POLITICAL POINT OF VIEW
May the Best Man Win
Contributing Correspondent: CDW
Way before the primary election last Tuesday, it was evident that the Republican Party, well, not really the party, just billionaire Bruce Rauner was seriously courting the black vote. Even as polls showed that Rauner most likely was going to buy his way to the nomination for Governor, he still was constructing a game plan that would assure him major black support come November.
This was Rauner's single goal: Steal or purchase as many black electorates from Governor Quinn as possible, so come the general election, Pat would be missing large numbers of his core base of voters. And it looks like Bruce and his new black friends have helped him do just that.
From every possible angle, Quinn is wounded. Yes, he beat Tio Hardiman handily in the primary, but it'll be a different horse race come November. And maybe most people don't see or hear it now, but the chatter has started in barbershops, beauty salons and coffee houses, as well as kitchen tables in black households that Rauner... 'is the man!'
The loot he's spreaded around has made some influential friends in high and low places. And his money is long enough to secure many more friends before election time later this year. But lets be clear... the chatter coming from people thus far are individuals where voting is not on their menu most times. But for them, it makes good conversation, and everyone loves to appear knowledgeable about politics and other subjects when in the company of their peers.
These are not the professional voters who are also business men and women who've been aligned with Quinn - for better or worse. And realistically, their worse is more than the barber shop patrons better. So therefore, these professionals are Quinn loyalist and will not take a chance backing a horse like Rauner.