Ibendahl on Politics

Topinka’s rollout beyond Orwellian

December 10, 2005

Uninitiated school kids reading Orwell's classic metaphor about the Russian Revolution may sometimes feel it is exaggerated or hard to relate to. But for an even more surreal education into the expert use of political double-speak as a tool, and the ability of power to corrupt - look no further than today's Illinois Republican...

Reformers reclaim agenda from Topinka and feckless allies

December 2, 2005

We're delighted to have some very positive news for a change.

Will the media keep drinking Topinka’s Kool-Aid?

November 29, 2005

Recently we asked, what would a Topinka Administration look like? How Republican would it be?

Topinka ally calls marriage protectors “rank bigots”?

November 26, 2005

What would a Topinka Administration look like? How Republican would it be? Answer: about as Republican as her operation is now - that is to say - not very Republican, and not even very "moderate." Let's have some honesty in our Illinois GOP for a change.

Blagojevich’s trash is Topinka’s Treasure

November 14, 2005

Judy Baar Topinka and her mentor George Ryan long-ago abandoned the Republican base, and the alienation is largely mutual. Among real Republicans, any reminder of either brings the sort of uncomfortable conversations one might experience at Thanksgiving Dinner when excuses are made as to why the black sheep of the family isn't present. Republicans...

Disgracing Ronald Reagan’s Legacy in his Native Illinois

November 10, 2005

President Ronald Reagan created a "commandment" for Republicans. It states that no Republican shall speak ill of any other Republican. Reagan created the 11th Commandment to promote unity and to minimize dissension within Republican ranks.

The smear machine gets rolling

November 9, 2005

Well, that didn't take long. Less than 24 hours after Topinka's entry into the Governor's race - the first smear campaign against a Republican candidate for Governor was launched. No surprise, its target was the leading reform candidate, Jim Oberweis.