Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney for the U.S. presidency in 2012.
And Pat Quinn will beat successful and wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner for the governorship of Illinois in 2014.
Obama wasn't popular when he ran for reelection in 2012.
Quinn isn't popular as he runs for reelection in 2014.
No matter. At least they aren't successful and wealthy businessmen. That's the winning formula for successful politicians --- be pitted against successful businessmen.
You see, as a country we dislike businessmen who are successful and wealthy more than we dislike inept politicians. Capitalists we're not!
If Rauner doesn't win at least 20% of Chicago's vote, he's toast. And he won't win even that low of a percentage when President and Mrs. Obama, women, the teachers unions, other government workers, minority voters, the poor and public sector union members are finished voting.
It's that simple. Downstate doesn't count.
Meanwhile, Chicago's schools will suffer, Chicago's kids and families will suffer and the rest of the good citizens of Illinois will suffer right along with them. As a result, more people will vote with their feet and move on to greener pastures. And that will make things even easier for the next crop of Illinois politicians.
And of course, the nation's leading underfunded public sector pension promises will remain intact, and the overall sick status quo will prevail throughout the financially strapped state of Illinois.
Rauner should have learned from Romney's example, saved his money and not wasted his time.
In a democracy, we get the government we deserve, and so as a nation most of us deserve Obama, and the majority of the good citizens of Illinois deserve Quinn.
That's my take.