Since the early 1970s, Gov. Pat Quinn had been on the outside of Illinois politics looking in -- trumpeting himself and his causes as being a friend of us common men. For the most part, I believe that to be true.
Quinn had been a thorn in the side of the leadership of his own party until a strange turn of events opened the doors to the governor's mansion.
He has certainly restored dignity to the office and undoubtedly will be able to walk away from the job a free man -- unlike his immediate predecessors. Yet strange things are happening.
While the leadership of his party is clearly on record supporting his re-election, it was noted in the Chicago Tribune that President Obama and Sen. Dick Durbin will be at a fundraiser in the home of a man who is a contributor and overt supporter of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. Even the vile mayor of Chicago seems to have a warm spot in his cold heart for Rauner.
This is feeling a little like the 1976 epic Howlett versus Thompson.
Could it be in Quinn's hour of need all those years of being a thorn in the establishment's side may be coming back to haunt him?