Ibendahl on Politics

Topinka wheels-out the big goons

March 14, 2006

You know the Topinka campaign is in serious trouble when the emergency glass is broken and Bob Kjellander (as always, that's pronounced $$hill - an - der) is carted-out to dispense his own special brand of ridiculous, half-cocked personal insults of anyone representing a serious threat to the George Ryan sequel in the making....

Key Topinka backer smears Cardinal George

March 13, 2006

The Queen of Mean's camp is at it again. Last week Judy Baar Topinka was caught publicly calling most of her male opponents "morons." Now one of her closest allies - another serial basher - has smeared Francis Cardinal George by calling the Catholic leader a "bigot" over his opposition to gay marriage.

Personal attacks nothing new for Topinka

March 10, 2006

Judy Baar Topinka solidified her reputation as the loosest cannon in Illinois politics this week.

Topinka campaign drowing in hypocrisy

March 6, 2006

Three of the GOP candidates from the old political class seem to be engaged in an intramural side-game this year. The players are Judy Baar Topinka, Sell-Out Joe Birkett, and Bill Brady - who compete to see who can most quickly transition from preachy comments about Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment - into vicious attacks...

Topinka and Edgar play Republican voters for chumps

March 5, 2006

There's yet more evidence that the wheels are flying-off the Topinka campaign. The Springfield State Journal-Register on Sunday had a short profile on each of the Republican candidates for Governor.

Gay-agenda activist Judy Baar Topinka can’t be trusted to protect marriage

March 3, 2006

Patronizing a gay bar in Chicago's Boys Town neighborhood is just one clue that Topinka long-ago left the Republican reservation. Topinka often heads to Sidetrack. A friend of hers owns the place, and Topinka has even looked to him for advice on allocating state program dollars. Apparently that's what Jim Edgar believes constitutes "fiscal...

The one Republican Topinka won’t attack

February 23, 2006

Illinois Republicans really need to start paying attention. If Topinka gets the Republican nomination, stick a fork in the IL GOP - it's done. At this point we would be concerned if Topinka was seeking the post of Recording Secretary at the local Elk's Auxiliary. When she's not unleashing peculiar put-downs, her comments on...

Andy McKenna’s new McCarthyism

February 19, 2006

We'll grant it's a tad unfair to compare State Party Chairman Andy McKenna, Jr. and his Old Guard puppeteers to the late Senator Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy was a Red-Baiter whose tactic of blacklisting Americans suspected of Communist affiliation eventually went too far and brought him down.

Oh stop whining Judy

February 17, 2006

Judy Baar Topinka held a pity party on Valentine's Day, but she could only round up the usual suspects to attend. Ron Gidwitz began running a comparative television ad on Tuesday, highlighting certain facts about Topinka's record in office. Gidwitz's ad merely states some facts about how much Topinka has increased spending in the...

Candidate in Governor’s Race says “President Bush should have his head examined”

February 17, 2006

Well, so much for Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment. Speaking to a gathering this past week in downstate Richland County, Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady was quoted saying that President George W. Bush "should have his head examined" regarding the No Child Left Behind program.