Pat Quinn is simply not very good at being a governor, is he?
Gov. Pat Quinn says he would consider using state resources to help combat Chicago street violence, but only if city officials want the assistance.
Speaking on this week’s mass shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, Quinn was asked whether there have been discussions about sending in the state police or Illinois National Guard to assist Chicago police.
Quinn did not specifically veto the idea of deploying Guard members in Chicago. A press aide later told CBS 2 the governor was speaking only about the possibility of using state police to help out.
Look, while sending in the National Guard to police Chicago might be either a good idea or a bad idea, there’s one thing that’s certain: it’s not particularly an uncontroversial idea. The governor’s response should have either been a hearty Dang straight I’m sending in troops to break the current grip of violent anarchy on the streets of Chicago or You want me to enforce civil law with armed soldiers? Don’t you know how that can end? Either way: the right answer may not be obvious, but it’s certain that the right answer is not “I dunno.”
And this is going to be their nominee next year. The mind reels.