Kirk: I’m not going to campaign against Dick Durbin

posted at 2:41 pm on March 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Translation: Don’t expect Illinois and Dick Durbin’s Senate seat to be on Nate Silver’s top ten flips to the GOP. At a press conference yesterday, Republican Senator Mark Kirk told reporters that it was more important to maintain his relationship with Durbin than it was to campaign for a fellow Republican opposing him in 2014′s midterm elections. Kirk equated solidarity with the GOP to a “partisan jihad,” while NRSC chair John Cornyn sat next to him, looking a little bemused (via NewsAlert):

Kirk and Durbin are a very rare couple in Washington. They get along, even when they disagree. They grew closer after Kirk suffered a severe stroke, keeping him away from the Capitol for almost a year.

As a result, the two have forged for now an informal, unspoken, non-aggression pact.

Kirk’s more-than-kind words for Durbin will be very useful to Durbin in his race against Oberweis — where Durbin is the front-runner. A mutual disarming is potentially vastly more beneficial to Kirk, who already has said he will run for another term in 2016 and could potentially face a Democrat with some juice.

Yes, I’m sure that will turn out well for Kirk in 2016. Mutual disarmament in these cases is always reciprocated after the fact, right? Besides, in Illinois, Kirk will be at enough of a disadvantage due to the party disparities that Durbin can remain above the fray in public, but something tells me in a presidential cycle that Durbin will at least test the limits of the peace treaty.

The description of a free election as a “partisan jihad” certainly sounded like a swipe at Jim Oberweis, who issued a restrained rebuttal shortly afterward:

“I agree with Sen. Kirk that no political campaign should be waged as if it were a holy war, and the I have every intention of conducting an issue-oriented competition for the support of Illinois voters. I respect Sen. Kirk’s goal of maintaining a respectful relationship with his Democratic colleagues in Washington, just as I do in Springfield. I would never ask Sen. Kirk to do anything to endanger his personal or professional relationship with Sen. Durbin,” Oberweis said.

“My understanding is that Sen. Kirk is supportive of the efforts of each of the statewide Republican nominees in Illinois this year, just as the Illinois Republican Party has supported Sen. Kirk in each of his general election contests. I look forward to serving with Mark in the United State Senate come January 2015.”

Republicans had little chance of winning this seat in the first place, so Kirk is in large part being a realist by staying out of it. He’s protecting the one seat Republicans have a chance of retaining in Illinois, and in 2016 that may be a critical seat if Democrats have a chance to win control of the upper chamber — a point which will also test Durbin’s commitment to the peace accord. But perhaps it might be better for Kirk to at least record some support for his party’s nominee, even if he dials the enthusiasm down, and avoids the suggestion that challenging a long-term incumbent is the equivalent of a holy war.


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If you won’t campaign against Dick Turban you might as well declare you are an ASS and get it over with.

ConstantineXI on March 25, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Stupid politicians on both the left and the right always think it’s about them.

Pincher Martin on March 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Senator Charlie “Kirk” Brown has agreed with Sen. “Lucy” Durbin to try and kick the football again.

Flange on March 25, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Oberweis has been a complete gentleman about the whole thing. Love that GOP loyalty the big guys got going there.

tree hugging sister on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

So then why hasn’t HOT AIR covered the Renee Ellmers meltdown?

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/13/Ellmers-Calls-In-Pro-Amnesty-Group-To-Help-After-On-Air-Meltdown

JimBob on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

The real news here is the revelation that Kirk is actually a Republican!

Happy Nomad on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Mark Kirk: Yes it’s true, I have no testicles…

oscarwilde on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Gawd, we have to keep this fool happy if we get to 51 GOP Senators?

Tater Salad on March 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Kirk, yer bus awaits without…

vnvet on March 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/13/Ellmers-Calls-In-Pro-Amnesty-Group-To-Help-After-On-Air-Meltdown

JimBob on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

I just called Ellmer’s office to tell them how disgusted I was, and they hung up on me. Go figure.

Flange on March 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Paging Doug Truax, paging Doug Truax

Your next Primary Opponent is waiting.

CiLH1 on March 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

But perhaps it might be better for Kirk to at least record some support for his party’s nominee, even if he dials the enthusiasm down, and avoids the suggestion that challenging a long-term incumbent is the equivalent of a holy war.

Let’s not forget how much Durbin respects the military-

“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime – Pol Pot or others – that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.” (concerning interrogating terrorists at Gitmo)

Kirk is a crap weasel who doesn’t deserve another term.

Happy Nomad on March 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I think the DNC put a chip in Kirk’s head. Just sayin’…

Fallon on March 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

A mutual disarming is potentially vastly more beneficial to Kirk, who already has said he will run for another term in 2016 and could potentially face a Democrat with some juice.

“He’s a p**sy, ya know”

G. Soros

BobMbx on March 25, 2014 at 2:54 PM

This is stupid on all accounts. Senate seats should never be elected. We need to go back to the states appointing them as per the original consitution otherwise we will never restore states rights.

Skwor on March 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

One of my last votes as an Illinoisan was for NARAL’s favorite Republican in 2010.
How I HATED having to choose between a Mob banker and Rep. Baby Killer.
*The libertarian candidate-Mike Labno-was a 9/11 truther and a Ronbot. No effing way.*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 25, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I don’t think that Kirk realistically believes that Dick Durbin will keep his end of the bargain; however, he gets kudos for staying above the fray on this one especially since Durbin’s seat isn’t a realistic pick-up. There are more realistic Republican pick-up opportunities in IL. Kirk should be able to prove his Republican credentials by helping the Republicans regain the IL 10th and helping Raner win the governor’s race. Additionally, Oberweiss is even disliked by many Republicans and has made stupid gaffes in the past. He only got the nomination because he is willing to self-fund for a seat that the Republicans aren’t going to spend a cent on.

I heard about this pact this morning and thought it was a good political strategy. Kirk gets to be a bipartisan by not campaigning for a candidate who many dislike on a seat that the Republicans aren’t winning and prove his Republican cred. elsewhere.

Illinidiva on March 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

tree hugging sister on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Oberweis is a good guy.
If y’all ever get a chance to stop in @ one of his ice cream shops-in Il/MO-do so.
Good eats.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

So then why hasn’t HOT AIR covered the Renee Ellmers meltdown?
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/13/Ellmers-Calls-In-Pro-Amnesty-Group-To-Help-After-On-Air-Meltdown

JimBob on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Excellent question. Breitbart and others have been eating HotAir’s lunch on the amnesty issue and on so many other issues.

bluegill on March 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Kirk equated solidarity with the GOP to a “partisan jihad,” while NRSC chair John Cornyn sat next to him, looking a little bemused (via NewsAlert):

The GOP has now reached the point where running against the supposed rival party, the Democrats, is now considered “right-wing extremism.” Don’t worry though, the GOP is playing ten-dimensional chess or something.

So then why hasn’t HOT AIR covered the Renee Ellmers meltdown?

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/13/Ellmers-Calls-In-Pro-Amnesty-Group-To-Help-After-On-Air-Meltdown

JimBob on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Send ‘em a tip through the link on the front page if you haven’t already.

Doomberg on March 25, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Kirk equated solidarity with the GOP to a “partisan jihad,” while NRSC chair John Cornyn sat next to him, looking a little bemused (via NewsAlert):

The GOP has now reached the point where running against the supposed rival party, the Democrats, is now considered “right-wing extremism.” Don’t worry though, the GOP is playing ten-dimensional chess or something.

Doomberg on March 25, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Yep, and it complements the left-wing media’s “teahadi” and “political terrorism” terminology.

Kirk is a disgrace.

bluegill on March 25, 2014 at 3:05 PM

OMFG… Mitch McRINO just made a MAJOR gaffe in Kentucky:

http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/tournament/2014/story/_/id/10670941/kentucky-senator-ad-mistakes-duke-blue-devils-kentucky-wildcats

You don’t mistake Kentucky for the HATED DOOK….

ConstantineXI on March 25, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Kick his sorry leftist butt out of the Republican caucus.He votes their way anyway!

redware on March 25, 2014 at 3:07 PM

annoyinglittletwerp

Wouldn’t I love to! He SOUNDS like a regular guy. But I’ve got my hands full here in the FL Panhandle for right now.

tree hugging sister on March 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Kick his sorry leftist butt out of the Republican caucus.He votes their way anyway!

redware on March 25, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Why is it that Democrats never “reach across the aisle”?

ConstantineXI on March 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

This virtually guarantees that Truax will primary Kirk in 2016. Truax will win going away.

Sheerq on March 25, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Not a dimes worth of difference between the two.

Bmore on March 25, 2014 at 3:13 PM

The real news here is the revelation that Kirk is actually a Republican!

Happy Nomad on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Wow, Ed! I actually didn’t believe this story could be written without a word of criticism for our absurd RINO jackass NancyBoy of a Senator, but you did it! Bravo.

Back on planet earth, let me tell the gentle readers how this really plays out. 49 ACU RINO Kirk sits with his thumb up his ass during Oberweis’s latest loss, sees the conservative primary challenge coming and knows he loses either way as a Republican, switches parties before the 2016 campaign and runs for reelection as a liberal Dem looking for the Hillary! wave.

GFY Kirk.

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Spoken like a true Establikaan!

PaCadle on March 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Republicans had little chance of winning this seat in the first place, so Kirk is in large part being a realist by staying out of it.

But this isn’t staying out of it…that’s essentially a de facto endorsement of Durbin, one of the biggest a-holes in Congress. And he’s not protecting his own seat, because Democrats don’t play nice like this…they will try to destroy Kirk regardless of what he does now. How naive must one be to think otherwise?

changer1701 on March 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

In return, I’m betting if Kirk was on fire, Dick wouldn’t even spit on him.

Cheese Wheel on March 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

He’s sitting in a seat last held by Obama – I’ll cut him some slack. You hear the same kind of mealy-mouthed crap from weasily Democrats running in red states.

crrr6 on March 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Republican Senator Mark Kirk told reporters that it was more important to maintain his relationship with Durbin

So do it on your own dime and own time you jackdonkey !

burrata on March 25, 2014 at 3:26 PM

…he’s a pussy!

KOOLAID2 on March 25, 2014 at 3:28 PM

…he’s a pu$sy!

KOOLAID2 on March 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

….also, I wouldn’t consider this a guaranteed D victory. Illinois is tired.

Sheerq on March 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Kirk will end up being screwed, with the usual dumb look of someone who’s just been had.

GarandFan on March 25, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I heard about this pact this morning and thought it was a good political strategy. Kirk gets to be a bipartisan by not campaigning for a candidate who many dislike on a seat that the Republicans aren’t winning and prove his Republican cred. elsewhere.

Illinidiva on March 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Spoken like a true moonshine guzzler. Explain buttboy Kirk’s “Republican cred” here, in the context of an ACU rating:

conservative.org\legislative-ratings\2013-congress

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Well, what does the HA RINO Brigade have to say about this? M.J. Brutus, King Gold, Buy Danish, Diva, Crosspatch … anyone?

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

while NRSC chair John Cornyn sat next to him, looking a little bemused (via NewsAlert):

“a little bemused” is a French phrase for a total idiot.

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 3:53 PM

So then why hasn’t HOT AIR covered the Renee Ellmers meltdown?

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/13/Ellmers-Calls-In-Pro-Amnesty-Group-To-Help-After-On-Air-Meltdown

JimBob on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

A very good question! Could it be HA supports amnesty?

tomshup on March 25, 2014 at 3:57 PM

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I suggest you take Buy Danish out of that list and replace her with Illinidiva.

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Illinidiva on March 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Is there no statist democrat you won’t prostrate yourself for?

Murphy9 on March 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

There’s no way in hell Kirk will win re-election.

This is the same idiocy that cost the Vietnamese dude in Louisiana his seat. He thought if he was overly-friendly, Dems would give him a pass as a “good guy”. Nope.

budfox on March 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

So then why hasn’t HOT AIR covered the Renee Ellmers meltdown?

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/13/Ellmers-Calls-In-Pro-Amnesty-Group-To-Help-After-On-Air-Meltdown

JimBob on March 25, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Because virtually all the HA writers are pro-amnesty. You might say they are “Mark Kirk Republicans.”

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Even if, from purely cynical considerations, you were going to do this, why on earth would you publicly announce it?

RINO in Name Only on March 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I suggest you take Buy Danish out of that list and replace her with Illinidiva.

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 3:58 PM

If you look closely Diva was mentioned.

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Because virtually all the HA writers are pro-amnesty. You might say they are “Mark Kirk Republicans.”

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Whoa … You guys are brutal today! Hotair has been great on Amnesty and I have no clue what the bloggers think about it. Allah has been outstanding in getting us the best stories and analysis.

Come on, man!

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

He’s sitting in a seat last held by Obama – I’ll cut him some slack. You hear the same kind of mealy-mouthed crap from weasily Democrats running in red states.

crrr6 on March 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Can you cite an instance when a Democratic senator publicly stated he wouldn’t campaign against a Republican?

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

…not to mention that Kirk could campaign for Oberweis without ever mentioning Durbin.

Sheerq on March 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Whoa … You guys are brutal today! Hotair has been great on Amnesty and I have no clue what the bloggers think about it. Allah has been outstanding in getting us the best stories and analysis.

Come on, man!

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

You have not idea where Mary Katharine and “Amnesty Ed” stand on amnesty?

How long have you been here Jaibones? I am semi-regular and I know.

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM

…not to mention that Kirk could campaign for Oberweis without ever mentioning Durbin.

Sheerq on March 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Good point.

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 4:11 PM

There’s no way in hell Kirk will win re-election.

budfox on March 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Agreed. If he runs for re-election, we primary him and he’s out. If we don’t primary him, conservatives stay home and he gets slaughtered in the GE. He’ll switch parties. Pro-abortion, gay, pro-amnesty, anti-conservative. He’s a Democrat.

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 4:12 PM

How long have you been here Jaibones? I am semi-regular and I know.

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Somewhere around day one.

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Durbin is Obama’s mentor and more than anyone else responsible for the age of Obama.

Viator on March 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

See, it is all about the THEIR power. Kirk LIKES being a senator. He wants to always stay a senator. Just wait until Durbin campaigns against HIM…

djl130 on March 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Could be the way I read them. They tend to report objectively and I tend to look at the subject of the story and not the bloggers’ opinions. If Ed is actively pushing amnesty, it’s news to me. Same with MK although she’s a lot more out there with her positions. It works for her (Big Fan).

Allah feeds us and he’s great at it. Never think you know his opinion if he hasn’t said “my opinion is…” I’ve made that mistake.

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Kirk likes himself better than his country and the future of her children.

Schadenfreude on March 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Kirk is simply another slimy liberal with a Republican moniker.

rplat on March 25, 2014 at 4:28 PM

I live in this awful state known as illinois, for the life of me I don’t undersatand how ANYONE can vote for Durbin.

lpd_1 on March 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Ya, ask Sen Kirk how much discussion and input Durbin gave him during the ObamaCare Bill they shoved down America’s throats!! For a fact, Democrats gave NO talks to the Republicans during the process. Durbin is in a protected class of the monarchy under King Obama and it really is insulting to this working American! This is a fight to get back the values and morals of America from progressive liberals in election 2014.

karlinsync on March 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Senator Kirk knows better than to give aid and comfort to a Teahadi like Oberweis. The Illinois GOP has only been successful when it’s run moderates in the Robert Michel/ Jim Edgar tradition.

BrianJ on March 25, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Kirk is a jerk. And a RINO. I’ve voted for him while holding my nose way too many times, as both a House rep., and a senator. I very much hope he gets primaried next time around. He’s that one of those unfortunate rarities in the GOP; an anti-American, anti-Constitutional veteran. Thanks for your service a-whole. Now kindly go away.

SteveThomas on March 25, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Its this kind of RINO crap we’re sick of. Whether its Christie screwing Lonegan and Cuccinelli, or now Kirk, these guys demand we be loyal to them, but when we need them to fight against the libs, its “Oh you’re on your own”.
This guy had a stroke. What’s he still doing in the Senate anyway? How well can he be representing his constituents? If he runs in 2016, he needs to be primaried.

Iblis on March 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Remind me again why we’re supposed to care about electing “Blue State” Republicans in the Senate?

fitzfong on March 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Kirk looks like a Tele-tubby. I’m sure he’s very popular with toddlers.

SteveThomas on March 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM

They got something on him.

lea on March 25, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Spoken like a true moonshine guzzler. Explain buttboy Kirk’s “Republican cred” here, in the context of an ACU rating:

conservative.org\legislative-ratings\2013-congress

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 3:43 PM

He is the most conservative person that IL is going to elect to a statewide office. He is good on foreign policy, the military, and taxes. However, being a social moderate is necessary to win in IL. The Democrats retained control of the governor’s mansion after Blago was convicted last time because the Republicans nominated a downstate evangelical. Quinn and the Democrats made sure that every moderate independent and Republican woman was well aware of Brady, the Republican’s position on social issues. They even ran ads saying that he was for killing shelter puppies. Brady lost (and this was right after Blago’s impeachment.)

I’m realistic about what is possible in IL. Kirk is much better than the last occupant of his Senate seat. Much, much better. There is no way Oberweiss is going to win Durbin’s Senate seat so this isn’t really an issue.

Can you cite an instance when a Democratic senator publicly stated he wouldn’t campaign against a Republican?

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 4:06 PM

The guy in West Virginia doesn’t seem like a very loyal Democrat.

Illinidiva on March 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

And I am sure that the Democrats will be returning the favor next time he runs!

JQA on March 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Illinidiva on March 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Mark Kirk supports unfettered abortion for ANY reason from conception to full-term birth.
Mark Kirk is NOT a ‘social moderate’-he is a social LEFTIST!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM

So if Kirk isn’t inclined to support the GOP candidate he won’t be upset if the GOP doesn’t support him? What an idiot – there is a difference between being civil with Durkin and not supporting the candidate of the party you caucus with.

katiejane on March 25, 2014 at 6:05 PM

The guy in West Virginia doesn’t seem like a very loyal Democrat.

Illinidiva on March 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Example?

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 6:58 PM

They got something on him.

lea on March 25, 2014 at 5:08 PM

He likes Dick. Durbin that is.

Flange on March 25, 2014 at 7:52 PM

They got something on him.

lea on March 25, 2014 at 5:08 PM

He’s gay, but everyone knows it. That can’t give anyone leverage over him.

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 8:18 PM

The Democrats retained control of the governor’s mansion after Blago was convicted last time because the Republicans nominated a downstate evangelical.

Illinidiva on March 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Are you just having a (really) bad thread, or are you seriously this stupid? Bill Brady is Catholic. Raised in Bloomington, IL, altar boy, Catholic school, the whole nine yards.

If they have expanded the definition of “evangelical” to include Catholics, then this is news to me. If Bloomington is too “downstate” for you, then shame on Illinois for not running a gay Chicago abortion doctor who identifies as a “Republican”.

For the record, Democrats “retained control of the Governor’s mansion” because the Chicago metro area — filled with retarded RINO pro-abortion women like you, race-victim minorities, white liberals, and blue collar union losers chained to corrupt city contracts — has more people than the rest of the state combined.

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Illinidiva, I commend you for trying to bring rationality into this thread, but you’re clearly too smart for people like Jailbones to deal with. Chicago’s not going anywhere, so Illinois Republicans have to win in a state with Chicago in it (and ideally, start nominating candidates that can win some votes in Chicago). That means seeing to it that lunatics like Oberweis are cut loose, not allowed to sully the party’s good name.

By the way, now that Teahadi as a term to refer to the death cult of the extreme right has been sanctioned by the NRSC chair and Senator Kirk, I expect you to start using it; otherwise, you’re just a bunch of RINOs who won’t follow party policy!

BrianJ on March 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

BrianJ on March 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

I lived in Illinois from 1973-2011.
She’s not rational-and Smirk is no moderate.
Jaibones is right.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 25, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Jaibones on March 25, 2014 at 8:33 PM

If Bill Brady had “six pack abs” Diva would have been familiar with him. We need to find her a boyfriend.

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 9:43 PM

I swear I thought I saw Cornyn slide Kirk a stack of $100s under the table with a I heart Durbin sticker on it.

44Magnum on March 25, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Chicago’s not going anywhere, so Illinois Republicans have to win in a state with Chicago in it (and ideally, start nominating candidates that can win some votes in Chicago).

BrianJ on March 25, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Obviously, you are not familiar with Chicago and Chicago politics. I lived in Chicago for 11 years. My office overlooked Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, where the deceased Chicago cardinals, Al Capone and about 20,000 current Democratic voters are buried.

Obviously, you don’t know much about how John F. Kennedy was “elected” President either.

bw222 on March 25, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Illinidiva on March 25, 2014 at 5:10 PM

You’re part of the disease inflicting the GOP. Pathetic because you can’t see demanding better, prolly because you like their pandering to your pet issues that do nothing for the betterment of your state. Much like shatting in your kitchen because you can and because you don’t have kids to worry about.

AH_C on March 25, 2014 at 10:50 PM

And in the spirit of bipartisianship I’m sure Durbin isn’t going to support Kirk’s opponent in 2016.
Isn’t Cornyn the same jackass that insisted FL voters support Charlie Crist instead of Marco Rubio in 2010?
What party does Crist belong to now?
Still think you were right about that race, Cornyn?
Dumbass.

dverplank on March 26, 2014 at 1:49 AM

Kirk’s statement alone is a declaration of a partisan jihad and his stance here is reprehensible and disgusting. He won’t be re-elected in 2016 and if Kirk thinks Dick lyin’sack’o’Durbin won’t support and campaign hard for whatever Dembecile he decides will run for that seat… Kirk should resign now merely for his vile betrayal of those who voted for him.

stukinIL4now on March 26, 2014 at 1:55 AM

Are you just having a (really) bad thread, or are you seriously this stupid?

Jaibones

Think about it. She’s okay with a sitting republican senator for all intents and purposes endorsing the democrat candidate. She’s basically a democrat, so yeah, she’s seriously this stupid. I call her illiniditz for a reason.

xblade on March 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

You’re part of the disease inflicting the GOP.

AH_C

She’s not part of the GOP, she’s a democrat. Durbin is her guy, and she can’t wait to vote for him again. She would fit right in with the GOP though.

xblade on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

I heard about this pact this morning and thought it was a good political strategy. Kirk gets to be a bipartisan by not campaigning for a candidate who many dislike on a seat that the Republicans aren’t winning and prove his Republican cred. elsewhere.
Illinidiva on March 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM

How inspiring. While democrats are circling the wagon protecting members of their own party while winning elections, the Losercans are stabbing conservatives in the back and getting blown out in elections. Why isn’t Kirk supporting the Moderate in Illinois? I thought that conservatives were too extreme? It seems like the Losercans really want to be part of the DNC (no duh).

Brock Robamney on March 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

So, is Cornyn’s presence an endorsement of Kirk’s non-endorsement?

And do we need to add Cornyn to our “Brown List”?
Or is gamesmanship really the best strategy here? I know that Sen. Santorum endorsed the excrable Sen. Spectre to get him to agree to Republican judicial appointments, supposedly; but it cost him dearly.

ReggieA on March 27, 2014 at 2:39 PM