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  1. When your opposing party is spending tens of millions in the primary trying to ensure the candidate you support wins, you may be supporting the wrong candidate. Jeff Foxworthy might word it differently; but I'm pretty certain he would be handing out signs. Realpolitik is real. A former president was once described as being as liberal as he had to be and as conservative as he could be. If we hope to have influence, the choice in Illinois primaries shouldn't be who is the most ideologically aligned with us; but who is the most ideologically aligned with us that might actually win. I voted for Trump twice and have the hats, etc. I think he did more positive for this country than any other president in recent history and shudder to think how much worse off we would have been under clinton and clintons scotus. That said, I also believe that Trump's mouth / ego were among the major reasons why he didn't win a second term and his actions / candidate involvement in this midterm were a major reason (along with dem support of those same candidates in primaries) why the red wave fizzled out pathetically. Now Trump is bashing DeSantis who is one of if not the most viable candidate on the republican side to win the general in 2024. If he keeps up bashing electable Republicans, he's going to lose his support and deservedly so.
  2. Just a little bit of a difference there... ;-) I watched it too. Bailey did much, much better than I anticipated. He made some flubs like saying "our" part of the state once; but did pretty well overall. For some reason, Pritzker's closing statement kept replaying on my phone and i had to shut it down to stop it. Don't know what happened with that. If it happened on others, that was a very clever move. Kind of spooky though.
  3. Molly: I wanted to listen in; but life has been pretty hectic. Is it archived somewhere so we can listen when we have snips of time?
  4. FWIW: I truly felt voting for Bailey in the primary was a big mistake; but we'll see. If the election margin is within 10%, I'll be very surprised and impressed. If Bailey wins, I'll be as stunned (and pleased) as when Trump won back in 2016. If Bailey won Governor and DeVore (who I can't really say anything positive about as a person; but might vote for) were to win, it would certainly be interesting times.
  5. I would not be a bit surprised that Dems got someone to run as a libertarian and siphon votes from Bailey. That stuff works. Repubs should have found some far left green candidate to siphon votes from JB.
  6. There is absolutely no comparison between Bailey and Pritzker on the 2nd amendment. Pritzker is vehemently anti-gun. Bailey is vehemently pro-gun. Bailey wins that gun rights contest hands down.
  7. JDW: I remember that. Prompted a gun buying panic and price surge. It is going to be very interesting to see what happens.
  8. Gtx: I hadn't heard of them. Thanks for adding. I wish their site was easier to navigate.
  9. Illinoisbuckeye: I hope it backfires big time on the anti-gunners. I fear it will not.
  10. The shift since the SCOTUS abortion decision and the republican primaries has been scary. I'm not sure if the polls are far off or if people are just that... I hope the Republicans can get control of both the US House and Senate.
  11. I'm not seeing how to search for posts I've made or responded to. Is there an easy way?
  12. I hope; but history has shown it to be an effective strategy. I suspect it will work in many cases. Democrats do too otherwise they wouldn't be spending the tens (hundreds?) of millions they are / have been on boosting certain GOP candidates.
  13. I used to follow capitalfax. They leaned left back then and have only gotten more radical left as time progressed. I've tried to post factual information there and had it deleted or not post before. I don't bother often any more. We can only change the minds of those open to logic.
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