August 17, 2005

Editorial addresses Jacobs' free ride "victory".

After much recent discussion here, the Dispatch/Argus Editorial page finally weights in on the issue of Sen. Mike Jacobs recent "victory".
When Sen. Mike Jacobs was crowned by the state's Democratic political powers to succeed his father as state senator, we didn't lead the chorus of those booing the choice.

Not because we approved of the fact that other qualified candidates did not appear to be considered for the post. And, certainly not because we believed politicians such as state Sen. Denny Jacobs, no matter how successful, have earned the right to pass on their posts to their children.

But there seemed little purpose in exclaiming over the party employing the "to the victor goes the spoils" method of governance that the state's politicians had endorsed for political succession; they win, they set the rules. Unless you work to change the system, it's hard to argue too loudly and long when someone works that system to their advantage. Besides, we thought, come election time, the voters would get a chance to make their choice in the full light of day and after a full, public campaign.

... or maybe not.

Last week, we learned that Sen. Jacobs' most often mentioned potential opponent, state Rep. Mike Boland, D-East Moline, had declined to run. The news came after Illinois House Speaker and state Democratic party chair Mike Madigan met with Rep. Boland; Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan; Sen. Jacobs; U.S. Rep. Lane Evans, D-Rock Island; Rock Island County Democratic party chairman John Gianulis; former state senator Denny Jacobs; Rock Island County State's Attorney Jeff Terronez; and key labor leaders.

Whether one believes, as some wags say, that the speaker's visit prompted Rep. Boland's decision, we hope it doesn't also mean that Sen. Jacobs will go unchallenged by disaffected Democrats for the seat to which he has not yet stood for election.

Make no mistake. This is not a reflection of his performance in his first legislative session. Indeed, even accounting for the usual bit of freshmen mistakes, even some of the Jacobs' clans most ardent critics have quietly acknowledged he seems to have acquitted himself well.

What's important, however, is that the voters are given the chance to find out who Mike Jacobs really is, what he wants and where he wants to take the voters of his senate district. The best way, indeed the only real way, to discover that is during an open, wide-ranging and energetic campaign.

No one wins, including the incumbent politician, when the party in power in a democracy gets a free pass. (And, by the way, what is free? If Speaker Madigan lent his support, what will he demand in exchange?)

Other Democrats may step forward before the primary, though at this early stage it's hard to imagine it will be someone who could have offered such a robust challenge to the new Sen. Jacobs. If, however, the speaker's reach is so long that other Democrats decline to take up the challenge, we trust Republicans are carefully considering an opponent.

It is after all a democrat (small d) society, not a Democrat kingdom.

One might suspect the Dispatch's editorial board's motives, but at least they've come around to The Dope's way of thinking on this matter.

I guess only "wags" thought Madigan had something to do with Boland's semi-decision to run for Representative once more. Hmmm. I'd suggest that believing it is more grounded in reality than not.

No doubt our friend "HeadUsher" will attack the Dispatch/Argus editorial board with the same curious argument with which he attacked anyone who dared express displeasure at Jacobs' having been given a free ride. He could just paraphrase his earlier comments here...


Exactly who and what is keeping you and your loyal minnion [sic] (diehard and mabyeseomday) [sic] from running for public office?

You, maybesomeday [sic] and Diehard sit around all day complaining, but lack the intestinal fortitude to do something about it. What's the matter? Perhaps the [sic] takes more than you are up for? If that's the case you should treat those that enter the public frey [sic] with higher regard, as it's public service, not public slavery.

People give themselves freely to serve the public. If you seek public life for glory, you simply don't understand the task at hand. In the end, winners do and losers whine? [sic] Which are you boys? Winners or losers?

Sounds like more whinning [sic] to me! Are you ever going to do anything with your life other than be cheap critics. Please enter the frey [sic] and show everyone how a real EDITORIAL BOARD does it! Well go on!

I'm sure we'll see something akin to that in the letters to the editor real soon.

Or maybe not...

(And why is he yammering about jumping into the Norse god of fertility, crops, peace, and prosperity (the definition of "frey")???


At 8/17/2005 3:34 PM, Blogger diehard said...

The Dispatch is a day late and a dollar short as usual!
They are sticking their finger in the wind. It's what the media does all the time.
In the 70s when this country was trending more liberal it was reflected in the media.
Today, well we really don't have many credible journalist that are not selling the right wing.
I think initially they liked Mike Jcobs because he is kind of their tyoe if you know what I mean!
However, they have to hear the grunbling on the street about Jacobs,the Madigan visit, Verschoore's appointment ,Jhn Gianulis lack of backbone have voters both republican and democrat at their boiling point!
But I'm sure the Dispatch actually likes Jacobs an they are getting this out now so they won't have to do it at election time.
Theyare for the people that have power and money.
TheDispatch is truly a gutless newspaper any reporter should be ashamed to work for such a rag!

At 8/17/2005 4:48 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

"...even some of the Jacobs' clan most ardent critics have quietly acknowledged that Senator Mike Jacobs seems to have acquitted himself well."

- Dispatch
August 18, 2005

At 8/17/2005 5:01 PM, Blogger diehard said...

He'll probably get acquitted someday alright!

At 8/17/2005 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, the most important line in the editorial is the one that commends State Sen. Mike Jacobs for doing a good job for the citizens of the 36th District.
Sure, the newspaper editors get hung up on "process" issues like appointments. But that's history.

What's important is to look forward, to judge whether the new Senator is doing his job. Based on what I'm hearing and based on the DISPATCH editorial today, the answer is a resounding YES, he's doing a very good job.

That's what matters -- not whether someone will or will not step forward to challenge. That's a mute issue.

At 8/17/2005 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good post... thanks.

At 8/17/2005 8:14 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

One positive line in an editorial and from that you gather that Jacobs has been a "resounding" success? Man, I hope they're paying you enough.

At 8/17/2005 8:20 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And HeadUsher, gee thanks for pointing out the one positive line in the piece. I don't think we could have found it on our own.
And kudos to your guy for doing an adequate job so far.

"Aquitted himself well" is a far cry from the picture of unbelievable success you've tried to paint of Jacobs here. I thought Sen. Mike sits on the right hand of God.

At 8/17/2005 8:49 PM, Blogger latinv said...

Gus Angelos, long time Democrat Precinct Commiteemen and County Board Member passed away this week. He fought a tough, long battle with Alzheimers. Visitation is tomorrow at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, beginning at 5:00PM. 2930 31st Ave. Rock Island.
If not of Greek persuasion, you are still welcome to stop in and offer your condolensces to the family.

At 8/17/2005 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dope- nice to see that your newspaper piece made the paper. We all know it was your editorial. Hard to believe that it states what will Jacobs owe Madigan? What does Mike Boland owe Madigan? He's been funding Boland since his first term!

At 8/17/2005 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well maybe Mike Jacobs still thinks any press is good press.

I will watch with interest to see if they send the pit bull reporter out to skewer Mike Jacobs. We know she is there and will do the editor's bidding at the Dispatch.

Hopefully he will be baptized by fire and have to earn his spot one way or another even if he sits on the ballott alone.

Dam, why is it that money runs everything. It cheapens the process so much. The voters deserve much better.

At 8/17/2005 9:56 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope, I dam well wish I had a spare $200k sitting around to try and beat Mike Jacobs and I would if I could.

Circumstances as they are - I can't. Mike is a spoiled brat and will get his way daily - he just can't be sure he wins the election and even if he does how long can he hang on? Hope he likes the taste of his foot these days.....

At 8/17/2005 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To quote James Carville: that whole point about process and appointments is "yesterday's news."
That's old news, folks.

What matters now is whether the new State Senator can handle the job. And if you read today's DISPATCH editorial, the answer is a resounding YES == he is doing a good job as Senator.

That's what matters, not some stale argument about process.

Let's look ahead, folks.

At 8/18/2005 6:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking ahead and I don't really like what I see.

An election is no election without at least two names to choose from.

Appointment aside, put someone else on the Dam ballot against Mike - a Dem a Republican - I don't care - just anyone else to choose from.

I don't give a hoot what type of job he is doing, we won't really know if the voters approve unless there is a choice and Mike Jacobs is forced to earn the seat he was given.

Remember how it used to be - when you had to earn your way? That's all we want here - is for Mike to earn his right to sit in Springfield.

We want to see if he is the guy the citizen really wanted or just some hack that got the job from some old men smokin cigars and making back door deals....

At 8/18/2005 7:30 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

"One might suspect the Dispatch's editorial boards motives, but at least they've come around to THE DOPE's way of thinking on this matter."


Why wouldn't the Dispatch "come around to THE DOPES's way of thinking on this matter?" Afterall, you are both strong supporters of the Republican Party.

The Republicans (the Dispatch and The DOPE) are trying to do what they have been unable to do at the polls -- defeat quality Democrat incumbents like Evans, Jacobs, Verschoore and Boland.

We saw what your negative Republican attacks did to Pat O'Brien last time! Don't think for a second that the Rock Island Democrat Party will stand by and let your hate-filled campaign determine the outcome. This time, we are ready for you. Democrats will fight fire with fire!

Try as the Dispatch and The DOPE may, the Rock Island County Democrat Party is going to do what we do best --- win elections!

At 8/18/2005 7:31 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Amazing the sort of Bush like hackery displayed by anon at 24.29 above.

Here's the message... People, ignore the point of the editorial, it's not important. There's only one sentence that you should pay attention to, and that's the one that says that Jacobs has done an adequate job, but you should read that to mean that he's been a "resounding success".

Don't insult people with such B.S.

This is the "No-spin Zone" ... ha!

At 8/18/2005 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post headusher!

At 8/18/2005 7:40 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And, I guess now that threats and other attempts at baseless bullshit have failed, now the HeadUsher camp has decided that the Dope is "Republican".

Whew! Just like Republicans, apparently they feel that reality is just something to play with any way they want.

I'm not worried though, as I have a higher opinion of the people that read The Indside Dope AND the general public than HeadUsher.

I think they're quite smart enough to realize utter crap when they read it and I don't try to feed them such BS on a regular basis like HeadUsher and Jacobs supporters.

So far, nearly all pro-Jacobs comment has been incredibly juvenile and/or rank and intelligence insulting spin.

I only recall one comment (maybe two) where an actual real life accomplishment of Jacobs has been discussed, and that was pointing out his involvement with a bus safety measure in the legislature.

We should be grateful I think. We're getting a primer on the workings of the political mind, at least how Jacobs supporters deal with negative attention.

It's pretty interesting, isn't it?

At 8/18/2005 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given that you revealed yourself as a Republican, it's no wonder you fashion your self after Bill O'Riely!

At 8/18/2005 7:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we know why the DOPE won't want to reveal his identity! He's a wolf in sheep clothing!

At 8/18/2005 7:47 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Also, though I really shouldn't have to remind people, but HeadUsher is on some powerful psychotropic drugs if he thinks The Dope "attacked" Pat O'Brien during his run for mayor.

I'd like him to point out those "attacks" for me, as I sure don't recall any.

I do however, recall roundly criticizing his opponents for their tactics on many, many occasions.

But again, like the Bushies, for Jacobs supporters, apparently reality and fact is useless. They think people are just that stupid.

Well, I think readers here are a bit smarter than the average bear. Such crap will only create backlash, as it has in the past.

At 8/18/2005 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now you know why the Dope hides behind a curtain? He's a Republican!

At 8/18/2005 8:40 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yeah... THAT'S it! He's a RE-PUB-LI-CAN. Yeah!


Another example of the raging out of control Jacobs ego.

It's like the guy that gets shut down by a girl and automatically assumes she must be a lesbian, since NO woman would ever think he's a creep.

Jacobs' little HeadUsher apparently thinks that anyone who dares mention anything less than glowing about him MUST be a Republican. How else to explain it since no one can dare mention anything even slightly negative about Jacobs... he's perfect in every way.


At 8/18/2005 8:45 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I think the only thing that would make Jacobs and HeadUsher howl more would be if we never mentioned him at all. THAT would drive them nuts!

At 8/18/2005 9:45 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

I know your frustrated Dope, but the fact is people do not care what you say. The only reason people come here is to read about Mike Jacobs. Why else have you devote so much space to his life?

By the way Dope, I hope you and the family enjoy Republican Day at the fair!

At 8/18/2005 10:07 AM, Blogger diehard said...

The Dope a republican? How ridicules!
You know who is really a Republican.
The chairman of our Democratic party in Rock Island County.Old man
John Gianulis.
Well he acts like one. He hangs around with rich people, he lives out in the country away from any people of color, he has not brought women or blacks to any postion of power in the party.
He doesnt care about poor people, hates unions except when they delusionaly give him money.
And he stabs Democrats in the back!

At 8/18/2005 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't have believed that the the DOPE is a Republican, until the Dope freely admitted it.

All this time I thought the DOPE was a Democrat. It goes to show you that you can't trust anything the DOPE says about anything!

At 8/18/2005 1:21 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And here I thought I was a Democrat too. Who'd a thunk?


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