It wasn’t that she deserved to win. Her tenure in the Senate was marred by scandal: from reports that she verbally abused staff and used them for personal business to charges that she used her Senate position to help friends in their lobbying efforts in the U.S. and abroad.
Rumors in Chicago, where Moseley-Braun has a residence, but where she has not resided full time for several years, have also had her looking at a possible challenge of Democratic mayor Richard Daley. But reality must have set in. Daley, who recently announced that he was running for a fifth term, won better than 70 percent of the vote last time. “She wouldn’t have a prayer,” says a Chicago political consultant. “He’d destroy her.”
So now Moseley-Braun apparently wants her old seat back. And don’t count her out, because Republicans may ease her way.
Fitzgerald has angered a number of Republicans, most pointedly House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who believes the junior senator didn’t support the speaker’s pork-barrel projects strongly enough. As well, Fitzgerald was practically invisible during the fall campaign. He did little fundraising for the party or for candidates and did not actively campaign for the party in state.
Fitzgerald’s seeming lack of enthusiasm didn’t help in a season that saw the GOP lose the governorship and state legislature seats.
“You can’t pin the party losses on Pete,” says a state representative. “Hastert and his crew ought to look at each other for blame. Whether they want to believe it, Pete’s the future of the party. If he ran for governor this time around, he probably would have won. He’s that popular.”
Debates about popularity aside, Fitzgerald will at the least have to deal with ongoing talk of a challenge in the Republican primary. And he will face new scrutiny from a media eager for a Fitzgerald rematch with Moseley-Braun.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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H/T to National Review Online