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With most of the attention regarding the U.S. House races in Illinois focused on IL-13, where Republican county chairmen are set to meet Saturday in order to slate a replacement nominee after Rep. Tim Johnson announced his retirement after winning the GOP primary on March 20, the most uncompetitive U.S. House race anywhere in the country, excluding races where a single candidate is unopposed, is in the neighboring IL-15, a sprawling district including all or part of 30 counties in East Central and Southern Illinois.

The IL-15 race features an incumbent Republican Congressman, John Shimkus, who is seeking a 9th term in the United States House of Representatives, and Fake Democrat Angela Michael, who is an anti-abortion extremist affiliated with Operation Rescue, whose leader, Randall Terry, also a Fake Democrat, ran against President Obama in the New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Alaska Democratic Presidential Primaries, in fact, Terry won 7 DNC delegates in the Oklahoma primary.

Angela Michael is further to the right of Shimkus on abortion and has not taken any position whatsoever on any other political issue. Angela Michael believes that George Tiller, an abortion doctor from Kansas, deserved to be murdered. If, by some odd occurrence, Michael is elected to the U.S. House and actually takes her seat in the House, she may incite violence on the House floor, and that is a scary thought. Angela Michael is not a legitimate candidate for public office.

Michael either ran or planned to run graphic anti-abortion ads on television stations in the St. Louis media market, which covers the western portion of IL-15. I do not know whether or not any of the graphic ads that Michael intended to air made it to the airwaves in the St. Louis media market, as I live in a part of IL-15 that is in a different media market.

Many of you may be asking how an anti-abortion extremist like Angela Michael was able to win a Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat as a fake candidate. Very simple: she was unopposed in the Democratic Primary. No legitimate Democrat, not even a legitimate Blue Dog, filed to run against Michael in the IL-15 Democratic primary. Given the fact that IL-15 was drawn as a Republican vote-sink in order to make the neighboring IL-12 and IL-13 Democratic-leaing, it would probably take a major scandal implicating Shimkus and/or the Republican Party for Shimkus to lose re-election, so no legitimate Democrat stepped up to run against Shimkus.

Barring the entrance of a third-party, independent, or write-in candidate, I intend to undervote in the IL-15 U.S. House race. I encourage voters in IL-15 to show up at the polls on November 6, cast a vote for President Obama and Vice President Biden for President and Vice President of the United States, and, unless a third-party, independent, or write-in candidate who is to the ideological left of Shimkus and/or intends to caucus with the Democrats if elected files to run against Shimkus, undervote (that is, not vote for any candidate on the ballot) for the IL-15 U.S. House race.

I'm not going to post a link to Angela Michael's "campaign" website due to graphic content.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Thu May 17, 2012 at 06:16 PM PDT.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos.

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  •  Another reason "ideologically pure" progressives (3+ / 0-)

    need to accept good faith Conservative /Moderate Dems, in certain districts.
    Of course some of the "blue dogs" are whores for Wall Street or big business, and need to be retired.
    However, we should cultivate sincere Dems in conservative districts, who are willing to work with the party for progress.
    Given gerrymandering, this will be necessary to regain a foothold in certain areas. It will take a long term commitment to get the right kind of Conservadem.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Thu May 17, 2012 at 08:19:58 PM PDT

    •  I'm quite a bit to the left of Dan Boren... (2+ / 0-)

      ...but I'm quite a bit to the right of Bernie Sanders as well.

      The Democratic Party needs to embrace being a liberal-moderate "big tent" or a legitimate centrist third-party will gain significant traction in our political system, since the GOP is hell bent on becoming a "small tent" party of hard-line conservative ideologues. Sadly, there are a number of people who only self-identify as Democrats in order to make a complete mockery of our electoral process. I know of three organizations that have been known to run Fake Democrats: Lyndon LaRouche's organization, Randall Terry's organization (the organization that is running Michael in IL-15), and the Wisconsin Republican Party.

      •  Citizens need to take the obligations of (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        DownstateDemocrat

        citizenship more seriously and recognize that voting is not enough.  There's also:

        serving on juries
        holding public office
        petitioning for laws
        providing material support
        enforcing the laws

        People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

        by hannah on Fri May 18, 2012 at 03:20:13 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Nobody wants a centrist party (2+ / 0-)

        There will never be a legitimate centrist third party. It's been tried, nobody wants it. For those who want (Or are willing to settle for) A centrist party, they've already got the Democrats.

        The only possible third party threat to the Democrats would be a viable left-wing party, be they a bit left of center, or further. Democratic party will not be threatened by a centrist or right of center third party.

        And yeah, these spoiler candidates are a pain in the ass, but there's not much you can do about it. Except maybe run yourself.

        Oh yeah, congrats, you made it to Fark.

        Nothing brings people together more than mutual hatred.

        by Hannibal on Fri May 18, 2012 at 09:58:51 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  As much as many DKos members want... (0+ / 0-)

          ...a pure left-wing Democratic Party, that isn't going to be a viable force in American politics until projected demographic changes that will make whites only a plurality of the population actually occur. The Democratic Party is creeping to the ideological left of the political spectrum and the Republican Party is racing to the ideological right of the political spectrum.

          Centrist Democrats usually aren't inspiring, but there are many areas of this country where a liberal ideologue can't win a general election, and there are some areas where a liberal ideologue can't even win a Democratic primary. The Democratic Party has always had numerous factions within its ranks, and probably always will. The only way I could see a viable third-party emerge from the center is if the Democrats become a pure far-left party and the Republicans become a pure far-right party.

          The first general election I'll be eligible to run for U.S. House is in 2016, so I wasn't able to run for U.S. House in in 2012 because of the constitutional requirement that candidates be at least 25 years old on the date of the general election. The best way to combat Fake Democrats is to recruit a legitimate Democrat, whether a Progressive or a Blue Dog, to run in the Democratic primary, even if that legitimate Democrat has zero chance of winning the general election, or change the electoral laws to allow a party to remove a primary candidate or nominee from the ballot if they are found to be not running a legitimate campaign for public office and/or their views are completely in opposition to the party's platform.

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