Huge win for Bloomberg as Chicago district nominates, er, anti-gun Democrat

posted at 1:21 pm on February 27, 2013 by Allahpundit

The good news? If this guy’s going to start throwing his money around, making sure gun-grabbing Democratic districts stay represented by Democratic gun-grabbers is the least damage he can do. The better news? The more time he spends trying to buy congressional seats, the less time he has to focus on banning Styrofoam or ice cream or paper clips or whatever his next target is in NYC. The best news? With every million he antes up for progressives, the left’s insufferable screeching about the Koch brothers grows a bit fainter and more ridiculous.

Alternate headline: “Gun violence in Chicago ends.”

Former state Rep. Robin Kelly easily won the special Democratic primary Tuesday night in the race to replace the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, helped by millions of dollars in pro-gun control ads from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political fund.

A snowstorm and lack of voter interest kept turnout low as Kelly had 52 percent to 25 percent for former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson and 11 percent for Chicago 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale with 99 percent of precincts counted…

“We all know how rough it was for me to have to run an election against someone who spent ($2.2) million against me,” Halvorson said at Homewood restaurant. “Every 7½ minutes there was a commercial.”

Halvorson had an “A” rating from the NRA and said publicly she’d oppose any new federal assault-weapons ban, which was a bold, principled, and … baffling position to take if you’re running in a newly redistricted liberal enclave in Chicago. Check the NYT’s infographic to see how Bloomy used that $2.2 million against her. Clearly he was the deciding factor, no? Actually, maybe not. Dave Weigel provides a reality check:

Bloomberg’s money helped, obviously, but let’s not lose ourselves in the results. One: Illinois’s second is one of the most Democratic districts in the country, one of few where a pure anti-gun message can win. Two: Halvorson ran in the 2012 primary, too, trying to take out Rep. Jesse Jackson, who was already sagging under the weight of scandal. Halvorson got creamed, winning 24 percent of the vote — similar to what she got last night. Three: The worry among Democrats was never that Halvorson would take a majority in the primary. The worry was that black Democrats would crowd the primary and allow Halvorson to win with somewhere between 25-30 percent of the vote.

Once Bloomberg threw his money behind one of the candidates — in this case, Kelly — the outcome was a fait accompli. That ended up clearing the field of most other black Democrats, leaving Halvorson with no shot realistically. As for why the NRA didn’t intervene heavily on Halvorson’s behalf, I assume that’s because it was high risk and low reward. In a district as blue as this one, the NRA’s endorsement would have inadvertently helped Bloomberg out by driving more Democrats over to Kelly. And if the NRA went all in on a race like that and lost, it’d make the breathless coverage of Bloomy’s “big win” today even more breathless. The media’s desperate for a wealthy NRA dragon-slayer to emerge and he’s volunteering for the job. The NRA will engage eventually, but I’m sure it’d rather do so on firmer ground than a Democratic primary in Chicago.

He’ll be on the Hill today, fresh off his victory, to throw some weight around with Harry Reid and John McCain. Suspense mounts: Will Bloomy convince Reid to bring Feinstein’s assault-weapons ban to the floor, where it’ll fail dismally? Will he threaten Mark Pryor and Mark Begich with Democratic primary challenges if they insist on voting no, thereby assuring GOP pick-ups in Arkansas and Alaska? Stay tuned. I’ll leave you with this fun fact from Joel Pollak, in case you’re feeling the least bit sorry for Halvorson: “In 2010, Obama’s Organizing for America sent activists to create Astroturf demonstrations on her behalf, in which they mocked her opponent, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, as Hitler. Now the boot is on the other foot, with Axelrod attacking Halvorson and Bloomberg footing the bill.”


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With every million he antes up for progressives, the left’s insufferable screeching about the Koch brothers grows a bit fainter and more ridiculous.

There is no concept of hypocrisy in Marxism. Kind of like how so many rich Marxists infect Congress and the White House … and certain Mayoral offices.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Laughable premise. Like any other sort of pol was going to get the nomination in CHICAGO.

Allahpudit, Chief Turd Polisher.

rayra on February 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

And the killings will continue unabated.

Ward Cleaver on February 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Heh, which is it?

Christie/Bloomberg

Emmanuel/Bloomberg

Christie/Crist 2016

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM

And the killings will continue unabated.

Ward Cleaver on February 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

At least until morale improves. Or morality. Take your pick.

totherightofthem on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Laughable premise. Like any other sort of pol was going to get the nomination in CHICAGO.

Allahpudit, Chief Turd Polisher.

I’ve gotten used to being criticized for no apparent reason, but I have to say, this one makes me curious. Elaborate a bit. What’d I do now?

Allahpundit on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

There is no concept of hypocrisy in Marxism. Kind of like how so many rich Marxists infect Congress and the White House … and certain Mayoral offices.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Goebbels orgasms, by the minutes these days.

The leftists are all socialist nationalists (with the caveat that today’s “nationalist” stands for “globalist”).

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

The better news?

Ummm, he wasted a lot of money in Obama’s, (the biggest gun grabber in US History) home district where their was little to no chance that a gun advocate would be elected anyway.

SWalker on February 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

I’ve gotten used to being criticized for no apparent reason, but I have to say, this one makes me curious. Elaborate a bit. What’d I do now?

Allahpundit on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

You’re quoting a Republican, right?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Why do the Democrats hate women in power? Just sayin’

Fenris on February 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Kelly’s winning wasn’t exactly a surprise, but the size of the margin was a mild surprise, I guess. Given the track record of congressfolk from that district, though, Illinois might as well impanel the grand jury right now.

JimLennon on February 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

No sitting politician should be able to run campaign ads for other politicians, especially in other states. This is sort of nutty – not that the midget Stalin ever let anything approaching the law or common sense or basic human decency stop him from his pursuit of authoritarianism in every corner of America and American lives.

It used to be that one would assume a blind trust while a politician was serving (not that the midget Stalin’s ownership of Bloomberg cr@p news could be kept hidden in any way, as to what it is doing) … but now we get the guy who spent hundreds of millions to buy a 6 figure job using his cash to buy another politician a job somewhere else. Enough, already. I have no problem with the midget Stalin spending every last cent he has to get anyone elected anywhere – but not while he’s in government!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

leaving Halvorson with no shot realistically.

Violent extremist rhetoric!

rbj on February 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM

What’d I do now?

Allahpundit on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

ROTFLMAO… rayra is a grouch, I think that is his way of telling you to get off his grass… :P

SWalker on February 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM

You left out the bad news. These dems owe him.

He will push his nanny state agenda to the rest of the country. Not just socialist New York City.

cozmo on February 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I thought Begich was retiring?

Flapjackmaka on February 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Allahpundit on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

You’re quoting a Republican, right?

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM

ROTFLMAO… no, he’s quoting a grouchy “old” Conservative pundit… ;p

SWalker on February 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Chicago is just another Americanized version of a Lord of the Flies city.

And I don’t give a shit.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

A hearing on Feinstein’s bill is going on. The stupidity coming out their mouths was so bad it hurt.

mythicknight on February 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM

The 2nd District is a Democratic concentration camp. The inmates are well aware of who provides their income stream.

GarandFan on February 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Allahpudit, Chief Turd Polisher.

rayra on February 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

You’re grumpy, for whatever reason, but not for this write-up.

The self-declared RINO AP can occasionally get squishy, and has typed so, repeatedly.

However, point out in this write-up where he “polished the Bloomberg turd”.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

I can understand how a Mets fan could be really good at polishing turds. In this instance, however, I just don’t see it…

joejm65 on February 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Nothing makes me happier than watching liberals spend their own money on things. I have no problem with Bloomberg spending money on a message, as long as everything is up front.

bflat879 on February 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I do enjoy the notion that Mad Doctor Doomberg, the insane social scientist, has pi**ed away a couple million. I am saddened by the notion that he has millions and millions more, and is obviously willing to part with them.

M240H on February 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Bloomberg… Bloomberg… I forget… He’s a…

Republican…

Right?

Why’s he funding Democrats?

Skywise on February 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Allahpundit on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I think he failed to recognize the sarcasm in your headline.

Robert_Paulson on February 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

I have no problem with Bloomberg spending money on a message, as long as everything is up front.

bflat879 on February 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Not while he’s serving in office. I have a huge problem with that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

joejm65 on February 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

More of a shared misery sort of schadenfreude on AP’s part.

cozmo on February 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Note how the libtards embrace Bloomberg but reject Woodward.

And we care what this has been thinks because?????

HotAirLib on February 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

If hypocrisy and stupidity would hurt they’d scream on-going, incessantly.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Uh, Robin Kelly is black, a raging obama-liberal and was always viewed as the “next in line” – there was never any doubt that she would be chosen.

The only questions here are; what will her first “official” crime be, how long before she is removed from office and who is the NEXT next-in-line.

Chicago marches on …

Pork-Chop on February 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Bloomberg… Bloomberg… I forget… He’s a…

Republican…

Right?

Why’s he funding Democrats?

Skywise on February 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Bloomie hasn’t been a Republican for a while. I think he ran for Mayor as an Indy. He went from Dem to Pub to Indy. All things to all people. And it worked…

joejm65 on February 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Chicago is one of the big Toilets of the USA today.

The Lilliputian in Chief hails from Chicago.

It’s a latrine, full of rats.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Chicago is one of the big Toilets of the USA today.

The Lilliputian in Chief hails from Chicago.

It’s a latrine, full of rats.

It’s why Obama always claims to be “from HI” and they want to retire and have the library there.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 1:45 PM

I hope Bloomberg has enough sense to set aside some of his contribution for bail money. This is Chigaco, after all. It’s only a matter of time before the new rep hears the magic words ‘will the defendant please rise’.

joejm65 on February 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Why do the Democrats hate women in power? Just sayin’

Fenris on February 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

They hate ANYONE with actual power over their own lives.

Blacks who don’t rely on Affirmative Action.
Women who can defend themselves from thugs.
Children who — well — actually LIVE.
Old folks who don’t need government help.
Young folks who don’t need government help.
People who work for a living.
Teenagers that can keep it zipped.

CurtZHP on February 27, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Not everyone in Illinois is crazy.

It was not out of order, I used it as an analogy, Representative.

Fallon on February 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Kelly was the Chicago Machine’s choice.

danking70 on February 27, 2013 at 1:48 PM

I’ve gotten used to being criticized for no apparent reason, but I have to say, this one makes me curious. Elaborate a bit. What’d I do now?

Allahpundit on February 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I think he was mocking the idea that Chicago would go for anything other than a libtard and heckling you for suggesting it could have such hope.

MechanicalBill on February 27, 2013 at 1:49 PM

This was a dry run for 2014.

Tom C on February 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

rayra chickened away.

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Emmanuel/Bloomberg

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Well, if we put Rand Paul up against this team, he’s not going to look too short to be president.

Fallon on February 27, 2013 at 1:51 PM

DISARM the citizens so they can’t shoot anyone when the Ruling class loads them on the train cars for the camps.

…..and when citizens can’t defend themselves maybe the Federal government could provide armed civilian security force and put these “security” soldiers on every street corner in America? Maybe they could have checkpoints so that they know where everyone is and we’d all be safe.

Security……Security……We need someone to save us!!!

In walks Uncle Sam to save the day.

PappyD61 on February 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Southside blacks live in a literal warzone and these Leftists want to disarm the law-abiding citizens that live there. Sickening.

visions on February 27, 2013 at 1:54 PM

anti-gun Democrat

Pretty much a redundant term by now.

Guess Doomturd wants to give George Soros a run for his money.

Myron Falwell on February 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

There is no concept of hypocrisy in Marxism.
OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Nor….
irony
accountability
responsibility
morality
intelligence
……
I could go on and on.

They are 5 year old spoiled children and we let them get away with anything they want.

Dr. Frank Enstine on February 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

It’s only OK when Democrats buy elections right?

reddevil on February 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

IL-2 is D+39 Cook PVI (Not counting the graveyard vote), for perspective Nanzi Pelosi’s SF district is D+36. Tells you all you need to know about what type of loon can win there.

Chicago likes their crooks, what’s ironic is Robin Kelly WAS already under investigation for misusing campaign funds. (I kid you not!) So the real betting on this one should open on how long until she is indicted.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Friggin coconuts

Schadenfreude on February 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Letting Chicago teat-munchers and hardworking taxpayers of Kansas or Kentucky vote in the same country for the same candidates every four years is as patently ridiculous as having Zimbabwe, North Korea, and the USA have equal representation in any international organization… oh wait, never mind.

Archivarix on February 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Bloomie hasn’t been a Republican for a while. I think he ran for Mayor as an Indy. He went from Dem to Pub to Indy. All things to all people. And it worked…

joejm65 on February 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

This is misleading. While it’s true Bloomberg ran officially as an independent, he was the “republican” nominee all three times he ran.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Bloomie hasn’t been a Republican for a while. I think he ran for Mayor as an Indy. He went from Dem to Pub to Indy. All things to all people. And it worked…

joejm65 on February 27, 2013 at 1:43 PM

This is misleading. While it’s true Bloomberg ran officially as an independent, he was the “republican” nominee all three times he ran.

Raquel Pinkbullet on February 27, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Note that Bloomberg ran as a ‘Republican’ basically in an attempt to parrot off the success of Rudy Guliani’s term (he entered the race, IIRC, well before 9/11 – which was the date primary elections were to have been held).

Myron Falwell on February 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I’m taking a Sanskrit class. The instructor is from the southern part of India. He told me today that he thought the only keeping America free is people of British descent keeping their guns. I found his racism amusing, but it may well contain a little bit truth. I wish more of immigrants were like him.

thuja on February 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Let’s get some perspective here. Bloomberg barely effected this race.

How liberal is the 2nd?

Al Gore got 81% of the vote against Bush.

John Kerry got 84% of the vote against Bush.

Obama got 90% of the vote against McCain.

ButterflyDragon on February 27, 2013 at 2:18 PM

thuja on February 27, 2013 at 2:10 PM

“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

OhEssYouCowboys on February 27, 2013 at 2:22 PM

ButterflyDragon on February 27, 2013 at 2:18PM

My late mother lived in Thornton. Her voted didn’t count. We used to live in Chicago Heights. Our votes didn’t count. My mother-in-law still lives in Chicago Heights. Her vote doesn’t count.
We live in Randy Neugebauer’s district now(TX 19). Much better.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 27, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Laughable premise. Like any other sort of pol was going to get the nomination in CHICAGO.

Allahpudit, Chief Turd Polisher.

Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but you’re kind of a genius, right?
/onion

Ronnie on February 27, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Bloomberg’s money counted for nothing. No white candidate, regardless of politics, could hope to get more than 25% of the vote in that district.

Hucklebuck on February 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I guess I should have said that instead of a safely Dem seat, this district is safely black. I do hope that Bloomberg continues to waste his money electing black Dems to office in Chicago. They have such an uphill battle.

Hucklebuck on February 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Hucklebuck on February 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM

The black voters(the district resembles the far south side of Chi. now) of that district would vote for Zombie Mengele…if he returned as a black democrat. On election day I was always in high demand, because I was that very rare creature…a GOP election judge.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 27, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Her commercials were insufferable. All day long: “Robin Kelly will WORTH WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA to STAND UP TO THE NRA!!1!!”

What a cesspool this city is.

Kensington on February 27, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Sorry, that should have read “Robin Kelly will WORK WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA to STAND UP TO THE NRA!!1!!”

Kensington on February 27, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Former state Rep. Robin Kelly easily won the special Democratic primary Tuesday night in the race to replace the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr.

Minor miracle: The Trib calling JJ Jr “disgraced” instead of “wrongfully accused martyr”.

KS Rex on February 27, 2013 at 4:55 PM