Among the many reasons the Illinois GOP has become a super-minority is crystalized with the GOP candidate for Treasurer and long time House minority leader Tom Cross’s comments to Phil Hare’s favorite columnist, Bernard Schoenburg:
“…[the GOP] have done, I think, a very miserable job of reaching out to young people. I think we scare women. I thing we sometimes scare men,…And I think we’ve done a pretty lousy job on outreach to minorities.”
Does Cross really think Democrats will vote for him if he bashes his own party? Does he think Republicans will? What is his target group here—self-hating Republicans? Well, that might be a powerful demographic in Illinois.
Nationally, the GOP is doing fine; 29 governors; 24 legislatures, control of the US House—and purse strings.
For Cross, it appears that Reagan’s 11th Commandment is long gone and in its stead is MSN/Democrat talking points.
In Texas we will continue to win with a broad demographic appeal to our electorate; in Illinois it seems you intend to win by pandering to Democrats and their talking points and their special interests.