Durbin challenger's goal: Win, but ke...

Durbin challenger's goal: Win, but keep humanity

There are 85 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 3, 2008, titled Durbin challenger's goal: Win, but keep humanity. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

I wanted to call him Dr. Quixote and did, over a cup of coffee, figuring that little-known Republican family doctor Steve Sauerberg was a dreamer for challenging Illinois Democrat Sen.

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Chicago, IL

#1 Sep 3, 2008

Another great article. Let's not forget. Durbin's apology was a meaningless "If I have offended anyone..." apology. He wasn't sorry for what he said. He was sorry voters or donors (not people) who disagreed may have been offended.

Elmwood Park, IL

#2 Sep 3, 2008
Mr. Sauerberg would probably make a fine U.S. Senator. Dick Durbin has lost touch with the voters of Illinois. He will be elected because of the tainted political machine in Chicago. His remarks about the troops will take more than an apology to forgive. I don't understand why these politicians think that they can utter such vitriol and then just apologize. Likewise, when they receive donations from crooks like Rezko, the give the money to charity and think that everything is just fine. They are never held responsible.

The only option we have is to vote them out. But that takes power and money. The majority of voters in the Chicago area cast are so disillusioned they don't even bother. This complacency gives the good old boys get their easy victory.
Bill Dwyer

Palatine, IL

#3 Sep 3, 2008
"The second the words came out past my teeth I regretted them.

Words to live by, John.

Pleasanton, CA

#4 Sep 3, 2008
Durbin shoots from the hip when he makes comments without any facts to back them up. When asked for examples, he states he will get back to you but never does.

As a State Senator he has done nothing with the issues within the state nor has taken any leadership responsibility,

We have a state which does not have a budget a County which is killing local small businesses with a raise in sales tax which ahs caused a drop in revenues so what will they do raise taxes again.

A city with a $400 million shortfall, can we say Millenium Park.

As a leader he should be involved but he isn't.

Instead he has taken a month off and not supported a vote on drilling.

His statement we cannot afford another 4 years of Bush, we cannot afford another 6 years of do-nothing, loud mouth Durbin.

Highland Park, IL

#5 Sep 3, 2008
Why not refer to him as Dr. Peyote? He's delusional for even running.

United States

#6 Sep 3, 2008
Durbin is such a bone head
I have written to Durbin on a few issues
and the replies I received were nearly arrogant. our officials are supposed to
represent the will of the people not what he thinks is "best for us"

but unfortunately the "machine" will likely get him re-elected once again

just say no to career politicians

United States

#7 Sep 3, 2008
First Alan Keyes, now Sauerberg?

Kass - we would love to hear your opinion about whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be VP.

And what ever happened to the Library-gate thing with the National Review guy? I guess he didn't find anything, but it didn't stop you from using it to write a horrible column.
Martha Stewart

Roselle, IL

#8 Sep 3, 2008
How will Durbin feel when Rezko rolls and Blagojevich and Obama are indicted, will he still feel the same about Fitzgerald???THE TRUTH...It's a good thing.
George in LaGrange

United States

#9 Sep 3, 2008
I know Dr. Sauerberg and his partners- they are all part of a family-oriented medical practice. These are people who are concerned about others, about the quality of life and how they can improve it, sometimes against all odds. This is they type of man I want in the government, not a knee-jerk liberal who has been there for too long. TIme for Durbin to go. Dr. Sauerberg deserves a chance.
Dirty Dick


#10 Sep 3, 2008
Count on one hand how many times he has come out of the bunker for "photo opps"!

He doesn't care about the citizens ! All Dick cares about is pandering to "organized labor" (his money tree) and letting them do what they want to do. Which is letting them "Rape & Pillage" from there members (raising dues,lack of transperency, lack of accountability, shredding there democracies, just to name a few), he doesn't care about citizens , just special interest groups !!!
George in LaGrange

Chicago, IL

#11 Sep 3, 2008
James wrote:
First Alan Keyes, now Sauerberg?
Kass - we would love to hear your opinion about whether Sarah Palin is qualified to be VP.
And what ever happened to the Library-gate thing with the National Review guy? I guess he didn't find anything, but it didn't stop you from using it to write a horrible column.
Wait- inform us again what it is that makes Obama qualified?

Oklahoma City, OK

#12 Sep 3, 2008
Oh Durbin will win Illinois, what's the point of debating, he'll probably get 70 to 80% of the vote. Illinois is quickly becoming one of the most liberal states in America. Enjoy the high taxes and high unemployment. Get all those evil corporations out of Illinois. Keep voting democrat.

Palatine, IL

#13 Sep 3, 2008
So will Durbin win by 30 or 20 points? That is the only question to be asked about the election. Il is a blue state not because of Chicago Machine by itself. Cites and Chicago is the third largest in the US, attract more liberals. The path to permanent blue began when conservatives moved out of the city during white flight opened space for the people who are leading reenergizing of the city, who are much more liberal. With or without the machine the City and the State would be blue.


#14 Sep 3, 2008
Tied to organized labor, that's why !

“Want Your Extra Time And Your ”

Since: Sep 08


#15 Sep 3, 2008
Doctor Quixote would be easier to remember. He's running for Senate and I had to look up Sauerberg's name to post this.

I'm not moved to tears by his basic decency and pure heart. I say get the hell off the stage, you miserable loser! Get somebody in there who can get their identity and message out there.

Durbin needs to face a vigorous candidate. A state the size of Illinois, this is the best we can do? Nonsense! The Republicans keep dredging up incompetents. Isn't there some smart, rich, ambitious SOB who can provide an alternative?

The Illinois Republican party is there for the taking. Who have I seen on TV this week at the convention? Edgar, Topinka, Andy McKenna (the youth movement because he's in his 50s?), Thompson, now Dr Sauerkraut in Kass' column.

The old and the lame. Most are both.

United States

#16 Sep 3, 2008
We get the government we deserve...

Mansfield, TX

#17 Sep 3, 2008
I think Dr. Sauerberg's observation was very perceptive. Politicians' perpetual need to raise money and gain votes and influence is both adictive and ultimately destructive. Term limits seem a silly idea (why force out a good leader), but I can see benefits.
Its reality stupid

Chicago, IL

#18 Sep 3, 2008
The hue and cry from the idiot true believers is just music to my ears. You are very sad. I wonder: just what would it take in order for you to stop voting for the Grand Oil Party?(how about live human sacrifice on convention stage? Would that do it for you? Nah, I didn't think so.)
I'll forget about trying to change closed minds, so here's a little dose of reality for ya: voters are fed up with the lies, arrogance, incompetence, corruption, immorality and outrageous greed of the last eight years and the Cheney (& little bush) reign of terror will be over very soon.
Dems are going to sweep local, statewide and federal races. The 5 or 6 multinational corporations that own 95% of the US media want a close race to boost ratings but don't believe the polls. It's a done deal.

Chicago, IL

#20 Sep 3, 2008
John, you're so predictable. Pathetic little column. Why don't you "take the day off..."
Depot Jim

United States

#21 Sep 3, 2008
Unfortunately Durbin will win big in November. He probably will out poll Obama in Illinois. It is unbelievable that an elected official,like Durbin, who compared our fighting forces in Iraq to Nazis will be reelected but he will.

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