(That is me on the far right, where I belong!)
My thanks to the Chicago Young Republicans, who invited me to speak to them last night at their monthly meeting. It was an enjoyable and educational event.
The topic of discussion was the upcoming election. One theme was the concern that Bruce Rauner may end up losing to Pat Quinn, despite Quinn being an unmitigated disaster. Polls show Rauner slightly ahead, but the trends are bad. Rauner has not yet closed the deal with Illinois voters, who are upset and concerned about the direction the state is going, but who are not yet convinced that Rauner is the guy who can fix the problems. I hope Rauner manages to make that connection with voters before election day.
In preparing for the event, I did a little research, as lawyers like to do before they talk about things in public. I found out something I already knew in a general way, that the Illinois governor is unusually powerful in comparison to most governors. One scholar rates the Illinois governor as tied for fourth most powerful out of 50 governors. In other words, Rauner, even facing Democrat majorities in both houses could still have an impact. Interestingly, I looked at Rauner’s website, and looked at the policies he is proposing, and they have little connection to what powers he would actually have as governor. It looks like some are achievable, some are not, all in a jumble. I may write more about this later.
In my comments, I tried to weave in some themes from America 3.0, of course. I even sold three books, which was nice.
The event was at a place called Seasons 52, which had well-presented hors d’oeuvres, including pizzas that looked like objets d’art.
One of my pals was kind enough to buy me an adult beverage, to fortify me for the presentation: