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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. AP Photo/Seth Perlman

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) will run for re-election to her current post in 2010, according to a Democratic source aware of the decision, ending months of speculation about whether she might make the leap to a Senate or gubernatorial bid.

Madigan is expected to make her decision public later today.

She had been heavily courted by the White House and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to run for the seat currently held by Sen. Roland Burris (D) and, after initially expressing no interest in the Senate, did consider a candidacy.

Madigan had long expressed an interest in serving as governor but the ouster of Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) and ascension of Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn (D) to the top job complicated her path.

To be clear, Madigan would have been a favorite had she decided to run for either the Senate or for governor, a fact that makes her decision to run for neither office all the more puzzling.

With Madigan out of the Senate race, expect businessman Chris Kennedy to quickly announce his candidacy, joining state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in the Democratic primary. Madigan's no-go decision also makes it far more likely that Rep. Mark Kirk, by far Republicans strongest candidate, will make the race.

For Quinn, Madigan's decision gives him a surprisingly clear path to a full term in 2010. National Republicans insist they will make a major push against Quinn despite the strongly Democratic lean of the state. State Sen. Matt Murphy has already declared his candidacy and others may follow, according to GOP sources.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 8, 2009; 10:16 AM ET
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Poor moonbat drivl. confronted with facts and figures, it resorts to the usual slew of insults.

this is precisely why everything Lib is in a state of failure right now. Failed economics, failed foreign policy, failed legislation. Kooks like drivl have no business making decisions.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

"What does it mean when Boston banks start making many more loans to minorities?" I asked in this space in 1995. "

YOU ASKED in this space in 1995, zouk? Interesting, since it didn't exist. The inherent racism in your plagarized statment is par for the course for the scum you are.

Posted by: drindl | July 8, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

zouk writes
"Barney Frank's talking points notwithstanding, mortgage lenders didn't wake up one fine day deciding to junk long-held standards of creditworthiness in order to make ill-advised loans to unqualified borrowers."


What zouk conveniently overlooks is that so-called subprime loans were not made exclusively to the poor. The gov't did not mandate that lenders accept the so-called 'liars loans' that didn't require proof of income, or the 'payment optional' loans that allowed borrows to determine whether or not to bother sending a payment to the lender. He also conveniently overlooks the credit default swaps and financial derivatives that bundled and split mortgages into bizarre securities is all somehow the fault of Jimmy Carter and Barney Frank who managed to legislate a financial house of cards that somehow went unnoticed during 20 years of GOP control of the White House, 12 years of GOP control of the House and 16 years of GOP control of the Senate. Is the GOP really so impotent that they couldn't beat Frank and Carter over all that time? Ironically, of course, President Bush took credit for the homeownership bubble, before it burst.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 8, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

As long as housing prices kept rising, the illusion that all this was good public policy could be sustained. But it didn't take a financial whiz to recognize that a day of reckoning would come. "What does it mean when Boston banks start making many more loans to minorities?" I asked in this space in 1995. "Most likely, that they are knowingly approving risky loans in order to get the feds and the activists off their backs . . . When the coming wave of foreclosures rolls through the inner city, which of today's self-congratulating bankers, politicians, and regulators plans to take the credit?"

Frank doesn't. But his fingerprints are all over this fiasco. Time and time again, Frank insisted that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were in good shape. Five years ago, for example, when the Bush administration proposed much tighter regulation of the two companies, Frank was adamant that "these two entities, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not facing any kind of financial crisis." When the White House warned of "systemic risk for our financial system" unless the mortgage giants were curbed, Frank complained that the administration was more concerned about financial safety than about housing.

Now that the bubble has burst and the "systemic risk" is apparent to all, Frank blithely declares: "The private sector got us into this mess." Well, give the congressman points for gall. Wall Street and private lenders have plenty to answer for, but it was Washington and the political class that derailed this train. If Frank is looking for a culprit to blame, he can find one suspect in the nearest mirror.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

you'd have to point to an action by Rep Frank that caused not only the crash but the already existing bubble when he took over.

Posted by: bsimon1

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>....

Barney Frank's talking points notwithstanding, mortgage lenders didn't wake up one fine day deciding to junk long-held standards of creditworthiness in order to make ill-advised loans to unqualified borrowers. It would be closer to the truth to say they woke up to find the government twisting their arms and demanding that they do so - or else.

The roots of this crisis go back to the Carter administration. That was when government officials, egged on by left-wing activists, began accusing mortgage lenders of racism and "redlining" because urban blacks were being denied mortgages at a higher rate than suburban whites.

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/09/28/franks_fingerprints_are_all_over_the_financial_fiasco/

Ooops, more facts. too bad libs.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk - Under the current barrage of outsourcing we haven't "displaced a few workers", we have outsourced an estimated 40 million jobs, gutted our engineering and technology and scientific infrastructure to where our national security has ben compromised. Our present "business model" more closely resembles that of a third world country in the throws of falling apart, than it does a modern country. The conservative economic model is neither conservative, because the Founding Fathers wouldn't even recognize it, nor is it rational, because it undermines his country. It is simply an excuse for unfettered corporate greedy, run amuck, and the intellectual underpinning amount to nothing more than a lame excuse for corporate treason.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 8, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Exactly - when Barney Frank took over that committee. but you make my case for me."

The problem is the market bubble built before it crashed. For you to be correct, you'd have to point to an action by Rep Frank that caused not only the crash but the already existing bubble when he took over.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 8, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

simple simon, you ( and deputy Dawd) might want to follow the drivl and chrissuxcox model and avoid all facts, figures, logic and reason and simply stick with emotion, promises, lies, rumors and silly chanting, aka, the Lib MO. whenever you attempt to ply your trade with deduction, you get so tangled up with reality, you end up making exactly the opposite point you intend.

It is unformtunate that the current leaders of the Dems have put you in this pickle. Perhaps after a humiliating electoral loss and subsequent change in leadeship, you may come around and begin to represent real americans again some day.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The housing market crash began in 2006
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Exactly - when Barney Frank took over that committee. but you make my case for me.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

MikeB - I would not want to apply 18th century economic policies in the modern age. Keynes has long been discredited as has Marx. It seems only Uncle Milty is still ruling the roost.

I understand that there are local misfortunes when a new industry or technology displaces workers. But that doesn't mean we should protect elevator operators forever, Or that Americans should be doing help desk calls and searching for red semi-colons all day long at low wages, (chrissuxcox,where are you today?) chasing down misplaced elseif statements I'm sure. but most of the intelligent workers have moved on to better things. Indeed it hurts to not have learned anything new since the 60s. Obama, are you listening. Can we outsource your spending and naivite? Please?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Silly zouk, telling vbhoomes that his perceived correlation does not equal causation is not admission of correlation. For instance, most people point to the implosion of the housing market as the cause of the existing economic downturn. The housing market crash began in 2006, not 2007. The official beginning of the recession came later, but the causes preceded the official start that vbhoomes attempts to tie to the congress that took office in Jan 2007.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 8, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

As long as the pukes in IL continue to cannibalize moderates, the dems will have a cakewalk. Fundie nuts don't garner votes outside the fundie base.

Posted by: ILDem | July 8, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk - You "conservatives" have managed to turn reality on it's head. This country used tariffs and other devices to *protect* jobs, keep them here, for virtually all of it's history. We dumped those under those twin disasters Reagan and Clinton. Now, you conservatives apparently want to pretend that we never used those "protectionist" devices to protect our economy. Sure we did! And you have to rewrite history to have it any differently. Likewise, the Democrats seem to want to pretend that government intervention is the answer to our economic mess. Well, it was government invention, in the form of answering to their corporate sponsors, that caused Congress to remove those protections to begin with. The Founding Fathers had some good reasons for doing things the way they did and the ignorant self serving gasbags in Washington could learn a thing or two if they spent a few minutes reading about them and why they did things.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 8, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Correlation does not equal causation

simple simon

I think most English speakers would construe this to mean "I admit there is correlation, buit proving causation is more difficult".

Try this thought experiment (Libs excused from the thought aspect)

Businessman wakes up and discovers that Ninny Peloony is the new leader of the house. In fear he checks his bank balance. Just to be safe he cancels all his want ads and starts paring down, moving money into the mattress and no more buying anything. Raises and bonuses are cancelled. And all this is just in anticipation of the high taxes and increased regulation along with all the other evils of Lib rule.

then, to make matters worse, a devout socialist gains the WH. the spiral accelerates as this reality gets closer and finally is verified in november.

you see Libs, economics is millions of indivikduals making iindependent decision based on their view of the future. With Libs in charge, the view of the future is bleak. and that is the correlation which is actually cause.

As soon as it is evident that the Libs will be thrown out next year, the economy will begin to recover. Ohio already has it figured out. NJ and VA are close behind. Only the deep lib states will continue to suffer - CA, NY, RI, MI. they never learn.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1, koz, et al -
Something the hacks in Washington need to read.

"Study finds job programs protect public health during periods of recession"
http://esciencenews.com/articles/2009/07/08/study.finds.job.programs.protect.public.health.during.periods.recession

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 8, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

"so simple simon admits that the economic downturn is Correalted to Lib governance."


Zouk, there are still reading comprehension programs for adults available. Look into some. It is never too late to learn.


.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 8, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

so simple simon admits that the economic downturn is Correalted to Lib governance.

biden admits that they have no idea what they are doing.

Obama considers more of tha same since it simply must work.

Repubs say I told you so.

who will be the last man to lose his job for a bad idea?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

In other words, our quality of life goes down and we live in a 3rd world country. Is that wat 'good' means to you?

You should really move to Mexico, perfect for your attitude.

Posted by: drivl

How perfect since our banana despot is leading us in that direction as fast as he can.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"memory tells me the economy was okay during 1st 6 years of Bush, it was only after the dems took control of Congress in Jan 2007, that the economy took a dive."


vbhoomes, you're smarter than that. Correlation does not equal causation, remember?

But... If you want to play that game, please explain what the causes of the economic crisis were & what Congress did after Jan 2007 to cause the economic downturn.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 8, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Drindl but I memory tells me the economy was okay during 1st 6 years of Bush, it was only after the dems took control of Congress in Jan 2007, that the economy took a dive. You can try to spin any way you want, but you just look silly.

Posted by: vbhoomes | July 8, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

drindl - Your memory is too short. The H1-B and L-1 "guest worker" visas were a creation of Clinton and the Democrats. Those have cost at least 4 million U.S. engineers, scientists, computer programmers, and other hi-tech workers their jobs. I has also undermined the security of this country. Outsourcing began under Reagan, but most of the tax breaks that feed this bit of insanity also were a creation of Clinton and the Democrats.

Both parties are merely pawns of corporations and the wealthy and it's high time we all woke up to that. There are a very few Democrats that stand up for working men and women and wish to end this insanity, but they are a distinct minority. Until, and *unless*, we start throwing of office those that put the interests of their corporate sponsors ahead of the good of the country, nothing will change. If CC wanted an incendiary series of topics that would attract readers from all over the web, with thousands of posts and thousands of new readers and posters, he would feature a series of forums on outsourcing, the H1-B visa, guest worker visas in general, the effect of corporate money on politics, etc. Someone needs to do it and this free wheeling forum is just the place.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | July 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

If you'd look a lttle closer, CC, you'd find the real story--on politico a month ago:

"The Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet reports that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is demanding an endorsement from President Obama and a clear Democratic primary field as the two conditions for her to run for the Senate.

The White House looks willing to play ball, in light of breaking news that President Obama met with Madigan last week to discuss a potential Senate candidacy.

But the second condition looks very difficult to achieve, with state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias already in the race and raising big bucks for his exploratory committee with plans to make a formal announcement next month. And there’s no love lost between the Madigan and Giannoulias camps, making any kind of backroom deal between the two highly unlikely.

Several sources close to the Giannoulias camp said there is “no way” the state Treasurer would bow out of the race, and that he’s in it to win it. That would mean that if Madigan wanted to pursue a Senate race, she'd have to face a tough, expensive primary — without the benefit of the nearly $5 million in her state campaign account."

Posted by: drindl | July 8, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Btw, bhoomes -- try to remember that all this economic bad news started and was caused by the bush administration and long years of republican deregulation. it took years to bust the system and it's going to take time to put it back together again.

you can try to spin it otherwise, but it just makes you look foolish.

Posted by: drindl | July 8, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

'This is a good development because Govt. is out of control at all levels but it will bring economic misery in the short term.'

you have a strange view of what's 'good' bhoomes. fewer cops and firefighters and nurses and teachers [and these are the people getting hit the worst] means more damage and fatalaties from fires, more crime, a less educated [god help us] public and declining medical standards.

In other words, our quality of life goes down and we live in a 3rd world country. Is that wat 'good' means to you?

You should really move to Mexico, perfect for your attitude.

Posted by: drindl | July 8, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Neither of these parties can take us past the crisis we face. Whether or not you "believe in" global warming or overpopulation, there are now far too many people in the world for a global economy based in the equation that has brought people to this place

consumer consumption + cheap energy + improved (labor/technology) productivity = better quality of life for most.

Better quality of life for a world population this large and growing will require a new equation or no one will have a job (except in government) and no job equals no productivity... no consumption...
North Korea.

So how to get everybody working in a world where energy costs have to be assumed to be on the increase and increasing consumption is not the growth engine?

A green energy bubble? Naw, bubbles break. A Luddite, super low-tech all local, all organic, 100% agrarian worker program? Naw, Mao and Pol Pot tried that and it didn't work out too well.

I can't see a good solution other than a socially libertarian (people pretty much free from government intrusion in their private lives as long as they are not destroying other peoples' lives) but economically socialist (like the economy within the internet) world-wide political structures.

How come there is no libertarian socialism?

Whatever, we see here most everyone is done with the Democrats and the Republicans; they just argue all day about which is the worst of the two evils. Take your pick.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 8, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This is puzzling indeed. It makes me wonder what AG Lisa and Speaker Mike have cooking for their political futures. Maybe some backroom deals with Giannoulias and Quinn? Or maybe Lisa needs to still be AG to prevent an investigation of Daddy?

CC, inquiring minds want to know!

Posted by: mnteng | July 8, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

This makes your morning fix not look quite prescient- Republicans are doing better with recruitment, and Dems can't get someone like Madigan, who would be close to a lock for either office she ran for. Maybe we've found a politician without serious ambition- good for her.

Posted by: sfcpoll | July 8, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Drindl I think you are involved in some very wishful thinking about employent. The city of Springfield, Ohio just annouced 11 police officers being laid off to help balance their budget. This is happening to States, counties and cities throughout the country. This is a good development because Govt. is out of control at all levels but it will bring economic misery in the short term. Recovery willl begin wants the dems end up on the unemployment line.

Posted by: vbhoomes | July 8, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

'The House Judiciary Committee deposed former Bush adviser Karl Rove yesterday, as part of the long-running U.S. attorney scandal probe. According to Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), Rove’s deposition “began at 10 a.m. and ended around 6:30 p.m, with several breaks,” although he refused to comment on what Rove said."

Looks like bush's 'brain' miht end up in the slammer after all.

Posted by: drindl | July 8, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Savy politicians know when the time is right to make a run. Can you say Sen Kirk. I wasn't predicting we would take control of the Senate but if this keeps up we will.

Posted by: vbhoomes | July 8, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"Bad news" for democrats

aka - facts.

Drivl is allergic to them

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 8, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

""We"?"

typo

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 8, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"We"? The last three threads have all been spun in the worst possible light for Democrats"

You know if this guy sees an obvious R spin, bsimon, it's probably there, as he is the first to call 'liberal media.'

I am not having a heart attack, just smething we call 'employment'.

Posted by: drindl | July 8, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"We"? The last three threads have all been spun in the worst possible light for Democrats ("puzzling" why Madigan wouldn't move up -- maybe she realizes that 2010 is going to be a very bad year -- I honestly started to think that "drindl" wasn't posting anymore because she finally had a heart attack over Mr. Cillizza's "obvious" Republican bent). In hockey, that's called a HAT TRICK.

Posted by: JakeD | July 8, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

'To be clear, Madigan would have been a favorite had she decided to run for either the Senate or for governor, a fact that makes her decision to run for neither office all the more puzzling.'

It is neither bad nor good news, bsimon, but it appears to be spun to be negative, is I beleive what is being referred to.

Posted by: drindl | July 8, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

That's 'toady,' Ancient One.

And yes, Mr. Cillizza, instead of just reporting 'Bad News for Democrats, Good News for Repubicans for a change -- look at your last two pieces, and tell me that they don't sound like republican press releases-

Why don't you do something more substantive, like write a bit about Chris Kennedy , Alexi Giannoulias and Mark Kirk?

Posted by: drindl | July 8, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"if you keeping reporting bad news for Democrats..."

Where's the 'bad news'? We wrote that Quinn, a Dem, will be essentially unopposed for Governor. Madigan will be a shoo-in to keep her current job. That leaves the open Senate seat; since 1970, the Repubs have held a US Senate seat for Illinois for only one term. Maybe Rep Kirk will make a strong run for it, but it is far from being 'bad news' for Dems.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 8, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Chris,

From what I've heard, Giannoulias is extremely capable and well-funded. Of course, there's always the possibility of a Gov. Sanford moment--personally or politically.

Perhaps in the autumn, you might consider doing mini-profiles and rankings of those who are actually running in the primaries for each state? Like the Friday Line, but more focussed and with more details, pro & con?

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 8, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Interesting statement coming form someone who shares the view of white supremacist and Holocaust Museum attacker Joseph von Brunn.

Posted by: thinman1 | July 8, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Careful, Chris, if you keeping reporting bad news for Democrats, "drindl" will claim you are a "Republican toad" again.

Posted by: JakeD | July 8, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

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