July 09, 2004
update: This is what Rauschenberger said after announcing that he is withdrawing his name as a potential nominee:
it's still a winnable race," but it would require a politician or celebrity known throughout the state or someone with access to personal wealth or an existing federal campaign fund.
What I think this indicates is that whoever the choice is will get little financial and organizational support from the Party. Why else would such a desperate measure as picking a football coach with absolutely no political experience be even a serious topic of conversation?
If Illinois Republicans really want Ditka's help, they should ask him what a good coach would do in their present situation. And that's punt. Put up a young rising star for the seat and get him or her some name recognition for the future. I still want to see Ditka debate though, so don't listen to me.