President Obama was back in Illinois Monday to give a big speech in Galesburg. Many are saying this speech is the big kick off to his BRING BACK THE MIDDLE CLASS initiative. It was pushed as an important speech. Whether the speech turned out that was is a subject for another blog at another time, but what struck me about the day was not what he said but what he didn’t say. And who he didn’t say it about.
Whenever a President visits a state, and President is no exception, it is always customary for the Governor of the state to visit him. Even people who take pride on disliking the President like Jan Brewer is photographed meeting him at the airport. Many times the President is introduced for big speeches by the Governor of the state especially when the Governor is a fellow Democrat.
On Monday the Democratic Governor of Illinois was there at the speech but you wouldn’t know it from watching the speech or listening to the speech. Governor Quinn was well hidden and sitting oh his hands with even the Attorney General Lisa Madigan having a more prominent seat for the speech. In the TV coverage it was impossible to see the Governor. No major newspapers ran his photo. You really have to search to find any proof that Quinn was there.
Now maybe because of Quinn’s inadequacies as Governor the Presidents people didnt want the stink of Quinn on him but could it have been something more?
Could the fact that Obama’s former chief of staff Bill Daley is thinking about running against Obama have something to do with the silence. Could the lack of mention of Pat Quinn, the lack of visibility of Pat Quinn and the complete ignoring of Pat Quinn actually count as a silent endorsement for Daley. Could the President have been sending out a wink and a nudge to Democratic voters that in his eyes Quinn is no longer Governor material?
One thing we know Illinois politicians are good at is politics and not just the usual loud vocal politics but the silent type as well. That’s why I think we got a silent endorsement. As someone who might vote in the Democratic Primary for Governor I say to the President, nudge nudge wink wink, back at ya. Message received.