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December 17, 2008

Chicago Tribune blasts Illinois Democrats

The Chicago Tribune runs a scathing editorial today against Illinois Democrats for tabling a proposal to hold a special election for Obama’s Senate seat:

So much for trusting voters. Illinois Democrats want nothing to do with that now.

Amid the ugliness of the arrest last week of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the political class in Illinois seemed to share one noble sentiment: The choice of a U.S. Senate successor to Barack Obama should be handed to voters. The choice should not be left to the governor, not in light of the charges that Blagojevich tried to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

Shortly after Blagojevich was arrested, Sen. Dick Durbin said he supported a special election for the Senate vacancy. Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn said the same thing.

Illinois Senate President Emil Jones and House Speaker Michael Madigan promised that the legislature would promptly pass a bill to set an election. No doubt, no question, they would do it.

But then Democratic leaders had a revelation: They could lose that election!

Whoa! Trust the voters? That would be dangerous.