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Oh, the IL-05 happened.

And under ‘political topics no one cares about’ is the conclusion of the IL-05 election.

I know, I know.  It was unofficially over with the primary last month, since a democrat is nearly always going to win in the IL-05.  But even still, the story of a) the fact that there WAS an election, b) who the winner was, and c) the implications or potential implications, have been covered a pathetic amount in the past two or three days, even in Chicago.

That all being said, when I went to vote at 9:20am, I was the 9th person to vote in my polling location.  Four hours later, my mom was the 16th.  The voting officials more or less begged me to send my dad (whom us sisters three had cajoled into voting in the primary) again. Poor bored voting officials.

On the other hand, I suppose there are more pressing political matters to deal with.  (Hey Minnesota, how things goin’ up there? Blago? How’s the irony of being indicted while in the Happiest Place on Earth?) Oh, plus other little things, like TWO STATES legalizing same-sex marriages in ONE DAMN WEEK.

You know, little things.

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Oh, Chicago.

In light of the disasterousness that has surrounded the Illinois governor’s seat, I thought it might be fun to partake in a mini-history lesson in the true spirit of exposing clusterfuckcorruptionness of Illinois:

Ergo, let’s review:

Dec 9th, United States V. Rod Blagojevich and John Harris (aka, the Criminal Complaint, aka, my favorite book of 2008) is filed, and the people of Illinois, flush from their recent victory and glistening with the victorious Obama Glory Glow, unanimously throw puppies at the governor.

Blah blah, scandal, blah blah. US Senators call for Blago to resign, and cross every appendage they have in the hopes that he might not appoint a replacement senator, since, you know, they have no legal method to block the appointment.

Blago appoints Roland Burris. Illinois weeps a little, and smells something fishy.

Burris swears under oath he didn’t talk to Blago about the position.

Blago rants to the Illinois senate that he did nothing wrong and Hey!Look! Someone has health care.

Illinois senate says, “Yeah, whatever, Fucktard.

Blago talks to reporters. Again. Blago shows off his spanish skillz. SI SE PUEDE!!

Burris apparently did lie. Or at least didn’t tell the whole truth. Oops?  Illinois groans in unison.

Unrelated news, but in the true essence of Chicago politics, Mayor Daley strong arms the Chicago Board of Education president to step down.

Democrats decide that chapter #27 in soap opera Liars of Illinois has gone on far enough, and call, once more, for someone’s resignation – this time Burris’.

Governor Quinn adds his voice to that call.

Burris’ Chief of staff quits.

Obama fires a warning shot.

And Mayor Daley says, “Hey, he’s not all that bad!” Oh and the stimulus bill wouldn’t have passed without him. Sure.

Illinois cries for the days when everyone knew them only for Obama.

Ooooh Illinois politics. I’m going to hope that Daley is next on Patrick Fitzgerald’s list.

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Things that are awesome #2

You know what’s awesome? Local Politics.

Because it’s small enough that you can actually care about people.

My sister wrote a comment on fivethirtyeight.com yesterday about the IL-05 Special Election and her take on the candidates after we attended the candidate forum at DePaul a few weeks back. Although we don’t agree on the candidates completely (I like Sara F. more than she does, although I’m still wary that a) she’s been in politics in IL for 14 years and that normally means bad things, and b) she’s raised the most money in the shortest time which always makes me wary), one of the things we agreed on is that while we really want to like Tom G. because of all the fantastic things we’ve read, we both found him a bit lackluster at the forum.

After writing something on the aforementioned blog to the effect of “I want to like Tom G. but am not completely won over by him,” she received the following email:

I noticed your recent comment on FiveThirtyEight, where you said you were undecided as to whom to vote for in IL-05 but were considering Tom Geoghegan. I’m a volunteer for the Geoghegan for Congress campaign, and I wanted to know if you were interested in talking to Tom personally. The campaign can set up a time for him to call you, and he’d be happy to answer any of your questions, and to tell you why he wants to represent the Fifth.

Are you interested in speaking to him? Please let me know. If so, I’ll forward your email to the appropriate person on the campaign, and they can take it from there.

In the meantime, please visit our website, tom09.com. I’d like especially to draw your attention to this video: http://tinyurl.com/de7bjk
It’s Tom’s interview with Mark Bazer, and it gives you a good sense of what Tom, and the campaign, is all about.

Kathy

DUDE.  This is why local politics is SO BAD ASSED.  Especially in a 12-way race for a hotly contested seat with 4 or 5 legitimate contenders and low voter turnout probability. The candidates actually have to give a shit about what people think and say.

Wait… YOU MEAN WHAT GOVERNMENT WAS MEANT TO DO!?!?

So. in terms of IL politics doing good things we’ve got Barack and the IL-05 special election.

Huh.  So… that’s, what? Good things: 2, IL Politicorruption as usual:1,342,394 ?

Still bad assed.

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I live in the IL-05. So basically I’m pretty bad assed right now.

Yes, indeed, I have the pride – nay! – the privilege to live in the Illustrious Il-05. Past Congressional House Reps include infamous folks such as Rahm Emanuel, Rod Blagojevich (YES!), and Dan Rostenkowski.

And so, March 3rd approaches. And I get to be “one of those friends” who informs people that there’s a special election happening in their district. Dudes. Your House Rep is the new Chief of Staff. Let’s assume you voted in the Presidential election… you would have also voted for Rahm (assumably, as Rahm having won the district with 76%).

So, where did you think our Rep was coming from?  Pretty Congress fairies? The governor? ( No, no, no, we only allow them to appoint senators)

Anywhoodle, that being said, this is a fairly unique election, especially for Chicago.  Chicago politics = machine = corruption (see: Blago, Rostenkowski, Daley, Stroger, etc.). And yet, here we have an election where, for many reasons, there’s a 12-way race that probably 4 of the candidates actually have a decent chance of pulling out a win.

Democracy at its best, folks.

As Daily Kos (le sigh) says:

In a high-turnout election, with an extended period of time in which to campaign, it would be reasonable to assume that the cream of the field would rise to the top. But the IL-05 primary is just the opposite; it is a short, brutish battle for a very, very small pool of potential primary voters, a low-turnout primary for a low-turnout special election.

So now I just have to figure out who to vote for, in this high experiement of democracy.  Being the Poli Sci major slash dork I am, a few weeks back we went to a candidate forum at Depaul, but mostly what I came away from that with was the fact that I strongly dislike most politicians.

Can’t Barack just come and run my district, too?

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I’m fairly certain Illinois hates Rod Blagojevich.

59-0 folks.  59-0 twice.

And yet I listened to a 80 hour 47 minute rant about how Blago never ‘knowingly’ violated a law, and how a legislation shouldn’t impeach their governor because it sets a bad precedent.

Yes.  Because holding your elected officials accountable for their actions is a bad thing.

Sigh.

ETA:  “Si se puede”???  OH DEAR LORD.

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