March 18, 2006

Beydler boils it down

John Beydler is a truly skilled writer. His recent post on the Rumler/Jacobs contest is a fine example of it. He marshals facts and information and lays it out in a way that creates a larger picture, and he does it in a way that is easy to digest and read.

Volumes of dust has been kicked up in discussing this race, a lot of junk thrown around, and partisans have worked hard to inject distracting and often distorted and dirty smears.

But Beydler succeeds in looking past all the heat and smoke and lays out what is known and how it is. He casts things as "politics as usual" vs. an alternative choice, which of course is what this race largely represents.

There are things to recommend and condemn about both options, and unfortunately, both candidates require a certain leap of faith to support.

From what I've seen and heard, resentment about the fact that Jacobs was appointed to the post and the nepotism involved seems to have emerged as his biggest negative, as well as his perceived combination of arrogance and stepping on his tongue. In many respects, he seems to be our local equivalent of George W. Bush.

The frustrating fact that even at this late date, Rumler has been all but invisible leaves a lot of questions in voter's mind. Whether by design or due to his being outfunded by 10 to 1 compared to Jacobs, voters have nothing but a bare-bones sketch of Rumler's bio to work with, which makes judging how well he would function as senator nearly impossible. But Rumler has been wearing out the shoeleather and walking the blocks and how much that one on one outreach will succeed remains to be seen.

His youth can cut both ways, both inspiring respect for his admirable success and accomplishments by such a young age, including experience as a staffer in D.C. which could be expected to be valuable in office. But his youth also gives people pause as to whether it might be a handicap in office as well, in so far as he'd be starting at square one and need to learn how "business as usual" is conducted in the Illinois legislature. But then again, the fact that he might not play the game the old fashioned way might be seen as a plus.

Unfortunately, both candidates leave something to be desired, and carry a lot of question marks, Jacobs due to what is known about him, and Rumler due to what is unknown.

In that respect, it truly does come down essentially to the old vs. the new. I think Beydler has put forth about as good a summation of the choice presented to voters as is possible.

Read it here.


At 3/18/2006 1:55 PM, Anonymous UnionD said...

I just received another mailer from the Citizens for Mike Jacobs committee. Now maybe I am wrong but a picture of John O'Donnell Staduim in Davenport Iowa graces the "address side" of the mailer. Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the seat he is seeking in Illinois? Someone needs to proof these things before they are sent out. On the opposite side it lists all of his endorsements, and the funny part is a sentence at the bottom,
One of us...Working for us. When did Illinois Quad Cities begin in Iowa/Scott County/Mostly Republican?

At 3/18/2006 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh, I wonder who Beydler is voting for?

At 3/19/2006 12:29 PM, Anonymous jojo said...

I'm beginning to think Beydler and Dope are one in the same. Anyone else? Of course Beydler did say that Jacobs may make a good Senator and Rumler may not. Good observation and right on the money if you ask me.

At 3/19/2006 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously you don't read their writing if you think they are one in the same. And Beydler never said that Jacobs would be a good Senator, he said he could be, but nobody knows. It has been well documented that his temper and lack of poise will continue to hurt him though.

At 3/19/2006 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I wrote to Mr. Beydler, politics as usual has brought us the MARK of the QCs, the West Rock River Bridge and now the start of WIU-QC. You know, this area does pretty damn well with politics-as-usual Mr. Beydler.

At 3/19/2006 7:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah right, we've really moved on well from the closing of the tractor plants. It's time to get some new, good jobs here.

At 3/20/2006 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that you have not posted here either. Only what you feel is pro Rumler and not pro Jacobs. A=In times like these at least you could be fair.

At 3/20/2006 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People were ignornant back when the shops closed. They kept thinking things would come back. The Supercity was the best idea that ever came to this area and would have made the Illinois QC a mega city but this is still a small town with small town ideas. The way it looks it always wll be.

At 3/20/2006 2:23 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Anon 08:55 - tell your feelings to the Chamber of Commerce, the Development Group and the Mayors. They were the ones who needed to lead the charge on Super City.

Everyone was too scared to take a stand against a small vocal parochial minority of folks who got on the news and blasted the idea down.

You are right, the Chambers and businesses and the Mayors -- AND Deere and Company lost a good opportunity - more than once to make this a super city and try to compete with Iowa in Scott County.

Small minded leaders prevented this from reality... so sad isn't it?


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