes?


Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has a tough choice in front of him if Obama wins the White House -- one on which his own political future could hinge.

The 2008 presidential election may not be over for another week but with Barack Obama holding leads in polling in swing states and nationally, the jockeying to replace him in the Senate if and when he is elected to the White House is picking up in intensity.

The decision -- ultimately -- lies with one man: Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

But, to assume therefore that the politics of the appointment are simple would be to grossly misunderstand the complex set of calculations for both Blagojevich and those candidates who want to be considered for the appointment.

It all starts (and ends) with Blagojevich, however.

Once seen as a rising star within the Democratic party -- he was occasionally mentioned as a potential presidential candidate when he was first elected governor -- Blagojevich has fallen far over the past six years, brought low by a series of scandals surrounding his administration. (Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney made famous in the Valerie Plame case, is investigating potential wrongdoing in several pockets of the Illinois state government.)

While he managed to win reelection in 2006, polling suggests Blagojevich is badly damaged politically even as he weighs a possible run for a third term in two years time.

In assessing who Blagojevich might appoint to the Senate should Obama be elected president, much depends on whether or not he plans to run for a third term.

The thinking goes that if Blagojevich does decide to run again, he will make a pick that will strengthen his hand for what will almost certainly be a Democratic primary fight between himself and at least one other prominent statewide elected official. (Perhaps state Attorney General Lisa Madigan?)

That could lead Blagojevich to pick an African-American for the post, hoping to convince black voters -- a crucial voting bloc in a Democratic primary -- that he is their candidate.

If Blagojevich decides against a run for a third term, the appointment becomes a real wildcard as the governor would be freed -- perhaps dangerously so -- from making a political choice.

So who will the pick be? Given the uncertainty surrounding Blagojevich and his own political prospects it's tough to know but our best handicapping of the potential candidates is below:

Jesse Jackson Jr.: The South Side congressman has been, by far, the most aggressive in making his interest in the appointment known. ("If Sen. Obama wins -- and I'm optimistic that he will, I indeed would be honored and humbled to succeed him in the U.S. Senate," Jackson told The Hill in a statement a few days ago.) Jackson also got a nice boost late last week when the Chicago Defender, an influential black weekly newspaper, endorsed him as the rightful successor to Obama's Senate seat; "if the Senate has any hope of reflecting today's face of America, this seat (once held by Carol Moseley-Braun) should be filled by an African American" the piece read. Jackson faces two major hurdles in the appointment race. First, he and Blagojevich have never been particularly close -- due at least in part to a long-running feud in state Democratic circles over the construction of an airport in the southern suburbs of Chicago. Second, there is some concern about Illinois politicos that Jackson is too liberal to win statewide in the 2010 election for a full six year term.

Jan Schakowsky: Schakowsky, who has held the 9th district seat since 1998, is a well known commodity in Illinois Democratic politics -- having spent nearly a decade in Springfield as a member of the state legislature before being elected to Congress. She also had good relations with Blagojevich (she endorsed him in a three-way Democratic gubernatorial primary in 2002) and organized labor. Her other major strength is her demonstrated fundraising capacity, a necessity with the prospect of a competitive race looming in 2010. Her weakness? She is a prominent liberal voice in the House and is considered by some to be too far to the left to get elected statewide.

Emil Jones Jr.: For the last six years, Blagojevich and Jones, the state Senate President, have run a sort of co-governorship of the state. And, with Jones leaving the state Senate at the end of this term, he could well be looking for a final crowning achievement for his career. Appointing Jones, who is African American, would also allow Blagojevich to score political points in the black community without putting Jackson Jr. in the Senate. But, at 72, Jones would likely be seen as a caretaker option rather than the long-term solution and could create an open-seat scenario in 2010 that the national Democratic party would surely like to avoid.

Tammy Duckworth: Duckworth might well be the consensus favorite of the D.C. and Chicago establishments. An Iraq War veteran, she lost both legs and the use of one arm when her Blackhawk helicopter was shot down. Duckworth was personally recruited by Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) to run for Congress in 2006; she lost that open seat race in the 6th district to Rep. Peter Roskam (R) by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin. Following the loss, she was appointed by Blagojevich as the head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Blagojevich held an event honoring Duckworth -- a gathering that sparked chatter that she was the frontrunner for the pick.

Valerie Jarrett: One new name in the mix is that of Jarrett, a senior adviser to the Obama campaign and one of Barack and Michelle Obama's closest friends. Jarrett has a long lineage in Chicago politics, having worked for Mayors Harold Washington and Richard Daley. Jarrett is also African-American -- again, a potentially critical consideration for a governor badly in need of a way to shore up the Democratic base in two years time. There are real questions about whether Jarrett would be interested in such an appointment; she is prominently mentioned for some sort of senior role within a potential Obama Administration.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 29, 2008; 3:02 PM ET
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Lisa Madigan. Illinois doesn't have the best reputation in state government, so being Governor wouldn't necessarily be an unmitigated plus on her resume. Lisa's the most popular politician right now in Illinois state government, so she'd have no problems getting elected on her own in the next election. She'd be an impressive addition to Congress, too.

Schakowsky would be good, I just don't think it's her time. And yes, she'd have some problems getting elected on her own.

The rest of the field? I can't see Blago picking any of them.

Posted by: TomJx | October 31, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

Lisa Madigan. Illinois doesn't have the best reputation in state government, so being Governor wouldn't necessarily be an unmitigated plus on her resume. Lisa's the most popular politician right now in Illinois state government, so she'd have no problems getting elected on her own in the next election. She'd be an impressive addition to Congress, too.

Schakowsky would be good, I just don't think it's her time. And yes, she'd have some problems getting elected on her own.

The rest of the field? I can't see Blago picking any of them.

Posted by: TomJx | October 31, 2008 1:51 AM | Report abuse

mnteng, Lisa Madigan has been quoted as saying she's considering running for governor. If that's the way she'd like to go, I can imagine her turning down the Senate seat--particularly if she has designs on being president someday. That "executive experience" would make her a more viable candidate for higher office.

I wonder how much the McCain campaign is paying 37thand0 to post his drivel. Heh.

Posted by: Heron | October 30, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

mnteng, Lisa Madigan has been quoted as saying she's considering running for governor. If that's the way she'd like to go, I can imagine her turning down the Senate seat--particularly if she has designs on being president someday. That "executive experience" would make her a more viable candidate for higher office.

I wonder how much the McCain campaign is paying 37thand0 to post his drivel. Heh.

Posted by: Heron | October 30, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Duckworth would be someone that the Rep's would try to paint as "unpatriotic", like they did Max Cleland in Georgia.

Posted by: cyberfool | October 30, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Valerie Jarrett will be President Obama's White House chief of staff. He would definitely want to keep her close and watchful of his back for the next four years.

Posted by: elldre3 | October 30, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Valerie Jarrett will be President Obama's White House chief of staff. He would definitely want to keep her close and watchful of his back for the next four years.

Posted by: elldre3 | October 30, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

simpleton1:

Thanks for the reply -- it was hard to find with all of the garbage being posted by 37th & O.

I've heard that Madigan and Blago really don't like each other very much. Do you think she'd turn down the Senate for the opportunity to knock Blago off for the Governorship?

JonSM99:

While I agree it would be nice to replace BHO with an African American, I don't think that should be a major factor. Certainly, Jackson and Rush are not going to pick up the downstate conservative vote when the seat is up in 2010. And I can just see the GOP ads attacking Jackson Sr. or Rush's past with the Black Panthers. Seals, as simpleton1 mentions, hasn't won a race yet.

Plus, using race as an important factor in nominating a replacement sometimes gets you candidates like Clarence Thomas. I would have much rather had GHWB replace Thurgood Marshall with a white guy like Roberts or Alito than get stuck with Thomas for decades.

Posted by: mnteng | October 30, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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Obama is not a uniter Obama is a divider


Obama gave $20,000.00 in one year to a RACIST church which believes there are separate value systems - one value system for "whites" and one value system for "blacks."


The worst is that Obama brought his children to this Church and exposed them to these HATE TEACHINGS - probably psychologically damaging his own children -


All so Obama could have the "poltical opportunity" of belonging to that Church?
How can you not be concerned about that?


How can anyone believe that Obama never heard any of these hate filled ideas when a 15 second visit to the Church's website revealed how RACIST it was?


BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY IS OUT THERE - JUST BECAUSE YOU IGNORE IT OR JUST BECAUSE YOU DECIDE TO OVERLOOK IT - THAT DOES NOT MEAN IT THAT BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY DOES NOT EXIST.


Remember that William Ayers in his manifesto for the Weather Underground in the 60s sought to create an alliance with the forces of BLACK LIBERATION THEOLOGY in order to disrupt America as we know it.


Do your research before you are so "proud" of some affirmative action guy.


You guys are sounding more and more like Joe Biden everyday.


If a white man said he was "proud" of Obama he would be called up for being condescending.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 30, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

In 2006, the Green candidate for IL Gov. got 11% of the vote--enough to qualify for major party status (I believe public financing and easier ballot access) in the 2010 election. Obviously, IL is a blue state (only the most moderate Rs win statewide), and the Green's strength in 2006 had to have come largely from normally Democratic voters who couldn't bring themselves to vote for a tainted Blagojevich who was clearly going to win anyway. Still, if Blago runs for a third term, that factor remains. So with a strong Green candidacy, what effects does that have on the 2010 IL Gov. race? Will the Rs mount a stronger challenge to him than they did last time? Who do they have? Will they have a more favorable year in 2010 than 2006? Between these wild card factors, it seems to me Blago has a tougher course to navigate in 2010 than 06, thus if he's running again, his choice to replace Obama has to be thoroughly calculated.

I'd say Gutierrez is definitely worth considering. But the Senate has 3 Hispanic members already (Martinez, Menendez, Salazar). It has only one black member, so there are real consequences to replacing the only black senator with a non-black. Not to say Jackson is necessarily the best option. I might like Jones if he were younger, or willing to run for a full term in 2010. Maybe even if he isn't--while Chicago politics is blood sport, I have a hard time seeing a competitive primary jeopardizing our chances of holding Obama's seat. Plus Blago washes his hands of any controversy by picking Jones. I'm a big fan of Schakowsky, but what about Bobby Rush, Danny Davis, or Dan Seals? Or if Blago fears a primary challenge from Madigan, he could just appoint her.

Posted by: JonSM99 | October 30, 2008 5:13 AM | Report abuse

I don't know a lot about Illinois politics, but hopefully the governor would chose anyone other than a white male. Could one other name be Congressman Luis Gutierrez? He has plenty of experience in many different areas, immigration for one, and he is an active member of the Financial Services Committee. There aren't any other congressional Democrats that are experienced but aren't too old to be able to stay in office for a while, to be able to build up seniority.

Posted by: gckarcher | October 30, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't know a lot about Illinois politics, but hopefully the governor would chose anyone other than a white male. Could one other name be Congressman Luis Gutierrez? He has plenty of experience in many different areas, immigration for one, and he is an active member of the Financial Services Committee. There aren't any other congressional Democrats that are experienced but aren't too old to be able to stay in office for a while, to be able to build up seniority.

Posted by: gckarcher | October 30, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

I don't know a lot about Illinois politics, but hopefully the governor would chose anyone other than a white male. Could one other name be Congressman Luis Gutierrez? He has plenty of experience in many different areas, immigration for one, and he is an active member of the Financial Services Committee. There aren't any other congressional Democrats that are experienced but aren't too old to be able to stay in office for a while, to be able to build up seniority.

Posted by: gckarcher | October 30, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

I don't know a lot about Illinois politics, but hopefully the governor would chose anyone other than a white male. Could one other name be Congressman Luis Gutierrez? He has plenty of experience in many different areas, immigration for one, and he is an active member of the Financial Services Committee. There aren't any other congressional Democrats that are experienced but aren't too old to be able to stay in office for a while, to be able to build up seniority.

Posted by: gckarcher | October 30, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Everything I hear tells me that Blago cannot win the Guv seat so he needs to not play a small game to try to either placate some constituency or get rid of a rival. A very liberal Chicago congressperson seems like a poor pick to take the state. Someone with no electoral experience other than losing a race with a ton of money in the best democratic year in decades also seems a poor choice.

The two most talented leaders in IL politics are AG Madigan and Comptroller Dan Hynes and either seems likely to do a good job and to be strong in an election.

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Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

37'th and O, is there no popular music that supports your side? You have no Pete Seeger? Might that be because you stand for the very rich and the very stupid?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I drove 30 miles to cast my absentee ballot. This year, I would not be denied.

Macho men will laugh, but for much of the drive, I had tears in my eyes.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Last time I checked, McCain was the guy whose own admissions of economic ignorance became the substance of Obama's latest commercial.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

"The country does not need someone who no economic or business experience except for buying cocaine."

McCain's business experience is...? He doesn't know jack about the economy; he said so himself, in a more honest time.

Posted by: SeanC1 | October 29, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Let's not be rude, now, or else we're no better than 37thandOSt.

"I understand seanC1 point that Rahm has a bright future in the House, but the Senate is where they butter your bread."

The House has more power on a lot of things, mainly domestic (budget, for example); so I suppose it would depend some on what Emmanuel's key areas of interest are. But I really don't think that, with the prospect of the Speakership (or Minority Leadership; who's to say where the Dems are in a few years?) on the horizon, I really can't see him giving it up to go to the Senate and start at the bottom rung.

Posted by: SeanC1 | October 29, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse


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The Obama people simply do not get it - they are completely clueless - there is an economic crisis - the country needs someone with leadership abilities and experience.

The country does not need someone who no economic or business experience except for buying cocaine.

McCain and Sarah Palin understand what it will take to lead this nation back to prosperity.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

CZ,

How many times do I have to help you with your political knowledge? I told you way back when that BO would be the Democratic nominee. I think at the time you had him ranked #3 on your "line." Then I accurately predicted almost every one of your primary contests.

Let me now help you with Illinois, since you clearly know nothing about Illinois politics. You are missing a name: Rahm Emmanuel. You put Emil Jones on the list and not Rahm. Emil Jones is 73 years old and he can barely talk anymore. I saw hi at a rally a while ago. He is a good man, but his time has clearly passed. Did you just call up some random person in IL and ask them to name Democrats? This piece is pathetic.

Posted by: GoHuskies2004 | October 29, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

They say they can't wait to be rid of us boomers, that we've poisoned the electoral discourse these past few years.

I'm fully prepared to pass from the scene, but as long as I'm here, I can't resist reminding people what I know:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1eyuH1-8A4

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I hope Lisa Madigan will be Illinois's next governor. She's one of the few effective state-level politicans we've got.

Some here fear Blago will name himself Obama's successor. It'd save him from an election loss, for the moment. His popularity is lower than Bush's.

Posted by: Heron | October 29, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

If you're troubled by the worst afro-centric statements by Rev. Wright, you have two choices:

1) Point a finger at him, assert that he's connected with Obama, and stick your tongue out. Not much future there, I wouldn't think.

2) Vote for Obama. Elect him. Prove Wright wrong. That's my choice.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I did one of those double posts, the site locked up on me and I got too ancy. I understand seanC1 point that Rahm has a bright future in the House, but the Senate is where they butter your bread.

Posted by: WOW9 | October 29, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

He makes that same accusation at anyone, and has been since he was an Anonymous troll pre-comment registration.

Posted by: SeanC1 | October 29, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

SeanC1, thank you.

I am still a registered Republican, as I have been since casting a vote for Reagan in 1984.

Obama is the first Democratic candidate for President for whom I have voted for since 1984.

I have case occasional democratic votes in the intervening years, always for pro-life Democrats.

No one is paying me a nickel.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

"This forum is for you to post your opinions"

What is the value in posting the same boilerplate over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again?

"- if you are an employee of the Obama campaign you really should state that and how much the Obama campaign is paying you to harass other posters."

If you seriously believe that anyone who disagrees with you is being paid to, you're quite deluded.

Posted by: SeanC1 | October 29, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

"This forum is for you to post your opinions"

What is the value in posting the same boilerplate over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again?

"- if you are an employee of the Obama campaign you really should state that and how much the Obama campaign is paying you to harass other posters."

If you seriously believe that anyone who disagrees with you is being paid to, you're quite deluded.

Posted by: SeanC1 | October 29, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I would love to live in that imaginary world where people brought to this nation in chains and held for 200 years in bondage enforced by the lash say, "No prob" once released from that state.

I would love to live in that imaginary world where black people whose great grandparents lived in Virginia where it was illegal for a white person to teach a black person to read never come up with a bad theory to explain what happened to them.

However, I live in this world, and I have already cast my vote for Barack Obama. I hope others will do the same.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

mnteng:

Either way I don't think Seals would be a good choice. He's taken off the last couple of days but I'd still be surprised if he won (though I really hope he does). If he loses, then I stand by my point that it would be odd to make him a Senator. If he wins, it's a real slap to his district to immediately appoint him to something else. Either way, he should stay where he is.

I agree with you about Bean. That's another swing district and she's doing good there. Don't move her (or Seals) out of their districts, especially when they're neophytes.

Lisa Madigan could be another good option. When she first ran for IL AG I thought she was a joke, but she's proven herself. Plus maybe Blago then gets a say in the new AG, which might be to his benefit down the road . . .

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 29, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

To the people wondering about Rahm Emmanuel, there's no way he'd want it; he's not even 50 and he already holds the #4 position in the House of Representatives. And the Speaker, Majority Leader, and Majority Whip are all nearly 70; I can't see him wanting to give up a likely shot at the Democratic House leadership in six or ten years in order to start all over again in the US Senate (where there's already a queue to replace Harry Reid; whenever that happens, expect fireworks from Durbin v. Schumer).

I doubt it will be Jesse Jackson, Jr.; not necessarily because of any qualities he possesses, but because so long as Sr. is alive he'll constantly be getting tagged for whatever embarassing thing Sr. says.

I'd place my money on Duckworth; she's impressive, and, really, the visual of an Asian female disabled veteran is political gold.

Posted by: SeanC1 | October 29, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse


officer

This forum is for you to post your opinions - if you are an employee of the Obama campaign you really should state that and how much the Obama campaign is paying you to harass other posters.


You really should not be harassing other posters on this forum

So "officer" state your opinion on the issues and leave the other posters alone

or get lost.


or just get lost.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that Rahm Emmanuel is not on this list....

Posted by: BritishLiberalDemocrat | October 29, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse


officer

This forum is for you to post your opinions - if you are an employee of the Obama campaign you really should state that and how much the Obama campaign is paying you to harass other posters.


You really should not be harassing other posters on this forum

So "officer" state your opinion on the issues and leave the other posters alone

or get lost.


or just get lost.

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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

37'th and OSt, prove that you're not a kid with a macro for posting on WaPo. Let us know what you think of Eleanor Roosevelt, and why.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm not from Illinois so I have no dog in this race but please please, NOT Jackson Jr. He already sounds like he is entitled to it ("I would be pleased to serve etc.)Just like his old man. Give it to the woman who had her legs shot out from under her. Now THERE is one that really deserves this appointment.

Posted by: Opa2 | October 29, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

McCain has 7 houses? Probably used the guy recommended by Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) to remodel them.

Posted by: jgh2 | October 29, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

wpost4112 wrote:

"Michelle WOULD be awesome!

"However, she'll be in the White House...the black Eleanor Roosevelt..but even more amazing and transformational."

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Almost all the right wingers who might have been scared to death by that post have already gone to their eternal rest, and neglected to teach their children history (though heaven knows they've fed them on propaganda).

This thing is too close for comfort, let's make sure we all vote.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

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If there was a white Presidential candidate who was found to be a member of a racist church, same as the Rev. Wright's church except substitute "white values" for "black values" and visa vera, THE MEDIA WOULD BE IN TOTAL ATTACK MODE AGAINST THAT WHITE CANDIDATE.


OBAMA IS A RACIST - OBAMA HAS GIVE $20,000.00 TO A RACIST CHURCH IN ONE YEAR.


Washington Post - there are a lot of Churches in Chicago which are black and which are not racist - Obama did not have to give $20,000.00 to this one Church - STOP GIVING OBAMA A PASS ON HIS RACISM AGAINST WHITES.


WAKE UP WASHINGTON POST WAKE UP MEDIA.


WAKE UP AMERICA.


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Exactly right he's racist. Just listen to Irreverend Wrong, his pastor for many, many years.


Exactly right he's socialist. Just listen to him admit it to Joe the Plumber, or his interviews in the past.


Exactly right he's a rotten human being. Just look at his abortion voting record.


Exactly right he has questionable judgment. Just look at his associations with people in his past.


Exactly right he's corrupt. Just look at the Rezko land deal.


Exactly right he's a liar. Just look at what he says about taxes vs. how he's actually voted.


Exactly right he has no executive experience. Just look at his resume -- or lack thereof.


Exactly right he's secretive. Just look at his lack of birth certificate, SAT scores, grades, etc. etc., etc.


Exactly right he'll be challenged in his first 6 months of office if elected. Just look at what he says about meeting unconditionally with world leaders.


We cannot be SERIOUS about electing this guy!! Obama in charge of nukes?! What. The.


Sorry George Washington, we messed everything up.


We stopped demanding the best people in the White House.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Michelle WOULD be awesome!

However, she'll be in the White House...the black Eleanor Roosevelt..but even more amazing and transformational.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

mikek1980 wrote, "what about state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias?"

First names that end in vowels don't count ;)

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Tammy. She's the one.

Emmanuel will be in the White House.

Tammy got robbed in the last election and will be an amazing Senator.

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

simpleton1:

Well, maybe Seals will win this time around ...

Are you in IL? Do you have any recent polling numbers on him? Last I saw, he was up 6.

What about Bean then? Or do you keep Bean in the House because she's able to win in a R+15 district?

Posted by: mnteng | October 29, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The choice is obvious: Michelle Obama!

Posted by: bobnsri | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

simpleton1:

Well, maybe Seals will win this time around ...

Are you in IL? Do you have any recent polling numbers on him? Last I saw, he was up 6.

What about Bean then? Or do you keep Bean in the House because she's able to win in a R+15 district?

Posted by: mnteng | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

one never knows just what will come out of our governor's mouth -- though it is usually his foot -- to second guess his choice to replace barack obama.

one thing i know with certainty, the choice will not be jackson, jr. he poses a bigger threat to blaggo at the state level, and richie dailey locally in the long run. he would not accept the appointment. lisa madigan will run for governor, and will inevitably trounce him but good.

his temperment dictates that his choice could very well be his blaggo self, or emil jones II, heaven forbid. (btw, emil jones III was sneakily added to the ballot to fill his father's vacant state senate seat. jones III is a high school graduate -- well done no. III -- and appointed to state position at the largesse of blaggo). typical chicago/cook county nepatism at it's best, but, hey, we are used to that in this state.

blaggo's political capital is so low at this point in time that he has few choices at hand that would forestall a recall vote if the ballot amendment to alter the state constitution for this very reason passes.

so i submit these three rational and meaningful choices, and all likely to win another full term:

1. tammy duckworth
2. jan schakowsky
3. valerie jordan

all smart, thoughtful picks. even maybe wise enough choices to momentarily elevate blaggo's tanked image and all very good choices to serve illinois.

it's a weird, wonderful state and never boring. stay tuned!

Posted by: michaelbeckdesign | October 29, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

one never knows just what will come out of our governor's mouth -- though it is usually his foot -- to second guess his choice to replace barack obama.

one thing i know with certainty, the choice will not be jackson, jr. as he poses a bigger threat to blaggo at the state level, and richie dailey locally, in the long run. that i bet my bottom dollar (i.e., my investment portfolio) he would not accept the appointment. lisa madigan should and will run for governor and will inevitably trounce blaggo but good.

our gov's prize fighter temperment dictates that his choice could very well be his blaggo self, or emil jones II, heaven forbid. (btw, emil jones III was sneakily added to the ballot in a midnight maurade to fill his father's vacant illinois senate seat. jones III is a high school graduate, well done no. III, and appointed to state office at the largesse of blaggo). typical chicago/cook county nepatism at it's best, but, hey, we are used to that in this state -- hey we are living with todd stroeger, better known locally as erkel.

blaggo's political capital is so low at this point that he has few choices at hand that would forestall a recall vote if the ballot amendment to alter the state constitution for this very reason passes.

so i submit these three rational and meaningful choices -- all likely to win another full term with the voters of illinois:

1. tammy duckworth
2. jan schakowsky
3. valerie jordan

all smart, thoughtful picks, even wise enought to elevate blaggo's tanked image and all good choices to serve illinois.

but we are dealing with the indecypherable blaggo. it's a weird, wonderful state and never boring. stay tuned!

Posted by: michaelbeckdesign | October 29, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Multiple posts are happening right now even when you don't slap the "submit" button twice. Nerds need overtime, WaPo ;)

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

what about state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias?

Posted by: mikek1980 | October 29, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

what about state treasurer Alexi Giannoulias?

Posted by: mikek1980 | October 29, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.


The only question is, would this country survive it?


You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, West Virgina and Pa etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

SW-erner wrote, "Chris: Should we be expecting a similar post on the Biden replacement possibilities sometime soon? Any thoughts from others?"

Granted that each state gets 2 senators regardless of population. Still, the Illinois contest is more interesting than the Delaware one, given these populations in 2006:

Illinois: 12,831,970
Delaware: 853,476
(Alaska): (670,053)

Biden, like Palin, is a big fish in a small pond. You could probably elect a bullfrog senator from Delaware if you had someone as pretty as Palin managed by someone as cunning as Rove.

In Illinois, not so much.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

SW-erner wrote, "Chris: Should we be expecting a similar post on the Biden replacement possibilities sometime soon? Any thoughts from others?"

Granted that each state gets 2 senators regardless of population. Still, the Illinois contest is more interesting than the Delaware one, given these populations in 2006:

Illinois: 12,831,970
Delaware: 853,476
(Alaska): (670,053)

Biden, like Palin, is a big fish in a small pond. You could probably elect a bullfrog senator from Delaware if you had someone as pretty as Palin managed by someone as cunning as Rove.

In Illinois, not so much.

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.


The only question is, would this country survive it?


You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, West Virgina and Pa etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see any mention of Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

Posted by: mikek1980 | October 29, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Chris, why isn't Rahm Emanuel on this list?

Posted by: ggWashDC | October 29, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.


The only question is, would this country survive it?


You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, West Virgina and Pa etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

the dems should put ayers in to replace obama...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 29, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

the dems should put ayers in to replace obama...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 29, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Chris, why isn't Rahm Emanuel on this list?

Posted by: ggWashDC | October 29, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Let the Machine pick. They did a good job with Obama.

Posted by: leapin | October 29, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

(Seriously people, enough with the multiple posts!)

The only problem I have with Tammy Duckworth, or Dan Seals for that matter, is that neither has actually won a race. It seems a bit odd to elevate them to the US Senate after they've lost a House race. Nothing personal against either person, but it undermines your credibility going in.

Same reason I'm reluctant to believe that Blagojevich will name somebody who might otherwise run against him for governor in 2010. First of all, he's in the toilet right now and that's real longshot thinking. Second, it would be so transparent it would work against him. Third, and nobody's mentioned this yet, but since Obama's spot is up in 2010 anyway, wouldn't whomever he names still be able to come back and run for governor regardless? Wouldn't being a US Senator help that person's chances?

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 29, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

i agree with dansack. i wouldn't be surprised if he appointed himself.

Posted by: plathman | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Chris: Should we be expecting a similar post on the Biden replacement possibilities sometime soon? Any thoughts from others?

Posted by: SW-erner | October 29, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA'S ECONOMIC TROUBLES! McCain in April 08 declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and economic adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, is back with the McCain campaign full time again.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay. McCain doesn't understand our tanking economy because it doesn't affect him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZxIYTEDARU

The $100 Million Man
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

The Anheuser-Busch Windfall
While John McCain played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA'S ECONOMIC TROUBLES! McCain in April 08 declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and economic adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, is back with the McCain campaign full time again.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay. McCain doesn't understand our tanking economy because it doesn't affect him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZxIYTEDARU

The $100 Million Man
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

The Anheuser-Busch Windfall
While John McCain played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICA'S ECONOMIC TROUBLES! McCain in April 08 declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and economic adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, is back with the McCain campaign full time again.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay. McCain doesn't understand our tanking economy because it doesn't affect him.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZxIYTEDARU

The $100 Million Man
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.

The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.

The Anheuser-Busch Windfall
While John McCain played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

It should be and I think probably will be Tammy Duckworth. She deserves it more than any of those others mentioned. She's served our country admirably and likewise our Party. I don't believe it was a coincidence she lost her congressional race two years ago. She should be appointed to this more powerful position. Also, can't have enough Democratic women in the Senate.

Posted by: jdunph1 | October 29, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse


Can we keep just one thread semi-related to Chris' post? This thread is about replacements for the Senator(s) who are running for POTUS and VPOTUS. I'm actually interested in this topic and what posters from IL, DE, and AZ might have to say about it.

If you want to fight about BHO's relationship with Ayers and Wright or McC's economic bona fides, can you please take it back to the McC thread?

Posted by: mnteng | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

What's with all the double posts?

Blagojevich will keep it close to the vest. If Obama's elected, knock on wood, expect his replacement to be somebody with long-term potential in that spot. I agree, I'd like to see an analysis of Rahm Emanuel's chances.

Posted by: simpleton1 | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I hear the cottonwoods whisperin' above,

"Tammy ... Tammy ... Tammy's the one"

The ole hooty-owl hooty-hoos to the dove,

"Tammy ... Tammy ... Tammy's the one"

Posted by: wpost4112 | October 29, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"OBAMA has never written a SINGLE Supreme Court opinion - how much of an expert is he?"
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Um...aren't those written by Supreme Court Justices?

Posted by: Bondosan | October 29, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
-George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008


"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
-Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008


"The economy is fundamentally sound"
-Herbert Hoover - October, 1931


"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
-John McCain - Sept 15, 2008
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McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable campaign stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.


It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't let others be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.


McCain is being deceitful with his sudden populist message and support for regulation; his economic policies still favor our nation's wealthy elite.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

"OBAMA has never written a SINGLE Supreme Court opinion - how much of an expert is he?"
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Um...aren't those written by Supreme Court Justices?

Posted by: Bondosan | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

A monkey can vote PRESENT. If you are looking to fill shoes, search around for creatures that don't wear them. that brings you right back to where you were, a rubber stamp for any leftist idea PeLousy floats.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
-George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008


"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
-Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008


"The economy is fundamentally sound"
-Herbert Hoover - October, 1931


"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
-John McCain - Sept 15, 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcdLO3jKkPo
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McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable campaign stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.


It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't let others be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.


McCain is being deceitful with his sudden populist message and support for regulation; his economic policies still favor our nation's wealthy elite.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4egXbhSOhk
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney made famous in the Valerie Plame case, is investigating potential wrongdoing in several pockets of the Illinois state government."

If Blagojevick were crafty, he would appoint Patrick Fitzgerald.

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 29, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

All I know for sure is that I'm not enamored of Blagojevich's hairstyle.

On another note, does the *Chicago Defender* not agree that people whose last name ends in a vowel also need a seat at the table?

Posted by: officermancuso | October 29, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

dansack: Don't feel too bad -- I also voted for Blago the first time around. Ironically, I thought he'd CLEAN UP Springfield after the GOP had made a mess of it. Funny how it didn't quite turn out that way.

Gov. Rod would have to be an idiot to appoint himself. Governors who appoint themselves to the Senate usually get creamed when it's time to run for re-election.

The best move for him politically would be to appoint either Lisa Madigan or Dan Hynes -- thus shipping a potential challenger in the 2010 primary off to Washington.

Posted by: nathanirwin | October 29, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Is Blagojevich Slavic for "Whack Job"?

Posted by: NotBubba | October 29, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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Silly Fix. The topic should be who will be the new Senator from Arizona and Governor from Alaska.

But you steer from that, like you are steering from the REVEREND WRIGHT church where Obama met WILLIAM AYERS.

The fist-bump displayed by Obama is distinctive, like the MASONIC handshake. It will replace 666 as the mark of the beast.

OBAMA has never written a SINGLE Supreme Court opinion - how much of an expert is he? Again, BOGUS credentials, not reported by the so-called mainstream medias.

Obama-bots reading this in headquarters, kindly STOP the harassment of me - it is contrary to the Terms of Service. You show as much respect to the TOS as your OVERLORD shows towards the 21st Amendment, concerning PROPER TAXATION!

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Posted by: 37thand0St | October 29, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Is Blagojevich Slavic for "Whack Job"?

Posted by: NotBubba | October 29, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Is Blagojevich Slavic for "Whack Job"?

Posted by: NotBubba | October 29, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse


Sorry about the double post.

Posted by: mnteng | October 29, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

No mention of Rahm, what gives? I would think he would be in the top three...and yet nothing. Whats the story?

Posted by: WOW9 | October 29, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Double-posting and the usual nonsense from 37th %ile (where's Zing of Kook, anyway?) aside, Blag's best option of those listed above is Duckworth. GOP trying to unseat a disabled veteran woman in an off-year with no momentum? They might as well try to bail out the Titanic.

Or he could fool everybody and pick a complete unknown.

What about the same situation in DE for Biden's replacement?

Posted by: Tannim123 | October 29, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Let the machine pick. It came up with Obama maybe it can find a clone.

Posted by: leapin | October 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Chris, for this analysis. Although it may not be as loaded, I'd also like to see a discussion about Biden's possible successor.

Posted by: JohninMpls | October 29, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

dansack:

I have a feeling you won't have the opportunity to vote for Blago again. :-)

I think Jackson and Schakowsky are waaay to liberal for the downstaters, if the Ds want someone to get re-elected. How about if Blago appoints Patrick Fitzgerald to the seat? Maybe that will throw a spanner into his fraud investigations.

What about Dan Seals or Melissa Bean?

I doubt McC retires right away, though he might not run for re-election.

Posted by: mnteng | October 29, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

dansack:

I have a feeling you won't have the opportunity to vote for Blago again. :-)

I think Jackson and Schakowsky are waaay to liberal for the downstaters, if the Ds want someone to get re-elected. How about if Blago appoints Patrick Fitzgerald to the seat? Maybe that will throw a spanner into his fraud investigations.

What about Dan Seals (if he loses)?

I doubt McC retires right away, though he might not run for re-election.

Posted by: mnteng | October 29, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Double-posting and the usual nonsense from 37th %ile (where's Zing of Kook, anyway?) aside, Blag's best option of those listed above is Duckworth. GOP trying to unseat a disabled veteran woman in an off-year with no momentum? They might as well try to bail out the Titanic.

Or he could fool everybody and pick a complete unknown.

What about the same situation in DE for Biden's replacement?

Posted by: Tannim123 | October 29, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows its over..he has this pollster guy of his coming on because he is trying to get his voters out to vote...and not just give in. This man is another George Bush...bottom line. It doesnt take a genius to see this .... what a joke.

Posted by: Webster51 | October 29, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

No mention of Rahm, what gives? I would think he would be in the top three...and yet nothing. Whats the story?

Posted by: WOW9 | October 29, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

This most recent attack on Obama suggesting ties to Khalidi is absurd! Isnt this guilt by association nonsense smacks of old time McCarthysm.
There is an article in Politico today (Ben Smith) that dispells this nonsense & actually shows much closer ties between Khalidi and McCain the he is to Obama.
But the bigger issue is why is it 'wrong' to attend events with persons of opposing views? Is there anything more communist in nature then to attack people for listening to opposing views..I think not? Is this an era of McCarthyism that the McCain/Palin ticket are advocating?? Good grief, are there not enough exisitng divisions without trying to create more!! This is surely a time in our history where more diplomacy is required!

Posted by: Goose3 | October 29, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Jeepers, in the State of Illinois, we all know who the Gov will name to replace Obama, himself!

It's either the Senate or the jail for Blago!

Posted by: lnelson1 | October 29, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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McCain is going to win - you should be more concerned about Arizona politics than the corrupt democratic machine of Illinois.


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Posted by: 37thandOSt | October 29, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

From Chicago: Blagojevich could do one of three things:
1) Choose Lisa Madigan, who is his most likely Democratic opponent in 2010, to get her out of the way.
2) Choose Jesse Jackson Jr., who is Richard Daley's most likely opponent for the next mayoral election in Chicago, to get him out of the way, as a favor to Daley.
3) Choose (shudder) himself.
I freely admit that I voted for Blagojevich (twice!) and do humbly repent for that mistake. I'll never make it again.

Posted by: dansack | October 29, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm also curious as to what McCain will do once he loses on Tuesday.

I suspect he might decide to quit the senate and retire.

If he does, who will Janet Napolitano (Democratic governor of Arizona) choose to replace him?

I'm also looking forward to the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination.

We'll have Sarah Palin, who thinks she's the head of the party.

And Mitt Romney, who'll think it's his turn.

And Mike Huckabee, who'll argue that Palin is too hot, and Mitt is too cold, but that he's just right.

And some will push for Bobby Jindal (he's our Obama!).

Ooh, it's going to be fun!

And here will be their slogan: "We can't take four more years of Obama!"

Hopefully, it will be 16 years before the Republicans have even the vaguest shot at the presidency.

Posted by: Bondosan | October 29, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

From Chicago: Blagojevich could do one of three things:
1) Choose Lisa Madigan, who is his most likely Democratic opponent in 2010, to get her out of the way.
2) Choose Jesse Jackson Jr., who is Richard Daley's most likely opponent for the next mayoral election in Chicago, to get him out of the way, as a favor to Daley.
3) Choose (shudder) himself.
I freely admit that I voted for Blagojevich (twice!) and do humbly repent for that mistake. I'll never make it again.

Posted by: dansack | October 29, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm also curious as to what McCain will do once he loses on Tuesday.

I suspect he might decide to quit the senate and retire.

If he does, who will Janet Napolitano (Democratic governor of Arizona) choose to replace him?

I'm also looking forward to the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination.

We'll have Sarah Palin, who thinks she's the head of the party.

And Mitt Romney, who'll think it's his turn.

And Mike Huckabee, who'll argue that Palin is too hot, and Mitt is too cold, but that he's just right.

And some will push for Bobby Jindal (he's our Obama!).

Ooh, it's going to be fun!

And here will be their slogan: "We can't take four more years of Obama!"

Hopefully, it will be 16 years before the Republicans have even the vaguest shot at the presidency.

Posted by: Bondosan | October 29, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

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