Yes, I know there are more newspapers in Illinois than just the Daily Herald, the Sun-Times and the Tribune, but they are the major ones I read, so as far as I am concerned, Mark Kirk has the hat trick. From the Tribune endorsement:
U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk is the favorite in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, and for very good reason. He has been an extraordinarily effective representative of the independent-minded 10th Congressional District for a decade. His track record shows he has conservative principles and he has the instincts to succeed in Washington, no matter which party is in control.
The ideological zealots will look that statement and simply shake their heads, saying "effective representative"??? Just what in the hell are you talking about? If he's not a 'true conservative,' we don't want him -- forget whether he's our chance to actually win an election.
I think the Trib has these folks' number down pretty well:
With this primary, Illinois Republicans have to decide what part of success they don't like. They don't hold a single statewide office. In the past decade, they have lost the governor's office, a U.S. Senate seat and three U.S. House seats they once controlled. In that time, Mark Kirk has enjoyed the support of voters in an area that has elected a slew of Democrats to other offices.
I'd laugh if this wasn't so obvious, and sadly, that an alarming number of folks in my party don't really seem to get it.
The good news is that it's only 22 days until we can start concentrating on bashing Alexi.