Sarah Palin targets Illinois
Posted August 14, 2011on:
On the surface it looks like a pilgrimage. Visit Iowa State Fair, and then trek on over to Dixon, Illinois. For years now she fashioned herself after Mr. Reagan, as the last great hope for American Renewal on the world stage (instead of being the Apologist-in-Chief). But there is more than meets the eye to Governor Palin’s crossing the Mississippi. After all, punditry has it that besides California and New York, Illinois ranks at the top of the list of states ‘locked up’ for Mr. Obama. Home field advantage for the President is said to be strong, (unlike Al Gore circa 2000). So why does the Governor choose to play the symbolic gesture toward the land of 2 beloved presidents?
The warning flew by under the radar, but the ever watchful Rich Miller of the mighty CapitolFaxBlog of Springfield reminded his readers of it, even as Sarah Palin was visiting the state.
The Illinois fiscal 2012 budget doesn’t address the state’s “sizeable backlog of unpaid bills and an unsustainable ascent” in spending for pension benefits, Moody’s Investors Service said…
Because of its financial weakness, Illinois is less well positioned than other states to handle a renewed downturn in the national economy…
Author Rich Miller then goes on to quote a local reporter Bill Cameron:
One of the credit rating agencies – Moody’s – is reportedly thinking about downgrading the credit rating of the state of Illinois and WLS Radio’s Bill Cameron says Illinois Republicans say this is no time for Gov. Pat Quinn to try to do more borrowing.
Republicans say they’ve blocked Quinn from borrowing more billions before and will again if he tries to do it in the current climate of rising interest rates.
An interesting side note is the Alaska tops the list of top 10 states that are in good standing per Moody’s. But back to the main point: why Sarah Palin targets Illinois, which may not be a blue state shoo in.
The state is dying fiscally, and dying for a Tea Party Revolt. It already gave the seat held by Mr. Obama to a Republican, and very nearly gave Bill Brady the governor mansion.
Current governor Pat Quinn called the tax increase passage, the proudest day of his life!
Illinois lost one more electoral vote based on the 2010 census.
Disillusionment was rampant at the recent fundraisers held by the President in Chicago recently. The protesters were his base, not the tea partiers.
Governor Palin has been to Illinois before, but mostly in ceremonial fashion. Today, the situation is different. The state is not exactly ripe for picking, such as say Indiana and Wisconsin might be, but it’s getting there. Considering that so much of Mr. Obama’s margin was new found enthusiasm, and that seems to be waning rather irreversibly, it’s not too far fetched to think that come 2012 Mr. Obama might end up being Al Gore 2000, rather than Walter Mondale 1984.
Considering that President Obama is about to launch a bust tour of the state to whip up his flagging support, Sarah Palin visit to Dixon and Springfield are all the more significant.