Now don’t go pretending you are surprised anyone?
I don’t remember getting endorsed by the Chicago Tribune in any election in which an endorsement might have made any difference.
The Tribune’s just not comfortable with any elected official who can articulate the conservative point of view.
In any event, the nod has gone to Tammy Duckworth, even though the paper, noting he has alienated people (though not mentioning the people he has alienated most are hyper-partisan Democrats), says,
“It’s too bad, because the Joe Walsh who showed up for our endorsement interview had a lot more to offer than the Joe Walsh whose antics are splashed all over YouTube. In a face-to-face meeting with Duckworth, he was direct, specific, and even charming.”
The editorial goes on to point out that “Duckworth, by contrast, was noncommittal on some key issues, and largely drew from the Democratic playbook.”
So, 8th District voters have someone whose stands are well know but are urged to vote for someone who will be in the back pocket of Nancy Pelosi.
“Where he offered solutions, Duckworth too often offered only a promise to search for one,” the Tribune says.
But, not to worry.
Just as in 2006, when she was beaten by Algonquin Township’s probable future Congressmen Peter Roskam, the nod goes to Duckworth.
She’s “become a more-practiced politician. Practiced, that is, in not offering her opposition targets by getting too specific on solutions,” the Editorial Board opines.
The seems enchanted by “her character and moxie” and “capacity to inspire.”
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The Tribune suggests:
Watch Tammy Duckworth and Joe Walsh debate before the editorial board at chicagotribune.com/8thcongress. Read their questionnaires and learn more about them and other candidates at chicagotribune.com/endorsements.