For what it’s worth, here’s my theory of what’s going on with the Republicans: They’re so hungry for an electoral victory that they’ve begun cannibalizing each other. Bon appetit!
First the dittoheads got their noses out of joint because they perceived that their beloved Rush Limbaugh was dissed by Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, when he reminded people that Limbaugh wassn’t leading the GOP. The desire for an inter-party fight then localized when state Sen. Chris Lauzen, R-25th District, of Aurora sponsored Senate Bill 600, which passed the Senate Elections Committee last week. State GOP chairman Andy McKenna announced that the Illinois Republican Party retained a law firm to fight the legislation should it become law.
Another feud that’s brolen out in the GOP is between Fran Eaton, editor of the conservative Web site Illinois Review, and Tom Roeser, a longtime conservative activist. A blog posting yesterday on Illinois Review claimed that Roeser held “an exclusive secret meeting” over the weekend in a bid to help Republican Rosanna Pulido win the 5th Congressional District seat formerly held by Rahm Emanuel. Roeser countered that his Council of Trent was open to anyone.
Here’s some of the exchange:
“Sure beats us as to what point Rosanna Pulido’s supporters are trying to make by keeping their efforts to win Rahm Emanuel’s congressional seat a secret from like-minded and widely read conservative sources such as Illinois Review, but being open and giving interviews to national political sources such as [RedState.com]. What’s up with that?” according to Illinois Review. “From RedState we learn that Tom Roeser hosted an exclusive secret meeting on winning back the seat April 7. We’ll stand by and report from afar — as Pulido and Roeser obviously want it. Good luck with that, folks!”
“Our neighbor over at the Illinois Review, Fran Eaton, is huffy because the Council of Trent — composed of conservative movement leaders who met Saturday to help Rosanna Pulido — didn’t send Eaton a personal, engraved invitation,” according to Roeser’s blog on the Web site TomRoeser.com. “No one got one: it was advertised on this blog and on my WLS radio program, and people who wanted to come just simply came. Evidently that kind of average folks invitation isn’t to Eaton’s liking. Somebody who told her she’s a Superstar who deserves special treatment and fawning has made a big mistake. Eaton hints that she’ll probably sit this one out on Pulido because Eaton wasn’t carried into the crowd on a gilded chair like one of the early popes.
“This is the second time I’ve been clipped by the huffy, unpredictable idiosyncratic Eaton, whom I had as a guest lecturer [at] my college course and invited to be on my show (she was too busy) — and I’m fed up with it. I’ve praised [Eaton] in the past as an excellent journalist, but now no more Mr. Nice Guy. With your cavalier attitude, m’dear, you’ll wait a helluva long time to get another bon mot from me.”
But here’s the worst part of this inter-party battle. For some reason, Illinois Review (which touts itself as the “crossroads of the conservative community”) is no longer carrying the daily Web feed from GOPUSA Illinois, the brainchild of Dave Diersen of Wheaton. I always saw Diersen and Eaton as joined at the political hip, but something has gone awry.
Here’s what Diersen had to say on his Web site today:
“If you have noted that copies of GOPUSA Illinois are no longer posted on the Illinois Review Web site, it is because sadly, suddenly, without explanation, Illinois Review (Dennis LaComb and Fran Eaton) terminated GOPUSA Illinois (Dave Diersen) on March 12, 2009. Archived copies of GOPUSA Illinois’ daily e-mails since Feb. 26, 2009, have been deleted from the Illinois Review Web site. My phone and e-mail messages to Dennis and Fran asking for the reasons for the termination have not been returned.”
Man, that’s gotta hurt. Diersen has been the conservative standard-bearer for all these years, and Illinois Review drops him like a bad habit. What in the world is going on?
OK, I admit that my concern over this situation isn’t impartial. From time to time I’ll write either a column or blog posting that Diersen will list on his Web site. And any such listing would automatically be picked up by Illinois Review — and sometimes I’d get hits on my blog from people reading Illinois Review.
So Illinois Review has a bone to pick with GOPUSA Illinois — and I’m the one who has to suffer here. Is that fair?