Rasmussen is reporting that Rod Blagoevich is up by 11 points. It sounds to me like all those ads did what they were supposed to do, and raised Topinka’s negatives dramatically.
I’m no fan of Rod’s brand of purchasing votes through spending largesse, but I’m convinced that Topinka will be no different than Rod in the art of exploiting Illinois’ special brand of “legalized corruption.”
Further, whoever is Governor in early 2007 will have to decide whether to sign on to the massive tax increase the legislature will pass. (they do what the Teacher’s Unions and other ‘taxeaters’ tell them to do)
For those who know Illinois politics, liberal Republicans are ALWAYS the “go to” people for a taxpayer reaming, and the taxeaters are probably just fine with Topinka.
I’ve commented here (and all over other blogs) that the best thing that Republicans can do is to ignore Topinka and let her lose, but do all they can to make sure that Republicans across the state keep their seats.
Next March, Republicans in the legislature should saddle the Democrats with the tax increase by making sure that not one sinlge Republican votes for one. During that debate Republicans should propose an alternative plan that DRAMATICALLY and PERMANENTLY reduces property taxes in exchange for ANY tax increase.
When the Democrats jam through (over a possible Blago veto, mind you) a bill with an utterly fake “property tax relief” scam, they will have effectively given the Republicans stick with which to beat them in 2008.
I’ll gladly entertain any flaws in this scenario.