Mike Pence is coming to Chicago to raise money for Bruce Rauner.
While making your list of why the Democrats lost and keep losing to the Repugs and Donald Trump be sure to include the electability narrative.
Note that one of the state’s largest unions, the Illinois Education Association, makes electability a requirement for their political action committee’s political endorsements and contributions.
Because electing Hillary Clinton was a no-brainer, the IEA and their parent union manipulated (according to emails to and from Leon Panetta) the union’s endorsement of Clinton over Bernie Sanders, even though Sanders’ actual positions were far closer to that of the membership than were Clinton’s.
Electability was the basis for the IEA’s endorsement of the union-busting, pension cutting Democratic Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn. That led to the disaster that is now Bruce Rauner just as the certain-to-be elected Hillary Clinton gave us Donald Trump.
Making electability the thing that trumps (forgive me) substance, policy and political views is a sure path to defeat.
Votes determine who is elected, not bank accounts and crystal balls.
I’m hearing that J.B. Pritzker is the electable Democrat to beat Bruce Rauner in 2018.
Not because of his politics, which come straight out of the centrist wing of the Democratic Party that gave us Hillary.
But because he is a billionaire with deeper pockets than Rauner.
By the way, if you doubted that Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump come from the same mold, note that Mike Pence is coming to town to raise money for Bruce.
A crazy idea would be to let the people decide who is electable.