In a recent We Ask America poll done for the Chicago Sun-Times, in response to the question: “Which gubernatorial candidate do you consider a reformer”, 46.51% said Bruce Rauner and 21.06% said Pat Quinn. The rest said, eh, whatever.
Some people are baffled by this because didn’t Quinn always claim to be a reformer? And if a Democrat says something, isn’t it always true?
Pat Quinn has been banging around politics in Chicago and Springfield for decades and along with Madigan, Cullerton, Jacobs, etc. he is a long time member of The Establishment Party and therefore cannot be a reformer, because the mission of The Establishment Party is to enforce, protect and defend the status quo—which is by its nature and definition is anti-reform. I seriously doubt Quinn has ever been a real reformer, but rather used it as a vote-getter, which isn’t working now because he has been governor for 6+ years and any sensible person would ask “where the hell’s the reform?”.
There is much more analysis on this poll at Rich Miller’s place, but the bottom line is things ain’t lookin’ good for the Quinnster.
But it’s still a long way to Election Day, so all GOPers are advised to avoid getting cocky.