Election day while sheltering in place. Bernie, Kim, Newman and Eddie Burke

 

I had some serious concerns going into Illinois’ election day yesterday.

And COVID19 was only one of them.

Pre-election polls had Biden up by twenty points state-wide and aside from my disappointment in those numbers, I worried how this might impact some other races that were very important for the movement of progressive electoral politics.

For example, would a big Biden votes hurt Marie Newman in her second run against the worst Democrat in Congress, Dan Lipinski.

It seems that voters in her south west side and south suburban district could compartmentalize.

They were like voters who across the country have told exit pollsters that they support Medicare for All, but then voted for Biden who opposes it.

It is the electability issue.

In the Democratic primary there seems to be one main issue: Beating Donald Trump and saving the planet from this mad man.

It is a powerful issue.

Right or wrong, Democratic voters now believe it is Joe Biden who can beat Trump.

The job for Biden now is to figure out a way to win over the 40% of the Democratic voters who worked for Sanders and Warren based on their progressive platform.

The votes in the city of Chicago tell a tale.

Biden won working class African American wards like Pullman on the south side with 80% of the vote.

Biden did well and won even in some traditionally progressive wards, like Hyde Park and the University of Chicago, also with large numbers of African American voters.

Sanders did win in white and Latino progressive wards like Logan Square and in largely Latino wards like Little Village.

Unifying this vote and defeating Trump is now the essential task for both Sanders and Biden.

The Good News this morning is that in spite of a billionaire’s challenge, Kim Foxx remains as the Cook County States Attorney and can continue reforming cash bail and overturning false convictions.

In spite of a racist dog whistle campaign, Kim got nearly half the votes.

As I said, in the 3rd Congressional District, a district that runs from Bridgeport, home of Lumpen Radio, all the way to the far south suburbs, voters went with the progressive Marie Newman.

That is a big win and a big deal.

And in other election news, Alderman “Slow” Eddie Burke was defeated in his bid to stay on as 14th Democratic Ward Committeeman, a job that would be difficult to perform in prison.

 

3 thoughts on “Election day while sheltering in place. Bernie, Kim, Newman and Eddie Burke

  1. I stayed home and didn’t vote for the 1st time in 45 years living in Wheaton. I emailed Bernie, the Election Commission, and anyone else I could think of asking them to “be a leader” and ask those in authority to have the election commissions to mail the ballots to those who haven’t voted and have them return the ballot before June. I looked at the vote by mail program and absentee ballot program but it was too late. Early voting would be too far for me to walk as I have Parkinson’s disease. And by Election Day we were told to stay home if we were part of a vulnerable population. The Governor of Ohio was right that democracy and voting needed to be protected. The people needed to be protected in the virus emergency. The Election Commission already knows who is registered and didn’t vote. The ballots were already printed. Provisions need to be made to have them mailed to all registered voters who didn’t vote and the results calculated later. It’s an emergency.

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  2. Fred, I am sure you know this, but Biden is seen as being better for keeping the House Democratic and flipping the Senate as well. Trump is thought to have had main points of the British study read to him yesterday. At best over one million dead to the virus and at worst over two million. Bob

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  3. Fred, Tuesday I thought the President finally understood the gravity of the situation but then Wednesday he got all puffed up calling himself a “wartime” president, Commander Bonespurs, as it were.  Today he is attacking the media for siding with China and not going along with his idea of calling the virus the Chinese Virus.  Don’t they understand that none of this is his fault. Look for a book to be delivered by Amazon on March 23.  Aside from the run on toilet paper, those with long view are buying guns and bullets.  When the government goes under you will need guns and bullets to protect your toilet paper.  Stay healthy

    From: Fred Klonsky Reply-To: Fred Klonsky Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 9:25 AM To: Bob Lyons Subject: [New post] Election day while sheltering in place. Bernie, Kim, Newman and Eddie Burke

    Fred Klonsky posted: ” I had some serious concerns going into Illinois’ election day yesterday. And COVID19 was only one of them. Pre-election polls had Biden up by twenty points state-wide and aside from my disappointment in those numbers, I worried how this might impact s”

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