August 4, 2005

Meet the new slate; same as the old slate

Ho hum.

The world keeps spinning and the power in Springfield, knowing far better what's best for us, helpfully steps in to save us from having to pick our own Democratic candidates democratically. For this we can only humbly show our thanks by working our asses off and donating 'til it hurts to get their hand-picked guys back in office.

As I stated a week or so ago, it's apparent that Rep. Mike Boland will again run to remain Rep. Mike Boland, likely without primary challenge. And he can safely tuck those acceptance speeches for State Treasurer or Senator into the bottom drawer and his visions of larger office into the recesses of his waking dreams.

And Sen. Mike Jacobs can stop tearing his pillow to shreds all night and thumping his chest all day at the prospect of a challenge from Boland (or anyone else), and can breath freely at the news that he gets to finally be elected Sen. Mike Jacobs while largely skipping that nasty hard part of politics, a campaign.

And Rep. Pat Verschoore will likely run unopposed in the primary to remain Rep. Pat Verschoore.

Nothing is new under the sun.

If there is any silver lining to this "arrangement", it is that ugliness of a truly titanic scale was averted by avoiding a Boland/Jacobs blood bath, and that all of these candidates are capable and haven't proved to be utter disasters to this point.

And anyone who is really elderly or easily confused won't have a problem in the voting booth. Those who've voted Jacobs or Boland or Verschoore in the past won't be startled by any new names. Hell, they might even recycle the voters guides from the last go 'round.

And of course, Democratic victories are always preferable to the alternative, even if there are no alternative Democrats allowed in the process.

I should note that it remains an unknown whether anyone will emerge to challenge any of these candidates in the primary, but I think one could safely say the chances are slim. Though I could be wrong.


At 8/04/2005 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be willing to donate to Boland even though he's not my rep to run against Jacobs just to see a little new blood for a change.

Even though I am a good dem it sickens me the way the last couple years have gone with John Gianulis just doing whatever he is told by those who have power over him and that he is scared of "pissing off".

They all protect their own hides and the hell with what the voters may want.

At 8/04/2005 7:08 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Well Dave any Republcans out there who wanna grow some and run against Jacobs and Verschoore?
No, ofcourse not. When you want the Republicans to field a candidate they never do!

At 8/04/2005 7:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 8/04/2005 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exuse me while I go get my barf bag!

At 8/04/2005 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesnt Steve Herring run against Jacobs? He is the weaker of the two candidates.

At 8/04/2005 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the reason Steve "red"Harrang won't run against Mikey "lite" Jacobs is the Republican's don't want to damage one of their own!

Mike Jacobs is more R than D at heart - business knows it and so do the Republican's -

you can damn well bet the R's don't run anyone against a sure R vote ( issues like tel-com -insurance - utilities etc!) in a D district!!!

why would they knock off one of their own!

At 8/04/2005 9:36 AM, Blogger hud50 said...

I'd like to see all these jokers challenged. By R's and D's. How does a rank and file R or D attain any political leverage unless the ship gets shaken up every once in a while?

Anybody interested in being a stealth candidate? Dave? Dope? I'm sure the readers would donate to the campaign...

At 8/04/2005 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A stealth campaign would only work if the media was not so republican around here print television and radio all big business interests only.

The candidate would be underfunded and an underdog against Jacobs - since the Rub and the Dems are afraid to cross Denny Jacobs, Mike is safe - so that's the sickening fix folks.

At 8/04/2005 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Boland's a Democrat. But look I have a message for the legislators that serve with Mike Jacobs dont pay him any respect!!
He sure hasn't earned it.
Boland is the only legislator around here with a spin!

At 8/04/2005 2:33 PM, Blogger diehard said...

Hey Dope when Madigan walked in did they qui up the Star Wars Darth Vader music. With Madigan and his raspy breathing?

At 8/04/2005 8:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that would have been entertainment. Why was this meeting kept secret? The future of the party is at stake!

Mike Jacobs is going to ruin us.

At 8/04/2005 8:32 PM, Blogger diehard said...

A man that has not even been to the Quad city area in over 16 years blows into town for an hour or two.
Within that time he totally takes away our rights as Democrats to choose our own candidates.
Legislators our tax dollars pay for.
Taxation without representation comes to mind.
It's like something out of the Russian Revolution. Or the kind of like the crap they pull in Mexico...Viva Zapata!! Viva Revolution!!!
This is the Mad Monk Rasputin Diehard signing off COMRADES!!

At 8/04/2005 8:34 PM, Blogger diehard said...

And to all that are hoping for change an old Russian proverb comes to mind. I'll paraphrase"Hope makes an exellent breakfast but a dismal supper"
Take that to heart comrades!

At 8/04/2005 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell us how you really feel Diehard!
But I agree with you. I dont know how people like Mike Jacobs and Pat Verschoore can look the people they represent in the eye.
No one really takes either of these clowns seriously do they?

At 8/04/2005 8:51 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You can hate the fix... but the fact remains that we still have a shot that these three will provide representation we can be mostly happy with.

Jacobs is still wearing a paper hat as far as being a Senator is concerned. He has every potential to become a good one, but it all depends on what choices he makes and who he chooses to climb in bed with, so to speak. The interests he's cozied up to aren't good so far, but perhaps he'll make some course adjustments in the future now that he has no opposition to fret about and isn't so frantic for cash.

Boland is a known quantity who has done a lot for the people of the district and the state. I'm not aware of any egregious positions he's taken that is too far from basic Democratic stances.

Verschoore is not flashy, but is certainly competent.

So... hate the fix, but let's wait to see what the future holds before making these guys out to be Moe, Larry, and Curly.

At 8/04/2005 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you would only come outside we could call you the "Outside Dope"

At 8/05/2005 12:08 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...


If you guys think you are better qualifed than Mike Boland to serve as our representaive, feel free to enter the primary and test your theory. Just be aware that Senator Mike Jacobs, Congressman Lane Evans, Chairman John Gianulis and Illinois Speaker Mike Madigan are all supporting Mike Boland.

Mike Boland may be an "ass," but at least he's our ass!

At 8/05/2005 5:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd rather run against you. But I dont have 225,000 in the bank.

At 8/05/2005 7:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah contrair Usher. You are confused. No one has a problem with Boland. I don't. I have a problem with you getting to have a free ride courtesy of daddie and the leadership with your cush appointment.

With that said, someone needs to run against you. Since no Dem has the money or can get it because you put a D by your name (and don't deserve to) - it should then be a Republican. Oh yeah, Mike Jacobs will not have a credible Rub to run against him - because he is a Republican!!! Your votes will prove this to anyone who looks them up in your new "term" you were given - not elected to in January.

Usher - just wait, one of these days you will stumble and then your short career will come to an end. How about that? You may have to actually interview and compete for a wage? Now that is a new concept for you Usher - I mean Mike Jacobs.

At 8/05/2005 8:57 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...


So much anger for such a short man!

Here are the facts boys, Speaker Mike Madigan did not come to Rock Island to convince Mike Boland to run for reelection, as that had already been determined.

No, Speaker Madigan was here to convince Congressman Lane Evans, Chairman John Gianulis, and young Senator Mike Jacobs not to take Boland out in the upcoming Democrat primary. The fact is the three men were ready to dumpr Boland and Madigan called the "pow-wow" in a last ditch effort to protect his investment (Boland)!

Now that the long nightmare has ended, look for the three legisltors to work as a team. Finally!!!!

That smells like victory to me!

At 8/05/2005 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes victory for one person. And once again the voters loose because they wont have a choice in who there next elected State Senator will be.
I dont know may no one gives a shit who there next State Senator will be.
Maybe its kind of like Mayor thats an office no one cares about. 12 years of Stan Leach is proof of that!

At 8/05/2005 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question for you Headrusher. Haven't you ever wanted to work for something and get it on your own.
Maybe if you had actually worked for a living you could appriciate a hard day's work.
You should try it some time when your not being all important. It's quit invigerating!

At 8/05/2005 11:20 AM, Blogger diehard said...

Lane Evans and John Gianulias have enough to worry about. They could both care less if Boland has the seat or doesn't.
Actually Boland has more in common with Lane Evans than our other 2 illustrious state office holders record. Boland has a progressive voting record that is second only to Lane
B. Mike Boland is an outsider like Lane Evans who fought hard to get elected when John Gianulis told Lane to run for Township trustee Lane ran for congress. Boland was not John Gianulis's guy. But beat John because he worked and John as usual did nothing.
C They are both veterans who care about Vets issues.
But most voters dont care. That should make you happy Mike!
I agree with anonymous 9:47 the voters really dont give a shit who their State Senator is!

At 8/06/2005 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Usher I saw - Sen Mike Jacobs at an event recently - he crashed it - uninvited how tacky.

People there who were not political asked who he was? People there Dems some from out of town were disgusted with him. He breezed in and breezed out blatently campaigning "desperate" for people to like him.

No one does. We get to have him shoved at us whether we like him or not...... please someone run against him - even a Republican - please......

At 8/06/2005 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Money does not buy everything Usher. Maybe someone has the guts to upset the cart and run against richly funded Jacobs.

Jacobs seems kinda worried these days.

At 8/07/2005 4:09 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

It can't be easy getting dropped into a Senate seat, even if you think you're prepared.

And the fact remains that the only people young Jacobs has had contact with are the lobbyists and big $ guys left over from his Dad's terms, and these types were almost certainly the first in line to try to smooze him, stick $ in his pocket, tell him they love him, etc. They probably started working on him way before Denny even retired.

And in light of Mike having never run for anything in his life, of course he was pretty nervous about having one. So he and the people around him were likely fixated on raising as much money as possible in a fast and furious way.

So this only caused him to jump in bed even further with the money guys.

One can only hope that once he's installed once again as Senator, he might have the time to reflect and start easing away from his wealthy benefactors and start considering what's best for the middle class and working class people of his district. (But of course, the rich will tell him that the best thing for the middle and lower class is to make them ever more richer... let's just hope Jacobs is smart enough not to buy this "trickle down" crap.)

Jacobs has a chance to be a good state Senator. It's an incredible opportunity, now lets see if he rises to the position or simply becomes the boy of the highest bidder.

At 8/07/2005 8:42 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope, you are a romantic idiot if you think Mike Jacobs can learn to be a Democrat. He has never been one and is showing us all signs of being a Republican and another 'Ugh' Joel Brunsvold type who only USED the D by his name (for 20 years!) to continue his own folly and stay in office.

Heck the Chambers just LOVE Mike Jacobs - ask them and they will tell you!!!

That is your clue that he's in bed with the rich. Watch my friend as no one runs against him in the fall- not even a Republican and then you will know what his true colors are - RED.

Next the average joe out there working will be in the RED when his paychecks reduce or disappear. Yes, the rich will tell Mike they know best and write him big checks and he will go along with it so he can keep having big parties at Blue Ribbon and Johnny's that the average voter can't afford to attend.

Oh and the comment about the $ guys working on Mike before Denny retired - well that just proves what I have said before and many know as fact- the fix was in for years that John Ganulis was gonna "give" the seat to Mike Jacobs in exchange for some back door deal done with Denny and others holding a gun to Johnny's head - and the voters would not be allowed to choose whom they want to represent them.

We are stuck with this Mike Jacobs for 20 years or longer -- no Dem has $ - No Republican will run against one of their beloved fellow collegues --gag me!!!!!!!!

At 8/07/2005 8:15 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Joel Brusnvold has done more for this community in two weeks than you fools have done in your life!

Joel was part of the team that brought home 50 million dollars to build the West Rock River Bridge. Joel was also part of the team that brought 40 million dollars to build the Mark of the Quad Cities. Guess what losers, Democrat Joel Brusnvold created thousands of union jobs over his twenty year career. If that's not pro-Democrat what is?

Just beacuse Joel doesn't agree with your left-over 60's political agenda, doesn't mean he isn't a Democrat. It's cheap to attck Joel Brusnvold for following the sucessful politcal path of Democrat leaders Bill and Hillary Clinton. What path are you loser following?

As I said before, winners smile and loser whine. Would you boys like a little cheese with that wine?

At 8/07/2005 9:57 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Usher no matter what you say, I don't have any respect for Brunsvold now then or in the future.

He's a sell out to the Republican party and took all his contributions to buy himself a house when he retired.

If he could have put Ted in like Denny put you in, he would have - but the law would not allow it. He found out he can't always get his way.

His tenure as a cabinet member has been rocky too - since he found out he can't break the rules there either.

At 8/07/2005 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys like Joel are a dime a dozen. They get in as a Democrat and then act like a Republican.
But I appriccate you trying to get off the Mike Jacobs issue.
Nice smokescreen!

At 8/08/2005 12:53 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Rather than hold to out-dated theories on "black and white" politcs, Brusvold understood how work with others to get things done for his District.

Time after time, Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike voted for Joel Brunsvold.

Maybesomeday, I know that you think you are smarter than the voters, but the fact is your not.
The voters liked Joel Brunsvold and so do I.

Joel Brunsvold has earned his place of honor in Northwestern Illinois -- have you?

Anonymous 22:04, let me tell you what is "a dime a dozen." Bloated bloggers that fill their days carping about "Democrat this" and "Republican that," but never demonsrate the courage to enter the frey themselves.

At 8/08/2005 4:42 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

HA! Usher... you're always good for a laugh.

If your last paragraph is supposed to include your messiah Mike Jacobs, I'd suggest that being appointed to office doesn't technically qualify as "entering the fray", and while it may have taken courage, it was only because it's got to be scarier than hell to suddenly become state Senator without feeling like an utter fraud.

It takes a lot of stamina and work to try to learn the ins and outs of Springfield politics, and being thrown into the job was no doubt pretty damn daunting.

Of course, having a father who served so long and who has so many friends is about the best help anyone could ask for, but a father can only prop you up so far, there's still a lot of responsibility involved.

But Jacobs' experience had nothing whatsoever to do with the courage you suggest, namely the courage to formulate ideas and policies and to put yourself out for voters to judge your fitness for office.

And I'd say it's pretty evenly split as to which group is a dime a dozen, bloggers unhappy with and carping about politicians, or politicians spouting endless ridiculously overblown BS to try to justify their existence.

At 8/08/2005 4:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Courage is what's meant in JFK's book "Profiles in Courage". Maybe Jacobs should read it sometime.
Political courage isn't going along with the highest bidder. It isn't trying to kiss the ass of the already powerful. As a matter of fact, political courage is the willingness to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Political courage is the willingness to do the right thing for the most people, even if it might hurt your chances at re-election or dry up a funding source.

This abandonment of the populism that has been the hallmark of the Democratic party by using the spineless excuse of following the DNC example of moving right and buckling in to corporate interests is the opposite of courage. It's greed and cowardice and nothing any politician should brag about.

At 8/08/2005 6:54 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

I think Mike Jacobs would have been far better suited to follow in his father in law's steps and become Moline Mayor as a Republican.

Mike Jacobs was taylor made for that office. He could have really been himself instead of pretending to be someone he's not. He could say it and the paper would print it and all the citizens of Moline would accept it - wrong or right because he is a Republican. that makes it just all right.

Heck, he may have been a better mayor than Buck was. With all that inside stuff he claims to know and all.......

At 8/08/2005 4:32 PM, Blogger theheadusher said...


You forgot to mention that Mike Jacobs' great unlce was Charles F. Carpentier. Carpentier was a Republican. He was Mayor of East Moline, State Senator from the 36th District and Secretary of State from 1952 to 61. He died while running for governor.

Yes, Mike Jacobs like Joel Brunsvold and Denny Jacobs is able to get along with others. That's part of the reason these men have been so successful!

At 8/08/2005 8:16 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Sorry Usher, you are wrong again. They aren't successful - just phoney. Hey at least Carpentier did not pretend to be a Democrat!

Dope, I think that you need to superimpose that paper hat you refer to onto the photo of Mike Jacobs and pencil onto it something like "IL Chamber YPN network fan" or something sick like that.

That's the type of dunce hat that would fit the picture here.

At 8/10/2005 11:28 AM, Blogger JCKDNLS69 said...

Envy...Envy...Envy - If only people weren't so judgmental about our local politicians. I think it would be best to talk about some real issues dope. Like how to draw new business to the area and bringing new jobs to the area. Honestly, This blog is nothing but a glorified speak out page.

At 8/10/2005 11:34 AM, Blogger JCKDNLS69 said...

And also personally, I feel our area is quite fortunate to have great representation at our State Capital- such as Rep. Vershoore, Sen. Jacobs. Why is that some people always try to find the negative in everything? Maybe that is the real topic that needs to be addressed.... how do we all become better people by finding the good in the things we read, hear, and touch. Let's look at the positive insight into making our area marketable!

At 8/11/2005 10:01 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

JCKDNLS69 said...
Envy...Envy...Envy - If only people weren't so judgmental about our local politicians. I think it would be best to talk about some real issues dope. Like how to draw new business to the area and bringing new jobs to the area. Honestly, This blog is nothing but a glorified speak out page.


Maybe that is the real topic that needs to be addressed.... how do we all become better people by finding the good in the things we read, hear, and touch. Let's look at the positive insight into making our area marketable!

First of all, yes, this is a glorified version of speak out. Is there something wrong with that? I myself am glad people are able to speak their mind here and wouldn't have it any other way. I don't always like or agree with them, but that's all part of debate.

You can bemoan the quality of some comments, but everyone's got a right to their opinion, so I'm not really sure what you'd prefer.

Secondly, I think you're a bit off the mark if you imagine that all critical comments about politicians are based on envy. That may come into play for certain commenters, but not for all.

As a matter of fact, I think things have gotten so bad in politics precisely because people have NOT been critical enough of those who serve.

Your suggestion that we all somehow limit ourselves to only the positive is neither practical or realistic in my opinion.

I personally don't consider the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" theory to be very productive. Why in the world should we continue to give those in charge or the political process a blank check and a pass on criticism? If anything, I think there needs to be more heat applied, not less.

I don't want this site to become a JA/Chamber of Commerce boosterism site. I suppose the chamber and other econ development groups have their own sites. (though they're not "speak-out" type blogs, as no one can give their opinions on anything.)

But that said, I have nothing against discussing issues and proposals for growth, quality of life, and/or economic issues confronting our area.

I do post stories on those subjects as they appear in the press and agree that such things should be discussed. Fortunately, I'm not involved in any of the groups which concern themselves with such matters, so if you wish to have such issues discussed, I strongly encourage you to contact me via e-mail and either suggest a subject or point me to information on the issue, or, better yet, submit a post of your own which I'd be happy to put up on the site.

After you use the "glorified Speak-out" for your purposes, maybe your opinion will change.

Everyone has a right to express themselves here, so rather than bemoaning the fact that comments have been critical of local pols, why not participate yourself by providin some issues or information on things you feel would be more appropriate for discussion here?

I look forward to hearing from you by e-mail.

At 8/11/2005 10:09 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I should add to be perfectly candid, that I find the endless studies, commissions, panels, consultant studies, and other efforts to stimulate economic growth in the area to be massively dull and moreover, usually completely ineffective.
Most appear to be simply done for appearances.

But again, I'm more than open to any stories, views, suggestions, ideas, or anything to do with development issues. I'll gladly post on the issue if there's anything worth posting.

At 8/12/2005 2:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Senator Jacobs on your victory!

At 8/16/2005 9:52 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

What'd he do? Dress himself?


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