"Our number one manufactured product [is] corruption at the state level," Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Andrzejewski tells Judge Napolitano on Fox. Click here to contribute to his tea-party-friendly campaign.
"A first for me today," twitters Red State's Erick Erickson. "I have never used the word "numinous" to describe a candidate until now":
The [primary] race in Illinois is exceptionally close with little time left. Adam Andrzejewski has a real, solid, tangible chance of winning. He has given hope to a disenchanted base of people — conservatives and independents — who want the best of themselves reflected in those who lead them.
Let me say one more thing about Andrzejewski that I have not said about Marco Rubio. In his uniqueness as a candidate, his story, and the sheer dread he instills in the corrupt old guard of Illinois, he is politically numinous.
In case you were wondering, as we were, Erickson explains in a footnote his use of the word:
For those of you rushing to the dictionary, “numinous” is an adjective “suggesting the presence of a divinity” — particularly the fear, awe, and trembling … No, Andrzejewski is not divine, but … His presence in the race is spooking a lot of people and turning others to passionate evangelism for him.
"Yet outside of Illinois, he is on very few radars," notes Erickson, who just a couple of a days ago was leaning toward the "safe" candidate, Andy McKenna. As Dan Riehl wrote only yesterday:
While I appreciate some emotional support for Andrzejewski, perhaps due to a Lech Walesa endorsement, the problem is, Andrzejewski is bringing up the rear in a five candidate race. And it's likely to only open up the door for an O-bot to slip through without a run-off.
Ever the romantic, we're following our gut on this one. We'd already donated our standard $10 to out-of-state tea-party sympathizers on Wednesday, based upon things we were hearing from Norsu and other fired-up Scott Brown fans in the twittersphere. Today, having caught Erickson's numinous glow, we added $75 to that, and our imail correspondent tossed in $50:
I'm excited about "paying it forward" to all the Scott Browns in the nation. As you said … we've GOT to throw the inbred, ingrained career politicians out. On BOTH sides of the aisle.
Meanwhile, the response of inbred and ingrained types amongst the Grand Old Party leadership is mixed, as these two headlines from today's news attest:
GOP leaders adopt litmus test of values for candidates.
Interestingly, some of the most inbred and ingrained on the other side of the aisle are getting it big time and heading for the exits. The WSJ reports:
Something odd is happening to the permanent progressive majority that the U.S. was supposed to have elected 14 months ago: Its Members are announcing plans to leave Congress even before the voters get a chance to pass judgment on their liberal governance.
"This is my moment to step aside," Christopher Dodd said yesterday in front of the East Haddam, Connecticut home that he once financed with the help of Countrywide Financial. The 65-year-old, five-term Senator said his decision not to seek re-election was his own, but there's little doubt he was heading toward a well-earned defeat this fall amid personal scandal and an angry electorate unsettled by the Obama-Pelosi agenda.
We thought he'd NEVER leave. And now a breath of fresh air, candidate Adam Andrzejewski in his own words guest posting at Andrew Breitbart's Big Government:
This is what happens when a state is in the grip of one-party rule, run by an ideology that the entire nation is now calling the “Chicago Way.”
That’s the bad news. Here is the good news. It’s a new day in Illinois. All across the state, citizens are building the grassroots army that will bring Illinois back from the brink. They are getting activated, informed, and mobilized. I want to help them by offering them a real choice – not an establishment echo – for Governor. That ‘echo’ is exacting what I’m running against.
The Brown Revolution gains steam.
Update: Two internecine items to ponder [h/t Dan Riehl]:
Republicans Debate, McKenna Leads new pollTea for two divides the 'revolution!' vote
While the frontrunners are busy playing catch-up to Andy McKenna, this is the other big story in the (Republican gubernatorial primary) race at the moment: The fight between Andrzejewski and Proft for the heart of conservatives. Going by poll numbers alone, it's a fight Andrzejewski is winning …
The latest Rasmussen poll puts their combined support at 19%, which would place them second to McKenna, but well within the margin of error. It's speculation of course -- there's no way to know for sure unless it happens -- but were one to back out and endorse the other, then a conservative candidate with Tea Party backing would have a legitimate shot at the nomination, assuming he gets all the other's supporters.
Read the whole thing for insider speculation.