Today Sun-Times left-leaning columnist Laura Washington speculates that Congressman Mark Kirk will beat State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in the U.S. Senate race here in Illinois this fall:
Right here at home, the Republican Party has a big trump card at hand. The Illinois Senate race will be their favorite touchstone of this election cycle. In November, the Land of Lincoln will elect the next occupant of Obama's U.S. Senate seat. The Republicans will surely nationalize this race, and they've got their eyes on the prize.
I fear that state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic nominee, lacks the chops to prevail over U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk.
Giannoulias is a banker without a bank, a politician tainted by scandal. He's still going steady in the polls, but there's a monstrous bull's-eye on the back of that tailored suit, and a Republican trump card on his forehead.
Alexi a "banker without a bank..." HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
That made my whole morning, especially coming from a liberal columnist like Washington.
Meanwhile, Politico is reporting that Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr., might even support Kirk over Alexi:
Now, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who did not endorse anyone in the Democratic primary, is flirting with the idea of backing Republican nominee Mark Kirk in the general election.
“I like Alexi Giannoulias, but I have great respect for Mark Kirk and his service to the people of Illinois,” Jackson told POLITICO.
Jackson and Kirk work together on the House Appropriations Committee, on which both are senior members of the subcommittee that provides foreign aid.
It’s exceedingly rare for a lawmaker of one party to endorse a colleague of the other party — particularly within the same state — meaning Jackson lending his name to Kirk would be a bit of a shock to the political system and a blow to Giannoulias’s campaign.
Now my morning is even brighter... On the other hand, the folks over at Illinois Review, who can't see past their own ideology, think this is a bad thing. Who knows, maybe if JJJ gets caught up in the Blago scandal big-time, maybe a shout-out from JJJ isn't something Kirk should encourage (!)